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…)
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. (more…)
If you are an event organizer then your goal is to get on the calendar of anyone who is interested in your type of event. To help with that goal, you can make your online event[s] accessible for people to add your event to their own digital planners, their calendars! This will help you stand out among other events and stay top of mind as your potential guests make their plans.
Adding iCal download links to your event registration confirmation emails or making them available as .ics file downloads makes it easy for attendees to save the event’s details directly to their personal calendar applications. And, if attendees put your upcoming event on their calendar they’re more likely to attend. (more…)
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.
Don’t lose customers when events sell out!
If your event has sold out that’s great, nobody likes empty seats and shows you are doing a great job promoting your events so congratulations!
However, when an event sells out, registration closes for that event which means you no longer capture details from your customers and you’re missing out on potential sales. Creating a waiting list for your events allows you to continue to obtain attendee details when your event sells out. That’s where Ninja Forms can help.
If you are not quite ready to deploy the new Wait List Manager just yet, you can opt to use the Ninja Forms plugin to capture the attendee details.
Ready to learn how to use Ninja Forms as a waiting list?
Just head on over to our documentation, where we created a step-by-step tutorial that shows you how to use Ninja Forms as the wait list for your sold out events. (more…)
Event Espresso is the best WordPress event registration and ticketing plugin available. We offer the most powerful features like a Messages Activity and Queue System that is not offered in any other event registration and ticketing plugin for WordPress. This powerful system makes sure your server is not over-burdened with sending lots of messages during busy event registration periods and allows you to view the status of messages, resend messages, and delete messages from the Message Activity list table. The Messages Queue system is just an example of our awesome features.
Hello, everyone! We’ve recently launched a new premium feature in Event Espresso (as of 4.9.27.p) that allows your customers to filter tickets by date. If you have ever used the Multiple Datetimes Per Event feature when configuring your event to occur on multiple days, you know that sometimes there can be a lot of ticket options (one for each Datetime, etc.).
To make the process of selecting the correct ticket for the right day(s) easier for your audience, we have added a setting that allows you to turn on a date filter so that your registrants can filter available ticket options by date.
If you’ve ever had a registrant sign up for the wrong event, then you know how important it can be to be able to move them to a different event; moving registrations between events can be a very time consuming process. With the Attendee Mover add-on for EE4, you can now move attendees to different events with ease.
The Attendee Mover add-on is compatible with Event Espresso 4.9.7+ and available to download from the pre-release channel while in beta testing.
Shave at least 5 minutes off the attendee reassignment process!
With the Attendee Mover add-on, it only takes four simple steps to move an attendee to a new event, from the Registrations Overview page, click the “Attendee Mover” icon in the attendee row.
Attendee Mover Icon in Registration Overview
Next, you can choose the event that you would like to move the selected attendee to.
Moving an Attendee – Registration Step 1
Then select a ticket and click the “Next Step” button…
Moving an Attendee – Registration Step 2
…and voila! The attendee is reassigned to the correct event.
Moving an Attendee – Registration Step 3
Attendee Mover Beta Testing
Want to beta test this new add-on for us? Please follow the short guide below to get started.
The add-on is available for beta testing from the pre-release channel (PRC) within your Event Espresso account page. Once you’ve signed up for the PRC, your download will be available in the EE4 tab of the PRC.
The add-on installs like any other WordPress plugin, just upload and activate it via the WordPress plugin admin screen.
We look forward to your feedback from testing the Attendee Mover add-on beta. Please feel free to start a new topic in the Pre-release channel forum if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions.
We are happy to announce a new beta version of Event Espresso is available in the pre-release channel. Event Espresso 4.9 is a major update that brings a new message queue system, new registration question types, and a 20-30% performance increase for page loads. These updates lower the time and resources it takes for your server to process registrations and lays the groundwork for highly requested features, such as automated reminder messages.
New Features in Event Espresso 4.9
Message Queue System
This new system tracks and prioritizes when messages are generated and when they are sent. When messages are triggered, they are no longer generated immediately and sent on the same request. Instead, they enter into a queue and all processing happens on separate requests. This makes your registration process faster, especially when processing more registrations at the same time.
All outgoing messages will still be delivered as expected. However, with the new message queue system, you can now track the status of all outgoing/sent messages, and resend previously sent messages.
Here are a few screenshots that help you see the improvements.
Message Activity tab This tab allows you to see messages that have been sent, queued, failed, and more.
Message Activity – Actions
The actions column gives you the option to: generate a message now, send messages immediately (if queued), resend messages, view transactions, and view failed messages, view messages and more.
Message Activity – Legend
Easily view see recognize the status of message actions.
New Registration Question Types
In Event Espresso 4.9 we’ve introduced several new question types, such as “Email”, “Integer”, “Decimal”, “URL”, “USA – Format Phone” and “Year”. These new fields add the ability to validate questions based on the type of the question. For instance, site admins can have questions that need to be validated as email addresses or URLs.
Breakdown of New Field Types
“Decimal” only allows decimal numbers
“Email” only allows proper email addresses (or blank if its not required)
“Integer” only allows full numbers, no letters or special characters
“USA – Format Phone” only allows 10-digit numbers (or blank if its not required)
“Whole Number” validates numbers such as 1, 23, 334, negative numbers such as -1, -23, and -334 will be invalid
“Year” creates a dropdown of available years
These new question types allow you to customize your online event registration forms even more and get the information from your attendees to make your event successful.
