WordPress Themes From InkThemes

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WordPress Themes - InkThemes

InkThemes is a WordPress theme marketplace and a WordPress theme membership site that provides professional themes at affordable prices.

An InkThemes membership gives you access to all of their themes, which are easy to install and setup, fully responsive and translation ready, and can be used on unlimited domains.

In this post, we explore the Geocraft WordPress business directory theme and provide a list of some of their other themes.

Featured WordPress Theme From InkThemes

Geocraft – WordPress Business Directory Theme

Geocraft - WordPress Business Directory Theme

(Geocraft – WordPress Business Directory Theme)

Geocraft lets you set up a professional business directory website. You can add, edit, and sell free and premium directory listings, capture leads, add advertising banners, and more!

This highly customizable and fully responsive directory theme works on all user devices …

Geocraft resizes listings automatically to match user's viewing devices

(Geocraft resizes listings automatically to match user’s viewing devices)

The theme is also available in different color schemes …

Geocraft theme is available in different color schemes

(Geocraft theme is available in different color schemes)

A built-in lead generation form lets prospects contact listed businesses directly …

Geocraft Theme - Lead Generation Form

(Geocraft Theme – Lead Generation Form)

You can easily customize listing prices, set up free and premium listing packages, configure one-time and recurring billing options, etc …

Setup different listing options

(Setup different listing options)

Additional theme features include:

  • Geolocation search functionality displays results customized to user’s location.
  • Interactive Google Map displays listings as custom markers.
  • Prioritize listings based on higher advertiser bids.
  • Automated email notifications for listing approvals and expiries.
  • Customized reviews and rating systems.
  • Display categories and recently added listings in the sidebar.
  • Import bulk listings using CSV format.
  • Monetize web traffic with banner ads or Google AdSense.
  • And more.

To learn more about this business directory theme, go here: Geocraft  – WordPress Business Directory Theme

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More WordPress Themes From InkThemes

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How To Publish Books And Create Online Courses On A Shoestring Budget

Learn how to publish books and create e-courses on a shoestring budget that will attract new clients and help grow your business.

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Are you looking for inexpensive and cost-effective ways to attract new clients, promote and grow your business, or create additional revenue streams?

Publishing a book (or e-book) and creating an online course based on your book(s) provide powerful and effective ways to:

  • Drive more prospects and clients to your business.
  • Market your business and create more visibility online.
  • Gain a competitive business advantage.
  • Increase awareness about your products and services.
  • Build credibility, establish authority, and/or assert your expertise in your industry or niche market.

In this strategic guide, we’ll show you how to publish books and create online courses on a shoestring budget that will help you increase revenue and grow your business.

How To Publish Books And Create Online Courses On A Shoestring Budget

The currency of the ‘Digital Information Age’ is content. To participate in the digital economy, therefore, you must also learn how to become a content publisher.

Additionally, we not only live in the digital age, we also live in the age of specialization.

Specialization: The process of concentrating on and becoming expert in a particular subject or skill.

Source: Oxford Dictionary

Regardless of whatever business you are in, you probably have specialized knowledge about certain areas and a level of expertise about things that most people don’t know about.

There is a positive and a negative side to having specialized knowledge.

On the positive side, if your information is valuable and enough people want it or need it, you could develop it into a potentially profitable asset by sharing some or all of this information in the form of a book (or e-book) and/or an online course.

The negative side of running a business that depends on having specialized knowledge is that your prospects and potential customers and clients often need to be educated on the value and benefits of your products and services and trained on how to do business with you, which is another reason why you should consider publishing a book (or e-book) and/or an online course.

Publishing books and e-courses, therefore, is something worth considering as part of your business marketing strategy.

Useful Tip

Some of the additional benefits of learning how to publish an e-book online include:

  • It helps you achieve clarity about the value of your business and organizes your thinking about how to communicate your business processes.
  • If you are strategic with your content creation and plan things well, you can be publishing regular blog posts or newsletters to market and promote your business while also building up the content and chapters of a book and/or online course (much like many best-selling authors nowadays write books with a movie in mind). At the end of a certain period of time (e.g. 12 months), you can then collate all of your blog posts or newsletters together to form a book.

Authoring Vs Publishing Content

This tutorial is about ‘publishing’ content. Many people get put off by the idea of creating books to help market their business because they think that they need to be writers and authors.

There is a great difference between authoring a book and publishing it. You don’t need to create the content yourself in order to publish it. J. K. Rowling authored the Harry Potter series, but Bloomsbury published it.

