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EventON vs Event Espresso: Selling Tickets and Event Registrations with WordPress

Finding the right event management plugin to sell tickets and accept registrations can be difficult. While most solutions out there, like Event Espresso, offer core event features out of the box, others require you to purchase premium add-ons to implement basic functionality.

In this article, we’ll compare EventON vs Event Espresso in a six-step comparison to help you decide which plugin is right for you. Before we begin, let’s quickly step through the main features on offer with both plugins. (more…)

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Choosing the Right WordPress Event Calendar For Your Website

If you are a business owner or perhaps a marketing professional, you may organize and hold events throughout the year to attract prospective customers and engage them with your brand. Having an event calendar on your site can help you let visitors know your event schedule and allow you to display important event details.

In this article, we’ll start off by discussing what an events calendar is and why it’s important to have one. We’ll also introduce you to the Event Espresso WordPress event calendar. (more…)

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Event Smart vs Event Espresso: Which Event Registration Solution Is Right for You?

While there are plenty of free event registration platforms available, most of them include only basic management features. If you run a lot of events through your WordPress site, you might need the additional options that are available through certain premium solutions.

Premium event registration tools typically offer additional payment options, event calendars, and even attendee management and communication features. With a a small upfront investment, these platforms can save you a lot of time and energy over the long term.
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Event Organiser vs. Event Espresso: Which WordPress Plugin Is For You?

What’s the best way to manage your event registrations in WordPress?

In this article we will compare two popular WordPress plugins for event management: Event Organiser and Event Espresso.

Promoting your events online is vital to ensuring that attendance is high. Running an event registration and ticketing website lets you make the key details about your events easily accessible, such as dates, times, and locations. However, sharing information is only one aspect of hosting a successful event.

In fact, you can actually use your website to manage your events – before, during, and after. As long as you use the right tools, you can streamline the process of attracting attention, selling tickets and registrations, tracking attendance, and much more.
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How Much Does an Event Espresso Site Cost?

Ticekting Website CostAs 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.

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5 Best Practices for Designing High-Converting Event Registration Forms

event registration formsIf your event registration form isn’t optimized for conversions, you could be driving away attendees without even knowing it.

Minor changes in the form’s design and layout – such as following the asterisk standard or grouping related fields together – can improve your form’s user experience significantly and simplify your registration process.

In this article, we’ll share some best practices for designing high-converting registration forms for your event. (more…)

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Multiple Event Registration Now Available for Event Espresso 4

Thanks to the efforts of our development team, sponsors, and support team, we have just released the Multiple Event Registration (MER) for Event Espresso 4.

What is Multiple Event Registration?

The premise behind this great add-on is that the easier it is for people to register for an event, the more events they are likely to attend. With the Multiple Event Registration add-on, attendees can register for several events at once and even add additional attendees to any of the same events–in the same checkout process. Additional attendees also get the customized registration form as the first/primary attendee.

Purchase the Multiple Event Registration for Event Espresso 4, also included in the EE4 Everything License.

How does it work?

EE4-MER-add-to-event-cartThe Multiple Event Registration add-on is super easy to use. Just install the plugin on your site, then the EE4 ticket selector and registration system is automatically updated to allow registrants the ability to add events to an “Event Cart”. Going forward, your customers will be able to add multiple events to their cart and checkout in a single, streamlined registration.

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Here’s a quick step-by-step overview of the Multiple Event Registration process:

  1. Customers are shown a list of events to register for, in which tickets can be added to the “Event Cart”.
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  2. Customer adds events to their cart, then checks-out. Additional tickets can be added/removed in the cart.EE4-MER-cart-view
  3. Customer is taken to a single registration page for all of the events in their cart.
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  4. Customers can reuse information from the first form, across all registration forms on the page, or pick and choose which form data to reuse.
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  5. After the registration forms are completed, the customer is taken to the payment page to finalize the registration.
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  6. That’s it! The customer is registered for as many events as they want in one checkout.
Get Started!
Purchase the Multiple Event Registration add-on for Event Espresso 4.

