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Event Espresso 4:

Product(s) Active Members New Members
Developer License (5 licenses) $279.95 $153.97 $279.95 $181.97
Everything License (all add-ons) $279.95 $195.97 $279.95 $209.96
Personal License $69.95 $55.96 $69.95 $59.46
Event Espresso 4 Add-ons:
Promotions & Discount Codes – add incentives $79.95 $39.98
Printable Tickets – offer paper or digital tickets $59.95 $29.98
Ticket Scanning – scan bar/qr codes to validate tickets $79.95 $39.98
Multiple Event Registration – more events, one checkout $99.95 $49.98
Calendar – display your schedule of events $29.95 $14.98
WP User Integration – connect WP profiles to reg forms $39.95 $19.98
MailChimp Integration – add attendees to your mailing lists $39.95 $19.98
People/Staff – organize and display staff by roles $49.95 $24.98
Social Sharing – make it easy to share your events $14.95 $7.48
Infusionsoft Integration – add attendees to your contacts $69.95 $34.98
Stripe Integration – use Stripe to process payments $59.95 $29.98
Sage Pay Integration – use Sage Pay to process payments $69.95 $34.98
Vanco Integration – use Vanco to process payments $69.95 $34.98
iDeal/Mollie Integration – use iDeal/Mollie to process payments $69.95 $34.98
Authorize.net SIM – use Authorize.net to process payments $69.95 $34.98
Table View Template – display your events in a table layout $29.95 $14.98
Grid Template – display your events in a grid layout $29.95 $14.98

Event Espresso 3:

Product(s) Active Members New Members
Developer License (5 licenses) $549.95 $302.47 $549.95 $357.47
Business License (most add-ons) $249.95 $174.97 $249.95 $187.46
Personal License $99.95 $79.96 $99.95 $84.96
Event Espresso 3 Add-ons:
Ticketing – offer tickets to be scanned at the door $179.95 $89.98
Multiple Event Registration – more events, one checkout $49.95 $24.98
Recurring Events – schedule your events in the future $49.95 $24.98
Custom Files – override certain aspects of the plugin $39.95 $19.98
WP User Integration – connect WP profiles to reg forms $39.95 $19.98
MailChimp Integration – add attendees to your mailing lists $39.95 $19.98
Roles & Permissions Basic – manage staff roles $69.95 $34.98
Roles & Permissions Pro – manage staff geographies $119.95 $59.98
Infusionsoft Integration – add attendees to your contacts $69.95 $34.98
Custom Templates – exciting and interesting layouts $29.95 $14.98
Accordion Template – display events in a accordion layout $19.95 $9.98
Calendar Template – display events in a table layout $19.95 $9.98
Date Range Template – display events in a range layout $19.95 $9.98
Recurring Events Template – display events in a recurring layout $19.95 $9.98
Map Template – display events in a map layout $19.95 $9.98
Grid Template – display events in a grid layout $19.95 $9.98

 

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New Features You May Have Missed from this Summer

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

The Event Espresso 4 REST API Add-on is available now! The current version gives you read access to all EE4 data. That means you can build client-side Javascript code, mobile apps, and programs in any language (and on any server) that can read data used in Event Espresso 4.

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.

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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.

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“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.

Event Registration Check-in

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.

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So, what do you think about these improvements? Have you used any of these new features? If so, what do you think?

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Your Registrations Page Now Available in the Event Espresso 4 WP User Integration Add-on

We managed to sneak in a great new feature without anyone even knowing. That’s right, the “Your Registrations Page” is now available in the  WP User Integration add-on for Event Espresso 4.

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.

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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
    • download ticket(s)
    • print receipts
    • 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.

Don’t have the WP User Integration add-on?

What are you waiting for? Get the WP User Integration add-on now.

Already have this add-on?

You’re probably wanting to know how to use this great new feature. No worries! You can learn how to use it here. If you need support, just ask 🙂

 

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Promotions & Discount Codes Now Available

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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.

The Promotions & Discount Codes add-on is included in the EE4 Everything License.

