Event Espresso – WordPress Event Management Plugin

Event Espresso is a complete event registration and ticketing management automation software solution for WordPress …

Event EspressoDoes your organization currently run or plan to run events that require registrations, such as seminars, group courses, non-profit fundraisers, corporate events, or even a big event like a concert, a sporting or religious event, or any kind of event where people need to register to attend?

Managing event registrations is a complex and time-consuming process. You may be required to manage calendar schedules, available dates and spaces, participant numbers, data processing, payment processing and invoicing, confirmations and reservations, reminders and alerts, cancellations … perhaps even accommodating special needs and issuing tickets to event attendees.

There are many advantages to setting up a web-based event registration system. It can streamline your business processes, save time and reduce costs, help you easily copy settings for recurring events, give event managers more control, improve user experience and grow your sales.

The problem is that this can be quite expensive.

The good news is that if you run a WordPress-based site, you can easily install a very inexpensive and professional web-based event booking solution.

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Announcing …

Event Espresso

Event Espresso

Plugin Description

The Event Espresso online event registration plugin for WP lets you easily set up an event and start accepting online bookings in just minutes.

Event Espresso - WordPress Event Registration And Ticket Manager System

(Event Espresso lets you set up multiple events and process online bookings)

Event Espresso is a flexible and feature-packed plugin that gives you full control over your event registration management process.

Event Espresso - Event Registration And Ticket Manager

Customize registration forms

You can use several event registration strategies, from simple online registration and straight up ticket-selling, to creating custom registration forms in order to better understand your event participants, or integrating your event bookings with an autoresponder system for ongoing updates.

Event Espresso - WordPress Event Management & Ticket Registration System

Access detailed information about your event attendees

Please Note: Currently, Event Espresso is transitioning between two different versions of their plugin: Event Espresso 3 and Event Espresso 4. The new Event Espresso 4 is significantly different than the older Event Espresso 3, as the platform is being redeveloped using a different structure to allow for future expansion. The EE 4 plugin software has different features, user interface, data structure, coding method and price. The company plans to eventually migrate completely to Event Espresso 4, so keep this in mind as you read more about the benefits and advantages of using the plugin.

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Benefits

Here are just a few of the benefits of using Event Espresso to manage event registrations on your web site:

Hands-Free Event Registration Management And Ticketing Solution

Event Espresso provides you with everything you need to turn your current website or blog into a feature-rich and professional event management site … from custom registration forms and automated response emails, to seating capacity limits, multiple price levels and discount codes, to printable tickets and even seating charts.

Higher Business Productivity

By using a web-based event registration solution like Event Espresso, you save time and improve your business productivity by virtually eliminating the need to process registrations and bookings manually.

Essentially, you are facilitating attendees to register themselves.

Letting your attendees to do all of the data entry frees you up from doing administration and lets you direct more of your attention on delivering a more unique event.

Full Control Over The User Experience

As you will learn in a moment, Event Espresso gives you full control over the event management and registration process that you want your users to experience.

Some additional benefits of the plugin include:

  • Less Costs: Event Espresso provides you with a very inexpensive online event registration management solution compared to developing your own system or using a 3rd party service. This is made possible through a model where you buy the core plugin (which suits the requirements of most users) and then buy add-ons when you need extra functionality.
  • Increased Sales: Event Espresso lets you accept new registrations outside traditional business hours. Not only that, but, Event Espresso social features and add ons (see below) let people interested in attending your event invite friends who may be interested in attending.
  • Paperless Event Registration Process: With Event Espresso, your event booking process remains wholly in digital form, reducing traditional paper consumption from tasks associated with enrollment.
  • Own Your Information. You own all the information obtained from your event attendees.

Event Espresso Features

The Event Espresso software provides functionality to its customers through standard features (these are included with the plugin) and optional features that customers can buy for an extra cost, called add-ons.

Event Espresso - WordPress Event Registration & Ticket Management System

Event Espresso provides many features to WordPress users. Here are just some:

