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Appointment Booking Calendar — Simply Schedule Appointments Booking Plugin

Appointment Booking Calendar — Simply Schedule Appointments Booking Plugin


Simply Schedule Appointments® is an easy-to-use WordPress appointment booking plugin. It’s an automated appointment booking system loved by 30,000+ businesses, with a 5-star review average.

The Simply Schedule Appointments booking calendars are easy and fast to set up. And enjoyable for your customers and clients to book and schedule appointments. You can set up the appointment scheduling calendars to take your first booking in less than 5 minutes!

And, the best part is that our 5-star support team is here to help you each step of the way, either through our comprehensive and organized Help Center, here on the WordPress Forums, or directly from the Simply Schedule Appointments Support Tab within the plugin.

Booking System Features to Help You Schedule Business Meeting Appointments

Features included with the Simply Schedule Appointments Free Basic Edition for booking appointments:

Features included with the Simply Schedule Appointments Paid Premium Editions for booking appointments:

Simply Schedule Appointments is perfect if you want to let your customers schedule phone calls, in-person or virtual video meetings, or coaching appointments. The perfect tool for business consultations, interviews, or scheduling services.

You can tame and automate your schedule and easily manage when you’re available for appointments. And block off dates when you don’t want to be disturbed for bookings — no more phone calls or back-and-forth emails to find a meeting time that works. Simply let your WordPress booking system take care of it!

Easily limit how many daily appointments you schedule and set the minimum time between bookings. Automate your schedule while still maintaining control of your availability — manage your booking calendars, time slots, and appointments all in one place.

Offer different types of appointment calendars for your services. For example, you could allow new clients to schedule on an introduction call calendar or let established customers schedule a longer time slot with a separate calendar. And, forget about double-bookings, Simply Schedule Appointments is capable of preventing unexpected scheduling problems!

Are you looking to offer tutoring or remote teaching classes? Let your students quickly book times with you for lessons, reviews, or simple consultations. Localized time zones make meetings for distance learning and remote office hours a breeze to schedule.

Simply Schedule Appointments contains all the data from your appointments and customers within your WordPress site. Own your data and be fully GDPR-compliant and make it easier for your booking system to achieve HIPAA compliance.

Complete documentation to start booking appointments today is available on our website.

Getting Started with the WordPress Booking Calendars is Easy

Use the built-in Setup Wizard to create your first Appointment Type in under 5 minutes. Next, just embed the booking calendar on your site using our general booking shortcode [ssa_booking] or our native WordPress editor block:

Who This Booking System is For

Simply Schedule Appointments is ideal for anyone who needs to automate and book appointments with clients and customers, including booking for:

  • Client Meeting Booking — Entrepreneurs, Web developers, Consultants, Personal and Business Coaches, Lawyers, Car Dealers, Real Estate, Agencies
  • Event Booking — Wedding coordinators, Dress Shops, Boutiques, Workshop Teachers, Food Truck Lots
  • Class Lessons or Tutor SchedulingPersonal trainers, Yoga studios, Exercise Studios, Language / ESL Tutors, Dance Studios, Fitness Professionals, Music Teacher, Instructors, Professors
  • Service BookingHandyman Services, Contractors, Hair Salons, Barbershops, Photographers, Tattoo Shops, Notaries, Tax Preparations, Home Inspections
  • Visitor Booking — Bakeries, Restaurants, Museums, Retirement Homes, Curbside Pickup
  • Patient Booking — Nutritionists, Vaccination Appointments, Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Pharmacy Prescription Pickups
  • Simple Reservations — Equipment Rentals, Room Reservations, Table Reservations for Restaurants, Office Reservations

Simply Schedule Appointments offers an excellent experience for your customers who need to book appointments. Our WordPress booking plugin has just the features you need without all the extra bloat and needless settings found in other appointment booking plugins. And our UI is snappy, highly responsive, and a joy to use.

Flexible, Fast, and Powerful Booking Calendars

Other appointment scheduling plugins are either too simple or too complicated. They lack the basic features you need to start automating your schedule and booking appointments, or, if they do have those features, as you grow and add services, staff, and locations, they become complex and confusing to use for booking.

Simply Schedule Appointments is ready to grow with your business’ booking needs — without all the confusion and clutter of settings that don’t apply to you. It’s also highly compatible with WordPress and can be added to any theme and page layout on your site.

Simply Schedule Appointments offers fully responsive booking calendars and works efficiently on any device – even touch screens. Our WordPress booking plugin will work dependably and reliably, whether you’re managing your appointment availability from your tablet or your customer is booking an appointment from their smartphone.

