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How the Los Angeles Center of Photography used Event Espresso to have a “smashing success” with their Exposure Weekend event

Nestled in sunny southern California, in the heart of Hollywood, is the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP). We had the privilege of chatting with Brandon from the LACP.

LACP is a nonprofit 501c3 organization devoted to photographers and the photographic arts. The organization offers classes, workshops, exhibitions, portfolio reviews, and more, all to help photographers advance their skills and careers.

What does the Los Angeles Center of Photography do?

Whether you are a photography expert with years and years of experience or you are just getting started as a novice, the LACP has resources available to help you level up with your photography skills.

Photo credit: Julia Dean

When asked about one of their memorable events, Brandon told us about their “Exposure Weekend.” Hosted in the third week of July, the multi-day event was described as a smashing success, and we knew we wanted to hear more. (more…)

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Announcing the Automated Upcoming Event Notifications add-on

Automatically send out event reminder emails for upcoming events

Has this happened to you before?

You hear about an upcoming event and eagerly register online to confirm your spot. Then you continue with life, and somehow you forget about the event. You’ve now missed an event that you were looking forward to, and it feels like you’ve tossed money away.

I know the feeling because I’ve had the same thing happen to me. It is more common than you think, and it may be happening for attendees that register for your events. Just like you, your attendees are busy, and they may also forget to show up for your next event.

The good news is that you can nudge your attendees by sending event reminder emails. (more…)

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Import a list of attendees from a CSV file upload with the Event Espresso Importer

Do you have an upcoming event where you would like to import a list of attendees?

If you have a small number of attendees, then you could manually import them into Event Espresso through your WordPress dashboard. However, if you are expecting hundreds of attendees, then importing one by one is a show stopper.

Bulk register attendees with the Event Espresso Importer

As an alternative to manual registrations, you can upload a list of attendees by importing a CSV file with the Event Espresso Importer extension. (more…)

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How Santa Cruz SPCA accepts online registrations for their youth volunteer program: PAWS

Promoting Animal Welfare with Students (PAWS)

Photo credit: Sydney Lindquist

Are you searching for an event registration system for your nonprofit organization? In this success story, we had a chat with the Santa Cruz SPCA to learn more about how they use Event Espresso for event registrations through their WordPress website for one of their programs: Promoting Animal Welfare with Students (PAWS).

Who is the Santa Cruz SPCA?

Since 1938, the non-profit organization Santa Cruz SPCA in sunny California has promoted the well-being of animals and people in their local community. They’ve done so through programs for advocacy, education, and adoption. One of their programs is Promoting Animal Welfare with Students or PAWS, which is an engaging volunteer program for young students. (more…)

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Accept online payments with PayPal Express Checkout Smart Payment Buttons (with Venmo)

Payments through PayPal Express Checkout Smart Payment Buttons are now available for Event Espresso. Event organizers in many countries all over the world can receive online payments for their event registrations using PayPal. In addition to popular payment options like credit cards and PayPal funds, an attendee can now pay for their event registrations using PayPal Credit and even Venmo (where available). (more…)

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Accept online payments with Authorize.net Accept

Authorize.net has announced that they are closing down their SIM service. Once the closure happens, then you won’t be able to accept online payments through Authorize.net SIM. Authorize.net has recommended their Accept product as a replacement for their SIM product and we’ve integrated with it with Event Espresso 4 by using their Hosted option through an iframe. With Authorize.net Accept, event organizers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia will be able to accept online payments for their registrations.
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Accept Payments for your Events with First Data Payeezy

First Data Payeezy is an on-site payment method for Event Espresso for accepting credit and debit cards and is available to event organizers in many countries.

This payment method uses the Direct API so your guests for your event will register and pay on your website. Card types such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover JCB, and Diner’s Club are supported.

Learn more about First Data Payeezy for Event Espresso.

Check out the documentation for First Data Payeezy which has information on getting set up.

If you need help with First Data Payeezy, then feel free to reach out in our support forums so we can assist you in moving forward with your project. Have an Everything support license for Event Espresso 4? Your account was automatically updated to include this add-on.

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Accept payments with PayPal Express, Embed the Events Calendar, and More

We’ve been working hard on Event Espresso to make it work even better for your events. In this post, we’ll cover a handful of the improvements that have been introduced to Event Espresso over the past few months.

PayPal Express is now recommended over PayPal Standard

PayPal Express replaces PayPal Standard in Event Espresso 4. PayPal Express offers a similar registration experience for your guests and is more reliable than PayPal Standard as it does not use the Instant Payment Notification (IPN).

This means that payments are processed on a secure PayPal.com page, and then a guest is returned to your website to view a confirmation of their registration. You no longer need to worry about a possible delay that could happen with the IPN as payments are updated immediately after a payment is completed.

And you can continue to offer guest checkout with PayPal which means that your registrants/attendees can pay for their registrations without needing a PayPal.com account.

PayPal Express uses a different set of credentials than PayPal Standard and here is a step by step guide on switching from PayPal Standard to PayPal Express. (more…)

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Now You Can Accept Payments with Braintree and PayPal Payflow Pro

Two new payment gateways are now available as add-ons for Event Espresso 4! Both will let you accept credit or debit card payments on your website.

Braintree

35222_paymentbraintreeBraintree is available to event admins / event organizers in many areas of the world including North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. It is an onsite payment gateway which means that your registrants/attendees will remain on your website during the payment process.