Promotions and Discount Codes Features:

  • Promotional pricing with discount codes
  • Promotional pricing without discount codes
  • Optional usage quantity limits per discount
  • Optional start and expiration dates for each discount
  • Percentage or fixed amount discounts
  • A shortcode and widget that displays a list of non-coded promotions on your website
  • Configure whether a promotion can or cannot be combined with any other promotions
  • Custom confirmation and declined coupon code messages
  • List a message on your website about automatically applied promotions that do not need a discount code
  • Easily setup similar promotion codes by duplicating an existing promotion code
  • and more!

These features allow you to incentivize your audience to purchase more ticket(s) sooner or register for more events, allowing you to run your business more efficiently and make more money.

Screencast Demo

Here is a brief screencast demonstration for the Promotions & Discount Codes in Event Espresso 4:

As an event organizer, promotions and and discount codes allow you to:

  • Target and re-target attendees with banners or email campaigns offering automatic discounts or giving them special discounts with a code
  • Distribute and promote your event through partners (speakers, sponsors, venues, affiliates, etc.) by offering them a special coupon code they can share with their audience
  • Track and measure the performance of marketing campaigns and advertising
  • Reward loyal customers by offering them a special discount and incentivize them to attend again
  • Encourage customers to take action now by offering limited quantity or limited time discounts
  • Test and discover what pricing, distribution, marketing or advertising strategy works best for your audience(s)
  • Offer discounts to different target audiences so that your event is priced perfectly
View documentation for Promotions & Discount codes add-on.

Get help with the EE4 Promotions & Discount codes add-on in our support forums

Ask a pre-sales question about this add-on

Screenshots

Your audience can enter their discount code in the last step of the checkout.

Apply promotion discount code


Each promotion code can be configured with a custom message confirming or rejecting a promotion code.

 

Apply promotion discount code confirmation message


Discounts are reflected individually in the checkout.

Promotions discounts cart checkout


The discounts are also reflected on the receipts and invoices.

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The Promotions List Table provides an overview of all your promotion codes, the events they apply to, when they are valid, the number of uses, etc.

Event Espresso 4 Promotions & Discounts List Table


Each promotion code can be configured with a number of options (see the Promotions & Discount Codes documentation).

Promotions Discounts Details


The Promotional Discount Code settings allow you to configure if taxes will be applied be fore or after a discount is applied.

Promotions Discounts Settings


The discount is detailed in the Event Espresso Transaction and Registration details too.

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WordCamp Columbus 2015

columbus-sponsor-badgeI’m super excited about this opportunity to sponsor WordCamp Columbus 2015.

If you want to learn more about WordPress, meet new people, and have a great time while doing so, then WordCamp Columbus is the place to be. You might even get to meet some of the biggest names in the WordPress community, such as Andrea Rennick, Ryan Duff, and Topher DeRosia.

An Interview with Seth Shoultes

Not only are we sponsoring, but our good friend, and long time customer, Angie Meeker who is organizing the event this year, has asked to interview me about rearchitecting Event Espresso and the transitions we’ve made over the past 6 years.

This looks like an amazing event, and we hope to see you there! If you plan on attending, please let us know in the comments section below. I (Seth Shoultes) will also be there, handing out shirts, so if you’re around, come say hello 🙂

When is WordCamp Columbus?

WordCamp Columbus 2015 is scheduled for Friday, July 17, through Sunday, July 19th, 2015!

Schedule

This year’s schedule looks jam-packed with great speakers, and lot’s of great sessions!

What is WordCamp?

WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.

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Third-party Add-ons Directory Launched

third-part-addonsGreat News! We’ve recently launched a new Third-party Add-ons directory on our website. So now Event Espresso 4 customers can explore an ever growing selection of plugins, and themes from third-party developers.

TL;DR

Be sure to check out the new Third-party Add-ons directory! If you’re a developer, the EE4 Github repo is now public, be sure to submit your add-ons.

Short Backstory About Our Event Ticketing & Registration Framework

As we were building out the Event Espresso 4 core event ticketing and registration framework for WordPress, we took extra time to make sure it was as extendable, and scalable as possible. With many hours of  very careful planning, and development, we were able to build in hundreds of action hooks, and filters throughout the core Event Espresso 4 codebase. Therefore exposing an enormous amount of data, and WordPress accessible endpoints throughout the EE4 framework. Leaving Event Espresso 4 wide open for developers to build great new extensions, and features on top of.