Of course, if you have knowledge and expertise about a subject you can write the book yourself and there are many benefits in doing this, but you don’t have to be a writer to create a book.

For example, you can:

For this specific tutorial, we’ll assume that you already have an idea for how you will create your book or already have the content written and are ready to publish it.

If you need help creating your first book, see the tutorial below:

This tutorial specifically covers a ‘shoestring’ method you can use to:

  • Self-publish your book,
  • Turn your book into an online, and
  • Promote the above online … all at minimal cost!

Self Publishing Books On A Shoestring Budget

Before publishing your book, ask yourself what’s the purpose of your book. Are you publishing to make money selling copies of the book itself, or are you planning to use the book to create wider exposure for your business … or both (i.e. make money selling the book and attract new customers for your products or services)?

Your answer to the above will determine various strategic decisions and outcomes, such as how and where you should publish your book, to how much you should charge (or even give it away).

If you’re publishing to make money and promote your business, we recommend starting the process by self-publishing an electronic book (e-book) before you consider moving to other publishing methods and formats (e.g. hard copies via print on demand or traditional printing, contacting publishing companies, etc).

Some of the reasons for suggesting the above, include:

  • Cost – Self-publishing ebooks are the least expensive method of publishing.
  • Testing – The method we recommend using below allows you to test the market and assess your results before deciding to invest further time and effort into the process.
  • Improvement – With an e-book, you can edit, refine, and improve your content until you are happy with the results and ready (if necessary) to commit your book to print or invest in professional services (e.g. editors, distribution, publishers, etc).

To explain the self-publishing process, we’ll use an e-book we’ve recently published as an example.

The book is called “The Small Business Digital Manager” …

The Small Business Digital Manager

(The Small Business Digital Manager)

Briefly, the book explains why most small businesses end up with an unmanageable digital presence and provides a system for helping small businesses develop a manageable digital presence that will help them get better results online.

The book is written using MS Word.

MS Word lets you easily save your book as a PDF file. Most ebooks, reports, guides, etc. nowadays are created and delivered in PDF format.

More importantly, MS Word also lets you save your book in a format that will let you upload and publish to Amazon Kindle, which is the publishing platform we will begin with. This is explained in more detail further below.

Important Info

Additional software we used to create the book’s content includes:

  • MS Powerpoint – For illustrations and diagrams.
  • MS Visio – For flowcharts.
  • SnagIt – We recommend using this powerful tool to create and edit screenshots.
  • Photoshop – For editing and saving image files.

Additionally, the book contains photos and images sourced from various free and royalty-free image sites. For a list of these images sites and tools, go here:

As you can see from the examples above, we use and recommend creating eBook covers for your books. This can be done using software tools. For more info on using ebook cover creation software, go here:

Choosing Where To Self Publish Your Book

Once your book is written, you can publish it on your own website or use a self-publishing platform like Amazon, Apple, Lulu, etc.

We’ve chosen to self-publish The Small Business Digital Manager on Amazon through the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) program to begin with. You can view the book listing on Amazon here.

Here are just some of the reasons why we chose to publish the book on Amazon KDP:

  • It’s FREE!
  • It puts your book in front of a huge global audience.
  • Books published on Amazon KDP can be read by all devices.
  • The KDP lending library pays additional royalties for books that become popular and widely read/shared.
  • KDP has promotional features that help you create more exposure for your book.
  • You have control of your book and can edit the content and pricing as many times as you like after publication.

To set up a free account with Amazon for publishing on the Kindle platform, go here:

Formatting Your Book For Amazon KDP

As mentioned before, you can create your book using Microsoft Word, including adding images and a table of contents.

The only thing to avoid when using MS Word to create your book content is using bullets, as the format doesn’t convert bullets well. Instead, use something else, like dashes.

So, instead of formatting your bullet points like this:

  • Bullet Point #1
  • Bullet Point #2
  • Bullet Point #3

Format them like this:

– Bullet Point #1
– Bullet Point #2
– Bullet Point #3

Before uploading and publishing your book to KDP, create a folder in your desktop to save the book files into (e.g. call it ‘Kindle’) and in your MS Word menu, choose Save As > Web Page, Filtered

Choose 'Web Page, Filtered' to save your book for KDP

(Choose ‘Web Page, Filtered’ to save your book for KDP)

This will save your book as two files inside your book folder (in this example, the folder we’ve created is called ‘Kindle’) …

Your book files, saved for KDP

(Your book files, saved for KDP)

One file contains all of your book’s images in a folder and the other contains the content of your book. You will need both of these files for your book to upload and publish correctly.

