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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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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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Release Update: Event Espresso 4.4.5.p Now Available

A maintenance release for Event Espresso 4 is now available. Event Espresso 4.4.5.p offers 13 fixes and 2 enhancements.

Please backup your website before making any changes.

Bugfixes for Event Espresso 4.4.5

  • Fix issue where multiple required tickets causes some ticket options to become sold out
  • Fix datetimes being based on UTC rather than local time when being displayed on the front end
  • Fix Upcoming events widget does not display events that are currently active
  • Fix issue where the visibility of password protected on an event allowed registration through event listing page
  • Clean up translation strings
  • Fix untranslatable messaging verbiage
  • Fix issue where an extra space created a duplicate language domain entry for “In order to process your registration” message in SPCO
  • Fix the “Display expired events” options in the Template settings
  • Fix ability to remove price modifiers
  • Fix issue where events with no dates became unusable due to warning
  • Fix registration ticket price for tickets that get added to a secondary datetime
  • Fix Default Registration Status default setting option
  • Convert state number to state name for Authorize.net receipt

Enhancements for Event Espresso 4.4.5

  • Merge Pull Request: Added echo/return capabilities to template tags (ht: jonathan-dejong)
  • Merge GitHub Pull Request #42: Added markup around ticket info (ht: jonathan-dejong)

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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Amplify Exposure for your Events with the Events Social Sharing Add-on

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Our Events Social Sharing add-on for Event Espresso 4 will allow your registrants/attendees to tell friends about their registration by sharing a message on social networks like Google +, Twitter, and Facebook. This is a great way to add some social proof and get the word out about your events.

Our add-on will add social sharing buttons for Twitter, Google +, and Facebook on the thank you page which appears at the end of registration checkout. Here is an example:

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The Events Social Sharing add-on is a WordPress plugin and can be installed through your dashboard. You can purchase it today from our store.

Here is some additional information about the add-on that you may find helpful:

What version of Event Espresso is this add-on compatible with?
The add-on is compatible with Event Espresso 4.4.4 and up.

How can I change the heading?
Yes, this can be done using a WordPress filter and an example is available on our documentation page for the Events Social Sharing add-on.

Can I customize the tweet message for Twitter?
Yes, this can also be customized by using a gettext filter and an example is also available on our documentation page for the Events Social Sharing add-on.

Will other social networks be available?
The initial release of the add-on supports Twitter, Google +, and Facebook. We will introduce other social networks in a future release of the add-on.

Have a question about the add-on or need help with Event Espresso? Create a support post in our support forums and we’ll be happy to help you.

Need to Buy a Support License for the Events Social Sharing Add-on?
http://eventespresso.com/product/eea-events-social-sharing/

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Event Espresso was under a DDOS Attack Today

On Monday, October 27, 2014 EventEspresso.com was targeted by a distributed denial of service attack. This works by flooding our servers with dummy requests so that authentic requests from real website visitors are not processed. If you tried to access our website earlier today, then you may have experienced one of the following:

  • slow website loading
  • 502 bad request
  • partial loading or broken styling on various pages

No customer information has been affected and all customer data is safe.

Some initial findings on this attack has been posted here: http://status.eventespresso.com/update-on-service-interuptions/

We will be conducting a full investigation of this attack over the next few days and will provide another update once this has been completed. We are very sorry about any inconvenience that this may have caused today.

Additional availability by our team will be made for tomorrow (October 28th). If you recently created a support post in our support forums, then you’ll receive a response soon. Have a question about your Event Espresso account or a recent purchase? Get in touch with our team through our contact page: https://eventespresso.com/contact/

This is an unfortunate way to start out the week and we are very grateful for your patience.

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Release Update: Event Espresso 4.4.3.p

A maintenance release for Event Espresso 4 is now available. Event Espresso 4.4.3.p offers 3 fixes and 1 enhancement.

Please backup your website before making any changes.

Bugfixes for Event Espresso 4.4.3

  • Error when auto-updating
  • Database error in front-end category shortcode page while in maintenance mode
  • Undefined property (slug) notice that shows on plugin list table

Enhancements for Event Espresso 4.4.3

  • Enabled Payment Declined (Event Admin context) by default
For a complete history of updates and changes to EE4 and the EE4-compatible add-ons, see the change log for Event Espresso 4.

Updating to Event Espresso 4.4.3

One-click updates are available via the WordPress Plugins page within the WP dashboard to members who have activated their support license key. The support license key can be found on your Event Espresso account page and it is activated through the General Settings page for Event Espresso within your WordPress admin (WP dashboard).

Be sure to backup your WordPress site. Then login to your WordPress admin and click on Plugins in the WordPress admin menus. Locate Event Espresso within the list of plugins and click on Update Now.

You can also manually update your Event Espresso software. Here is information on how to manually update Event Espresso via SFTP or FTP.

What Happened to Event Espresso 4.4.1 and 4.4.2?

These versions were released within a few days of each other. Here is the changelog for Event Espresso 4.4.1 and the changelog for Event Espresso 4.4.2.

Pro-tip
Need to see more events or registrations per page in your WordPress dashboard?

Try clicking on the Screen Options tab in the top right corner of the events overview screen or registration overview screen and then adjust the pagination number and save changes. Here is an example: Increase the number of events shown in the events overview screen

Thanks for being a member of Event Espresso!

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Release Update: Event Espresso 4.3.2.p

A maintenance release for Event Espresso 4 is now available. Event Espresso 4.3.2.p offers 4 fixes.

Please backup your website before making any changes.

Bugfixes for Event Espresso 4.3.2

  • Fixed SPCO return to pay in cases where the event is sold out / reached maximum capacity of approved registrations
  • Fixed updates to core clearing out tables added by add-ons
  • Fixed the mysterious sales tax display in the ticket price breakdown
  • Fixed migration error when migrating from EE3
For a complete history of updates and changes to EE4 and the EE4-compatible add-ons, see the change log for Event Espresso 4.

Updating to Event Espresso 4.3.2

One-click updates are available via the WordPress Plugins page within the WP dashboard to members who have activated their support license key. The support license key can be found on your Event Espresso account page and it is activated through the General Settings page for Event Espresso within your WordPress admin (WP dashboard).

Be sure to backup your WordPress site. Then login to your WordPress admin and click on Plugins in the WordPress admin menus. Locate Event Espresso within the list of plugins and click on Update Now.

You can also manually update your Event Espresso software. Here is information on how to manually update Event Espresso via SFTP or FTP.

Pro-tip
Have a question about using Event Espresso 4?

Try searching the documentation for Event Espresso 4. If you are still stuck after searching, then please create a support post in our support forums so we can help you!

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