Checkfront News & Interests

Common (and Avoidable) Social Media Missteps

There’s no doubt about it: social media is a vital component of online business. But ubiquity does not translate to ease; managing social media can definitely be a challenge, and many small-to-medium businesses struggle to incorporate it into their marketing strategies—if they do it at all. Many website templates come with pre-installed social media icons,…


The New Checkfront ‘Hero’ Booking Page Layout

We’re pleased to introduce a brand new redesign for your main booking page, with a focus on gorgeous item photos, easy searches, and—as always—the best customer usability experience. This new Hero booking page works for responsively designed websites; our legacy booking page is still around if that’s what you prefer. Here’s a tour of the…


How to Have The Best E-Commerce Website In Town

Whether you have a brick and mortar store or not, e-commerce is a major part of being a modern entrepreneur. And just as you want to have the best storefront on the block, you want to make sure that your website looks beautiful and works smoothly. A lot of business owners are still writing off…


Creating Advanced Discounts With Group Pricing

There are a variety of ways you can create discounts and dynamic pricing in Checkfront. The Group Pricing option is a very easy, often overlooked feature that can be arranged right on your item’s pricing page—no discounts, rules, or special events required. Why (and How) to Use Group Pricing? Often, business owners will encourage larger groups to book…


Why You Should Let Your Guests Live-Tweet

In August of last year, an anonymous Craigslist post went viral on news outlets like the Washington Post, Consumerist, The Guardian, and the BBC. The post was ostensibly written by the owner of a popular restaurant in New York City, who was baffled by a recent onslaught of negative reviews and complaints of slow service. He…


Keeping a Seasonal Business Profitable Year-Round

Seasonal businesses can be a great avenue for entrepreneurs; they offer a highly-coveted service or product during a few very busy months. However, there’s a difficult flipside: the off season. Seasonal businesses face a unique challenge of making most of their money during a very short period of time, and it can often feel like…


Checkfront Raises $1 Million in Funding

Today I’m happy to announce that we’ve closed our first round of funding, raising 1 million (CAD) in investment from a group of local entrepreneurs and angel investors. Grant Jurgeneit and I started Checkfront back in 2010. We had a simple idea to provide a modern option for businesses to accept bookings online and manage…


How SSL Certificates Make You More Secure

When you make a purchase, you want to know that you can trust the merchant with your payment information. In person, this is fairly easy to do; after all, it’s highly likely that you’re staring the shop employee in the face while they ring up your items. But online it isn’t so simple; a shop…


Are You Benefitting from Facebook’s ‘Book Now’ Button?

If you’re using the Checkfront plugin for Facebook already, you know that having the “Online Bookings” tab prominently displayed at the top of the page is very useful. It allows customers to book right on your page, without leaving the site and perhaps getting distracted or abandoning the product. But Facebook has added another way…


Ready for a New E-Commerce Website Theme?

Part of the fun of having your own website is how it can reflect you and your products. The design, layout, and navigation of a really good e-commerce site can be a major factor in customer conversions; we’re drawn to well-designed virtual storefronts the same way that we’re drawn to lush boutiques in the physical…


How to Streamline Your Booking Page with Product Grouping

Checkfront 3.3.2, our latest update, contains a new feature called product grouping. It can streamline your booking page, making it far more visually appealing and easier to use. Here’s how to set it up and why it can work for you. Here’s a very common situation for Checkfront users: they run a two-hour tour which…


Announcing Checkfront v3.3.2

We’re pleased to report a new update which rolled out over the Valentine’s weekend, as a gesture of our love. We’ve got a lot of great changes and tweaks to make Checkfront even better for you. 1: New Currencies and Add-On We’ve added support for two new currencies: the Korean Won and the Mauritian Rupee….


How to Manage Negative Online Reviews

Many businesses hesitate to list themselves on Google or Yelp because they fear the worst: an onslaught of bad reviews which will tank their reputation and ruin their chances for success. This doesn’t actually happen too often, but a bad review always stings. When you own a small business, you pour everything into it, every…


Going Local on Search: 4 Local Listings Your Business Should Claim

One of the best things about running a business online is the fact that you can reach out to customers literally anywhere in the world. For many people, online revenue is enough to eliminate the need for a brick-and-mortar storefront entirely. But while you may reach for worldwide audiences, a good chunk of your online…


Build a Better Booking Form with Filter Questions & Conditional Fields

You can gather a lot of information about your customers by creating custom fields on your booking forms, and to that end we are introducing a new feature which will make that process even more sophisticated: filter questions and conditional fields. Using this new feature, you can ask for specific follow-up information based on how a…


Checkfront: Now With Bitcoin

With the release of Checkfront 3.3.1, we’ve added in a long-requested feature: Bitcoin compatibility. We are now compatible with Coinbase, a popular Bitcoin wallet service. Bitcoin is a new form of currency that is generated via a complex algorithm, and works like online cash. It’s a private, secure method of payment that is becoming increasingly…


Syncing Bookings to Quickbooks Online

Quickbooks Online is a cloud-based accounting software which allows users to control their accounts securely from anywhere they wish. They are an incredibly popular accounting platform and we’re pleased to announce that we have created an add-on to connect your Checkfront account to Quickbooks. Using the add-on, you can sync bookings and transactions directly into…