Next, zip the folder containing your book files and upload the zipped file to Amazon …

Upload the Zip file containing your book and image files

(Upload the Zip file containing your book and image files)

The other thing you will need to do before publishing to KDP is to create a flat book cover image. This image needs to be quite large (for image specifications, go here).

You can create the book cover image yourself using Photoshop, outsource the work to a graphic designer or freelancers, or use Amazon’s own book cover creator tool …

Amazon Cover Creator tool

(Amazon Cover Creator tool)

Amazon KDP offers loads of free tutorials on its site, from getting started, to formatting your content and promoting your book, etc. Make sure you go through some of these tutorials, especially the tutorials about formatting your book correctly and complying with KDP guidelines.

Uploading Your Book To Amazon KDP

Uploading your book to Amazon is a simple process.

After you have created your book files and registered your free account with KDP, go to https://kdp.amazon.com and click on ‘Sign in’ …

Sign into KDP

(Sign into KDP)

Log into your account …

Log into your account

(Log into your account)

If you haven’t published before, go to ‘Bookshelf’ and click on Create a New Title > Kindle eBook

KDP Bookshelf - Create a New Title

(KDP Bookshelf – Create a New Title)

Now, simply go through each of the sections described below and fill in the details (refer to the KDP tutorials and user forum if you need help or if there is anything you don’t understand).

eBook Details

Add your book title and description, author name, keywords, and categories, review the other book settings in this section (language, publishing rights, etc.), then save to continue …

Amazon KDP eBook Details screen

(Amazon KDP eBook Details screen)

eBook Content

Upload your manuscript and book cover image, select your Digital Rights Management (DRM) settings and enter your ISBN if applicable, then preview your book and click ‘Save and Continue’ …

Amazon KDP eBook Content screen

(Amazon KDP eBook Content screen)

eBook Pricing

Specify distribution settings (e.g. Global) and pricing details for your book and click the button when done to publish your book …

Amazon KDP eBook Pricing screen

(Amazon KDP eBook Pricing screen)

Your book should take a day or so to be approved and published.

Once your book has been published, it will be live on the Amazon Kindle Book store and available for purchase.

Your books are listed on your Amazon KDP bookshelf

(Your books are listed on your Amazon KDP bookshelf)

You can return to your account and edit your book details, upload a revised copy, change the pricing, etc. any time inside your bookshelf.

Useful Info

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing offers an option to help promote your book called KDP Select. When you enroll in the KDP Select program, your eBook is locked for 90 days. During this time, you are given 5 promotional days where you can give your eBook away on Amazon for free. After your 5 free days are used up, your eBook goes back to being sold for the amount you have specified.

You can renew this option. During each 90-day period, your eBook remains available in the Kindle Owners’ Library. While you are opted into the KDP Select program, you are not allowed to publish your book on other platforms, including publishing or giving the book away on your own website.

If your website isn’t pulling in enough traffic, we recommend starting off with a platform like Amazon KDP before looking at the option of selling and promoting your books on your website.

Self-Publishing Print On Demand (POD) Books

When you are ready to commit your book to printed format, Amazon offers you a ‘print on demand’ self-publishing option through a program called CreateSpace

CreateSpace - Self-publishing POD

(CreateSpace – Self-Publishing POD)

To learn more about self-publishing POD books with CreateSpace visit their website.

Before we move on to discussing ways to promote your book, let’s take a look at the process of turning your book into an online course.

Turning Your Book Into An eCourse

After publishing your book, you may want to consider turning your book into an e-course. Here are just some of the many reasons to consider turning your book into an online course:

  • Most of your course content is already written. An online course can be a natural extension of the work you’ve already done and the time you’ve already spent writing content for your book or business. In many cases, all you need to do is organize the information you already have into a format that will benefit others.
  • Educate, train, and empower prospective customers. An online course can help train people to engage better with your business and empower them to become educated customers of your services.  For example, if you run a craft supplies business, you could create an online course that shows people how to make unique craft objects or even how to start a business selling crafts made with items you supply.
  • Expand your reach, leverage your expertise and increase revenue. Depending on your business, you may only be able to serve clients on a local level. An online course allows you to expand your reach on a global level and create additional revenue opportunities for your business.
  • Leverage your marketing efforts. Just as publishing a book can help to establish authority, credibility, and expertise in your field, an online course can take things to a whole new level and give you new opportunities to market and promote your business and your brand.

If you decide to turn your book or ebook into an online course or training program, the next step is to decide on the platform you will use to publish your eCourse.

