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Removing Personal Information in additional attendee form

Posted: August 13, 2012 at 8:59 pm


August 13, 2012 at 8:59 pm


I am trying to remove the default fields (first name, last name, email)
on the additional attendee form. is that possible?

please give me advice. or point me on the php file where the registration form fields generate.



  • Support Staff

August 13, 2012 at 9:43 pm

You can not remove those fields otherwise the system will not know how to process the transactions. What are you trying to accomplish?


August 19, 2012 at 4:08 am

I want to do this too. Only on additional attendees, not the main person whos details will be used in paypal.


August 19, 2012 at 4:11 am

By the way, to clarify what I am trying to accomplish, is that I am using this software for selling tent accommodation at four people per tent for big events i.e one main attendee (who would use the personal info fields) and up to three more additional attendees. The site owner’s requirements are(I am building it for them)that each additional attendee has a first name, last name and mobile. I dont want a mandatory email field for each additional attendee for camping. I understand the necessity of personal info for paypal, but not all the additional attendees are going through paypal, just the main one.

Seth Shoultes

  • Support Staff

August 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm

In the event editor, you can turn off the questions and just show a drop down to select the number of additional attendees. The option is in the right column of the event editor uneder Event Options > Additional Attendee Registration info? > No Info Required (option). That should be the default option when an event is created.

Wes Wallace

August 20, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I need to accomplish the same thing. I purchased the Custom Files addon just to be able to read the answers on this question. I need a way to remove the Personal Information as well. A “teacher” will submit only their students. Each student will need a subset of questions to answer. I don’t want the teacher to have to put in an email address on every student. PLEASE HELP…we’re on a strict deadline. If we don’t get the new site up, we’ll have to scrap it and stay with the old site until we find a working solution.


Wes Wallace

August 20, 2012 at 7:25 pm

To clariy, just need to remove the personal information from the additional attendees.


  • Support Staff

August 20, 2012 at 7:59 pm


If you remove the personal information questionfrom the additional attendees, the registration system will not work as expected (ie. it will break). Each registration needs a name and email address. Here is how I work around that limitation: Set ‘Additional Attendee Registration info’ to No info required. This will display a ticket quantity selector if group registrations are set to yes. Then include optional ‘student information questions’ for up to the number of students per the max group registration.

Wes Wallace

August 20, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Wow, fast reply. Thanks. I don’t know why I’m having a hard time deciphering the last sentence. I have a subset of questsion for student information and have checked the box to include those questions on addition attendees, but after I select from the quanity box and hit submit, I just get a bunch of info boxes (not editable) with Confirm Registration boxes. Is there another way you can word that sentence?

This site is for School Band Directors to sign up their students for a competition. Each Director will add students along with the instruments they play etc… They need things to be as easy as possible. The first box needs email, name, and how many students are coming. Then if they put 10 students for example, they’ll need to input each students name, instrument they play and a few other goofy things. If they have to put in an email address 10 times, they will end up just calling in their attendees which is a huge nightmare with 2000 students.

Thanks for you help in this issue.

Seth Shoultes

  • Support Staff

August 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm

As Josh said above, each registration needs a name and email address. So the following fix may or may not work.

Since you are using the Custom Files addon and I assume that you have installed it. You can copy the “event_espresso_additional_attendees” function from the event-espresso/includes/functions/main.php into the wp-content/uploads/espresso/custom_functions.php file. Then remove, or comment out, the email address field.

The email address fields look something like this:

$htm .= '<p>';
$htm .= '<label for="x_attendee_email">' . __('Email:', 'event_espresso') . '</label>';
$htm .= '<input type="text" name="x_attendee_email[\' + attendee_num + \']" class="input"/>';
$htm .= '</p>';

Does that help?

Wes Wallace

August 20, 2012 at 10:59 pm

That did remove the email field but doesn't add the additional questions. Any other ideas?

Wes Wallace

August 20, 2012 at 11:31 pm

This is ideal for our situation.

Wes Wallace

August 20, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Our current site utilizes a shopping cart, where students are a “product”. It works but there is a lot of database modifying to get the data usable when exporting. I don’t mind paying a bit extra if there is anything at all that can be done. I can give my site info and access via ftp if the need arises.

Wes Wallace

August 21, 2012 at 10:15 am

Sorry to bump this thread, I don’t much like deadlines myself. Is this possible to do or should I start looking for alternatives? Thanks in advance.

Seth Shoultes

  • Support Staff

August 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm

You can customize these forms to have whatever questions and labels you need. Have you followed Step #7 of the Setting up Event Espresso guide?

Chris Reynolds

  • Support Staff

August 21, 2012 at 1:24 pm

It’s been said a couple times here, but it looks like from the screenshot you are posting that you haven’t added attendee-only question groups to your event.

The Personal Information group (which you can rename to whatever you want if you want it to be more obvious that it is for the Director’s name/email, etc) will be asked of all attendees. Additional questions can be asked just of the primary attendee by adding a specific question group for Primary Attendees (e.g. if you wanted to ask the name of the school from the Director, but not additional attendees). Then, you can select a separate question group for additional attendees that are not asked of the Primary Attendee.

You would do this if you wanted specific information for each additional attendee. If you didn’t need any additional attendee information and everyone would have the same information, you can require No Additional Info and put all your custom questions into a group that is added to the Event Questions for Primary Attendee.

additional attendee questions

Wes Wallace

August 22, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Could I get a staff member to contact me regarding a possible refund? This just isn’t going to do what I had hoped it would do, which is my fault for assuming it would after briefly reading the contents on the site. It sounded perfect for what I was trying to achieve.

If a single person is registering hundreds of attendees as a group, I just can’t wrap my head around why it would be required to enter an email address for each and every attendee and not just the group leader. Even if this could be resolved, there is another addition problem I would face.

Each attendee must register whether or not they are going to be competing with 1, 2, or 3 instruments. Each additional instrument should add $5 to the total for that attendee.

I just don’t think this product is for me or this particular situation. I feel terrible that I misunderstood the functionality of this project as it is a very viable product for it’s intended purposes. I appolgize and would sincerely ask if there is a way to cancel this purchase. This is a nonprofit arts organization for student musicians and they’re budget is sorely lacking as it is.

Thank you all for your time and your responses.

Seth Shoultes

  • Support Staff

August 22, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Thanks Wes. I have forwarded this to our sales department.

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