Here is a list of frequently asked questions about Event Espresso 4:
- Is there a comparison of Event Espresso 4 and Event Espresso 3 features?
Yes, please take a look at the feature comparison chart.
- I have an Event Espresso 3 account already, how do I get access to Event Espresso 4?
Event Espresso 4 is currently available to the public for sale and is released to Event Espresso 3 users for FREE. If you purchase a Event Espresso 3 Support License you will also have free access to Event Espresso 4.
- Where is the documentation for Event Espresso 4?
All of the Event Espresso 4 documentation can be found here.
- Why is Event Espresso 4 less expensive than Event Espresso 3?
While “in Beta”, Event Espresso 4 will be discounted significantly (approx. 50%). As the Event Espresso 4 matures to a “stable” development status, the price will rise. Those who purchase at this discounted rate are still entitled to 12 months of support and upgrades.
- What if I purchase Event Espresso 4, but it doesn’t have the features I need?
If you have purchased Event Espresso 4 support license and find that it doesn’t have the features you need, we are happy to apply a discount (for what has been already paid) towards an Event Espresso 3 support license.
- What is the current development status of Event Espresso 4?
Event Espresso 4 is is currently in beta status, however we feel that since a majority of the system is stable enough for production we have released it for sale on our website. Essentially, 80% of Event Espresso 3 has been re-written to be Event Espresso 4 (and we’re in the process of re-writing the other 20%). Event Espresso 4 has more features than Event Espresso 3, but Event Espresso 4 doesn’t have exactly the same features. Also not all the same add-ons are available for Event Espresso 4 as they are for Event Espresso 3.
- Where are all the add-ons for Event Espresso 4?
Add-ons being available for Event Espresso 4 are a matter of compatibility. Event Espresso 4 is far more robust than Event Espresso 3 but it doesn’t have the additional features (yet). More features and add-ons for Event Espresso 4 will come over time, but they essentially have to be rebuilt to be compatible with our more advanced way of doing things.
- Why aren’t add-ons included in the Event Espresso (EE4) support licenses?
This blog post discusses our decision to exclude add-ons from our packaging and pricing Event Espresso 4 at a lower rate.
- What’s the status of ____ add-on?
- Events Calendar add-on
Buy a support license for the Events Calendar add-on
- Multiple Event Registration add-on
Buy a support license for the Multiple Event Registration add-on
- MailChimp integration
Buy a support license for the MailChimp integration
- Ticketing add-on
Buy a support license for the Ticketing add-on
- Attendee Mover
Buy a support license for the Attendee Mover
- Infusionsoft Integration
Buy a support license for the Infusionsoft integration
- WP User Integration add-on
Buy a support license for the WP User integration
Note: At this time, only the First Name, Last Name, and Email Address are pulled from the WordPress profile to the registration form for logged in users.
- People add-on
Buy a support license for the People add-on
- Recurring Events add-on
Not currently available for Event Espresso 4. Our developers will develop a solution in the future, provided we get enough requests or sponsors for this feature. However, you may be able to use the “multiple date and times per event” feature, which will allow you to choose different days a single event will span through (say a gym class happening on multiple different days). If you are interested in sponsoring this add-on, please email us. Current ETA is sometime in 2017.
- Event Espresso JSON API
Not currently available for Event Espresso 4. Update: https://eventespresso.com/2015/07/event-espresso-4-rest-api-add-on-available/
- Mobile Apps (ticket scanning)
Not currently available for Event Espresso 4. Update: https://eventespresso.com/2016/05/event-app-for-check-in-ticket-scanning-now-available-for-event-espresso-4/ Current ETA is sometime in 2016+. We also are are now offering integration with handheld scanners.
- Seating Chart add-on
Not currently available for Event Espresso 4. Our developers may develop a solution in the future, provided we get enough requests or sponsors for this feature. Current ETA is sometime in 2017+.
- Social Coupons
Not currently available for Event Espresso 4.
- Events Calendar add-on
- What’s the status of ____ feature?
- Promotions Codes
Buy a support license for the Promotions and Discounts add-on
- Staff Manager
The Staff manager in Event Espresso 3 has been replace by the People add-on for Event Espresso 4. Please check out the People Add-on for Event Espresso 4.
- Duplicating Events
Update: This feature is now available in the current version of Event Espresso 4.
- Promotions Codes
- Why are there a limited amount of gateways?
The entire gateway system is currently being rewritten for Event Espresso 4, therefore we decided to only include support for the top five gateways that were in use for Event Espresso 3. We are hoping to have the gateway rewrite completed in the Event Espresso 4.4 or 4.5 release (sometime between September and December 2014).
- What are the current features in Event Espresso (EE4)?
Event Espresso 3 and Event Espresso 4 have different feature sets; some features are available in Event Espresso 4 that have never been available in Event Espresso 3. Here are a few examples:
- Easy Event Management
- Ticket Selector (Pricing Option selector)
- Multiple Attendee Registration
- Multiple Dates and Times Per Event
- Multiple Ticket and Pricing Options
- Smart Single Page Checkout
- Event Registration Forms
- Collect Payments
- Custom Confirmation Emails
- Event Check-in List
- Mobile Ticketing Apps
- Manual Registration
- Ticketless Events
- Admin Pre-approval
- Customize-able Event Designs
- Tax Administration
- Restrict Access
- Password Protected Events
- Custom Post Types
- Event Schema Markup
… plus many more features!
- What’s coming next in Event Espresso 4?
We view our road map in two ways: short(er)-term projects and long(er)-term projects. Our road map is subject to change at any time. Our short(er)-term projects include:
- Making Event Espresso 3 add-ons compatible with Event Espresso 4
Our Long(er)-term projects include:
- Integration with third-party plugins and services
- Advanced messages functionality
- Advanced registration form functionality
- New add-ons
- Event themes
- Continued code optimization
- What resources are available to developers that want to integrate with Event Espresso (EE4)?
We have a growing list of developer resources. Here are a few that may help:
- EE Custom Post Types
This documentation page explains how we use custom post types in Event Espresso 4.
- How Do I Change the “events” CPT Slug?
This a short example of how to change the “events” custom post type slug.
- Developers Corner: Theming in Event Espresso 4
This post explains what files are needed to create themes and child themes for Event Espresso 4.
- Developers Corner: Custom Post Types in EE4
This post discusses WordPress Custom Post Types how we use them in Event Espresso 4.
- EE Custom Post Types
- Why did you release Event Espresso (EE4) without all of the Event Espresso 3 features?
The reason we decided to release Event Espresso 4 without all of the features of Event Espresso 3, is because we spent a very considerable amount time and money (mostly revenue from sales of EE 3.1) to develop this version from the ground up. We decided to go ahead and release when we felt that it had the necessary functionality to create events and handle registrations. Which is pretty much where we started with the very early versions of Event Espresso, over five years ago. The features in Event Espresso 3 didn’t get added over night. In fact it took many years of development to get Event Espresso 3 where it is today.In the very early stages of Event Espresso, customers saw potential, provided feedback, sponsored features and generally helped to keep it in development, bringing it to where it is today. The same thing is currently happening with Event Espresso 4. Our developers are continually adding features and customers are actually sponsoring some of the development.