Choosing An eCourse Platform

Your choice of ecourse platform will depend on factors like how much online exposure you can provide for your course, what kind of content formats you plan to use to create, present, and deliver your information, how you plan to handle payments and course registration, etc.

For example, you can publish your eCourse on a platform like Udemy, or decide to run the course entirely on your own website.

Online Course Platforms

Online learning platforms like Udemy let you publish your course for free and can expose your information to thousands of potential new customers.

Udemy

(Udemy)

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Publish Your eCourse On Your Own Website

Publishing your course on your own website is a great way to build an asset on your own domain name.

You can add your course to your existing website or set up a new domain name to promote and run your course.

We also recommend promoting your course inside your book, as the book is a perfect tool for generating leads and driving potential new course members.

Tip

If you plan to add links to your course inside your book, consider driving visitors to your website, not to an external URL. Sending people to sites where you have no control over what happens can result in links that point to dead destinations. You can still run your course on an online platform – just refer people to a page on your website promoting your course and the course URL.

Alternatively, you may want to publish a link to your course using a link redirection tool. This way, you can choose where to send traffic to and if anything changes, you don’t need to edit and republish your book or search everywhere for places where you’ve added your links. Just change the destination URL in your link management tool and all instances where you’ve added a redirect link will automatically updated with the new URL.

Consider using a link redirection tool to refer your book readers to your online course

(Consider using a link redirection tool to refer your book readers to your online course)

Publishing Your eCourse With WordPress

Let’s show you how to publish your course using a setup that lets you automate processes like online marketing, content marketing, payment and registration of new members, affiliate marketing, email marketing, etc. and that gives you complete control over all aspects of creating, delivering and promoting your course.

The platform that lets you do all this and more is WordPress.

WordPress not only can be used to set up a website or blog for your business, it also lets you easily set up and run e-learning courses that integrate seamlessly with your website, plus add payment and registration facilities, a private member’s area, an affiliate management system, and a whole lot more.

Best of all, WordPress is FREE, easy to use and lets you do almost anything you can imagine online with no technical skills required and at minimal cost.

To learn more about all the benefits and advantages of using WordPress, see this section:

If you haven’t built your website yet, use WordPress.

If you already have a website that wasn’t built using WordPress, then we recommend adding a WordPress blog to your site to drive more traffic and market and promote your existing site. You can do this all yourself using our WordPress step-step installation tutorials, or ask a professional web developer or web designer to help you.

For more information on the above, go here:

The important thing after installing WordPress, is to expertly configure your site. This will automate areas like search engine indexing and distribution and syndication of your content to social media and other traffic-getting sites and online directories.

After your WordPress site has been installed and configured, the next step is to install and configure the addons (called ‘plugins‘) that will add the functionality and automation you need to:

  • Create and organize your online course
  • Accept payments online
  • Register new course members
  • Add course members to your email marketing system, and
  • Give them access to your course content

Other than your time, creating a professional online course with marketing automation using the plugins described below should only cost you a few hundred dollars to set up.

eCourse Plugin

To create and deliver your online course, you can use an e-Course plugin like WP Courseware

(WPCourseware – WordPress eLearning Management Plugin)

WPCourseware lets you easily set up and configure training modules, course units, quizzes, include certificates of completion for course members, and more.

You can also specify how to deliver your course content (e.g. make all content available at once or only after previous modules have been completed, drip-feed content, etc.)

For a detailed tutorial about this plugin, go here:

Membership Plugin

If you want your course to be private so only paying customers can access it, then you will need to use a membership plugin.

A membership plugin automates the process of registering customers, delivering content to registered users, adding customers to email lists, etc.

There are many membership plugins available for WordPress.

For example, you can use a plugin called Wishlist Member

Wishlist Member - WordPress Membership Plugin

(Wishlist Member – WordPress Membership Plugin)

Go here for a detailed tutorial on WordPress membership plugins:

WordPress Membership Plugins – A Comprehensive Guide

Accepting Payments Online

To accept payments online (e.g. PayPal), you will need a PayPal account and an e-Commerce plugin.

You can just add a PayPal “buy now” button to your site, but then you will have to manually register all new course participants and give each of them private access to your content (i.e. set up individual logins and passwords for every new member).

An e-commerce plugin can automate this process and send new members to your registration page after payment has been successfully processed.

There are many WordPress e-commerce plugins you can choose from. Some, like the WooCommerce platform are FREE and you pay for additional premium features as you need them (e.g. automated invoices, product enhancement features, etc.)

Certain WordPress themes have built-in payment processing features and there are also various merchant networks that will integrate affiliate marketing, payment processing, and member registration with your site.

