Calendly is an incredibly useful tool for letting anyone pick a time to chat with you.
The interface is clean and it takes just a few clicks for appointments to be scheduled. No wonder they recently raised $350m at a whopping valuation of $3bn.
However, there's a major annoyance with the way that Calendly is set up: it's not possible to fully brand Calendly and move it to your own custom domain.
This has not gone unnoticed by Calendly's community of 10m users. Numerous posts on Calendly's product forum are full of users crying out for some kind of ability to move Calendly to their own domain and whitelabel it.
Unfortunately, Calendly's responses indicate that this is not a priority for them. That might make sense for them as a business, since it's probably good marketing if your users always see that you're using Calendly – they might want to try it themselves.
Calendly does let you remove their branding a little, and add your own logo – at a steep price of $8/m/user but to be honest even then, it's going to be pretty obvious that you're using Calendly, not least because of the URL.
So here are your options if you want to put Calendly at your own site and/or brand it better:
Method 1: redirect
You can always set up something like calendar.yoursite.com and have that redirect to your Calendly.
To figure out how to do a redirect, you'll want to google the name of your domain manager (e.g. GoDaddy, Namecheap) and the term 'redirect'. Unfortunately loads of domain managers have completely different ways of doing this, but usually it's very straightforward once you find out how.
Alternatively, if you work at a large enterprise, you'll want to turn to your tech team and request that they do this. It really shouldn't be much hassle for them.
This option is not that great. Your customers will see that they've left your site and gone to calendly.com.
Method 2: iFrame
Calendly themselves encourage their users to embed Calendly in their own sites. You can do this by using something called an iFrame.
Calendly have a great guide on how to do this here.
This is a pretty good option, to be honest, and what most people will end up doing when they want to have Calendly feeling more integrated in their site.
The downsides are that:
- You can't change anything inside the iFrame, so it'll still fundamentally look like Calendly. No ability to edit CSS
- iFrames sometimes end up being quite awkward e.g. scrolling when you don't want them to scroll
Method 3: Cloakist
You guessed it! Cloakist offers what we think is the most complete solution for putting Calendly at your own domain.
We use a technology called a reverse proxy to allow you to show Calendly at yoursite.com and, crucially, change the branding completely to suit your look and feel.
As you can see there:
- My Calendly is now at https://calendly.cloak.ist instead of being stuck at calendly.com
- I've changed the font and the background color, and removed the Calendly branding (it's even possible to do this if you're on the free plan where Calendly puts a little banner on)
We think we're currently more or less the only people in the world offering this functionality.
You can try it out completely free here.
The downside of this is that if you're happy with it once you have a free trial, you have to pay.
I'd say: unless you really, really want to have the cleanest possible experience, stick with an iFrame.
Calendly's branding is not too in your face, after all. iFrames should cover 90% of cases where people don't have insane brand consistency requirements.
But if you do want to try out Cloakist because you want to take your Calendly branding to the next level, we'd be happy to help.