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Recurring Event Date Drop Down Menu?

Posted: October 19, 2012 at 5:17 pm


October 19, 2012 at 5:17 pm

I am trying to create a ticketing page for a play. We are running October 25th-28th and November 1st-4th. The time for each show is 8-9:30pm.

I tried using the recurring events plug-in, but that gives me one event box per date and doesn’t look clean at all. Is it possible for something like a drop-down menu where people can select the date when they want to see the show?

What would be your advice for setting up an event like this? I’ve found the process to be quite frustrating so far…

My thanks~


October 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I might also add that I don’t have much programming experience, and after sifting through the forums for a couple hours it looks like some coding might be involved.

Can you walk me through the steps to create one event with multiple dates? Can be either through a drop-down menu, or something equivalent. Even if it’s just a list of all available dates with a “buy” button next to them.


October 22, 2012 at 12:16 am


Generally each date will have its own event attached to it to separate it from the others.

There is a few options.

Either create the events using the Recurring Event Manager (REM) or manually by duplicating the events. Then with Multiple Event Manager (MER) you can easily allow customers to add different performances to their basket. A good option here, is to look at the custom files add on as it has table layout, so the customers can see all the dates and select what they want. The table may need some coding changes though to make it look how you want but im including here for completeness sake.

Alternatively, you could set a single event for the performances and use the different pricing structures to add dates for the performances. Again, having MER turned on is beneficial here as the customer can select multiple numbers of tickets for each performance.


  • Support Staff

October 22, 2012 at 8:20 am

Hi Wingspeak,

Another thing that I’d recommend is to use the REM templates instead of the standard event list templates. These will group the recurring events together and display them in a dropdown of dates to choose from. There’s a short video demo of what they look like in our old forums here:

How these work is you copy over the PHP files from the /espresso-recurring/recurring-event-templates folder into /wp-content/uploads/espresso/templates on your server. One caveat: the event_list.php is out of date, so until we release the next version of REM, you can use this as a replacement for event_list.php:

Then the last step to set this up is to copy and paste the following code into your theme’s custom stylesheet:

.subpage_excerpt .date_picker{
    display: none;

If your theme does not have an option to add custom CSS, you can use a plugin like the my custom CSS plugin to add the CSS.

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