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Securing Your WordPress Event Ticketing Website

If you’re running an event ticketing business, you probably collect a lot of important information from attendees on your website. This may include:

  • Usernames and passwords.
  • Payment information (credit card numbers, bank details)
  • Billing information (street address, phone numbers)

As a business owner, it’s important to make sure your event ticketing website is secure and protected against threats. By doing so, you can rest assured that your website will continue to run without any hiccups and your attendees’ personal information will be secure.  (more…)

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Events Manager vs Event Espresso: How to Add an Event Registration System to Your Website

Whether you’re selling tickets to a stand-up comedy night or an international conference, you’ll need an event registration system. This type of solution will let you display information about your event, register guests, and even accept event payments. The key lies in choosing the right tool to help with your event.

If you’re looking for a fully-featured event registration system for your WordPress website, you’ll probably end up considering both Events Manager and Event Espresso. Each plugin offers a lot of features out of the box, but you’ll need to decide which one is right for your website.

In this post, we’ll help you answer that question. We’ll look at the basics of event registration systems, then compare the two WordPress plugins and see what they have to offer. Let’s get to it!
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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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New Third-party Add-on: WP Event Aggregator

Import Events from anywhere – Facebook, Eventbrite, Meetup, iCalendar and ICS into your Event Espresso powered WordPress site.

Introducing the WP Events Aggregator by Xylus Themes

Have you ever wanted to import your Facebook, Meetup, or The Events Calendar into your website? Well, this is the plugin you have been waiting for! The WP Event Aggregator allows you to show imported events from multiple sources and it supports all leading WordPress Event Calendar Plug-ins like The Events Calendar, Events Manager, All-in One Event Calender, Event Organiser, EventOn, My Calendar, Eventum (Tevolution-Events) etc.

Here’s a screenshot of the scheduled imports page, showing events from Facebook, Eventbrite, Ical, and Meetup:

Better yet, the WP Event Aggregator plugin now works with Event Espresso 4, allowing you even more possibilities over your event website.

Getting the Plugin

The WP Event Aggregator plugin is available on our Third-party Add-ons page or directly from the Xylus Themes website.

Support

Xylus Themes offers help and support for this add-on, while an FAQ is available on the plugin home page.

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Have You Seen Our Third-party Add-ons Page?

Have you seen our Third-party Add-ons page? If not, check it out! We have a lot of talented people in our community, so we created a place where they (you) can show off the products they have created for Event Espresso. Our Third-party add-ons page is full of solutions like Video Tutorials, an SMS Reminders add-on, a Learn Dash integration add-on, as well as themes that work well with Event Espresso.


Third Party Add ons for Event Espresso


 

If you are interested in adding your own plugin or theme to this page, you can fill out the application form here, and we will respond as quickly as possible.

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5 Tips for Contributing to Open Source Software like Event Espresso

Many good software developers struggle and become frustrated when contributing to open source software. That’s because the skill set required for contributing to open source software is different from that required for writing closed source software.

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About three years ago we decided to put our flagship WordPress plugin, Event Espresso, on Github in order to facilitate community contributions. It has always been open source (meaning the code that runs it is viewable by anyone who downloads it), but that made it much more accessible for contributions. Since then we have received numerous pull requests (requests to have code added to it), but not all contributions were ready. The purpose of this post is to help software developers better understand how to contribute to Event Espresso, WordPress, or any open source software. (more…)

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Event Espresso Now Has Integration with AffiliateWP

Do you want to offer your attendees, customers, or other patrons an incentive to promote your events? Now you can! With our AffiliateWP Integration add-on for EE4, the process is quite simple.

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AffiliateWP is an affiliate plugin for WordPress. With AffiliateWP, your affiliates can promote your products and services, which improves your website’s SEO rankings, drives more traffic to your site, and increases sales/revenue. Visit the AffiliateWP website to learn more.

Event Espresso’s integration with AffiliateWP allows your affiliates to promote your events from their websites. When someone visits your website by clicking one of your affiliates’ referral links, the affiliate receives credit for the visit. If that visitor purchases tickets to your event, then the AffiliateWP plugin marks that visit as a conversion and is queued for a commission payout.

The AffiliateWP plugin is required for this add-on to function.

Since there are no settings for the AffiliateWP Integration add-on for EE4, if you are already using the AffiliateWP plugin, accepting referrals for your events is as easy as installing and activating the add-on. Ticket sales are tracked when someone registers and pays for an event.