To learn more about e-Commerce plugins and selling your course online, see these tutorials:

Promoting Your eBook & Online Course

Online marketing is a huge topic. As we explain in “The Small Business Digital Manager,” many small businesses are too disorganized and unmanageable to market themselves online effectively. Without a strategic digital plan and the right systems in place, most tactics and methods never seem to be implemented or done effectively.

Here are some very effective ways to promote your book and online course:

Content Marketing

With an expertly-configured WordPress site, most of your content marketing can be automated. Just publish new content on a regular basis and WordPress will do the rest.

Publish your content and let WordPress do the rest!

(Publish your content and let WordPress do the rest!)

Here’s a simple, inexpensive, and highly effective plan we recommend using to promote your books and online courses:

Promote It On Your Website Or Blog

Publish educational content on your WordPress website and refer readers to your book or online course in your call to action.

The more great content you publish, the more opportunities you have to attract new customers and sell your books and courses. If done correctly, every new post you publish is like another salesperson working for your business 24/7.

Practical Tip

If you need help coming up with great content ideas, we recommend subscribing to our FREE Content Creation course here:

Here are some additional things you can do to promote your book and online course on your website:

  • Add promotional banners to your site using a banner management plugin,
  • Offer visitors a FREE sample chapter of your book or access to videos as an incentive for them to sign up to your newsletter and promote your book and online course in your newsletter or email updates.
  • Use the data gathered from your site to improve your content marketing, test online ads, create promotional and educational videos, etc. You can obtain this data from your site by installing a plugin like Google Analytics for WordPress.

News Releases

Announcing the launch of your new book or course using a news release is a powerful and effective way to promote your course on media outlets and news websites.

You should definitely announce the launches, but for a truly effective campaign, consider sending out monthly news releases.

We recommend using the news release service at DistributionPress.com. They offer a complete done-for-you service that will get your news release distributed to hundreds of media sites and indexed in Google in less than 24 hours.

Promote your book and online course using news releases with DistributionPress.com

(Promote your book and online course using news releases with DistributionPress.com)

Affiliate Program

An affiliate is someone who gets paid a percentage of any sales they help to create through their recommendations and promotional efforts.

An affiliate program lets people register as an affiliate to promote your product or service and assigns them a unique affiliate URL to use in their email and website promotions. When people click on this special link, the affiliate program software identifies where the referral came from and if a sale is made, it then works out how much commission to pay the affiliate, makes the payment to the affiliate and deposits the balance of the sale into your bank account.

Affiliate Management Platforms

You can run an affiliate program on your own website or use an affiliate network to promote and recruit affiliates for your program.

If you decide to run an affiliate program on your own website, there are a number of WordPress affiliate plugins you can use.

If you’re just starting out, however, we recommend using an established affiliate network like JVZoo or ClickBank to promote your online course.

The reason for this is because these affiliate networks:

  • Have tens of thousands of members who can instantly find your offer and contact you to request approval to promote your product as an affiliate or automatically start promoting your offer, and
  • They process all payments and sales on your behalf and automatically pay your affiliates, saving you from having to manually administer affiliates and manage the affiliate payment process yourself.

For more information about affiliate networks and WordPress affiliate programs, go here:

Email Marketing Service

If you plan to add course members to an email marketing list, then you will need an email marketing service that integrates with WordPress.

A number of WordPress membership and e-commerce plugins will automatically add new members to your email marketing list and have settings that make this easy to configure.

To learn more about email marketing services and integrating these with WordPress, go here:

Live Events, Workshops & Seminars

Everything described so far will allow you to set up and automate a robust and cost-effective system for marketing and promoting your book and online course.

If you plan to run live events like workshops and seminars, you can also use an event management and registration plugin to help you manage events, add event listings to your website, automatically process booking registrations, assign tickets, etc.

WordPress offers various event management plugins and we have written a couple of detailed tutorials about these here:

Summary

Publishing a book and creating an online course allow you to profit from your expertise and are also powerful ways to attract new clients, increase revenue, and grow your business online.

Best of all, this can all be done inexpensively, as shown above.

We hope that you have found the above information on creating ebooks and online courses on a shoestring budget useful to help grow your business.

How To Publish Books And Create Online Courses On A Shoestring Budget

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How To Create An Event Listing Website With WordPress

Do you need to promote events on your WordPress site? Learn how to easily create an event listing website using WP Event Manager …

WP Event Manager - WordPress Events Listing PluginDo you need to promote events on your WordPress website? Would you like to turn your WordPress website into an event management portal?

