New Tutorial for the new My B&B Dashboard
For many of you, you room rates and data has been transferred to our new calendar display system. The data has lead to some inaccuracies on your webpages and web sites.
A new tutorial on how to set up rooms and rates is now available
You can find it here https://bnbowners.com/tutorial/NEW-ROOM-RATES.pdf
All new info leaflets can be downloaded here https://bnbowners.com/tutorial/
The new system will minimise your workload by showing your availability and minimising bookings for rooms that are not available.
This also means that others in your area will have the opportunity to fulfil bookings
New “My B&B” Admin Panel
From now on we shall be calling the My B&B Admin Panel – the “My B&B Dashboard” – just to bring it into line with current Internet terminology.
We have now released a new dashboard that will provide mobile phone and tablet users a better user experience. During the transition from old to new, members can use either but as we add additional features to the new dashboard, the old will become redundant.
The new dashboard can be found on https://m.my-bnb.com
- To connect directly from the OLD to the NEW – you can click the “New” icon in the bottom menu
- To connect directly from the NEW to the OLD – you can click on “Use Classic Dashboard” on the top right of your screen
Please report any problems to firstname.lastname@example.org
Registered or not, if you are not using the STRIPE payments system – read the new info leaflet
Now available in these countries – Save time and money taking payments
Michael – B&B Owners Association
Updates to “My B&B”
Shortly we shall launch a new smartphone / tablet friendly version of the MY B&B admin panel.
- New Name “My B&B Dashboard” to bring it into line with current Internet jargon
- New availability Calendar for ALL members – shows your bookings on a scrollable calendar – 3rd party bookings can be added so that your availability is up to date
- New simple to navigate interface – we shall add a few new items to this over the coming months to allow you to analyse bookings and see where they came from.
- More integration of STRIPE payments to save you time and money – smartphone / tablet view for Virtual Terminal
More later but members should read the new tutorials in https://bnbowners.com/tutorial/
MY B&B Admin Panel – Issues
Date: 10th April 2017
Over the weekend there has been a problem with the security on your admin panels that would not allow access to certain functions.
This is now fixed and normalised.
This was due to a security shield being activated to protect the server. This may happen occasionally but is the best interests of both you and your guests.
Michael – B&B Owners
B&B Owners – Duplicate Bookings
We have noticed a new phenomena since bookings have been enabled on smartphones.
This is one of “Duplicate Bookings” – as far as we can tell this is due to poor data connections on G3 networks. Guests bookings are sent and stored but their phones are not updated quickly enough so they send another booking.
This should not affect B&B owners using the room availability calendar as the system will not allow guests to book a room that has already been booked. However, the old room rates system is still in use by quite a few members.
Why does this present a problem? Well what is happening is B&B Owners are declining duplicate bookings and this is leading to confusion. e.g.. guest receives 3 decline email and one acceptance.
We are working on a fix but if you receive duplicate bookings just accept/decline one of them and leave others untouched.
We have not seen any instance of double booking using the new room availability calendar and would advise members to activate this in the “Website Options” of the My B&B Admin panel. Log out / back in and click on Room Rates
This document will help you get started
A Really Big Thank You B&B Owners
A really big thank you to my old friends and the B&B owners that have donated and provided encouraging words for my last Fund Raising Marathon in London – I tell you this is hard work at my age and I hope I don’t let you down the day.
I visited the research labs this week and met with the scientists that are funded by the Prostate Cancer Research Centre – picture right is one of our marathon team learning how to separate DNA.
Thanks again everyone – if you meant to donate and it slipped your mind, please visit the Run4PC website below………
A very grateful
Michael Sharpe B&B Owners Association Founder
Dedicated B&B website for the town of Kenmare Ireland
In line with our policy of providing communities with their own B&B directory, we have just launched a new B&B website for the town of Kenmare in Ireland https://kenmare-bnb.com
It makes sense for towns to have their own websites to attract visitors and we will consider application from any town where the are 20 or more B&B Owners Association members. Guests book directly and booking commission is free for full members or 6% for associate members. (plus other options) –
Help me help others from Michael B&B Owners Association
Hello to all B&B Owners
Michael Sharpe Running for Prostate Cancer Research
Those that have known me a long time will know that I have been a keen runner (over 60 years) and have raised money in the past for many charities. I’m over 71 years old now and thought my fund raising days were over but a friend asked me to coach her for the London Marathon this year and then twisted my arm to enter.
Both of us have family members that have suffered from Prostate Cancer and so we decided to run for the Prostate Cancer Research Centre in Kings College London – a small but important charity formed to help world class scientists develop new therapy for men with advanced prostate cancer. Their immediate goal is to increase the survival rate and their vision is a complete cure for Europe’s most commonly diagnosed male cancer.
My friend Tracie and I are now in full preparation, incurring all the niggling aches and pains that hundreds of miles of training places on the body. London (23rd April) is my 14th and last marathon. I have always enjoyed giving and I hope my 22 years supporting the interests of B&Bs on the Internet in Ireland, the UK and around the world will prompt you to support me in my last endeavours to help with the research that will save or prolong the life of many to come. Please try to help if you can, no matter how little – each of the websites below will accept donation for our cause by credit/debit card.
Wish Me Luck – Your Thankfully
Michael Sharpe founder of the B&B Owners Association – The B&B Network – Book a B&B
The B&B Owner and Credit Card Fraud
The B&B Owners Association have protected it’s members from over 25 attempts at credit card fraud over the past month. Guests are asked to provide their Credit Card details and these are checked by our card processor STRIPE for validity in co-operation with Banks and Card Providers. Most of our members have the option to sign up for STRIPE in their ‘My B&B’ admin panel so they too can benefit from secure credit card processing – just click on STRIPE in the top menu. All of our portals, directories, regional websites and members websites hosted by us are SSL certified and encrypted – along with STRIPE this now provides B&B Owners with one of the safest booking environments possible for their guests.