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Affiliate overview in WP Affiliate

 

For help setting up and using the AffiliateWP plugin, please see their documentation here. For documentation on the AffiliateWP Integration add-on, see here.

So, what do you think? We hope you are as excited about this new integration as we are. We feel it will help our customers promote their events and have even greater success with Event Espresso!

Get started today! Purchase the AffiliateWP Integration add-on for Event Espresso 4, also included in the EE4 Everything License.

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Announcing the Capabilities System in Event Espresso 4

As of Event Espresso 4.6, there’s a new way to manage event admins/managers. Gone are the days of an unfamiliar roles and permissions system. In EE3 we had the “Roles & Permissions” and “Roles & Permissions Pro“, where you could only allow your “event managers” access to certain areas of the admin. You also had to install two different add-on’s, just so you could get really crazy and allow users even more access to stuff. It was a truly cumbersome system.

Capabilities Are Now Baked Right Into Event Espresso 4 Core!

Now that the new capability system is baked right into Event Espresso 4 core, most of the limitations of the old system are history.

This incredible new feature introduces a large number of WordPress roles and capabilities for restricting access to various actions and views in the users dashboard. A number of capabilities follow the capability mapping system WordPress provides, for not only restricting access to general views, but also restricting access based on whether a user “owns” the item being viewed, or not (i.e. Event Authors only being able to edit their own events, or a user being able to edit only their own custom message templates).

What Else Is New?

Most of you know WordPress has a powerful user management system via its roles and capabilities system. We’d like to get things off to a great start with EE4, and so one of the most powerful things we have added to EE 4.6 core is the intelligently-placed capabilities that we use for restricting access to various parts of EE4. Not only that, but we’ve added plenty more goodies:

  • No UI for user management. The system is entirely hidden to the average user.
  • Over 100+ granular capabilities added. A number of capabilities follow the capability mapping system WordPress provides for not only restricting access to general views but also restricting access based on whether a user “owns” the item being viewed or not (i.e. Event Authors only being able to edit their own events, or a user being able to edit only their own custom message templates).
  • Easy to use plugin API for extending functionality. In EE4 we’ve provided a handy API for developers to quickly integrate add-ons with different core components of Event Espresso.
  • Takes care of initializing new roles and adding capabilities to existing roles. When you hook in your new capabilities using this system you are automatically integrated with all the stuff the EE Capabilities system does.
  • Areas of EE4 admin can also be restricted to certain capabilities. This Google Spreadsheet gives you a high level overview and description of all roles and capabilities as of Event Espresso 4.6. We’ve listed all of the EE4 admin routes in the left column and the capabilities across the top. Along the bottom, each sheet represents a different area of Event Espresso.
  • Use any third-party roles and capabilities plugin to manage access to Event Espresso 4 features. More on that below…

How Are Capabilities Managed?

Capabilities can now be managed using any number of third party role and capability management systems, such as Members by Justin Tadlock, to grant users (by role) access to attendee data, events, registrations, and WordPress pages and post content.

The system is entirely hidden to the average user, as there is no UI for user management. For the average EE4 user updating to 4.6.0, there will be no change in behavior, because all the new capabilities have been added to the core WP administrator role by default.

Getting Started with the EE4 Capability System

To get started, you should try to familiarize yourself with the “EE Capability System” and install a third party plugin, such as Members by Justin Tadlock, to use its extensive role and capability management system to grant users (by role) access to attendee data, events, registrations, and WordPress pages and post content.

Extending the EE4 Capability System

In EE4 we’ve provided a handy API for developers to quickly integrate add-ons with different core components of Event Espresso. The EE Capabilities system takes care of initializing new roles and adding capabilities to existing roles.  It is also used for users to reset default roles easily if needed.  When you hook in your new capabilities using this system you are automatically integrated with all the stuff the EE Capabilities system does.

This document highlights the EE_Register_Capabilities plugin API.

Any Questions?

Please first familiarize yourself with the EE4 Capability System and the EE4 Capability System Plugin API. If you have additional technical questions, please feel free to post in our support forums. Developers with access to Event Espresso on Github can post questions there. Feedback is welcome below!

