Jomres 9.21.4 released
While the version number might look trivial, what it brings is not.
This version is the culmination of almost a year and a half of tweaks and adjustments that were made to allow Jomres Core to work alongside the new Channel Management Framework plugins, which I'm delighted to announce are now ready.
If you've been following my posts about this subject, you'll be aware that the CMF is actually a set of new plugins that are designed to offer some new functionality that vastly increases the connectivity of Jomres to the rest of the world, in particular to Channel Managers.
This version allows you to install the CMF REST API plugin, the Channel Management Framework plugin, and the first complete version of Jomres2jomres.
The purpose of the functionality is to allow you to create a network of Jomres sites where Properties, pricing, availability and bookings are shared from a parent to child servers. This allows you to, if you want, entirely bypass the need to be connected to any Channel Managers at all. Instead you'll create properties on one site and share them on one or more child sites. This makes your main server the Channel Manager and the individual child sites the OTAs.
The magic of Jomres2jomres isn't just how you can create your own network of sites, but potentially you could create properties on one site and share them on one or more child sites, whether owned by you or other Jomres users. Jomres2jomres provdes the foundation for that, it's now down to you to see how far you can run with it.
More thin plugins will arrive in the future. The Rentals United plugin is approximately 60% done and next on the list to be completed.
I can't emphasise enough how excited I am by these changes. In the post-Coronavirus world my users will need all of the advantages they can get. This new functionality means that they will be able to offer connectivity to more than one Channel Manager on their (unlimited number of) installations and even, if they want, do away with channel managers altogether.
This is a unique and signficant evolution of the system. Absolutely no other Open Source online booking engine offers this much connectivity and it puts Jomres head and shoulders, once again, above it's competitors. I'm incredibly proud of it, in the 15 years I've been working on Jomres this code is the best code I've ever written.
Do you want to know more? If so, head over to the CMF category on the manual to learn about these new developments. I hope that you will be as excited about it's potential as I am.
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