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How to Setup an event that requires a password to access event w/ special price

Posted: September 26, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Gregg Collum

September 26, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I already have an event scheduled. I want to create a duplicate of that event with discounted pricing and require them to enter a password to register. This is targeted to a particular group of attendees. However I already have had others registered for same event and time at a higher price. What is the best way to do what I want to do?


Seth Shoultes

  • Support Staff

September 26, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I assume you have our User/Member Integration addon installed. So you would duplicate the event, change the pricing, and set it to member only in the event editor (screenshot:

Gregg Collum

September 26, 2012 at 7:05 pm

I do NOW –thanks Seth. Am confused about using this.
1. LOGIN Page is this for the event I want protected?
2. Require login for all events? –does this mean ALL events I have scheduled OR only the events where I have turned on MEMBER ONLY EVENT to YES?

Seth Shoultes

  • Support Staff

September 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm

  1. The login page should be left alone, unless you have assigned a different login page for users to login to.
  2. Yes, that means all events.

Probably a good idea not to change these settings.

Gregg Collum

September 26, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Ok -so if I turn on Members only to yes – what sequence of events can be expected to encountered by new registrants ?
If you have documentation that tells me this would you please provide it for me?

I’ d like to know what happens before I do this. I have a lot of money riding on how smoothly your plugin works for my business!
Thanks again Seth for your prompt replies.


September 27, 2012 at 1:56 am

Hi Gregg

The Member Integration add on docs are currently here

The process to a degree depends on how you set it up.

To become a free member I would have something along the lines of:

A link to the registration page (wp-default login)
User signs up/logs in
Goes back to website
Sees the membership page clicks it and see all membership only content (for this I would set a category to the member only events and add the [EVENT_LIST category_id=”***”] to a page called Members)
User registers an event as normal.

You can of course streamline this process with some coding, for example you could have the login/registration form on a page and not the default login. You could redirect the user to the membership only page on login (especially if profile info isnt needed). You could do some/all of that plus charge for membership by using a membership plugin such as S2Member.
Using something like S2Member means you can also hide site content from non members (such as the Members only page).

Gregg Collum

September 27, 2012 at 4:24 am

Thanks Dean for documentaiton link.

I understand how to allow registration BUT HOW TO ALLOW ONLY SELECT PEOPLE a way to register. In other words, I already have attendees for the same event signed up and paid a higher fee BUT if I understand correctly the login allows ANYONE to see event if they REGISTER first?

I ONLY want people I invite to register for the same event that others have paid a higher fee to attend. Is there a way to add a password input field to prevent JUST ANYONE from registering?

Here’s the process I’d like to have happen if possible:
1. INVITED attendee registers for event and then has to enter a password I HAVE PROVIDED to continue registration process for event.

The way I read the info provided is if ANYONE registers for the event THEN anyone CAN SEE the special pricing I am making available for registered members–am I right or?
Thanks again for such great support!

Gregg Collum

September 27, 2012 at 4:29 am

One additional note I see from the documentation to navigate to the WP general settings screen and CHECK the box “anyone can register”. I want ONLY INVITED attendees to register NOT JUST ANYONE.


September 27, 2012 at 4:55 am

Hi Gregg,

Yep you are right, if someone, anyone, registers, they will be able to see the members only events.

There is no specific password field built into Event Espresso that could do what you’re asking.

If its invitational membership only, then in my mind I would probably set it so that registering to the site is blocked (WordPress general settings) and create users manually and email them the details. Then they can log in and see the membership only stuff but general users cant even register to the site or those events.

Yes this is manual but generally invitational memberships are much smaller.

If the group was larger or you wanted to save on the manual work, then you could password protect the login page so only people with the password could login/register, though that does add an extra step for anyone that wishes to log in. Also it means the registration process is limited if you wanted to expand on this in the future, as this is site wide not per event.

Or you could look at a membership plugin such as S2Member. with that you could create different levels of membership and protect pages based on that level. Create a duplicate event with the special price, only for that special level. If i’m right you should be able to set up a password protected page just for that levels registration process, so it would not affect subsequent logins, but you would need to look into that further.

You could also provide a special discount code to specific users. This would mean that anyone can register but only specific users get the discount. Only issue is if the code gets into the wild it could cause problems.

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