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EE4 Test Drive Now Powered by Ninja Demo

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We’ve just finished launching our new Event Espresso 4 test drive website, powered by the Ninja Demo plugin for WordPress. Ninja Demo combined with WordPress Multisite, allows our customers to create their own sandbox website with Event Espresso 4 pre-installed, and is even pre-populated with example events and registration data.

Now taking a test drive of Event Espresso 4 is easier than ever!

EE4 in a true-to-life environment

ee4-ninjademo-screenshotWith Ninja Demo, our potential customers can login to a demo site, where they can modify, delete, upload, and test out various areas of the EE4 software. Our customers can easily demo EE4 without leaving anything permanent behind. You can try out EE4 in a true-to-life environment and Ninja Demo cleans up the sandbox site once its no longer needed. This is perfect for customers looking to learn more about EE4’s features, the Espresso Events Calendar, and our Iced Mocha theme.

Already an Event Espresso member?

No problem! Existing Event Espresso 3 and 4 members are highly encouraged to take the new test drive site for a spin. This will help you decide if you’re ready to make the move to EE4. You’ll also have the opportunity to test the new Iced Mocha theme we’ve created, just for EE4, which is pre-installed on each sandbox site.

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Developers Corner:
Theming in Event Espresso 4

What is the best way to customize EE4?

We think the BEST way to theme EE4 really depends on a few factors with the biggest factor being what you want to change. Sometimes all that is needed is a few CSS edits and other times customizations are done via a child theme, or even editing the PHP, HTML, and/or CSS files.

Basically, this means that existing WP theme developers will have an easier time developing customizable event designs for EE4, which in turn can benefit the end user. Developers are encouraged to view the list of currently available theme templates and tags.

Depending on what you want to change and your skill level, here are some options:

Child Themes
We want to make things as simple as we can for the end user, but with all the possible themes in use, there is a limit to how simple we can make it to customize things. The best solution (which is what we’ve taken IMO), is to integrate EE4 in “proper” WP ways that the majority of WP developers will understand. This ultimately benefits the end users who hire theme developers, or theme shops, that support EE4 templates in their themes.

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

Reassembly of the EE4 templates
Oh wait! Your theme doesn’t support child themes? No problem, simply reassemble all of the EE4 template parts and combine them with your theme’s templates to make one cohesive archive-espresso_events.php (or single-espresso_events.php, etc) file, that integrates perfectly with your theme. The files that contain the template tags that should be loaded automagically, anytime an incoming request is for one of EE’s CPTs (otherwise they can be found in the /core/helpers/ folder).

The Event Espresso specific template parts include:

  • Event Details (description)
  • Event Datetimes
  • Event Tickets
  • Event Venues
  • Event Venue Location
  • Event Venue Detail (excerpt)

Custom Post Types
We think theming Event Espresso will be easier using Custom Post Types (CPTs), because we are now following the WordPress (WP) Theme Development Standards. This makes it easy for WP developers and theme shops to build integrations with their themes and plugins in EE4.

EE4 CPT data includes normal post data including:

  • Title
  • Description
  • Tags
  • Categories
  • Featured Image
  • Commenting
  • Excerpt
  • Custom Fields
  • Slug
  • Author

This data can be queried and displayed in themes along with other post data.

View a list of currently available theme templates and tags.

What option is right for me?

We don’t know the specifics of your website, so it’s up to you to decide where to go from here. We are happy to recommend a few helpful tips:

  1. If your goal is along the lines of “I want the events page to match my theme better” then the answer is usually a CSS solution. Sometimes a few CSS edits are all that are needed, and if you don’t have a child theme set up (or don’t want to) you can install a CSS builder plugin like this one and customize with CSS (it turns out that you can do a lot with CSS changes only).
  2. Just want to change the wording of a few phrases? If so, no need to hack templates, just use Josh’s WP gettext filter.
  3. If you need to add/remove content that’s not already in the event template, then setting up a child theme and working through the templates and using Event Espresso’s WordPress hooks and filters may be the way forward.
  4. Sometimes, if it’s a PHP, HTML, or CSS based solution, you may need to contact a developer familiar with PHP, HTML, and/or CSS to help out. Our support team is also available in the support forums and will recommend the best solution for what you are trying to accomplish.
Are you a WordPress theme developer? Want to see how Event Espresso 4 integrates with your theme? Request access to the Event Espresso Core (4.0+) GitHub repository and get acquainted with the premier event registration system for WordPress.

We also have additional Event Espresso developer documentation at http://developer.eventespresso.com/.


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