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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).

Receive payments for event registrations through Venmo

Venmo is now a service provided by PayPal. By using the PayPal Express Checkout Smart Payment Buttons payment gateway, an attendee will be able to pay for their event registrations using Venmo.

With PayPal Express Checkout that is included with Event Espresso, an attendee is temporarily taken to a secure page on PayPal.com where they can pay with a credit card, debit card, or PayPal funds. With the new Smart Payment Buttons, an attendee or a registrant won’t leave your website. Instead, they’ll see a secure modal window appear over your website where they can pay and see a confirmation of their payment and registration right away. On mobile devices, attendees will pay on a page and then see their registration confirmation.



PayPal Express Checkout Smart Payment Buttons has several benefits over the existing PayPal Express Checkout payment gateway:

– Smart Payment Buttons will dynamically show extra payment options that are available like PayPal Credit and Venmo offering your attendees’ even more options to pay for their event registrations
– An attendee can now make an online payment without leaving your website even if they don’t have a PayPal account



Here is a comparison of the payment options available between the platforms:

PayPal Express Checkout
(uses the NVP/SOAP API from PayPal)

✓ Credit cards
✓ Debit cards
✓ PayPal funds

PayPal Express Checkout Smart Payment Buttons
(uses the new REST API from PayPal)✓ Credit cards
✓ Debit cards
✓ PayPal funds
Venmo
PayPal Credit

This means that your registrants and attendees will have more choices to pay and they’ll be able to pay even faster as compared to the existing PayPal Express Checkout. And PayPal handles this behind the scenes for you by using “your specific configuration and a buyer’s location and cookies.”

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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.

Authorize.net Accept is a replacement for Authorize.net SIM

As a refresher, Authorize.net SIM is an offsite payment service. This means that a registrant or attendee is temporarily taken to a secure page on Authorize.net to make their payment and then they are returned to your website to view a confirmation of their registration.

With Authorize.net Accept, a guest will pay on your website through an iframe. This has several benefits:

  • An attendee can now make a payment without leaving your website
  • The card information is sent directly to Authorize.net for secure processing and never touches your website

 


 

Here is a comparison of the registration flows between SIM and Accept (uses the Hosted option):

Authorize.net SIM

1) A guest starts their registration from the event page by making a selection
2) They enter their registration information
3) They are sent to a page on Authorize.net to pay
4) The guest is returned to your website to view their confirmation

Authorize.net Accept Hosted

1) A guest starts their registration from the event page by making a selection
2) They enter their registration information
3) They pay and see their confirmation on your website

There are less steps needed to register and pay which means a faster registration experience for your attendees and registrants.

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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.

event-espresso-4-ticket-selector-template-options

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:

event-espresso-4-ticket-embed-button-event-editor

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.

event-espresso-4-payment-method-pmd-number

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

event-espresso-4-transactions-next-previous-links

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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Release Update: Event Espresso 4.4.10.p Now Available

A maintenance release for Event Espresso 4 is now available. Event Espresso 4.4.10.p includes one fix. Event Espresso 4.4.9.p includes 14 fixes and 6 enhancements.

Please backup your website before making any changes.

Bugfixes for Event Espresso 4.4.10

  • Restore event overview filters (category, date, status)

Interested in contributing to the Event Espresso 4 project? Request access to our project on GitHub

Bugfixes for Event Espresso 4.4.9

  • Fix text box/label formatting when returning to payment options
  • Fix second instance of an [ESPRESSO_EVENTS] shortcode on a page order_by & sort
  • Fix [ESPRESSO_EVENTS] order_by parameter no longer accepting multiple values
  • Fix broken WordPress Shortlinks
  • Fix not approved thank you page trying to load payment data
  • Fix private events so they don’t lose the ticket selector
  • Fix the phone number value not appearing when editing an attendee record after registration checkout
  • Simulate core EE editor to define pagenow a bit earlier
  • Don’t add thousand separators when sending totals to Mijireh
  • Use better type checking for messages shortcode parser to fix the issue where “0” was interpreted as a non-truthy value and thus stripped
  • If a line item has no name make one up, based on its type to fix an unnamed tax line item sent to gateways
  • Fix messages issues with having a single quote in a company name
  • Import from CSV: Switch order of formatting datetimes. First try to format as an excel date. If not an exact match, parse it normally
  • Don’t prevent deletion of model objects if they have related extra meta. Add unit test to prove this is correct