User-Friendly and Accessible Booking System

Our WordPress booking calendar system was designed with people in mind, first and foremost. So we’re always thinking about how people will be using our appointment scheduling plugin, what they’ll expect, and what booking features they’ll want and need.

This WordPress booking calendar system is built with you and your customer in mind and is accessible for everyone. We believe appointment scheduling should be as clear and straightforward as possible while maintaining the flexibility and booking features our customers need.

We’ve made sure that everyone can use our appointment scheduling plugin, including people with auditory, visual, and physical disabilities.

Everyone deserves access to everything the web offers, so we built our WordPress booking calendar plugin with accessibility in mind. As a result, you’ll never have to worry that a customer will find themselves unable to schedule an appointment because of their abilities or the device they’re using.

Deep Integrations With All the Tools and WordPress Plugins You Love

Integrations included with the Simply Schedule Appointments Free Basic Edition for booking appointments:

Integrations included with the Simply Schedule Appointments Paid Premium Editions for booking appointments:

Useful Links to Help You Start Booking Appointments Today – 2024-07-09


  • Prevent Stripe race condition inserting duplicate payment records
  • Fix Customer Information Summary Twig Not Displaying Correctly
  • Formidable Forms fields and form not editable
  • Update twig – remove deprecated function twig_date_converter
  • Setup Wizard Gets ‘Stuck’ If Abandoned Before Appt Type is Saved – 2024-06-25


  • Fix Booking Flow ShortCode
  • Fix revisions to be consistent with notifications
  • Fix staff meeting url not passed to appointment when user preference
  • Display all team members assigned to appointment
  • Fix twig template customer information summary
  • Hide appointment actions until appointment information is ready
  • Google Calendar is blocking timeslots incorrectly
  • Replace fallback IP to country API with a working API

Features and Improvements

  • Removed standard timezones.
  • Added missing actions to revisions model. – 2024-06-18


  • Upcoming appointments module previous appointments bug
  • Avoid adding multiple payment records with same payment ID
  • Fix round robin assignment to staff with zero appointments
  • Fix notification template rendering non valid tags
  • Fix | Team reassignment not working on rescheduling

Features and Improvements

  • Fixing translation strings
  • Updated the author and author URI.
  • Added unique ids and classes to the input fields. – 2024-06-13


  • update visibleLast for only_available view
  • Translate customer information field names based on customer locale

Features and Improvements

  • Adding appointment type views formidable integration
  • Add padding to formidable forms
  • Add preview to SSA Modules
  • Fixing booking views colors – 2024-06-04


  • Avoid calls to external APIs when country code is set
  • Fix Duplicate Blocks in Debug Logs
  • Support translating dates with Twig date filter
  • Stripe modal placement fix
  • Fixed deprecated twig date format function.
  • Holiday calendars not being checked for conflicts in Google Calendar

For older changelog entries, please see the additional CHANGELOG.md file delivered with the plugin.


  • The Appointments Dashboard When You First Open the Plugin – Initialize the Setup Wizard.
  • Appointment Types Page – Manage Your Booking Calendars.
  • Appointments Page – View Your Upcoming Bookings.
  • Settings Page – Manage Notifications, Translations, Blackout Dates, Styles, and More!
  • Support Page – View Plugin Diagnostics and Easily Get in Touch With Our Support Team.
  • Display the Booking Calendars on your WordPress page or post.
  • View the Booking Calendar Availability using a Weekly View.
  • View the Booking Calendar Availability using a Monthly View.
  • Schedule an Appointment using the built-in Booking Form.
  • Final Confirmation on the Booking Form.


This plugin provides 2 blocks.

  • Upcoming Appointments
  • Appointment Booking Form


  1. Upload the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/plugin-name directory, or install the plugin through the WordPress plugins screen directly.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in WordPress
  3. Select the Appointments option in the WordPress Dashboard menu to set up and configure the plugin.

Manual Installation

  1. Upload the entire /simply-schedule-appointments directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate Simply Schedule Appointments through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.

After Installing

  1. You’ll see a new item on the left-hand menu called ‘Appointments’. Click that to get started.
  2. Our start-up wizard will walk you through the basic settings and setting up your first appointment type.
  3. You may use the [ssa_booking] shortcode on any post or page to add an appointment booking form for your customers.

For more details, please see our detailed documentation.


How do I show the booking form?

