Event Espresso – WordPress Event Management Plugin

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

Event Espresso - Event Registration And Ticketing ManagementDoes your company currently run or plan to run events that require co-ordinating bookings, such as workshops, community classes, non-profit fund-raisers, networking events, or even a large-scale event like a food fair, a sporting or religious event, or any kind of event where people need to book to attend?

Managing event bookings is a complex process. You have to manage calendar schedules, date availability, attendee numbers, data collection and admin, collecting payments and invoicing, confirmations and reservations, reminders, refunds and cancellations … perhaps even accommodating special needs and delivering tickets to event participants.

There are many benefits to setting up a web-based event registration system. It can make your business more efficient, save time and lower costs, help you easily duplicate previously-run events, give event managers more control, create a more enjoyable user experience and increase your sales.

The problem is that setting this up can be very costly.

The good news is that if you run a WordPress-based web site, you can download and install an inexpensive and professional web-based event booking system.

Event Espresso - Event Manager & Ticketing Registration Software For WordPress

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Event Espresso

Event Espresso - Event Manager & Registration Plugin For WordPress

Plugin Description

The Event Espresso online event registration plugin lets you easily set up your event and begin receiving bookings in minutes.

Event Espresso - WordPress Event Registration & Ticketing Management System

(Set up multiple events and process online event registrations with Event Espresso)

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

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Customize your event registration forms

You can employ multiple event registration strategies, from simple online registration and straight up ticket sales, to setting up custom registration forms for collecting detailed information about your event participants, or integrating your event registration forms with social media sites like Facebook.

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View detailed information about your event attendees

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

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Benefits Of Using Event Espresso

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

Automated Event Registration Management And Ticketing Solution

Event Espresso provides you with everything you need to turn your existing web site into an automated and fully featured event management website … from custom registration forms and automated response emails, to seating capacity limits, multiple pricing options and discount codes, to printable tickets and even seating charts.

Better Business Productivity

By using an online event registration system like Event Espresso, you save time and increase your business productivity by literally doing away with the chore of processing registrations and bookings manually.

Basically, you are enabling participants to register on their own.

Allowing your participants to do the data themselves frees up your time and lets you invest more resources on delivering a better event.

More Control Over The User Experience

As you will learn shortly, Event Espresso gives you complete control over the event management process that you want your users to experience.

Additional benefits and advantages include:

  • Lower Costs: The Event Espresso plugin provides you with an inexpensive online event registration management solution compared to other options or using a 3rd-party provider. The cost is kept to a minimum by using a model where users purchase the core plugin (which suits the needs of most users) and buy add ons only if you need added functionality.
  • More Sales: With Event Espresso you can accept new event registrations any time of day or night. In addition, Event Espresso social sharing features (see below) let people who are interested in registering for your event share your information with their friends who may be interested in attending.
  • Paperless Event SignUp Process: With Event Espresso, your event registration process can be conducted entirely in digital form, significantly reducing traditional paper waste from tasks associated with admin and record-keeping.
  • Own Your Data. You own all the data you acquire from your event attendees.

Event Espresso Features

The Event Espresso software provides functionality to its users through built-in features (these come with the software) and additional features that customers can buy for an additional cost, called add-ons.

Event Espresso - Event Registration And Ticketing Manager

Event Espresso provides many built-in to website owners. Here are just some of these:

  • Quick and simple to install and set up. Ready to start using in very little time.
  • Custom Event Registration Form. Event Espresso lets you gather specific information using custom event registration forms on your site to create a customized experience for your customers.
  • WordPress Event Calendar. Registrants can easily find your events and add these to their schedule using the calendar.
  • Ticket Selector. Present several ticket options to prospects and let them purchase the ticket(s) that best suits their needs.
  • Custom Post Types. Integrate Event Espresso into your theme and display events details throughout other areas of your site.
  • Default Prices. Set up events fast with pre-configured default ticket prices.
  • In-App Documentation. Event Espresso 4 provides three useful in-app documentation systems: Help Tours, Help Tabs and Tool Tips.
  • Contact Profiles & Contact List. EE 4 lets you gain a better understanding of who your customers are and how you’ve done past business with your clients. The Contact Profile page stores updated records like the name, biography, contact information, event registration history, comments, and more about each registrant.
  • No Ticket Events. You can set up events without making it necessary for attendees to select tickets. Use Event Espresso for any kind of event, not only when tickets are for sale.
  • Private Commenting On Contacts. Keep comments about a contact on their profile and how you have interacted with them. Private commenting helps you keep a record of when event registrants contacted you, your internal notes, and how you have helped them.
  • Keyword-Rich URLs. Keyword rich event page Web links leverage your Permalinks configuration settings. “Pretty” web links with relevant keywords enhance the context of your events and is favored by search engines, helping you drive more visitors to your events.
  • Country Settings. Event managers can configure the country and currency settings that will be used for events, including currency name, currency symbols, decimal characters and places, country codes, regions, etc.
  • Default Tickets. If you create similar tickets for your events, you can set up as your default ticket for your new events simply by checking a box.
  • Register Multiple Event Participants. Event Espresso 4 allows an individual or a group to order multiple tickets and different ticket types at the same time. You decide how many attendees are able to enroll in a single booking session by specifying either a limit on ticket purchases per order, or per-ticket minimums and maximums.
  • Event Espresso Community. Event Espresso lets you interact with a community of experienced event managers, web developers, web designers, marketers and businesses who also use the software. You can interact with other members of the Event Espresso community using their community chat room, support forums, job board, and social media pages on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Google+.
  • Invoice Payment Reminders. Follow-up potential event registrants who have not fully paid for their booking with a standard but personalized invoice with just one click. Your invoices will reference registered participants who have not paid their registration in full by name, display the balance they owe, and include links to the event, a payment url and a url to download the invoice.
  • Accurate Event Attendee Management. You control your attendees’ records; who has registered, for what event and how much they have paid. With the attendee manager, you can get an overview of registered participants and their payment status, easily add/edit attendee records and payments, export an event attendee list to a CSV file for additional reports, send customizable payment reminders and receipts and send messages to your customers individually or as a group.

Extra features include:

  • Object-Oriented Programming. Event Espresso is simple enough for non-technical WordPress users, and also robust and customizable for enterprise-level users and web developers. The bottom line is that by using OOP, EE 4 enables more complex enhancements and customizations to the software.
  • Maintenance Mode. Pause registration capabilities for regular site traffic whenever you need to perform maintenance on your website. You can continue to work on the back-end of your site during maintenance mode.
  • Autonomy, Flexibility & 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 goals, the company operates on a model that provides users with great autonomy and flexibility and delivers value for money as a result.

The premium edition of Event Espresso also comes with 40+ added features, including:

  • Live-filtering when you search for events within the Event Espresso admin.
  • Question groups that make it easy to reuse the same questions for similar events.
  • Default payment status.

Event Espresso - WordPress Event Registration And Ticket Manager Plugin

Event Espresso Add-Ons

As mentioned previously, Event Espresso provides “addons”, which allow end-users to significantly expand the capabilities of the event management system.

Some of these add-ons include:

  • EE4 Events Grid Template Add-on: 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 available, a default image will be used.
  • Recurring Events Drop-down Custom Template Addon: The Recurring Events Drop-down custom template lets you organize multiple datetime events into a dropdown list.
  • Events Category Accordion Template Add on: The Category Accordion template displays categories as a simple list. Clicking a category name shows all events related to that category and closes previously open categories.
  • EE4 Events Social Sharing Add-on: This add-on adds social sharing features to the end of your Event Espresso “thank you” page that allows your attendees to post a message about their event registration on Twitter and Facebook after booking.
  • WP User Integration: The WP User Integration addon allows you to take advantage of the WP user system. With the WP User Integration addon you can give your users a special incentive by offering member pricing and overriding event prices when members are logged in. You can even set up member-only events where only registered site users can have access to these special events. Members can also enter personal details into their profile page allowing them fast registration for events by auto-filling in the personal information on the event registration form. Users can also view event history and make payment for new events.
  • Roles And Permissions Basic And Pro Add-on Editions: This addon lets you involve others in the event management process and give new users the capacity to create events or regional managers the capacity to manage events. The Roles and Permissions Basic add-on allows you to manage & customize the WordPress users roles and assign them different permissions with different capabilities, allowing others to help you manage your events or events that other people create. You can customize roles so that users do not have access to certain areas of your WordPress dashboard and/or certain sections of your Event Espresso settings. If you’d like to create geographic regions for other people to manage events, use the Roles and Permissions Pro add-on.
  • Multi-Event Registration Addon: The Multi-Event registration addon gives potential attendees the ability to book multiple events at once. In each event listing registrants will be given the option to either register for a single event or add multiple events to their shopping cart. With the Multiple Event Registration add-on, attendees can register for several events at once and even add additional attendees to any of the same events in the same checkout process.
  • EE4 Events Calendar Add-on: This WordPress events calendar displays events and event categories via an attractive graphical calendar.
  • EE4 Infusionsoft Integration Add on: With the Event Espresso 4 Infusionsoft App and Merchant Account integration all-in-one sales and business marketing software addon, you can easily automate your customer relations and email marketing campaigns to seamlessly capture event attendee data, track enrollments, and accept payments from your website.

