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[resolved] 2.5 feature request (35 posts)

  1. Matthew
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Add features you would like to see in the next version of the Event-O-Matic here. I'd love to hear your ideas to make this plugin even more useful for your blog or website.
    Many thanks,
    Matt

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/event-o-matic/

  2. vinda
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I've been using Event-O-Matic for several months now and it's a great plugin -- thanks for all your work!

    A few features that would be useful to myself and perhaps others:

    - Display event titles in the <title> tag. This would be of some benefit for SEO and would make it easier to use.

    - An ability to generate a non-HTML formatted version of the upcoming events. Nice for sending out a plain text version of the upcoming events.

    - Not sure if it would be too difficult, but cleaner URLs for individual events would be really nice (i.e. /event-title/ rather than /?id=213&vid=23

  3. tenvolt
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Great plugin, just installed it, looks good so far. Immediate thing I think would be great would be email notification of new events to approve, so that if we forget to check for new submissions every day there aren't events sitting waiting to be approved for a long time. Some sort of captcha or email confirmation link would be nice as well to prevent people from spamming the submission form. Also ability to add some other fields and/or change the max. of 1000 characters. I imagine that can be changed by looking in the code. Perhaps the ability to upload an image directly in the event submission process rather than putting in a URL as well.

  4. tenvolt
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Oh also a calendar view would be cool, and maybe categories so that things in the calendar could be color-coded based on their category (we would have categories like music, theater, literature, dance etc.)

  5. Matthew
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Currently anytime a new event is submitted the blog owner gets an email address automatically.

  6. djbryce
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    LOVE this program! It has made my life SO much easier. I would offer a few ideas/thoughts.

    1) Font size on the posts seems pretty big, so a way to adjust that without getting into coding.

    2) I seem to have problems with people using quotation marks (") and apostriphies (')...they come out on the page as giberish, so I have to go in and manually fix those.

    3) For the image instead of just a link to an image, the ability for users to use a BROWSE button and upload their logos, pictures, etc and then have them resize them so we don't end up with logos that are 2000 pixels across.

    4) The ability to put the word FREE or NO CHARGE in the price field, or have a button that says the word FREE that they can select.

  7. dragonc
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    1. Events should be able to last a lot longer than 5 days - we list 2 month long art shows and other events that can be even longer.
    2. The US date format needs an easy to charge selection box. 95% of the world uses the logical day-month-year format and many outside the US don't understand what 13/24/12 might mean!

  8. cliffordpoe
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for the plug-in. Just installed today (3-26-12) and looks like just what I needed.

    I do have 1 question.

    Where do I retrieve the contact information for the individual who submitted the event so I may contact them? They must provide their name and email address to create and submit an event but I cant seem to find it.

  9. Matthew
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'm glad you like it.

    Currently the user info is being stored in wp_eom_users table but there isn't a page within the Event-O-Matic admin to view them. The next version will have this visibility.

  10. awesomedaze
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi,

    Thanks for your work on this plugin. In my case, a lot of events are teleclasses. There is not a physical address. The plugin requires a physical address. What I need is a place to put a link to register for the event.

    Thanks!

    Terri

  11. Matthew
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi Terri,
    This plugin is a location - based events manager. The linking of events to physical locations is core to the functionality. Perhaps try one of the event managers that don't have a physical location tie-in?

  12. cliffordpoe
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Matthew,

    Is there an option for multiple dates. For example I have a church performing an Easter passion play on 3 different nights. Obviously they would like to list all the nights of the performance but do not need additional listings.

    If not this would be a good feature for the update.

  13. cliffordpoe
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Matthew,

    Thanks for the quick reply. Could you explain in LAYMANS terms where this might be and how I can access it to retrieve the users info.

    wp_eom_users table

    I am anxious for the visibilty to be added in. Would be willing to purchase pro version with this feature.

  14. Matthew
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    There isn't support for multiple dates currently, but this is certainly something that should be included in future versions.

    Unfortunately there isnt an easy way to access the backend of the database without some technical knowledge and some know-how into your specific hosting setup. It would require going into your host control panel (1&1, GoDaddy, etc) and clicking databases, and then browsing the database for your WordPress setup looking for the wp_eom_users table, where the emails are stored.

  15. barterbus
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Excellent plugin! I also agree that a "browse" for image on users computer is much more user friendly.

    Thank you.

  16. IanRothStudios
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Is there going to be a way to post all events in the sidebar? It is only allowing me to post by venue as of now.

    Thanks,

    Ian

  17. Matthew
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    There is no way as of now, but we can look into that addition shortly.

  18. IanRothStudios
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    If you need any help developing it, let me know. Also, I work a lot with UI design, so I can help with that as well.

  19. IanRothStudios
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Actually, I found a solution to my problem. If you go into your functions.php file and add the code add_filter('widget_text', 'do_shortcode'); it allows you to put a shortcode into your text widget. Then you can use the text widget and use the [eom-listings]shortcode and the events will show up. Example can be seen here.

  20. Matthew
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Wouldn't call that a solution, you'll run into formatting issues as the returned content isn't sidebar friendly.

  21. magpie
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Love this plugin and it works great, until today when I'm having problems creating a venue. Every time I enter the venue addres it tells me the address is invalid. I have tried multiple variations of the address as found online but it will not accept them. The venue is:
    Boughton House
    Kettering
    Northamptonshire
    NN14 1BJ

  22. Matthew
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Those darn uk addresses...

  23. magpie
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    really? well I have plenty of them, being based in London and all :)
    Any idea what can be done?

  24. Matthew
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    The Event-O-Matic uses a moderate amount of address verification from Google Maps API to confirm that places are entered with information that can be plugged into a gmap and presented in map form. Unfortunately many UK addresses don't follow uniform address schemes - this makes lookup difficult.
    For instance plugging in your address sends back a formatted address that is wildly different from what was entered. Taking what was given back and re-entering it into the system sends back a totally new address altogether. This back-and-forth makes address verification next to impossible.

    UK friends who use the plugin have asked for a way to sidestep the validation, but unfortunately that would make the plugin all but useless. I've been making headway in upgrading the plugin to use some better address verification methods so your input is well-received and timely. List any other addresses you have issue with and I'll see specifically what the issue is on the backend.

  25. magpie
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Ok, sound fair. I'll put a list together and get back to you. Thank you.

  26. magpie
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Here's a few:
    • Newcastle Racecourse, High Gosforth Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 5HP Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
    • Epsom Racecourse, Epsom Downs, Epsom, Surrey KT18 5LQ
    • Twinwood Arena & The Glenn Miller Museum, Twinwood Road, Clapham
    Bedfordshire, MK41 6AB
    •Hatton Park Village Hall, Barcheston Drive, Warwick, CV35 7HT

  27. bondboy49417
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Is there any way to have different events on different pages?

    I want to list sports schedules under their respective schools, but right now everywhere I put "the code" (even though I specify different URLs) the entire list shows up.

    I'm sure I can't be the only person who would like this option, so any assistance would be greatly appreciated!

  28. Matthew
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Are you talking about a list of events at one particular venue? I'm sure that would be an easy feature to add.

  29. bondboy49417
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    No.
    I want to have a page with all of the events for school system A on one page and all of the events for school system B on another page. They may be in various venues.
    Right now ALL of the events show up wherever I have placed the code.
    Someone else mentioned a Calendar view... that would also be VERY helpful.

  30. Matthew
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Events grouped by some arbitrary container, in your case school systems. I'll look into it.

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