Exciting, right?

Get Noticed!
Developers submit your add-ons to our Third-party Add-ons Directory.

The Directory

Well, as time progressed, we started seeing more and more developers getting involved, and asking about promoting their theme’s, and/or plugins somewhere on the Event Espresso website. However, we didn’t really have a place for developers to promote their new extensions. So, I went ahead and built a small directory for third-party developer’s to promote their add-ons.

The add-on directory has actually been available for a while, but I got busy with WordPress security updates, testing and documenting new features (Multiple Event Registration and Promotions), and never got around to telling anyone about it, until now.

What add-ons are we launching with?

So far I’ve added three popular themes, two gateways, and a plugin integration.

Also, it’s TOO EARLY to promise anything right now, but it sounds like there might be an integration with a popular affiliate plugin, and maybe even a redesigned calendar widget. So be sure to keep your eyes peeled for new stuff from other third-party developers.

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Public Github Repository Now Open

OctocatIn other news, we’ve recently opened up our Event Espresso 4 Github repository to the general public. Since then we’ve seen an influx of new developers, who are starting to build exciting new integrations for Event Espresso 4. Any developer with an account on Github.com can now download and install the EE4 Core Plugin on their development sites, without having to purchase a support license. This means that WordPress plugin and theme developers can now build add-ons for EE4 much faster than ever before.

Calling all WordPress Plugin & Theme Developers

Say what!?!? Did you hear the great news above, about our Github repository going public? And now you want to know how to get started developing add-ons for Event Espresso 4, right?

Start learning about developing for Event Espresso on our Developer Resources page, right away!

Submit Your Add-on!

Submitting a new add-on to our repository is easy, and will help your add-on get noticed by thousands of Event Espresso customers. Just fill out the form at the bottom of the Third-party Add-ons page to get started.

Have an idea for an add-on?

If you have an idea for a new feature/plugin/theme, or are currently developing an add-on to integrate with Event Espresso 4, please be sure to post about it in the comments below, or use the Github Issue Tracker to let us know.

We are look forward to seeing what you will come up with next!

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Developers Corner: Datetime System improvements coming with (tentatively) EE 4.8

Hey folks, there are some significant improvements coming to the EE4 date and time system with Event Espresso 4.

Note, these improvements will impact any custom code and/or third party add-ons that utilize the Event Espresso Datetime system.  So developers will want to take note of them and prepare your code for these changes as soon as possible.

Summary of Changes

As we improve systems in Event Espresso 4, our goal is to make them simple, clear, and as flexible as possible; these datetime improvements do just that. Here’s a summary of these improvements, but please see the Important Changes to EE_Datetime System coming to EE article on the Developer Portal for complete details:

1. Dates continue to be saved in the database in mysql format (Y-m-d H:i:s) and UTC+0.  Nothing changes there.

2. Dates live within the models and model objects as PHP DateTime objects.

3. Any unixtimestamps coming into the EE Date Time system are considered to be a true unixtimestamp (time()) and not a timestamp with the calculated offset that current_time('timestamp') provides.

4. Formats are now required for when instantiating EE_Base_Class objects with date time strings that are not a unixtimestamp.

5. New helpers are available for setting up strings for date related queries.

6. New EE_Base_Class helper for displaying localized date.

7. Extensive unit test coverage

When will these improvements be released?

Right now all the changes are found in the FET-3456-promotions-spco branch of Event Espresso 4.  This branch is currently available on our Pre-release Channel (prc) (sign up via your account page) for those who wish to try it out.  We strongly encourage developers to checkout the branch via github and make sure any of your custom code and/or custom add-ons work with the new improvements.

For existing Event Espresso 4 users, we have already updated all our core add-ons that are impacted by these improvements so they work both with the current datetime system and the new datetime system.  So you should see no impact when we release this on the stable channel.

Have any questions or feedback? You can leave a comment below, post in the forums, or even create an issue in Github.

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Authorize.Net SIM Payment Gateway Now Available

authorize_net-logoThe Authorize.net SIM Payment Gateway will allow your attendees/registrants to pay for their event registration with a credit or debit card on a secure webpage on Authorize.net.

