Quickstart: Options for creating Bookings

In this article we introduce the various options for creating a booking in MotionTools.

 

Overview

 

Create bookings via the Webbooker

The most straightforward way of creating a booking manually is via the Webbooker. For a step-by-step guide, please read Create a booking via the Webbooker.

There are some booking attributes that are currently not available on the Webbooker just yet, such as Metadata and Custom content. Soon, we’re introducing the support to add both of these attributes to a stop directly via the Webbooker.

When to use this option?

  • When you are new to the system and want to give it a try, it's the easiest way to get started.
  • When you didn’t integrate your online shop or ERP system yet but want to do a dry run with your organization.
  • When you have customers and/ or merchants registered in MotionTools to create single bookings.
  • When you want to book on behalf of your customers as part of a call center workflow.
  • When you are a developer and you want to check out a valid booking — use the Developer Tools of your browser to check out the payload of the booking.

 

Bulk upload bookings via the Booking importer

Multiple bookings can be uploaded at once via a CSV file, using the Booking importer feature. For a step-by-step guide, please read Bulk upload bookings via the Bookings importer. Upcoming improvements to the feature include allowing specific scheduled_at time to be added per booking and support for Metadata in the CSV template.

When to use this option?

  • When you have multiple bookings to be uploaded at once.

 

Bulk create bookings via Postman with a CSV file

Multiple bookings can also be created with a CSV upload to Postman. For a step-by-step guide, please read Bulk create Bookings via Postman with a CSV file.

When to use this option?

  • When you have CSV files containing other booking attributes such as Metadata and Custom content, as we currently don’t support uploading via the Bookings importer.

 

Create bookings via API

Booking creation via API is the most common way in case you want to integrate your in-house software with MotionTools. Booking creation via API supports a more complex booking structure and certain booking attributes which aren’t available on the Webbooker or Bookings importer currently. To understand the basic concept of bookings and how to create them programmatically, please read the articles below:

  1. MotionTools API Introduction
  2. Create a booking via API

When to use this option?

  • When you have an external system for customers to place orders, and will need to send the orders into MotionTools as Bookings for Drivers to complete.
  • When you have a more complex booking structure that includes additional Metadata and Custom content attributes.
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