  • Quick and simple to install and set up. Be up and running in minutes.
  • Multiple Dates and Times Per Event. In Event Espresso 4, events can have many dates and times (called datetimes), and these can be managed from a single event.
  • Customizable Event & Registration Page Designs. Customize your events and enrollments page using Event Espresso’s limitless template options and parts, plus HTML or CSS.
  • Ticket Selector. Present multiple ticket options to prospects and let them purchase the ticket(s) that will best fit their needs.
  • Google Maps. Google Maps integration allows you to customize the settings of Google Maps on the event listing and event details pages.
  • Default Prices. Set up events fast with pre-configured system-default ticket prices.
  • In-App Documentation Systems. Event Espresso 4 includes 3 detailed in-app documentation systems: Help Tours, Help Tabs and Tool Tips.
  • Contact Profiles & Contact List. EE 4 provides you with the tools to understand who your customers are and how they’ve done business with you.
  • Admin Pre-approval. Be selective about who can participate in your events.
  • Public Commenting. Add social interactivity to your events page by allowing potential registrants to interact with you online via commenting and past attendees to post feedback that can help others decide whether or not to sign up. Moderation settings for commenting are specified in the WordPress native commenting system.
  • Draft Events. Draft events allow you to develop your event page at your own pace without publishing it to your site. You can keep editing your event pages until you are ready to take it live, or schedule your event to publish at a later date and time.
  • Easy Event Management. Event Espresso puts event managers in complete control of all aspects of an event’s registration and ticketing, and allows you to automate this process with event management tools that include staff and venue management, customizable event designs, payment processing, wait lists, limits on attendees, print-ready tickets and more.
  • Default Tickets. If you create similar tickets for most of your events, you can set one of those tickets as your default ticket for the next event simply by ticking a checkbox.
  • WordPress Visual Editor. Event Espresso uses the default WordPress WYSIWYG editor, allowing you to quickly and easily add graphic images and format your event descriptions without knowing HTML or CSS, just like any WordPress post or page.
  • Registrant Profiles. Manage each customer’s profiles and payment history and keep all of their records organized and easily accessible.
  • Invoice Payment Reminders. Follow-up potential registrants who have not paid yet for their registration with a standard but personalized invoice with just one click of a button. Your invoices will address registered attendees who have not paid their registration yet by name, display the amount they owe, and include links to the event, a payment link and a link where they can download a PDF invoice.
  • Event Posts. Publish your events using pages or posts and take advantage of WordPress custom post type features such as custom fields, post meta data, taxonomies, etc. You can even customize your templates to display event information in your own unique way.

Extra features include:

  • Define Extra Meta Information. This allows you to have more control and options over the content of your events and how your information displays to prospective event participants.
  • Control Box Management And Reorganization. Event Espresso lets you leverage the WordPress user interface, which brings the ability to reconfigure the user interface to suit your workflow. Each control box can be collapsed, re-arranged or completely removed from your page.
  • Autonomy, Flexibility And Value For Money: Event Espresso states on their website that their mission is to “empower business and organization leaders with the event registration, ticketing and management tools that maximize the success of events.” To achieve their objectives, the company operates on a model that provides users with great autonomy and flexibility and delivers value for money in the process.

The premium edition of Event Espresso also includes 40+ additional features, including:

  • Duplicating events – simplifies the work of re-entering event data when adding new events.
  • Default surcharge (similar to adding a service tax to every ticket).
  • Default payment status.

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Add-Ons

As well as an amazing number of features, Event Espresso provides “addons”, which allow plugin users to significantly enhance the functionality of the event management process.

Some of these add ons include:

  • EE4 Events Grid Template Addon: Displays events in a pure CSS grid-like structure using the featured image. Hovering over the image will display further information. If an event does not have a featured image, it will use a default image.
  • Recurring Events Manager Add-on: The Recurring Events manager addon allows you to put events on autopilot by scheduling repeated events weeks or months … even years ahead. You can add as many events in advance as you need. Event Espresso will then automatically open and close registrations for all recurring events.
  • Events Calendar Table Template Add-on: The Calendar Table template is a list template with a bold date and customizable “register now” button. The template can also be customized to display the event thumbnail image instead of the date.
  • Social Media Buttons Add on: The social media add-on displays Facebook, Twitter and Google+ buttons in your events. The Social Media add on is included free with any of the Event Espresso support licenses.
  • WP User Integration: The WP User Integration addon allows you to take full advantage of the WP user system. With the WP User Integration add-on you can give users a special incentive by offering member prices and overriding event prices when members are logged in. You can even set up member-only events where only registered website users will have access to your special events. Members can also add personal information into their profile page allowing them to quickly register for events by auto-filling in their personal information on the event registration form. Users can also view past events and pay for events.
  • Seating Chart Addon: The seating chart add-on is great for venues and events that sell and reserve seats for attendees in advance. This is for venues and events such as theaters, concert halls, play houses, sports arenas and stadiums. The Seating Chart add on lets you promote reserved or assigned seating to your events and venues from your WordPress site. The Seating Chart add on lets you manage the environment for your customers and design assigned seating charts and attach a single price to each seat.
  • EE4 Event Ticketing Add-on: The Ticketing addon adds the ability to generate tickets with bar codes. The Bar Scanning add-on gives you the ability to scan ticket bar codes. The ticketing addon includes the ability to customize event tickets. Multiple bar code types are included for handling check-in scans at the door. People can either print out their tickets or display them on their mobile devices. The mobile app can be used for checking in or checking out registrants and to validate tickets.
  • EE4 Events Table View Template Add on: The Events Table Template add-on gives you an easy-to-use system that lets you edit the design of your event lists. It comes with a simple table template with category filters, table search, table paging and more. It also allows developers to design their own custom templates using one of the included templates as a base template.
  • JSON API Add-on: The Event Espresso JSON API add on permits other applications, online tools, mobile apps, etc… to access your Event Espresso content through an API (Application Programming Interface).