In this post, you will learn how to create an event listing website using WP Event Manager, a flexible and versatile plugin that works with any WordPress theme to create an event website quickly and easily.

How To Create An Event Listing Website With WP Event Manager Plugin

If you host many events and use WordPress to power your website, you may want to consider creating an event listing website or turn your WordPress website into an event management portal using an event management plugin.

When creating an event management website, some of the features you will want to add to your site include forms for registering and submitting information about events, ways to manage and display all relevant event information to users and sell tickets, a reliable event calendar WordPress plugin and more.

In a separate tutorial, we provide detailed information about the Event Espresso event management and registration premium plugin.

In this post, we look at a flexible and versatile FREE event management plugin called WP Event Manager, which allows you to create an event ‘marketplace’ and sell event listings on your WordPress site.

WP Event Manager Plugin

WP Event Manager Plugin

(WP Event Manager Plugin)

Plugin Description

WP Event Manager is a lightweight plugin for event registration which adds event listing functionality to your WordPress site.

With this plugin installed, you can showcase and sell tickets for your own events or create an event marketplace and allow online users to submit and manage their own events and charge users for this service.

The plugin is easy to set up and install and works with any WordPress theme. It is also free to install. The free version has all options you need to create a simple event listing site and run an event management system.

Advanced functionality is available through paid add-ons. Add-ons allow you to expand your event listing site with features like selling tickets, creating alerts, allowing users to search events by location, and more.

WP Event Manager Core Features

Some of the features included in the WP Event Manager plugin include:

  • Fully Responsive
  • Cross Browsers support ( Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera)
  • SEO Friendly & Compatible with SEO plugins.
  • Multilingual Translation – Internationalized Supported
  • Completely ajaxified for super smooth browsing
  • Add, manage, and categorize event listings using the familiar WordPress user interface (UI).
  • Searchable & filterable ajax powered event listings can be added to your pages using shortcodes.
  • Frontend forms allow guests and registered users to submit & manage event listings.
  • Allow event listers to preview their listing before it goes live. The preview matches the appearance of a live event listing.
  • Each listing can be assigned to an email or website address so that attendees can register for the events.
  • Searches also display RSS links to allow attendees to be alerted to new events matching their search.
  • Allow logged in organizers to view, edit, mark cancelled, or delete their active event listings.
  • RSS Feeds
  • Event categories
  • Easily create custom event field (e.g. dress code)
  • Assign event locations and view events by location
  • Events Widgets (Recent, Upcoming, Featured)
  • Many template tags and shortcodes can be used use in posts and pages
  • Caching Support
  • Developer friendly code, Custom Post Types, endpoints & template files.
  • Singleton Javascript, Ajax & Save memory at client side.
  • Debug Mode for Developers
  • Actively maintained and supported
  • Plugin provides lots of documentation and user tutorials

Plugin Installation

To download and install the plugin from your WordPress dashboard, go to Plugins > Add New

Plugins Menu - Add New

(Plugins Menu – Add New)

Type in ‘WP Event Manager’ in the Keyword field, then locate WP Event Manager and click on the ‘Install Now’ button …

Download WP Event Manager

After installing WP Event Manager, click on the ‘Activate’ button to activate the plugin …

Activate plugin

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A new menu item will be added to your main WordPress menu …

WP Event Manager Menu Screen

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Plugin Usage

You can use the Setup wizard to set up the plugin or configure it manually using the ‘Settings’ screen.

With WP Event Manager you can create a WordPress events listing siteusing frontend and backend submission forms of events for free.

Event organizers can list their events on your website using the frontend submission form by filling out the event description and location, plus other details. You can also disable frontend submissions.

Before event organizers make their event listing go live, they can see how their listing will look when published. The preview will be identical to the published event listing. Event organizers can edit and correct their listings until they are happy with it looks and are ready to publish it live.

Let’s go through the settings section.

WP Event Manager Settings

Before creating events, we recommend configuring the plugin settings.

Go to Event Listings > Settings and you will see a tabbed interface indicating accessible settings. Setting tabs are divided into ‘Event Listings’, ‘Event Submission’ and ‘Pages’ settings.