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Event Espresso vs. Event Smart; Self-hosted vs. Hosted Online Event Registration and Ticketing

If you’re not already using Event Espresso or Event Smart, there’s never been a better time to switch to a new and improved online event registration and ticketing management system. The tools available in Event Espresso and Event Smart are professional, fully-featured, polished solutions that make it ridiculously easy. (more…)

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Ticket Selector Embed Code Now Available for Event Espresso 4

It’s a great day to be an event promoter! We are pleased to announce a that we have added a “Ticket Selector Embed Code” feature to Event Espresso 4. This is just one, of many features that was requested and added to Event Espresso 4, based on a feature request from an Event Smart (our hosted event registration and ticketing system) customer.

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What is the Ticket Selector Embed Code?

Ever wanted to make it easy for registrants to find your events? What about allowing prospective registrants to select tickets right from a third-party website? Well, the new “Ticket Selector Embed Code” feature for Event Espresso 4 allows anyone with the embed code for your event, to display a ticket selector for that event, on almost any HTML website, Facebook page, WordPress.com and/or WordPress.org posts and pages.

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Learn how to embed the Ticket Selector in a Facebook page
http://eventespresso.com/wiki/ticket-selector-embed-code/#facebook_embed

How do I use the Ticket Selector Embed Code?

It’s very simple, really. All you have to do is copy the embed code and place it into an HTML page, blog post, or page on any website and the ticket selector for your event will display in an iframe. When a ticket is selected an the registrant submits the form, they are then taken to your website to finish the registration. Easy, right?

Documentation for Ticket Selector Embed Code
http://eventespresso.com/wiki/ticket-selector-embed-code/

This screenshot shows what appears when the “Embed” button is clicked:

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Finally, this screenshot shows the embed code placed directly into a WordPress blog post, but actually, as stated previously, the embed code can literally be added to almost any web page on the internet!

What are your thought about this new feature?

Are you as excited about this feature as we are? How will you use the new ticket selector embed code? Please share your examples and feedback in the comments below.

Need to Buy an Event Espresso 4 Support License?
http://eventespresso.com/pricing/?ee_ver=ee4

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Developers Corner: Using Advanced Custom Fields to Quickly Extend EE4

acf-home-panel-fieldsEver wanted to add details about an event sponsor to each event? How about adding a custom downloads or course curriculum section on the thank you page? Or better yet, access to training videos?

Look no further! Using the Advanced Custom Fields plugin for WordPress the event presentation and content delivery  possibilities are endless.

 

Over 20 Custom Field Types!

Fully customize WordPress edit screens with powerful custom fields. Boasting a professional interface and a powerful API, it’s a must have for any web developer. The Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) plugin allows you to take full control of your edit screens & custom field data. With over 20 field types (free, premium and user submitted) to choose from, custom data management couldn’t be easier, or look any better!

 

Easy Integration with Event Espresso 4

Once ACF is installed, simply create a field group, add your fields and define the location rules. The custom fields you create will appear in the EE4 event editor and are ready to accept custom data. Fields that are populated with data can be displayed throughout your event and registration pages. ACF will allow you to add just about any type of custom content to your Event Espresso 4 registration pages. Such as event sponsors, course curriculum, downloads, video tutorials, and much more. The possibilities are endless!

 

How Do I Get Started?

Itching to get started, but don’t know how? Don’t worry, we have you covered! I have created a couple of examples to get you going, and will add a few more as time goes on.

Simply follow along with the tutorials below, and I will show you how to add a course curriculum and/or event sponsor section to your registration pages.

 

Tutorials

Requires Event Espresso 4.3

Creating a Course Curriculum/Downloads Section After Payment

This tutorial covers using the ACF plugin and the EE4 “Thank You” Page Actions & Filters to create a course curriculum/downloads section that will be displayed on the EE4 “Thank You” page. So once someone registers for a class/event, the curriculum/downloads section will be displayed and allow registrants to start downloading files immediately.

 

Creating an Event Sponsor Section Throughout the Event Registration Pages

This tutorial covers using the ACF plugin and the EE4 Single Page Checkout (SPCO) Actions & Filters to create a sponsor details section that appears throughout the registration process.

 

 

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