Interested in contributing to the Event Espresso 4 project? Request access to our project on GitHub

Enhancements for Event Espresso 4.4.9

  • Change labels from dollar discount/surcharge to fixed discount/surcharge
  • Update max_input_vars check to 5.3.9
  • Add Paypal Partnership Code
  • Add timeout setting to the Authnet AIM gateway
  • Make the offsite gateway strings i18n
  • Change migrations so venue URL slugs match the venue title
For a complete history of updates and changes to Event Espresso 4 and the EE4-compatible add-ons, see the change log for Event Espresso 4.

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Release Update: Event Espresso 4.4.8.p Now Available

A maintenance release for Event Espresso 4 is now available. Event Espresso 4.4.8.p includes one fix.

Please backup your website before making any changes.

Bugfixes for Event Espresso 4.4.8

  • Fix incorrectly calculated ticket price when using comma for decimal place and period for thousands

Interested in contributing to the Event Espresso 4 project? Request access to our project on GitHub

For a complete history of updates and changes to EE4 and the EE4-compatible add-ons, see the change log for Event Espresso 4.
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Release Update: Event Espresso 4.4.7.p Now Available

A maintenance release for Event Espresso 4 is now available. Event Espresso 4.4.7.p offers 5 fixes.

Please backup your website before making any changes.

Bugfixes for Event Espresso 4.4.7

  • Fix issue in upcoming events widget where short event titles don’t bump images down & big images can overflow
  • Fix issue where expired events cannot be viewed
  • Fix unlocalized strings and labels for the admin
  • Fix Undefined variable + Cannot modify header information warning when updating attendee registration form in admin
  • Add check for wpdb::set_sql_mode (only existed since WordPress 3.9.0)

Interested in contributing to the Event Espresso 4 project? Request access to our project on GitHub

For a complete history of updates and changes to EE4 and the EE4-compatible add-ons, see the change log for Event Espresso 4.
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Release Update: Event Espresso 4.4.6.p Now Available

A maintenance release for Event Espresso 4 is now available. Event Espresso 4.4.6.p offers 10 fixes and 3 enhancements.

Please backup your website before making any changes.

Bugfixes for Event Espresso 4.4.6

  • Fix datetimes being based on UTC rather than local time when being displayed on the front end
  • Fix events with a status of  ‘Cancelled’ still allowing registrations
  • Fix ESPRESSO_EVENTS shortcode where pagination stops working if used on the ‘Front Page’
  • Fix issue with prices with commas
  • Fix event category archives
  • Fix events with no limit set on a datetime importing as sold out
  • Fix error when attempting to remove a trashed registrant
  • Fix ‘Notice: Undefined index: test_transactions in /event-espresso-core-reg/modules/gateways/Paypal_Pro/EE_Paypal_Pro.class.php on line 781’
  • Fix “Allow Payment-retry for Pending and Deferred Payments?”
  • Fix STRICT_ALL_TABLES issue for WordPress 4.1

Enhancements for Event Espresso 4.4.6

  • Add a whole whack of filters to control displayed text within the ticket selector
  • Merge GitHub Pull Request #46: Updated Thank You page header to be consistent (props nickrouty)
  • Merge GitHub Pull Request #45: Removed line that isn’t applicable to Ticket Selector table columns (props nickrouty)

Interested in contributing to the Event Espresso 4 project? Request access to our project on GitHub

For a complete history of updates and changes to EE4 and the EE4-compatible add-ons, see the change log for Event Espresso 4.
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