Minimum Advance for Booking determines how far out from today’s date one of your customers can schedule an order. The purpose of this setting is to give you enough time to fulfill an order. Generally, our clients do not want their customers scheduling an event on short notice, such as on the same day or the immediate next day.
You will receive a "Short Notice Message" for orders placed within a 24-hour window of today's date. To modify this message or receive text alerts, please see the following article: Short Notice for Orders.
- Your entry can be formatted in hours or days (i.e. "12 hours" or "3 days").
- With entries formatted in days, the day will roll over at midnight, regardless of your business hours. For example, if your entry says "2 days" and today is a Tuesday, Thursday will be the first available date for online booking if a customer visits your website, regardless of what time it is on Tuesday when the customer visits your site. At midnight Wednesday morning, the first available day will roll over to Friday, etc.
- With entries formatted in hours, the day will roll over at the time of your first available time for an order. For example, if your entry says "16 hours" and your first available time for an order to start is 9:00 AM, that means once the clock hits 5:00 PM, the next day will show as unavailable.
- If you'd like to accept all online orders in the future with no minimum advance notice required, you can enter in "0 days" and the system will not block customers from ordering at any time in the future. If their order is happening within 24 hours of the time they place the order, they'll see the same "Short Notice Message" described in the Short Notice for Orders article.
This setting is available under Admin>Order Config>Misc Order Settings:
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