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    Booking Calendar

    Any help is appreciated (n-n)/

    My client needs a booking calendar that will take credit card information just to hold for the reservation but not charge it. The purpose of this is to prevent no-shows. The card will be charged for the full price of the class if that party is absent for the event.

    The past couple hours have been spent researching every booking calendar I could find and it appears that they all process payments, but there is no functionality to actually save the CC info and hold it for future use.

    The business is The Painter's Lounge and will be a space where people can come for events to paint and drink in groups. Here is a site of a similar business that uses a form to capture the CC info. Is this the only way to manage this?

    http://www.canvasandcocktails.com/ca...on=CherryCreek

    If any of you know of a service, software, or plugin that is capable of this functionality, please let me know. Otherwise, any advise on how to accomplish this is greatly appreciated.

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    The normal practice is to have your payment processor place a hold on the card. Otherwise someone is able to enter inccorect details. An example of this would be a $1.00 charge that is held,and then is released after approx 72 hours. This functionality comes down to your payment processors...

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    The normal practice... the normal practice would be not to seek free help for commercial projects. ur being payed for it, don't u?
    There is that slight difference between being helped and having others doing your homework for you. (IMO of course)

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    Quote Originally Posted by itxtme View Post
    The normal practice is to have your payment processor place a hold on the card. Otherwise someone is able to enter inccorect details. An example of this would be a $1.00 charge that is held,and then is released after approx 72 hours. This functionality comes down to your payment processors...
    Thank you for your advice. After thoroughly researching multiple payment processing/scheduling systems and receiving feedback from their admin. I am opting to create a custom form that will save the CC info. I am not sure how "secure" this is although I will be employing SSL, but for the size of business it is (about 20 class members / week) I think it is a good solution to start.

    The response I received from these system admins was predominately that there is no holding functionality. Not even for a $1 - they would just have to pay that $1 and then at a later date if they no showed for the class, there is no way to bill them for that class.

    I appreciate your insight. Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by patryk View Post
    The normal practice... the normal practice would be not to seek free help for commercial projects. ur being payed for it, don't u?
    There is that slight difference between being helped and having others doing your homework for you. (IMO of course)
    This is a website I am creating for a friend of a current client and I am getting paid a very small amount and have a tight deadline to complete it.

    It is not my normal practice to assume things, however, I assume that the reason for these forums is to provide a community that will at the very least allow an open line of communication that will benefit all.

    I never asked anyone to code the site for me, and I've been researching / inquiring with various software vendors ever since I got the job (Thursday evening). I just thought I would ask a group of highly experienced professionals if they could at the very least point me in the right direction.

    Thanks for chiming in though, I will ensure to make it clear in my next post that I in now way, shape, or form expect anyone to do the work for me :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrettyBirdMedia View Post
    I am opting to create a custom form that will save the CC info. I am not sure how "secure" this is although I will be employing SSL, but for the size of business it is (about 20 class members / week) I think it is a good solution to start.
    This is a bad idea! Before you attempt to store CC information, I strongly suggest you fully research the applicable laws for your country.

    Based on your question, I suspect that you do not have the experience nor the resources to do this securely & legally. You could be opening yourself and your client to significant liability.
    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by PappaJohn View Post
    This is a bad idea! Before you attempt to store CC information, I strongly suggest you fully research the applicable laws for your country.

    Based on your question, I suspect that you do not have the experience nor the resources to do this securely & legally. You could be opening yourself and your client to significant liability.
    John, thank you for your input.

    You are right, I do not have experience with building secure payment applications and have only worked with magento, zen cart etc.

    I am going to be working with a third-party company called Acuity http://acuityscheduling.com/ - they advised that the software has the functionality to implement such a form within their framework.

    Thanks again.


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