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3 Reasons why you should use a self-hosted Online Booking Engine like Jomres

If you manage a vacation rental property, you may be wondering if you should use a self-hosted online booking engine. After all, sites like Airbnb have made it easier than ever for travelers to find and book vacation rentals. However, there are several reasons why you should use a system like Jomres for your vacation rental property.

1. You'll Have More Control Over Your Property

When you use Jomres, you'll have more control over your property. This includes everything from setting the price of your rental to determining who can book it. With a site like Airbnb, you're at the mercy of their platform. If they decide to change their pricing structure or policies, you have no say in the matter. Their cancellation policies are strict, and woe betide if you fall foul of them. Having your own online booking engine gives you much more freedom to run your business in a way that suits you.

2. You Can Offer a Better Guest Experience

A self-hosted online booking engine will also allow you to offer a better guest experience. This is because you'll have more control over the booking process and can make it as simple and straightforward as possible for your guests. With a site like Airbnb, travelers have to search through countless listings to find one that meets their needs. Having your own booking engine on your own website means that you can tailor site content to attract the kind of guests that are right for you.

3. You'll Make More Money

Finally, when you use an online booking engine for your vacation rental property, you'll make more money. This is because you won't have to pay commission fees to a third-party site like Airbnb. Instead, you can keep all of the money that you make from your rental.

In conclusion

If you manage a vacation rental property, there are several reasons why you should use an online booking engine like Jomres, instead of sites like Airbnb. When you use a self-hosted online booking engine, you'll have more control over your property, be able to offer a better guest experience, and make more money.


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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.

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