Note: The Event Espresso development team is continually adding new features and improvements to the software, including new add ons.

Event Espresso - WordPress Event Manager And Ticketing Registration Plugin

For more details about the latest Event Espreso features and addons, check out the plugin here:

Testimonials

Here are some of the many testimonials that plugin users have written about Event Espresso:

”My hope with this whole integration is to be able to show other school districts an affordable and easy solution to these registrations. I cannot believe how much money they are charged for less by other companies. This has the potential to save schools tens of thousands, which is huge right now.” Kelly, College Station Independent School District

”This really is a hell of a plugin. For me, it’s probably the final nail in the coffin for Joomla, as WP can now pretty much do EVERYTHING Joomla does, but better. Love the simplicity of this plugin!” Sam, Web Contempo

”Event Espresso plugin still rocks. Saw you guys were up for the WP Honors too. Glad I paid for it! If you need event management on your WordPress site I recommend Event Espresso.” Patrick Allmond, Focus Consulting

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Useful Tips

Whether you are a gym owner, trainer, seminar planner, or event management professional, there are just unlimited possibilities of what you can achieve with the Event Espresso software.

After purchasing the plugin and becoming a registered user, go through the user forum for tips and practical suggestions to improve your event management and registration workflow and improve the experience of your customers.

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Product Support

Event Espresso works with with most WordPress plugins and WordPress themes that follow standard WordPress development rules. If you find that you need help with the plugin, however, you will find that Event Espresso provides highly responsive customer support, as so many of its plugin end-users confirm:

”These guys are right on any problem or issue or even general questions. You can’t really put a value high enough on the kind of support these guys offer.” Mark Wigston, Muskoka Graphics

The software provides amazing support that includes access to support forums, comprehensive online documentation with faqs, knowledge base and how tos, priority 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.

Additionally, Event Espresso boasts a well-staffed team of experienced web developers with a proven track record of support, so this is definitely a plugin you can count on to organize and manage your events.

Product Cost

Event Espresso is available in different plugin editions, including a FREE basic edition (named Event Espresso Decaf). For personal support and advanced software functionality, however, you will want to consider purchasing one of the premium plugin versions below:

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

Price details for the Event Espresso plugin can vary, depending on whether there are any promotions or limited-time specials being offered. Currently, the plugin is being retailed for the prices shown above. Check the plugin’s website for current pricing details: Event Espresso – Event Registration And Ticketing Manager

Note: The pricing above was current at the time this review was written. This may or may not be the actual price charged by the plugin developer when you visit the website.

Event Espresso – Additional Plugin Info

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

Look up the plugin’s online documentation pages for answers to common questions about setup and how to use Event Espresso, and the support forums for questions related to your particular situation, or to report errors and leave feedback.

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

The Bottom Line

Event Espresso is the preferred WP event registration and ticketing management plugin, used and trusted by thousands of event promoters.

If you are a WordPress user and you currently run an event that involves managing dates, times and venues (offline and online), enrolling participants, or reserving tickets or seating, then you will probably not find a better software for your needs than Event Espresso.

Event Espresso - Event Management And Registration Software For WordPress

For complete details, visit the plugin website: Event Espresso

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