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The Events Calendar vs. Event Espresso: Choosing the Best Events Plugin for Your Site

WordPress as a website platform offers many awesome features for publishing a blog or building a basic website out of the box. However, something that’s sorely lacking for event managers is the ability to offer event registration and ticketing on their site. Therefore, if you want to sell tickets to your events, you’ll need to choose a plugin that is dedicated to event registration and ticketing.

The good news is that there are plenty of event registration plugins available, so many in fact, that it can be difficult to find the one that’s ideal for you. The easiest way to pick the best tool is to thoroughly compare the most significant pros and cons of the top event plugins. Recommendations from friends and colleagues is a good place to start your search, but just because one event plugin was right for one event organizer and their website, your situation might be different, and another event plugin might work better for you.

In this article, we’re going to look at two event-focused plugins: The Events Calendar and Event Espresso. We’ll talk about what features they offer, their pricing, and more. Let’s get started!

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Eventbrite vs Event Espresso: Which Is the Right Event Registration Tool for Your Website?

By default, WordPress provides a lot of features you can use to design your website. However, certain functionality can only be added through plugins or integrations. If you’re looking to enable online event registration and ticketing on your site, for example, you can’t do that with just WordPress posts or pages, you’ll need an additional tool.

Fortunately, there are plenty of solutions you can use to let visitors view and sign up for events. The trick lies in selecting a perfect fit for your needs and budget. Doing this is simple, as long as you understand the pros and cons of each option.

In this post, we’ll look at two of the most popular, but very different, event registration tools – Eventbrite and Event Espresso. We’ll compare them on several key criteria, to help you decide which one you need. Let’s take a look! (more…)

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What Is a Payment Gateway?

What is a payment gateway?What happens between when attendees purchase tickets and you get paid? How do their transactions get processed? All of this is taken care of by your payment gateway.

In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about payment gateways for your event website. We’ll start off by explaining what payment gateways are and why you need them. Next, we’ll take a look at how payment gateways work and what factors you need to consider when choosing a payment gateway for your event website. Finally, we’ll step through some examples of online and offline payment gateways and how you can get started with one for your event website. (more…)

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New Third-party Add-on: Import Eventbrite Events

Introducing a new third-party add-on, Import Eventbrite Events.

Import Events from Eventbrite

Import Eventbrite Events by XylusThemes is a super simple, yet, a useful plugin which runs scheduled imports from Eventbrite and syncs them perfectly to your event website.

With the Import Eventbrite Events add-on, you can import your Eventbrite classes, workshops, or nightclub events directly into your Event Espresso calendar.

Getting the Add-on

The Import Eventbrite Events add-on is available on our Third-party Add-ons page or directly from the XylusThemes website.

Support

XylusThemes offers help and support for this add-on, while an FAQ is available on the plugin homepage.

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Wait List Manager Add-on Released for Event Espresso 4

The Wait List Manager add-on for Event Espresso 4 has arrived! Now you can automate the process of capturing wait list signups when your events sell out. Easily manage last-minute event tickets and provide standby ticketing for your customers and increase profitability for your events.

The Wait List Manager add-on is compatible with Event Espresso 4.9.47+ and available to purchase from the product page.

Wait List Manager Features

The Wait List Manager helps you with those pesky last minute cancellations and course transfers by allowing you to turn on a waiting list to fill those spaces, therefore helping you stay more profitable. (more…)

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New Third-party Add-on: Seats.io Seating Chart Integration

Introducing a new third-party add-on, Seating chart for Event Espresso 4.

The Seating Chart add-on for Event Espresso 4 by Aparna’s Codex integrates Seats.io and provides a feature to sell seats created in seats.io through the Event Espresso registration system.

With Seats.io, you can create a seating layout in hours (not days) using tables, chairs, podium locations, and more, via a drag-n-drop interface. Allow users to reserve a table or seat at your next event.

Getting the Add-on

The Price Modifier add-on is available on our Third-party Add-ons page or directly from the Aparna’s Codex website.

Support

Aparna’s Codex offers help and support for this add-on, while an FAQ is available on the plugin home page.

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GDPR, Registration Data, and Your Ticketing Website

In preparation for the new GDPR legislation, WordPress 4.9.6 and Event Espresso 4.9.62 have been released. This post will help you become familiar with the GDPR and the new tools in WordPress and Event Espresso that will help with your registration and ticketing website.

GDPR, Registration Data, and Your Ticketing Website

What is the GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union coming into effect on the 25th of this month. It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU. The GDPR aims primarily to give control to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU.
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New Third-party Add-on: WP Event Aggregator

Import Events from anywhere – Facebook, Eventbrite, Meetup, iCalendar and ICS into your Event Espresso powered WordPress site.

Introducing the WP Events Aggregator by Xylus Themes

Have you ever wanted to import your Facebook, Meetup, or The Events Calendar into your website? Well, this is the plugin you have been waiting for! The WP Event Aggregator allows you to show imported events from multiple sources and it supports all leading WordPress Event Calendar Plug-ins like The Events Calendar, Events Manager, All-in One Event Calender, Event Organiser, EventOn, My Calendar, Eventum (Tevolution-Events) etc.

Here’s a screenshot of the scheduled imports page, showing events from Facebook, Eventbrite, Ical, and Meetup:

Better yet, the WP Event Aggregator plugin now works with Event Espresso 4, allowing you even more possibilities over your event website.

Getting the Plugin

The WP Event Aggregator plugin is available on our Third-party Add-ons page or directly from the Xylus Themes website.

Support

Xylus Themes offers help and support for this add-on, while an FAQ is available on the plugin home page.

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8 Proven Tips to Increase Event Ticket Sales in 2018

This post was written by our featured developer partner, WisdmLabs.

Event Sales Tips
With a new year come new beginnings; that means new events too.

World over, there are thousands of events conducted each year. Be it sports, cultural events, shopping, food, music, or anything else under the sun; you think of something and there will be an event related to that. The success of an event is defined, in part, by the number of tickets sold.

More ticket sales means higher attendance, greater income, more popularity, and a fruitful endeavor. If maximizing sales of event tickets is your aim for 2018, then read on.

8 proven ideas for increasing event ticket sales in 2018

First and foremost, set a realistic target revenue you want to earn. Then, depending on the number of events you do annually, break down the amount to arrive at a figure that you should be seeing at the end of every ticket sale. This will give you a number to work with, making it easier to channel your efforts accordingly. (more…)

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#GivingTuesday: Sponsoring the Outspoken Women Mission

As I was preparing our social media campaign for #GivingTuesday, I stumbled upon an Outspoken Women post on social media. So, I decided to check out the website and see what it was all about.

Outspoken Women - Support Women Speakers in Tech

I found that Outspoken Women is a resource for women and non-binary individuals in the open source technology industry. As I was looking around on their website, I noticed many of their members are people I recognize from the various WordCamps I’ve attended over the years and the WordPress community. Additionally, I noticed that some Outspoken Women members are customers of Event Espresso, so I thought to myself, “What a great organization to sponsor for GivingTuesday.”, then I made it happen and sponsored.

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