Note: Event Espresso regularly adds new features and improvements to its software, including new add-ons.

Event Espresso - WordPress Event Manager & Registration Software

For more information about the latest Event Espreso features and add-ons, check out the plugin here:

User Feedback

Here are a few of the many testimonials that customers have posted about Event Espresso:

”I want to commend you on a fabulous product which is just the right price for a small non-profit. People are happy with the registration process, as are we! …Thank you SO much for a great product.” Sandra Forero Bush, World Trade Center Tacoma

”Customizing an Event Registration plugin for WordPress by @EventEspresso. Love the pro version. Highly Recommended!” Joshua Garity

”Just bought an Event Espresso license for an upcoming conference website we are working on. The custom registration forms functionality rocks!” Eric Sopp, Inside Design

Event Espresso - WordPress Event Registration & Ticketing Manager System

Event Espresso Tips

Whether you are a motivational speaker, teacher, festival planner, or event consultant, there are just endless possibilities of what you can do with the Event Espresso plugin.

After purchasing your copy of the plugin and becoming a licensed owner, go through the support forum for inspiration and practical ways to streamline your event management and registration process and enhance the experience of your registrants.

Event Espresso - WordPress Event Registration And Ticket Management Plugin

Event Espresso Support

Event Espresso is fully compatible with other WP plugins and WordPress themes that follow standard WP coding guidelines. If you have problems with the plugin, however, you will find that Event Espresso provides excellent support, as many of its satisfied clients confirm:

”Thank you Seth for being so responsive and going above and beyond the call of duty with your app! I highly recommend Event Espresso for its functionality and for the stellar support. Seth has a deep knowledge and understanding of WordPress and has built a tool that is seamless to use for both organizer and attendee alike! After looking at a bunch of alternatives, Event Espresso far surpasses the other apps that are available.” Wendy Troupe, ICS North Pole Express

The software provides comprehensive support that includes access to support forums, in-depth online documentation with faqs, knowledge base and how tos, one-on-one support and even a monthly VIP member pass that gives you access to community of developers, designers, event managers, publishers and webmasters that use Event Espresso tools, plus faster support response times.

In addition, Event Espresso boasts an established team of experienced WordPress web developers with a proven track record of support, so this is definitely a solution you can count on to run your events.

Product License Pricing

Event Espresso is available in a number of editions, including a FREE basic edition (named Event Espresso Decaf). For support and advanced plugin options, however, you will want to consider using one of the premium plugin editions below:

  • Personal Licensing – This lets you install Event Espresso on 1 domain only. Price includes 51+ Premium features, (addons sold separately) and 1 year of upgrades and support. Price = $69.95.
  • Everything Edition – This edition enables you to configure Event Espresso on one site only. Cost includes 51+ Premium features, 29 Premium add ons and 1 year of upgrades and support. Price = $279.95.
  • Developer Licensing – This allows you to install Event Espresso on 5 domains. Pricing includes 51+ Premium features, (add-ons sold separately) and one year of upgrades and support. Price = $249.95.

The cost of purchasing the Event Espresso plugin can vary, depending on whether there are any promotions or limited-time special offers. Currently, the software is selling for the amounts shown above. Check the plugin’s website for the current pricing details: Event Espresso – Event Management & Registration Plugin For WordPress

Note: The above reflects the pricing when this review was written. This may not be the actual pricing charged by the plugin author when you visit the website.

Additional Plugin Information

The Event Espresso development team is continually adding new features and improvements to the plugin. Make sure to remain subscribed to their customer update list to receive the latest information and updates.

Look up the software’s documentation pages to find answers to common questions about setup and how to use Event Espresso, and visit the support forums for questions related to a particular situation, or to notify developers about bugs and leave feedback.

For detailed documentation, demos, downloads, videos, tutorials, FAQ and more, visit the Event Espresso web site.

Our Recommendation

Event Espresso is the leading WordPress event registration and ticketing management plugin, used and trusted by thousands.

If you are a WordPress user and you currently run events that require managing dates and venues (offline and online), registering participants, or selling tickets or seating, then you will probably not find a better solution for your needs than Event Espresso.

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To learn more, check out the plugin here: Event Espresso

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