How To Get EE 4.9
If you’re still reading, that means you’re probably excited to check it out. If you aren’t signed up already, you should sign up for the pre-release channel on your account page to get access to Event Espresso 4.9. If you have signed up for the pre-release channel, you will already have access and all you need to do is download it.
Please report any issues related to Event Espresso 4.9 in the Pre-release section in our support forums, where you can post any questions, problems or bugs you find after downloading/installing EE 4.9.
Please create a new issue in the Github repository and be sure to prefix it with the text “EE 4.9”. That way our developers are aware the issue is related to Event Espresso 4.9.
Did you know we released some exciting improvements for Event Espresso this summer? It’s now possible for your audience to purchase multiple tickets from multiple events in one checkout, you can offer promotions and discount codes, you can list your approved attendees on a page, and much more! We think you will like what we’ve done.
Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
This is not an exhaustive list of enhancements, bug fixes, and security updates. For that information, please see our changelog.
Multiple Event Registration
Yes! It’s here, the long-awaited Multiple Event Registration add-on for EE4! Now you can create a shopping cart experience and allow your attendees to add multiple events to a cart for checkout.
Now your audience can register for multiple events with multiple tickets in one checkout using @EventEspresso http://evts.io/1KLClfT Tweet this
Here is a two-minute overview of the EE4 Multiple Event Registration add-on features:
With MER we introduced the ability to add events to a cart. In Event Espresso 4.7.7.p we added an enhancement to allow removal of multiple events from the cart simultaneously. This can be accomplished by setting the quantity to 0.
For more information, see the MER documentation here.
Promotions and Discounts
The Promotions & Discount Codes add-on for Event Espresso 4 adds powerful and flexible promotional pricing features to your events. You can create discount codes and promotions that can provide discounts for your attendees when they are registering for an event or buying tickets.
You can now give your event attendees promotions and discounts with @EventEspresso http://evts.io/1KLClfT Tweet this
More on the new Promotions and Discounts add-on for EE4 here.
Event Espresso 4 REST API Add-on
More on the Event Espresso 4 REST API Add-on here.
The Attendee List Shortcode
The Event Espresso 4.6.31.p update brought Attendee List shortcodes. Attendee lists can be helpful in a variety of ways, whether you want to create a password protected page to allow certain users to view the attendee list, or if you want to build social credibility by showing your potential attendees who has already registered for the event.
With the new [ESPRESSO_EVENT_ATTENDEES] shortcode, you can display lists of approved attendees for your events. There are several parameters that can be used to display different kinds of lists, like lists for a specific event, datetimes, tickets, and even certain registration statuses. With no parameters set, the default shortcode shows the attendees for the earliest active event or if there is no active event, then the earliest upcoming event is shown. If it is used in the event description area (via your event editor), then it will show the attendees for that specific event.
The Events CPT Slug
In version 4.7.3.p, we added the ability to change the event slug for the Events custom post type. Previously, the slug defaulted to /events/. You can now change the slug in Event Espresso > Events on the Templates tab.
WP User Integration Enhancements
In version 2.0.1 of the WP User Integration add-on, we added the [ESPRESSO_MY_EVENTS] shortcode to display list of registrations for user on a front end WordPress page.
Click the image below to see it in action.
“Your Registrations” page now available in the Event Espresso 4 WP User Integration Add-on! http://t.co/Guve91T3Ta #WordPress #eventtechTweet this
Read more about the “Your Registrations” page here.
Event Check-In Now More Mobile Responsive (WP 4.3+)
We added mobile styles to the event check-ins and other EE admin list tables (WordPress 4.3+ only). We also moved attendee the list table search field closer to the top of the mobile view for easier access.
New Messages Shortcode Picker UI
We made creating or modifying message templates easier by adding a message shortcode picker which displays the shortcodes that are available for each field.
Click the image below to see it in action.
So, what do you think about these improvements? Have you used any of these new features? If so, what do you think?
The “Your Registrations” page is a front facing page for logged-in members of your website to view their registration history. Just by logging into your website, and viewing a specific WordPress page on the front-end of your website, users can view events they’ve registered for in the past.
If you are using the EE4 WP User Integration add-on in your WordPress website, just add the [ESPRESSO_MY_EVENTS] shortcode to any page and your users will see a nice looking table of past registrations.
That’s not all!
We’ve also packed it full of other nice features, such as:
Responsive table design
Expandable rows that allow your user’s to:
view purchase history
view/edit personal details
make a payment
Customizable using shortcode parameters:
template : defaults to simple_list_table. Can be either simple_list_table or event_section as the template slug (see screenshots above for difference. This has been designed so developers can hook in their own templates down the road if they want (or we can add additional layouts at whim as well).
per_page : defaults to 10. This allows the user to set the limit of rows that are shown before pagination kicks in on the main table (the event_section template does no pagination of tickets listed for each event).
your_events_title : defaults to localized “Your Events”. This allows for users to customize the label for the listing.
your_tickets_title : defaults to localized “Your Tickets”. This allows for users to customize the label for the listing of your tickets. Note, the “Your Tickets” label is currently only used with the event_section template.
Customizable templates. Developers can override the templates by copying the files from the template directory into your theme.