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Maybe it's easier just to post what I need to accomplish and get help from there

Posted: February 20, 2013 at 12:37 pm


Audrea Robbins

February 20, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Maybe it’s easier to just post what we need to do on our site using EE and get help specifically for what I need, rather than searching forums for answers and only finding a bit here and there that isn’t exactly what we need. So, here goes.
We are selling classes to churches and businesses. We want to have a list of AVAILABLE Dates that churches/businesses can choose from AND a calendar below that list showing actual scheduled classes for people from whichever church/business to signup for. On the list format, for available dates, I want it to look simiar to the one on Vancouver First Aid’s Site yet without the Register part. Is there a way to do that? Then, once a church/business chooses their date with us, I’d like to convert that recurring date in the list without registration to an active class where people can sign up for and pay for the class. And on that class signup, I need to be able to register either 1 person or a couple for the same price. For example, the class cost $100, yet their church/business is getting a discount through a Promo Code we provide. So, someone, either a person or a married couple can sign up for class (registering both people and giving both a ticket for a seat) yet, only pay $100 minus the Promo Code Discount. I cannot get it to allow me to do that or I’m not seeing those options. How do I accomplish all of that? I know I’ll be using categories on what to show on which list/calendar. But where do I get shortcode for a list? I’ve searched documentation until I’m just exhausted. Thanks so much in advance!


Dean

February 21, 2013 at 12:28 am

Hi Audrea,

OK, lets take this bit by bit.

I want it to look simiar to the one on Vancouver First Aid’s Site yet without the Register part

They created this using the Custom Files addon, which adds extra shortcodes via the uploads section. They would have probably used the [ESPRESSO_TABLE] shortcode and modified it a bit.

We are currently working on an updated version of this.

You could use this and just remove or hide the register column.

I’d like to convert that recurring date in the list without registration to an active class where people can sign up for and pay for the class

This has me a little confused, so sorry if im off the mark here. I think it should be possible but would need some jQuery scripting. The event would have to have been created previously, there is no way to create an event on the fly, so I would have it so that the register column shows an icon or text to say “select this” and use jquery to change the text/image to the register link on selection.

only pay $100 minus the Promo Code Discount.

Yes this is possible. You would need to use the Volume Discounts addon (go to your account page and enable Pre Release downloads) and the Multiple Event Registration add on, and there is a limitation.

Basically you set up the above table to show an add to cart button instead of the register link. You have your promo code already set. Then you set up Volume Discounts (guide) to allow a 50% discount when someone buys over 1 ticket for that event. The Event must have group registration enabled and the mac registrations set to 2, otherwise you will be giving away more discount if you allow more than 2 people to register at a time.

Also in the General Settings, make sure the “allow discounts in the cart” option is set to yes so that the promo codes will work in the cart.

I hope this helps, let me know if you need further clarification


Audrea Robbins

February 21, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Hi Josh. Thanks for that detailed explanation. I was able to do most of what you mentioned but I’m still having a few issues. Let me explain.

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> -I want it to look simiar to the one on Vancouver First Aid’s Site yet without the Register part.

-They created this using the Custom Files addon, which adds extra shortcodes via the uploads section. They would have probably used the [ESPRESSO_TABLE] shortcode and modified it a bit.
We are currently working on an updated version of this.
You could use this and just remove or hide the register column.

I tried doing this by adding [EXPRESSO_TABLE] to a Test Page on my site in order to play around with it. Here is that page and how it looks. It’s all out of whack and the themeroller style isn’t applying. So, what am I doing wrong?

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> -I’d like to convert that recurring date in the list without registration to an active class where people can sign up for and pay for the class.
-This has me a little confused, so sorry if im off the mark here. I think it should be possible but would need some jQuery scripting. The event would have to have been created previously, there is no way to create an event on the fly, so I would have it so that the register column shows an icon or text to say “select this” and use jquery to change the text/image to the register link on selection.

Sorry for the confusion. Let me explain a bit better – I want to use the recurring events to create a list available dates for companies/churches to choose from. These will just be shown as dates available – not active yet as an event. Sort of like a template if that is a better way to explain… I’d like to have a button on these (if possible) to say something like “Reserve Now” linking them to a form where they can contact us about reserving that date. Now, this may be where I was confusing you. Once someone fills out the form or calls to say they want to reserve ONE of those recurring dates for their church/co class, I would go into the EE backend and edit that date only to become active and customized with their info, a category, etc thereby moving it to the calendar, now allowing people to register. But, I still want the others to stay as recurring and listed as available. I was going to use categories to accomplish this. So, the list would only show available dates and the one I edited would go on the calendar view based on my changing it’s category. Would that work?