Get Started!
Purchase the Authorize.Net SIM Payment Gateway add-on for Event Espresso 4.

Authorize.Net SIM is a hosted payment form ideal for handling the secure collection and transmission of customer data. The experience can be tailored to match the look and feel of the merchant’s website so that the customer doesn’t realize they are on a hosted page. No Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate is required; instead, a unique digital fingerprint is sent and authenticated with each SIM transaction.

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The Authorize.Net SIM Payment Gateway can handle all the steps in the secure transaction process – payment data collection, data submission and the response to the customer – while keeping Authorize.Net virtually transparent.

  • Payment gateway hosted payment form employs 128-bit SSL data encryption.
  • Digital fingerprints enhance security, providing multiple layers of authentication.
  • Customize the look and feel of the payment gateway hosted payment form and/or receipt page.
Get Started!
Purchase the Authorize.Net SIM Payment Gateway add-on for Event Espresso 4.
View documentation for Authorize.Net SIM payment gateway
http://eventespresso.com/wiki/authorize-net-sim-payment-gateway/

Get help with the Authorize.Net SIM payment gateway in our support forums

Ask a pre-sales question about this payment gateway.

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Vanco Payment Gateway Now Available

We’d like to announce that another Sponsored payment gateway for Event Espresso 4 is available.

ImageVanco is your specialized payments partner.

Vanco Payment Solutions is focused on meeting the unique needs of clients that count on predictable, recurring revenue. Faith-based, nonprofits and other professional and relationship-oriented organizations—and the software providers and professional associations that serve them—rely on Vanco’s specialized approach to adding electronic payment options and enhancing current capabilities. The company’s experienced leadership team helps more than 30,000 clients across the U.S. conveniently, securely and efficiently accept a broad range of payments, including credit and debit cards, and more effectively manage their operations. Vanco leverages extensive experience in specific industries to help clients confidently and continuously meet financial goals and obligations. Industry leaders Vanco Services (founded in 1998) and Veracity Payment Solutions (founded in 2007) recently merged to form Vanco Payment Solutions.

Get Started!
Purchase the Vanco Payment Gateway add-on for Event Espresso 4.

Vanco Values guide relationships with clients, partners and each other, every day.

We are focused on delivering electronic payment solutions, and doing it better than anyone else. We’re attuned professionals who listen carefully to understand our clients’ point-of-view. We are specialized in addressing the payment challenges unique to the sectors of those we serve. We are a collaborative team, forging partnerships with clients that inspire innovation and excellence.

Vanco is a PCI Level 1 Compliance Provider.

You can contact them about payment gateway services at: 800-675-7430, info@vancopayments.com or visit http://vancopayments.com/ to learn more.

Documentation for Vanco payment gateway
http://eventespresso.com/wiki/vanco-payment-gateway/
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Announcing the Promotions add-on beta for Event Espresso 4

Attention discount loving event promoters! Behold the Promotions add-on beta! Finally, the Promotions add-on is ready for you to test its new, more flexible, publicity boosting, discount-ticket-price-obsessed event promoting features!

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The Promotions add-on is compatible with Event Espresso 4.8 (also in beta) and available to download from the pre-release channel.

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The new promotions add-on for Event Espresso 4 includes discounting with or without discount codes, cart discounts, and a new UI.

New Automatic (no-code discount) and discount limits features

The Promotions add-on can be used to set up promo-code based discounts and non-promo-code or automatic discounts to help encourage more event ticket buying.

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It allows you to set quantity limits on usage, as well as set a range of dates when promotions are applied to the price of an event ticket transaction.

That’s right, the cart total is discounted

When you set up a fixed discount type promotion, the amount will be taken off the price of the entire cart. This is a departure from how EE3 discounted a set amount for each ticket in the cart.

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Side note: You can still make it so the discount is increased with each ticket purchased by using the percent discount type promotion.

New UI for inputting and managing promotions

All of the promotions management happens within the promotions management screen, which keeps you out of the event editor. This helps speed up the input and management of promotions. Now you’ll have more time to spend on your other event managery tasks!

You’re welcome.

We look forward to your feedback from testing the Promotions 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.

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