How do you get started with Jomres?


If you have a valid license you can download one of our Quickstarts. Once the Quickstart is uploaded to your web server ( it'll take a while as they're between 50mb - 100mb in size depending on which one you choose ) it's a 5 minute job to get a complete, open source booking system installed on your site. Trial licenses can download any flavour of the Quickstarts and use their Trial license key to experiment with the system too!

Ioncube is required for Trial licenses to intall and use the Quickstarts, but once a full license key (Starter/Business/Enterprise) is saved on your site, then you can reinstall all of the plugins and they're fully Open Source. They're only encoded for Trial sites.



1. Install Joomla or Wordpress

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Jomres needs to be installed on a host CMS  and I often get asked, what's the best CMS for Jomres? The answer is: It depends. It depends on what you're most familiar with, you might prefer Joomla over Wordpress. If you're building a portal for other people to add their listings to your site, then Joomla has the edge over Wordpress. On the other hand Wordpress is undoubtedly quicker, and if you're using Jomres to sell bookings for your own property reservations, and if you like Wordpress, then that's what you should use!

Download Joomla

Download Wordpress

2. Install & configure a template/theme

Once you've got the basics figured out, the next thing you should do is install a template (Joomla) or theme (Wordpress). Current Jomres UI development is centered primarily around Bootstrap 3, so you will need to find a Bootstrap 2 or 3 theme/template for your site. It doesn't need to cost you anything, there are plenty of free templates and themes available for both Wordpress and Joomla.

Find Wordpress themes

Download a Joomla template made with Bootstrap 3

3. Install Jomres

Once you have your CMS up and running, the best way to install Jomres is through the CMS's Install from Web feature.  Jomres Core is free, so this won't cost you a penny.

4. Configure your listings.

Remember, all property configuration is done via the public facing pages, not the administrator area. In fact, in new installations you can mostly ignore the administrator area except for installing plugins.

Just how you configure your listing depends on whether the site's for a single property, or multiple properties.

If it's a single property site, the easiest approach is to use shortcodes  (license required) to put Jomres pages into articles. If you don't have a license, then for Joomla, add Jomres to a menu, or in Wordpress create a new page and add just [jomres:en-US] ( adjust accordngly for your site's language).

If it's a multiproperty site, then install a search plugin (license required). We have lots to choose from, then check out the manual, you'll see that there are scores of ways you can use the system. For Wordpress, you'll still need to add a page as described above.


Now, go explore the manual, it's a rich resource that's packed with information to help you to build a truly unique hotel and villa booking site using the toolkit that is Jomres.



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vince picDeveloped and maintained by Vince Wooll, Jomres was initially conceived in early 2005 as a Mambo based solution to a client’s hotel management needs. While it wasn't originally expected to be an online booking system it quickly morphed into one as users requested more and more features.

As the number of feature requests grew Vince knew that he would need to dedicate more time to the project and in July 2005 Jomres was released as a commercial project. Since then Jomres has become the world's oldest online booking plugin for any PHP CMS. It has been used in Joomla 1.0, 1.5, 2.5, 3 & 4 and WordPress 4, 5 & 6.

Aladar joined the project in 2010 after using Jomres for his own projects. He was active on the forum, helping other members of the community and eventually Vince invited him to join the team. Between 2010 and 2018 he was an integral part of the project and made many significant contributions.

Whilst not formally part of the Jomres project, Rodrigo Rocco and Vince have become firm friends. Rod is a freelancer who specialises in doing custom work for Jomres users and developing custom plugins for the system that take advantage of it's modular design. He has built many useful extensions including his fabulous Valentina Template Override Package.

Jomres and the Jomres Logo is trademarked and can't be used without written consent from the owner. is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Joomla! Project, Open Source Matters or the WordPress project. The Joomla! & WordPress names and logos are used under a limited license granted by Open Source Matters and the WordPress Projects.

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