Taxi Booking app is named DriveNot and will be available both on Google Play and iTunes store.
The app will feature 3 sections to the booking customer: Nearby companiesSearch by company name or city and Favourite companies for easy access to the booking form.
  • When a customer installs the app they will be able to see Nearby companies - only companies that have our Taxi Booking software installed on their website and have defined their Area of operation will be displayed. The app is comparing "Area of operation" with current user location. If there are no other companies that serve the same area of operation and are registered with Taxi Booking only your company will be visible in the app.
  • Loyal customers of your company can add it to Favourites and when they start the app they can visit the Favourites section and quickly book a car offered by your company.
  • Customers can also search for companies by Name in the Search section and you will be provided with a special link and QR code that will lead directly to that Search result just for your company so you can point customers directly to your Booking section in the app.
  • When a customer has the app installed on their phone and they go to another city (or area that you don't service) for business or pleasure they will open the same app and book a car in the new city (or area). customers are reluctant to install separate apps for different companies and they won't search for different companies or apps either. This is one a single app with a network of companies will be more effective from customer's perspective. 
  • Marketing of one app collectively, by all companies participating, will deliver much higher booking rates and awareness of it's existence rather than you producing and marketing your own, single company app.
  • DriveNot booking app is not "auction" style so your are not directly competing with other companies in your area price wise. Booking customers are visiting your own area in the app with your own prices and services that you offer. 
  • Low monthly subscription means that you don't have to add surcharge to your services so your prices can stay unchanged and you can concentrate on what you do best at the best prices you have already optimized.
  • Customers booking through the app automatically are registered on your website and emailed user name and password, no one else has access to your customer data base so you can work on customer loyalty.

There are many benefits that a mobile app can bring to your business. Contact us if you would like to see a demo or for inquiries to participate in the app.

* DriveNot mobile app is intended to be an advertising platform or marketing channel for your business, we do not take any affiliation and respectively no responsibility of conducting your transportation business. You will have to abide to all rules set by your Local people transportation authorities including licensing, insurance and pricing structure. 

Here is a slideshow quick tutorial on how to set up PayPal to take mobile payments through Taxi Booking's mobile app DriveNot.

It explains how to get Client ID from PayPal that is needed for back end Taxi Booking payment methods PayPal options.

Note that this is just the first step of the process - Obtaining test (Sandbox) credentials. There is a second step required by PayPal for Live mobile payments. Contact us if you need details on how to go Live.

How to use Language override functionality in Joomla to override Taxi Booking labels and text?

Joomla has set a beautiful practice to handle languages and multi lingual content websites in it's core since Joomla 2.5 got out.

Language strings defined by Language constants are stored in .ini language files arranged in language folders with specific language code naming. Sound a bit complicated? Read on to see how you can easily bypass minor language/text changes.

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This article is to describe how to effectively override Joomla components, modules and plugins CSS styles and in particular how this applies to Taxi Booking system for Joomla.

First let me start with something easy: each Joomla component, module and sometimes plugin has it's own CSS file (unless poorly written with inline CSS which will not be in the scope of this article). The CSS rules in those CSS files may, and usually do, conflict with CSS rules set by your Joomla template's CSS.

Fortunately there is a quite easy solution of this problem although it requires a bit of work on your part. But keep in mind that Templates and components and modules are usually created by different developers and tested in different environments and therefore may have never been seen to work together until you install them on your website. So a little bit of work on your part may need to be involved to "polish that apple" - make your website look and feel beautiful.

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How to use Taxi Booking for Fixed Prices between destinations (Limo Booking style):

To use Taxi Booking as a software to charge Fixed (or Flat rate) charges between two destination you will have to use only the Special routes functionality.

First of all you have to create your Points of Interest (all of your destinations) adding their coordinates at the back end Points of Interest section. You will need to enter exact coordinates for Points of Interest because Taxi Booking will use them to calculate the route via Google Maps API and collect the time needed for the journey and also display the journey on the map at the front end. Although you may think "Why would I need route shown and time calculated since I only run my service between set destinations?" we have studied users opinions and visual map with route and time for the journey builds credibility with your clients and they are more likely to book your services online. Also time calculation is very important aspect as the booking process as vehicle will be blocked off for the booked Date and time and if a new booking request is made for the same time period vehicles previously booking will not show in the search result preventing double bookings of vehicles from your fleet.

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Security of personal data has to be covered in 2 aspects online: Payment data like credit card number and Personal data like address and full name.

At our projects developed by KANEV.COM, we are using only 3rd party payment gateways for secure payment transactions.
Companies like PayPal take the responsibility of storing credit card details on their servers and this is much better option than relying on your own server's security. Companies like PayPal specialize in secure transactions online and they invest many resources to accomplish their goal, no single website owner could afford such an investment.
The other security aspect is up to the client (website owner) it is called SSL: abbriviation for Secure Sockets Layer, cryptographic protocols which provides secure communications on the Internet.
Every website owner can purchase and install SSL sertificate on their website. It will transfer the web address from http:// to https:// which enforces the Security Sockets Layer loading and encrypting any forms sent through the website, making the data transfer from the user device (computer, mobile phone, tablet) to the server where the website and database are hosted quite secure.

KANEV Web Development limited is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Joomla Project or Open Source Matters.

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