The Event Espresso Stripe Add-on 1.1.4 update will add compliance with Strong Customer Authentication (SCA), a new requirement of Europe’s second Payment Services Directive (PSD2). If you accept payments from European customers with Stripe, we recommend that you update and switch to using Stripe Elements before September 19th, when PSD2 comes into enforcement.
As an event organizer, you probably have a process in place that allows prospective attendees to register for your events. You might be asking them to download a registration form, fill it out, and mail it to you or scan it and email it to you, or you might be using some sort of hosted event registration solution on a subscription basis, like Event Smart.
While it may cost you a little bit more money upfront, having your own event registration website certainly has its benefits:
- The website – and everything you publish on it – belongs to you.
- It gives you more control and flexibility.
- You’re able to extend its functionality.
- Your attendees’ data is stored on your systems – not a third-party site.
Finding the right event theme for your WordPress website is important. Ideally, you want to go for a theme that:
- Lets you customize your event website’s front-end to properly show your brand.
- Delivers an intuitive user interface that improves attendee experience.
- Features a content-first design that highlights the event’s details.
- Can give you a professional look without being too complicated.
- Is well supported by the theme developer.
- Presents a responsive, mobile-friendly design.
In this article, we’ll share some of the best – free and premium – WordPress event themes that fit these criteria and are compatible with Event Espresso. (more…)
Introducing a new third-party add-on, Import Eventbrite Events.
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
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…)
Introducing a new third-party add-on, Seating chart for Event Espresso 4.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- Problems – The issues we discovered and fixed.
- What this means for you – How the fixes will affect some websites.
- Recommendations – What we recommend to prepare for this change and deal with any potential impact you may experience on your website.