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Event Registration in Post vs Custom Post Type?

Posted: November 13, 2012 at 10:43 am


Gerald Russell

November 13, 2012 at 10:43 am

Trying as much as possible to RTFM – but this one looks like I need your help with:

I’ve started setting things up and this is my observation, please let me know if this first part is correct:

Without using the custom-post type option, if I create a an event and set Add / Update Post to –> Yes

then:

  1. a New Post is created with the description of the Event and a link to the corresponding Event Registration Page.
  2. An entry is made on the calendar, clicking on it goes to the Event Registration Page, not the Post.

OK if that is correct as I assume it is, then here is my quandary:

I’d like to have everything in the POST vs. have the post link to a separate event page because I have a bunch of stuff in the layout that is responsive to the Post categories.

Also – I have a home page layout that shows lots of posts in the grid and events need to be in there along with blog posts, and what not.

I understand that I can do a bunch of customization if I go the custom post-type route, but it would complicate the home page loop to have to query posts from both the posts and the custom-posts – every one of my loops would then need to always call both.

So to sum up:

Any way to have everything in the post?

When someone looks at the calendar and clicks on the event – it goes to the post.

When looking at the home page, they can click on the Post of the event and register/buy without having to click through to a separate event registration page.

If not – then can you point me to any information on how to construct a query posts that will get content from both the Posts table AND the custom-event posts? so I can update my loops?

Thanks!


Dean

November 19, 2012 at 12:29 am

Hi Gerald,

Firstly sorry for the slow response on this.

In answer:

Any way to have everything in the post?

In short, no. There is actually 3 types of posts available via EE. The events (which are a custom post type), the standard posts and another custom post type for events (don’t ask why, I’m still not sure myself). Having the events create a post was a way to make it easier for people to include the event details within their standard loop, but because so much of the info is tied into the CPT we cannot have everything in the normal post (thats what CPT’s were designed for).

When someone looks at the calendar and clicks on the event – it goes to the post.

Yes, that is possible. Calendar Settings > Link to Post or Registration Page > Post.

When looking at the home page, they can click on the Post of the event and register/buy without having to click through to a separate event registration page.

You could set this up with Multiple Event Registration. If you used this tutorial here, and added an “Add to cart” link with redirection it will send the user directly to the cart to select tickets rather than to the event registration screen.

If not – then can you point me to any information on how to construct a query posts that will get content from both the Posts table AND the custom-event posts? so I can update my loops?

Something like this? http://justintadlock.com/archives/2010/02/02/showing-custom-post-types-on-your-home-blog-page

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