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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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API WRITE Endpoints are Now Available in Event Espresso 4 Core

Last week was a great week for the Event Espresso REST API – we have just released new API WRITE endpoints with create, update and delete functionality. The new WRITE endpoints make it easier to create new features and integrate with third-party services and applications.

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Easier to Create New Features

With WRITE endpoints in the Event Espresso 4 REST API, developers will find it much easier to create innovative new features for Event Espresso. In fact, we are already starting development of recurring events, and are close to releasing a beta version of the Waiting List Manager. Both of these add-ons wouldn’t be possible without the REST API.

Opening Doors to Innovation and Integration with Third-Party Services

The WRITE endpoints of the API open the door to integration’s with many third-party services. For example, developers can create software running anywhere, in any language, to create events, registrations, and transactions via the REST API, instead of being limited to only doing so from the WordPress admin or a custom plugin. With READ endpoints you can sync data from Event Espresso to other applications, but now with WRITE endpoints you can sync data from other applications TO Event Espresso.

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Important Upcoming Changes to Dates and Times in Event Espresso

This post is important news for any Event Espresso 4 user who has their WordPress website using a UTC offset for its timezone setting instead of a timezone string (e.g. city/region). If you have your website set to use a timezone string (e.g. a city/region) then you will not be affected by anything in this post. Check Your Date and Time Settings! – Log in to your WordPress website and navigate to: Settings > General > Timezone
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Are you a developer? You may be interested in our developer blog post that goes into more technical details: Upcoming Changes to the Datetime System

An update is coming that will fix some bugs we discovered related to users who set their WordPress Timezone to a Manual Offset from UTC. We wanted to give some heads up on this update because it could impact the dates and times on your Event Espresso powered website. Here’s a rough outline of this post for those of you who want to skim to the parts that impact you:

  1. Backstory – Outlines some basics around the Manual Offset from UTC setting for your website timezone and why it generally is a bad idea to have your site set to an offset as opposed to a city/region.
  2. Problems – The issues we discovered and fixed.
  3. What this means for you – How the fixes will affect some websites.
  4. Recommendations – What we recommend to prepare for this change and deal with any potential impact you may experience on your website.

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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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5 Tips for Contributing to Open Source Software like Event Espresso

Many good software developers struggle and become frustrated when contributing to open source software. That’s because the skill set required for contributing to open source software is different from that required for writing closed source software.

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About three years ago we decided to put our flagship WordPress plugin, Event Espresso, on Github in order to facilitate community contributions. It has always been open source (meaning the code that runs it is viewable by anyone who downloads it), but that made it much more accessible for contributions. Since then we have received numerous pull requests (requests to have code added to it), but not all contributions were ready. The purpose of this post is to help software developers better understand how to contribute to Event Espresso, WordPress, or any open source software. (more…)

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Let’s Meet at LoopConf 2017

Have you heard of LoopConf?

LoopConf is an exciting, three-day event for technically-minded folks that want to dive deep into advanced engineering and development topics. For the second year in a row, they have invited a lineup of amazing speakers ready and willing to share their passion for WordPress with you.

With a speaker lineup featuring engineers from Automattic, WIRED, The New York Times, Bocoup, Disney, Microsoft, and so many other amazing and innovative companies, you won’t want to miss this fantastic event! (more…)

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2016 WordPress Hosting Survey

TL; DR
We want you to take our 2016 Web Hosting Survey (below).

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Siteground’s Jenga game

When we asked the Event Espresso community if they love their hosting company in our 2015 web hosting survey, the responses we received were somewhat enlightening. As far as Hosting Support, Server Uptime, and Hosting Features were concerned Siteground clearly came out on top. While WP Engine put up a great fight, they came in a very strong second place. InMotion did pretty well overall, coming in third.

Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many members of their respective support and development teams in real life. We’ve played oversized Jenga games, shared meals and talked shop with many of these folks at many WordCamps over the years.

Not only do all three of these web hosting companies come highly recommended, but they’re all really nice folks. I’ve seen first hand that they truly love their customers and the WordPress Community.

Are You Happy With Your Web Host?

Take the 2016 Web Hosting Survey!

Now the time has come to ask once again, who has the best web hosting in 2016?
(survey ends May 9, 2016)

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Introducing the Event Espresso Public Roadmap

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In our journey to empower business and organization leaders with the event registration, ticketing, and management tools that maximize the success of their events, we’ve learned that customer feedback and open communication are an important asset to the success of the Event Espresso plugin for WordPress.

