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Recurring events in version 4?

Posted: June 27, 2014 at 9:28 am


Alessio

June 27, 2014 at 9:28 am

I think I am a bit confused. I am trying to use Event Espresso on my school’s website. I have ten different courses, each one lasting from a single month to nine months. What I would like to achieve is:

each course has a SINGLE description page (for SEO purposes)
each course has MULTIPLE dates (manually set), each clearly shown
customers can choose the date they prefer when on the page, using a dropdown or any other method (even future dates)
I need to show somewhere (widget, separate page…) a calendar with all of the courses
I would like to be able to set and show each course’s effective class date/times. Not only start/end times but let’s say for instance:

Padawan course
+ first lesson on Monday from 20:00 to 22:00
+ second lesson on Wednesday from 18:00 to 20:00
+ etc etc

Jedi master course
+ first lesson on Tuesday from 21:00 to 22:00
+ second lesson on Friday from 15:00 to 19:00
+ etc etc

Is this something I can do using version 4 date/times?
Do I need recurring events addon?

What’s more, I do need the “waiting list” feature found in version 3, is this compatible with this kind of setup? Thanks a lot!


Lorenzo Orlando Caum

  • Support Staff

June 27, 2014 at 10:58 am

Hi, waiting lists and recurring events are currently available for Event Espresso 3.

I would split each course into its own event. Then add each datetime through the Event Editor and create a single ticket.

The ticket will then have access to all of the session times and Event Espresso will show each session date on the event page on the front end.


Lorenzo


Alessio

June 27, 2014 at 11:04 am

Ok, so no recurring events in version 4? What is the supposed use of “date time” you added in version 4, then?

do I need recurring events addon to achieve all this?


Lorenzo Orlando Caum

  • Support Staff

June 27, 2014 at 11:22 am

Hi Alessio,

The recurring events addon for EE3 works by using new event information as a template. Then it creates additional events according to a schedule that you set (e.g. repeat every Monday until this day or repeat one a month until this date).

For example, the title, description, and pricing would be the same but the dates would be different.

You can create something similar in EE4 but it has to be done manually.

Does that make sense?


Lorenzo


Alessio

June 27, 2014 at 11:44 am

Not really, sorry. I keep on being confused. To be honest, it seems to me like even with recurring events (or version 4 datetimes) event espresso cannot do what I need.

Is there any possibility to have a “try before you buy” licence for recurring events addon? I can give you my website address in private so that you can double check I won’t be using that on live production site but only on my developing one 😉 Obviously if the plugin does what I need, I will buy it immediately! Thank you so much for your kind interest and support.


Lorenzo Orlando Caum

  • Support Staff

June 27, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Keep in mind that the software platforms are different.

Here is the demo link for EE3:

http://eventespresso.com/pricing/test-drive-event-espresso/


Lorenzo


Alessio

June 27, 2014 at 12:51 pm

As I thought, there is no way to show EDITIONS of a course actually, isn’t it?

+ Using recurring events I will have MANY pages, all with the same text (tooooo bad for seo purposes). And there is no way to show ALL of the “editions” of the same course. Not what I need 🙁

+ Using EE4 “start end datetimes” I can show the dates of the same course, but how can I let people choose which one they want to attend?


Alessio

June 27, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Ok, I tried using EE4 and multiple date / times with multiple tickets assigned to each date… No way, it does show a SINGLE page (good for SEO), it does allow the user to buy a single ticket but…it doesn’t allow me to have a list of all the people who bought for each date. So it’s pretty useless.

One more questions, brainstorming with you might help.

1) I will create a custom post type named “courses”
2) Within that post type I will create a single “course” (that page will be indexed by google)
3) Using event espresso I will add events for each course in the backend (with almost no content inside, the course description and details will be inside the custom post type)
4) I will hide events from the frontend (hope there is a way, please confirm)
5a) I will show events inside a calendar list (if they are hidden from the frontend “archive”, can they be shown in the calendar nevertheless?)
5b) I will show relevant events INSIDE my custom post type template, listing them and showing the necessary code to buy them (this way no duplicate content on google)
6) The user will go to the “/registration-checkout/” page to actually buy the course

hope this is something I can do with Event espresso. Can you confirm this? I do need to have access to customers’ lists for every course, I do need a good indexing and finally I do need events calendar! Thanks a lot


Lorenzo Orlando Caum

  • Support Staff

June 27, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Try this:

https://gist.github.com/joshfeck/55f20059953119b46b34


Lorenzo


Alessio

July 1, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Let’s start from the beginning.
In version 4 you added “multiple date and times”.
If the user cannot choose WHICH date to book, what’s the use of multiple date and times? Am I wrong and the user CAN choose which date he wants to buy?

Hope you can help me out of this.
Thanks a lot.


Alessio

July 1, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Maybe I got it: the datetimes feature allows us to choose different days the event will span through (say a gym class happening on odd or even days). It is NOT about different “editions” of the events, right?

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