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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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14 Recommended WordPress Tools for the Non-Profit Event Planner

As a non-profit organization, event planning can be pretty difficult. While the limited availability of funds doesn’t help the problem, a website with the right plugins can be the perfect, cost-effective workaround.

The good news is that with WordPress you can supercharge your non-profit website to organize events, accept donations, and manage volunteers. With this in mind, in this post, we’ll share some of the best WordPress plugins you’ll need on your website to plan, organize, and manage events. (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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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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Child Themes Now Available for Event Espresso 4

Ever find yourself wishing that WordPress themes would look better, out of the box, with Event Espresso 4? Well, I have some good news! We now have a small selection of child themes available for Event Espresso 4.

We have been using a selection of about 20, optimized WordPress child themes on our hosted platform, Event Smart, for the past two years. I’ve always thought it would be a great idea to release these themes to Event Espresso users, so I’ve started a new, bare-bones, little theme shop called, Espresso Themes, where I am hosting a limited selection of WordPress child themes, specially brewed, just for Event Espresso 4.

Child Themes Optimized for Event Espresso 4

Many WordPress themes tend to display the published date on each post, which usually conflicts with the event dates, which is confusing to your customers.

The following screenshot is an example of the default Baskerville WordPress theme. If you look at the post meta section at the bottom, you can see the author information, then on the right side, the post date and post category.

Default WordPress Post Output - Baskerville Theme

Default WordPress Post Output – Baskerville Theme

 

However, if you are running Event Espresso, the event date that shows on the single event page, or the event list doesn’t correspond to the post date. In the example below, the post date that shows in the post meta output of the theme, which is confusing to event goers that are trying to learn about the event.

On Event Smart, we have engineered around twenty child themes to show the event dates, instead of the post dates in those places.

In the example below, the post date section has been removed on the single event post.

Optimized WordPress Event Output - Baskerville Child Theme

Optimized WordPress Event Output – Baskerville Child Theme

 

As you can see, the child themes have been optimized for Event Espresso 4 to display event dates and times, instead of post dates, which are common in many default WordPress themes. In this case, I removed the meta box entirely, as I thought it made the event page cleaner and focused on purchasing tickets.

Four child themes launched in October

In October, I started the website and made four new child themes available. Now, I have plans to launch around 20 more in the coming weeks, in between other tasks. The primary functions to launch a new child theme are relatively tedious but straightforward.

What about support and one-click updates?

Support and one-click updates for the child themes are primarily handled via Github and a private theme update service, called Kernl.

What about premium themes?

I’ve decided to create a section dedicated to premium themes that work well with Event Espresso. From there you will find a selection of third-party event themes and standard themes that work well with Event Espresso.

Why create a new theme shop?

One reason is that we don’t have a system to deploy automated theme updates as we do for the plugin. Instead of adding themes for sale on our Event Espresso website and tying up valuable resources on that site. I created a very simple (bare-bones), standalone theme shop to promote the child themes and provide one-click theme updates. Since these are free child themes, I decided to set up a simple shopping cart system, using Easy Digital Downloads, which only took a matter of minutes to set up. I wrote about the process, on my blog, entitled: Bare-bones Guide to Launching a WordPress Theme Shop from Scratch

Comments, feedback, questions?

I hope you find this information useful and are inspired to develop child themes for Event Espresso. If you do, I hope that you find these child themes to be an excellent starting point and a useful guide in your endeavors.

I love hearing your ideas and thoughts regarding our services, so please feel free to send us an email or submit your own child theme to our directory.

If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below.

 

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Automated Upcoming Event Notification Add-on Now Available for Beta Testing

Woohoo! We’ve added yet another tool to save you time.

With the Upcoming Event Reminder Add-on for Event Espresso 4, you can easily automate upcoming event reminders to improve communication to audiences (attendees, volunteers, sponsors, guests, etc.).

Automated Upcoming Event Notification

Two New Message Types

The Upcoming Event Reminder add-on provides two new ways to send messages: before an event or before a datetime. Here’s an explanation of the two new message types that help make this happen. (more…)

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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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New Feature: Control How Long to Retain a Record of Processed Messages

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.

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