To embed the Simply Schedule Appointments booking calendars on your WordPress pages or posts you can use a shortcode or a page builder module (ex. Elementor Appointment Booking module). You can paste the booking shortcode below using a text box to display all of your appointment types:


Guide on all the ways you can display the Appointment Type Booking Calendars on your site.

Where can I read the documentation?

The full documentation is available at our website.
Or, get started with our free Basic Edition guide.

Will I end up being double-booked?

Nope. Once a customer has booked an appointment time, that time is no longer available for booking. So you’ll never find yourself double-booked.

Additionally, we do some extra checks while a customer is booking an appointment just to be sure their selected time is still available. If someone else books their selected time while they’re in the process of booking, we’ll let them know and ask them to select another time.

We also offer Google Calendar syncing in our Plus, Pro, or Business Edition to make sure you never double-book appointments with your personal schedule.

Can I customize the appearance of the booking form?

Yes, you can. We offer settings for color and font that will let you customize the form to blend seamlessly into any theme.

You can additionally add custom CSS to customize the form even further.

Are there limitations on the number of booking calendars or appointments I can make?

No! The free Basic Edition of Simply Schedule Appointments allows you to create an unlimited number of Appointment Types so that you can create a booking calendar for each of your business’ services.

And the booking plugin will never limit the number of appointments that you can book.

Can I test the Simply Schedule Appointments booking calendars before installation?

Yes, we have a variety of booking demos where you can book test appointments.

How can I upgrade to the Simply Schedule Appointments Plus, Professional, and Business Editions?

The Plus, Professional, and Business Editions are paid versions of the Simply Schedule Appointments booking plugin. Purchase and download the Premium Booking Editions.

I have a question or need help with the plugin, how do I contact your support team?

To contact our support team, submit your message through our WordPress support forum. Or, send us a message through the Contact support team button within the plugin. Lastly, you can also submit your message through our website’s Contact page.

How does Simply Schedule Appointments compare to Calendly?

We bring all of the great features that people are familiar with in the Calendly scheduling tool. But with the versatility and freedom that WordPress offers.

Compared to Calendly, customers who use Simply Schedule Appointments find that this plugin offers:
* A better range of styling options to match your website
* More ways to mesh the booking calendars into the website workflow through integrations, for example Gravity Forms and MemberPress.
* And, the package tiers are much less complicated — we don’t charge by number of team members or number of calendars, it’s all unlimited!

I’m not a developer, can I still set this up?

Yes of course! The majority of our customers are not developers — setup is really as simple as:
1. Activating the plugin on the site
2. Going through our setup wizard to create your first booking calendar
3. Embedding the calendar on any page or post of your choosing

See our guide on how to get started.


Yuli 11, 2024
We needed to set up a custom booking form for a client using Gravity Forms as a foundation. After working with another plugin that didn’t have the amount of flexibility we needed, we decided to switch to Simply Schedule Appointments Booking plugin, and it was definitely the right choice! There is a ton of documentation and options/tools for developers – it helped us integrate the form with Gravity Forms as well as Gravity Perks. With SSA we were able to complete form! Plus, when we had questions, their Support team was fantastic – very quick to review our issue and very thorough in looking into it. Can’t recommend SSA enough!
Yuli 5, 2024
Simply Schedule Appointments is just fantastic! Setting it up was quick and easy—I had it running in no time. My clients find it super easy to book appointments, and it’s made scheduling so much simpler for me. Plus, their support team is top-notch. Highly recommend this plugin for anyone looking for a hassle-free booking solution!
Yune 27, 2024 1 reply
I was looking for a simple and lightweight booking plugin for my rather simple requirements (free; booking one client at a time; no calendar integration needed; free me from Calendly). I evaluated SSA and Amelia. SSA won hands-down. Support is excellent: I get responses to forum posts extremely promptly. My experience with SSA has opened my mind up to upgrading to a paid version. PS: I wrote a mini-review of this “free booking plugins faceoff” evaluation on my website, if you can find your way there.
Yune 13, 2024 1 reply
Sure I could use one of the may non-WordPress scheduling options, but it’s nice to use a plugin that is specifically geared toward compatibility and integration with WordPress sites. Streamlined, powerful but straightforward, Simply Schedule Appointments is a winner.
Yune 13, 2024 1 reply
I´m a PRO user. The plugin is good…but the support is surprisingly amazing. These guys spend literally days trying to solve a conflict with another well known plugin…ending that SSA code was well coded (the other plugin was the problem)
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