However, up until recently, we haven’t had a very efficient way of tracking each request, allowing the community a place to vote on features, or tracking progress of the Event Espresso project. We felt we needed a public roadmap to help keep the community in the loop and to keep feature requests from getting lost.

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Using Trello as Our Public Roadmap

trello1Trello is an easy to use, real time, visual project management tool based on the Kanban system, which was developed in Toyota as a system to keep production levels high and maintain flexibility. It is best represented as a whiteboard filled with post-it notes. Each post-it represents different tasks involved in the project.

We felt a public Trello Board was a great place for us to engage with the community, get feedback, share our development, and keep you up-to-date on upcoming features & releases.

So last year we quietly launched our Event Espresso Public Roadmap on Trello to give our community a place to follow feature  planning and development. Since making the board public, we’ve already had quite a few votes and comments come through over the past few months, by way of mentioning the public roadmap in the support forums.

What to Expect

managing_expectationsWe hope this gives the Event Espresso community a bird’s eye view of features that are in the backlog and which are being completed in preparation for a major release. Going forward we plan to follow the roadmap as best we can and will continue to post requested features to the public roadmap for the community to vote on.

However, sponsored development is a service we offer to the community. If a community member sponsors a feature, then we agree to prioritize that feature ahead of some other things. A perfect example of this is when Event Espresso users want a new payment gateway, they can fund the initial development and we put that feature higher on the priority list and try to work on it asap.

Some very popular items, like recurring events, require development of underlying systems and features.

For example, core features such as Attendee Reassignment or wait lists, will need to be in place before we start work on the Recurring Events add-on (you wouldn’t want to have dozens of recurring events without an easy way to move attendees from one event to another would you?). Another example would be the Automated Email Reminders add-on, which will require the Messages Activity core feature (notice that’s a feature in and of itself).

Requesting a New Feature

If you have a new feature you want to see listed in the public roadmap, please create a new thread in our support forums and describe the feature as best you can. That way our support team can discuss the feature with you, and if appropriate, get it added to the roadmap.

Voting & Commenting

Event Espresso Public Roadmap VoteOnce your feature request is added to the roadmap, yourself and other community members will be able to vote and leave comments on the feature. Our support team will also forward any new requests for the feature to the roadmap.

We feel voting on features is especially useful to us, because it means we can list a bunch of features that we want to get done on the board, and then let the public vote up the features that they want the most. This allows us to take the community’s input for what they deem most important into our process for setting priorities.

Please feel free to vote on as many feature as you like.

Basic Overview of Trello

How it Works
Trello uses a system of boards, lists and cards. This creates a system that allows for individuals or teams to track a project and collaborate or contribute where they can be most useful or where it is most needed.

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Board
A board is typically a project or product that is under development or consistently being worked on.

List
A list is a way to divide a board into different categories. Typically a list represents a stage of progress (to do, in progress, finished).

Card
A card is the most basic and flexible part of the system. It represents a specific element of a project (A new feature, a software bug, research for a post). We can move cards between lists as they progress through the project.

Subscribe to Updates
There are three ways to subscribe for updates in Trello. You can subscribe to the entire Trello Board, individual lists, and/or individual cards.

  • Subscribing to the Trello Board – Click the “Show Menu” button in the top right corner (screenshot) of the Trello Board, then click the “…More” link, then click “Subscribe” (screenshot).
  • Subscribe to a List – In the top right corner of each list is a tiny down arrow. Click the arrow, then click the “Subscribe” link (screenshot).
  • Subscribe to a Card – Click to open an individual Trello card, then click the “Subscribe” button under the “Actions” heading (screenshot).

Current Status of EE4 Development

We’ve been focused on making core improvements over the last several months and are currently wrapping up development on EE 4.9, which includes a major refactor of the Event Espresso Messages System.

The messages system refactor introduces a few new features, such as a messages queue, batch message processing, a recording system for sent messages, and the ability to resend failed messages. After that we will start work on the Attendee Reassignment feature and the Automated Email Reminders add-on.

Get Updates When New Features Release

Be the first to know when we ship new features … signup for our newsletter here: https://eventespresso.com/newsletter/

Wrapping Up

We realize many of you use Event Espresso as the backbone of your business and we hope this roadmap will help give you an idea of where the project is going. Please let us know in the comment section below if you have any questions.

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