NEXT ITEM

> -only pay $100 minus the Promo Code Discount.
-Yes this is possible. You would need to use the Volume Discounts addon (go to your account page and enable Pre Release downloads) and the Multiple Event Registration add on, and there is a limitation.
Basically you set up the above table to show an add to cart button instead of the register link. You have your promo code already set. Then you set up Volume Discounts (guide) to allow a 50% discount when someone buys over 1 ticket for that event. The Event must have group registration enabled and the mac registrations set to 2, otherwise you will be giving away more discount if you allow more than 2 people to register at a time.
Also in the General Settings, make sure the “allow discounts in the cart” option is set to yes so that the promo codes will work in the cart.
I hope this helps, let me know if you need further clarification

I’m happy to say that I got most of this part working! YEAH! However, I noticed that if a person clicks on the Event name (or by clicking on the item within the calendar) instead of clicking on “Add to Cart”, then they are never presented with the volume discount option. In fact, it routes them on an entirely different checking/registration than by clicking Add to Cart. The event page is here. Try it both ways as well as by the calendar too. Also, when I did click on the “Add to Cart”, it worked and gave the 50% discount. However, I could not get the promo code to apply after that was calculated. You can try promo code GFBC2013 for a 50% discount. So, the cost for a married couple using this promo code would be $50.00 after all discounts.

I’m aware that I am going to need to pay for some customization because I just don’t have the time to try to figure out how to do all of it myself, I’m just trying to get as much as I can setup and find out what options are even available prior to submitting a ticket for detailed help. I think I am almost there now that I know more about what the plugin will and will not do.

2 other problems I noticed – when I don’t add a featured there is a blank square where the featured image would be… How do I fix that?
And my Paypal button is missing. Was I supposed to upload an image button?

THANKS YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HELP! YOU ARE HELPING ME KEEP FROM GOING CRAZY!


Audrea Robbins

February 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I apologize for my post above… I had quoted areas in block quotes and I don’t know what happened. They are gone in the above post and I cannot find where to edit my post like I’ve done before… I’m so sorry. I can repost if that is confusing.


Dean

February 21, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Hey Audrea,

No problem, sometimes the formatting goes screwy too easily on the forum.

OK, answers.

[ESPRESSO_TABLE]

You are doing nothing wrong as such, the table just needs to be styled with css. Now at the moment there are no classes/ids built in (we have a new version that will be rolled out soon which has been updated and cleaned up – I can email you a BETA copy if you like?) so you would need to add them in.

Themeroller support isnt default, you could possible add it in, but I think we left it off as the table looked a little weird with themeroller on it.

The confusion

That is clearer, thank you. Yes that could work, it would need some testing i think and would obviously require manual work on your part. You could turn the registration form off for the event as well until it becomes live.

One thing to look at when it is released (hopefully soon) is the Front End Manager, which allows users registered with your site to add events from the front end which the admin can then review. You cant specify what date they would enter but you can review and reject.

volume discount

Yes the issue is when they go to the individual page. However, you can turn off the registration form for the page and add a link to add to cart in the event, thus they will have to go to the cart even if they end up on the registration page.

http://eventespresso.com/wiki/multiple-events-registration-use-add-to-cart-link-instead-of-default-registration-form/

Regarding the promo code, it worked fine for me http://d.pr/i/nf91 ($4 -50% for two people, -50% for promo code = $1) Is the promo code set to be used on each event? It has to be added to each event individually.

Paypal button

It’s trying to find the Free versions paypal button for some reason. I would make sure that the free version is turned off and deleted from your site. Deactivate the payment gateways, deactivate the plugin and then reactivate plugin and gateways to see if it kicks back in with the right path.

blank square

That shouldnt be happening, but can easily be fixed in the event_list_display.php by using an if statement to say if no featured image, dont sow the img html. This has been fixed in our development version so will roll out in the next general update.

Let me know if you have any more questions, or need clarification.

Cheers


Audrea Robbins

February 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Yes, I would appreciate the Expresso_Table beta version. My email is [REMOVED]. Thanks! I like the idea of trying what you mentioned by just turing Registration off on the list of available dates. I could add a button on there to take them to an alternate form to contact us about the date they want to reserve. Sounds like 3.2 is going to have alot of the features that I really NEED! I downloaded the beta or alpha version from the Pre-Release Downloads section but don’t have an active site to try it out on. How far away is the release of 3.2? I’ve noticed that the date has been pushed back and pushed back over and over again. If we are close, I may modify some of the things you mentioned trying BUT if we are only a couple of weeks away, I’ll just wait for the 3.2 release. Also, last question – when I activate themeroller styles and then upload a custom themeroller style per directions, all the default themeroller styles disappear from the list leaving only my custom style in the dropdown. Am I doing something wrong? Thanks again for all your help


Dean

February 24, 2013 at 11:58 pm

Hi Audrea,

No problem I will email you a copy, but remember it isn’t live yet so may get changed.

3.2 is still not ready, I would not wait on it if you need to get the site running. IF you want to try it out you could try it offline using http://serverpress.com/ (free for 3 sites) or Xampp (free).

Re themeroller, that is correct custom styles will only show as generally you only need to choose one style. You could copy the defaults over to where the custom one is in the uploads folder, I havent tested it but it should work.


Audrea Robbins

February 25, 2013 at 8:39 am

Ok. Thanks. I do have Serverpress so I may run it that way as a trial run! Thanks!

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