Event Listings Settings

Event Listings Settings

(Event Listings Settings)

The ‘Event Listings’ tab includes the following settings:

  • Listings Per Page – Specify how many listings will be shown per page when using the events shortcode
  • Cancelled Events – If this option is enabled, cancelled events are hidden from archives.
  • Expired Listings – If enabled, the content within expired listings will be hidden. Otherwise, expired listings will be displayed as normal (without the event registration area).
  • Categories – Enable or disable categories
  • Event Types – Choose whether to enable event types
  • Ticket prices – Option to set ticket price for events which are not free
  • Multi-select Categories  If enabled, the category select box will default to a multi select on the events shortcode.
  • Multi-select Event Types – If enabled, the event type select box will default to a multi select on the events shortcode.
  • Category Filter Type – If enabled, the event type select box will default to a multi select on the events shortcode.
  • Event Type Filter – If enabled, the event type select box will default to a multi select on the events shortcode.
Event Submission Settings

Event Submission Settings

(Event Submission Settings)

The ‘Event Submission’ tab includes the following options:

  • Account Required – If you disable this option, users who are not registered (guest) will also be able to submit listings.
  • Account Creation – Users without an account on your site will be able to create an account by entering their email address on the submission form.
  • Account Username – If enabled username will be generated for the user based on email address.
  • Account Role – Specify which role to assign users who register.
  • Moderate New Listings – If enabled, you can moderate new event submissions. These will not be active until you approve them.
  • Allow Pending Edits – If enabled, submissions awaiting admin approval can be edited by the user.
  • Delete Expired Listings – Expired listings will automatically be removed after 30 days if this option is enabled.
  • Listing Expire – Set event submission expiry time.
Pages Settings

Pages Settings

(Pages Settings)

The ‘Pages’ tab includes the following settings:

  • Submit Event Form Page – Select the page where the form will be located.
  • Event Dashboard Page – Select the page where the dashboard will be located.
  • Event Listings Page – Select the page where the event listings page will be located
Event Categories

If you enable this option in the ‘Settings’ section, the ‘Event Categories’ feature will be activated and added to the ‘Event Listings’ menu, allowing you to add new event categories …

Event Categories

(Event Categories)

Event Types

If you enable this option in the ‘Settings’ section, the ‘Event Types’ feature will be activated and added to the ‘Event Listings’ menu, allowing you to add new event types …

Event Types

(Event Types)

How To Add An Event In WP Event Manager Plugin

To add the new event, select ‘Add New’ link under Event Listing menu item in the admin …

WP Event Manager - Add New Event

(WP Event Manager – Add New Event)

In the sidebar, you will see two options named ‘event categories’ and ‘event types’ (if you enabled those in the ‘Event Listings’ settings tab.) You can select single or multiple event types and event categories.

Give the event a name in the post title and write your event description using the WordPress visual editor below the event title and add all relevant details about the event in the submission form …

WP Event Manager - Backend Submission Form

(WP Event Manager – Backend Submission Form)

Info

Events can be added using the ‘Add Event’ screen from the WordPress admin backend, or posted using the Frontend submission form …

WP Event Manager - Frontend Submission Form

(WP Event Manager – Frontend Submission Form)

After completing your event submission, preview and continue editing your listing or click on ‘Publish’ to make the listing live …

Preview Event Listing

(Preview Event Listing)

Events can be added and submitted by guests and registered users and by the site admin …

Users and Administrators can submit new events

(Users and Administrators can submit new events)

WP Event Manager – Managing And Editing Events

An event management dashboard listing all events is available for managing and editing events. This dashboard makes managing and editing event listings simple and easy.

To view all submitted events log into your account and go to Admin > Event Listings …

WP Event Manager - Event Dashboard

(Event Dashboard)

From this event dashboard, you can control the status of all your events or edit, add new, or delete existing entries.

Events are listed in table format. To edit an event listing click the event listing title or edit button icon …

Easily edit event information

(Easily edit event information)

WP Event Manager Add-Ons

Add-ons expand the functionality and usefulness of the core plugin and can be purchased as and when required.

The price of add-ons range from $19 – $39 for personal license and $49 – $99 for a developer license. Licenses grant users one year of support and updates. Personal licenses are valid for a single site, while developer licenses are valid for multiple sites.

The WP Event Manager plugin website provides a section that allows users to view information about each add-on and purchase …

WP Event Manager Add-Ons

(WP Event Manager Add-Ons)

Below is a brief description of the add-ons that are available for the WP Event Manager plugin:

  • Google Maps – To enable event search by location, use the WP Event Manager Google Maps add-on. This will integrate the feature of the search through maps and locations. It also enables proximity search on your website.
  • Registrations – This add-on allows visitors to register for an event on your site as an attendee. When they register, you can view it through the dashboard and also manage the registered participants.
  • Sell Tickets – This add-on enables you to sell events tickets for displayed events. Registered users on your website are also able to sell their tickets. Using ‘Sell Tickets’, you can sell simple and variable ticket types.
  • Calendar Using this add-on lets you display an event calendar that lists the upcoming events on your website.
  • Attendee Information – This add-on provides the ability to collect attendees information. Event organizers can specify the attendee information that they want to collect from visitors who register to attend the event. Only after providing this information will attendees be granted registration to book the ticket of the event. It is up to the organizer to decide what information they want to collect from attendees. This add-on lets organizers specify what information they want to collect
  • Event Alerts – Allow registered users to get event alerts. This add-on lets users create email alerts based on keywords, location, category, tags, etc. Users can also choose the frequency they want to receive email event alerts.
  • Bookmarks – The bookmarks add-on allows visitors, attendees or anyone to bookmark events on your website. It’s like the wishlist feature in online stores. Visitors can come back to site and find the event without having to spend time searching for it again. Bookmarks can be saved with a note and only logged in users can bookmark.
  • Embeddable Event Widget – Use this add-on to display event listings of your website on other sites. It will generate a code according to the requirement clauses you submitted (particular keyword, the specific location of events). You can paste this code wherever you want into any website (it doesn’t have to be a WordPress site) to display events.
  • Sliders Display events in a slider. Sliders are responsive, which means they will look great on mobile devices as well as on the desktop.
  • Event Tags – Improve event search and target more keywords. This add-on adds tags for the event post type. Tags are keywords related to your event. You can add tags that describe your event, event type, subject, or anything relevant to your event. Users will be able to filter events by tags.
  • Eventbrite Integration – When you start your event listing website, it will probably be empty. You can avoid this by filing event listings using the Eventbrite Integration add-on. All you need to get started is a publisher ID from Eventbrite. Eventbrite events include affiliate links and click tracking and are listed in a similar format to your local events. You can just pull the events by using the search parameters you define in the settings.
  • Organizers – This add-on lets you organize your organizer’s list and the events according to their organizer. You can display grouped and alphabetized list of all the organizers. It can also show total active events of each organizer and complete list of organizers.
  • Contact Organizer – Allow your visitors to contact the event organizer.
  • Export – You can export all the events on your website in CSV format. If you want you can export the events with all the fields or export the events with required fields only. In this way you can export only what you need.
  • Print – This add-on will enable a print button on event detail page. By clicking the button, you can save a digital copy of the event page, or you can just print it by connecting a printer.
  • iCal – This add-on enables you to generate and download an iCal file of all the upcoming events on your website. Then you can import iCal file to Google calendar or any other calendar.
  • Google Recaptcha – You can use Google Recaptcha on the submit an event page to prevent spam. If the visitor fails to solve the captcha puzzle, the access to submit will be denied. Visitors will have a chance to make another attempt to solve the captcha.
  • Google Analytics – This add-on lets you track your site using the Google Analytics tracking code.
  • Emails – Use this add-on to send an email notification when a new user registers. You can create your own email templates or edit and change the existing ones. These will override the default WordPress registration email notifications.
  • Event Logs – This add-on allows you to view the debug information in your browser console tab to find and resolve any errors on your website.

WP Event Manager Plugin – Additional Info

View Listings In Different Formats

Users can filter event listings by keyword, location, event category, event type and event ticket price …

Users can search for events using filters

(Users can search for events using filters)

Single event listing page contains information like metadata, event overview, organizer description, organizer details, event venue, event date, time and location.

Events can display as a gallery of listings …

Events - Gallery Display Format

(Events – Gallery Display)

As a list of events …

Events - List Display Format

(Events – List Display)

And also viewed in ‘Calendar’ format …

Events - Calendar Display

(Events – Calendar Display)

Use With Any WordPress Theme

This plugin can be used with any WordPress theme. Your events directory and information will be preserved if you decide to change the look and feel of your website later.

Use With Any Language

WP Event Manager can also be translated into any language. If the language you want is not currently translated, partially translated, or needs correcting, contact the plugin developers to request information on how to edit or create a translation file. This file will then be automatically used when the site is viewed in that language.

Start With Free Version, Expand With Add-Ons

WP Event Manager plugin lets you display all relevant event information in one place and gives you a complete system for creating, organizing and managing events.

Use the free version to make users aware of upcoming events, free-for-all events, community , social, or sporting club events, webinars, conferences, workshops, fundraisers, etc. and choose premium add-ons to add more features and provide users with more details about events, including adding the ability to sell tickets, create alerts, display maps, etc.

We hope you enjoyed this tutorials. Download the WP Event Manager plugin for free from the WordPress plugin repository or check the official plugin site for more info and documentation.

WP Event Manager - WordPress Events Listing Plugin

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