An SSL certificate is recommended with Braintree. Your website host will be able to provide you one for a fee and this will help ensure that sensitive payment information is kept secure.

Make $50K. Keep $50K.

Braintree has a promotion available for merchants (event organizers) in the European Union and the United States. They will pay your transaction fees for credit and debit card payments for the first $50K of payments.

Click here to learn more about Braintree for Event Espresso 4

Looking for the documentation for Braintree? You can find the documentation for Braintree here.

PayPal Payflow Pro

payflow-proPayPal Payflow Pro is available to event admins / event organizers in Canada, Australia, United States, and New Zealand. It is an onsite payment gateway which means that your registrants/attendees will remain on your website during the payment process.

An SSL certificate is recommended with PayPal Payflow Pro. Your website host will be able to provide you one for a fee and this will help ensure that sensitive payment information is kept secure.

Click here to learn more about PayPal Payflow Pro for Event Espresso 4

Looking for the documentation for PayPal Payflow Pro? You can find the documentation for PayPal Payflow Pro here.

Need some help with Event Espresso?

If you have an Everything support license for Event Espresso 4, then your account has been automatically updated and you’ll be able to find these new payment options in your account page. Are you considering upgrading from a personal support license or another support license? Contact us so we can help you make the switch to your new support license.

Both Braintree and PayPal Payflow Pro require an up to date version of Event Espresso 4. If you have not updated in some time, then now is a good time to backup your WordPress site and update. Additionally, Event Espresso is compatible with the newest version of WordPress at 4.4. Please check out our update guide for Event Espresso 4.

If you have a question or are not sure about updating, then please get in touch via our support forums so we can help you!

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Event Espresso Now Has More Caffeine Than Ever

We regularly collect feedback from awesome members like you via our support forums and our user survey. Since releasing 4.6 in early February, we’ve pushed out 30 maintenance releases with fixes, new features and enhancements; and 12 add-ons have been released or are in progress. We would like to ensure that you are aware of these awesome improvements.

Event Listings Page and Single Event Pages

The events listings page shows your events in a list format and single event pages are for displaying individual events. The template options screen for these pages has been relocated to WP dashboard (WP-admin) –> Event Espresso –> Events –> Templates. There are now options for making changes to the ticket (pricing option) selector including hiding the ticket details link, hiding ticket sale information, and even hiding expired tickets.

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Embed Your Ticket Selector Anywhere

Along with additional template options, we have also introduced a ticket selector embed option and it can be found in the event editor below the event name and next to the duplicate event button:

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Registration Checkout

Registration checkout handles collecting of the attendee/registrant information and collects payment if necessary.

You can now change the order that payment methods appear in by adjusting the PMD order through each payment option in WP dashboard (WP-admin) –> Event Espresso –> Payment Methods.

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We’ve also made the following improvements to registration checkout:

  • Removed success notices as a registrant moves through registration checkout. This means that your registrants can complete checkout faster than before
  • Added additional CSS classes to the form fields to offer more flexibility with styling changes
  • Allow HTML tags to be used for the payment method description that is shown before a registrant/attendee pays for their registration. This help messaging can be changed for each payment method in WP dashboard (WP-admin) –> Event Espresso –> Payment Methods.
  • Default the state/province dropdown and country questions to a null value. This requires attendees/registrants to select their actual location from the dropdown menus.
  • Allow immediate download of an invoice at the end of registration checkout

Improved Workflow in the WP Dashboard

We’ve added next and previous links to the Registrations Details screen. This is the screen that is shown when you are viewing a specific registration record within your WP-admin (WP Dashboard).

View a quick screencast of the next and previous links for the registration details screen

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The following improvements were also made:

  • Venues are now sorted in alphabetical order in the event editor. This is helpful if you are working with a lot of venues.
  • New shortcodes for the messages system which handles notifications for event admin (event authors) and registrants/attendees. We’ve added the following shortcodes:
    [RECIPIENT_ANSWER_*] – retrieve and display and answer to a question for a registrant
    [PRIMARY_REGISTRANT_ANSWER_*] – retrieve and display and answer to a question for a primary registrant
  • Added resources for developers in the new Developers tab in WP dashboard (WP-admin) –> Event Espresso –> Help & Support –> Developers.

Progress of Releasing Add-ons

Available Add-ons
In addition to all those great features and enhancements, we’ve also released many awesome add-ons to give your online registration and ticketing more power and give your audience a better experience.

Add-ons In-Progress
We know you have been asking for many of these add-ons for a while, and you want them like yesterday, but we are getting very close to releasing these great add-ons too. We’ll be making official announcements soon.

  • Promotions Add-on – Available for beta testing right now
  • Multiple Event Registration – an official announcement is coming soon
  • EVERTEC Payment Gateway – an official announcement is coming soon
  • REST API Add-on – See its progress today

We hope you can see that with 30 maintenance releases and 12 add-ons completed or in-progress in the last four months that we are working very hard to make sure we give you the most powerful self-hosted online event registration system.

Are you having trouble finding one of the enhancements mentioned above? Your software may be out of date. Try backing up your WordPress site and then updating to the current version of Event Espresso 4 through your WordPress Plugins screen in your WordPress dashboard.

Have a question about something mentioned above? Let us answer your questions for you. Just create a new support post in our support forums and a team member will follow up with you.

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