Event Espresso Lite – Event Management and Registration System

Description

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This version of Event Espresso (EE3) will eventually be replaced by Event Espresso 4. We strongly encourage you to please checkout EE4, before testing this version.

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Manage your events from your WordPress dashboard. Reduce your admin, reduce your costs, make your life easier!

Event Espresso is a WordPress event manager which makes it easy for you to register attendees for classes, workshops, events, trainings, conferences or concerts, all from your WordPress website. Event Espresso events are created from the WordPress admin area. You can create signup forms to collect information about your attendees, accept payments, and create reports. The lite version of the plugin provides everything that you need to manage your event using WordPress.

Why Online Event Management?

You shouldn’t need convinced about how awesome online event management is, but in case you do:

  • save yourself countless hours of boring admin
  • create green, paperless event registration
  • reduce costs
  • process sign-ups 24/7

What’s Included?

Everything you need to sell tickets and manage event registrations from your website. Here’s what you get:

  • out-of-the-box event registration from your WordPress website
  • process payments via PayPal IPN
  • create custom event registration questions
  • automated confirmation and reminder emails
  • manage attendees and export attendee data
  • easily manage attendees profiles

Event Espresso Premium

Just in case you want some advanced features, you can purchase a Premium Support License to get access to additional features and payment options for your events.

That’s not all! If you want to turbo-charge your event management, we’ve made it possible for you to process event registrations using your very own smartphones to scan QR codes!

Support

We monitor the WordPress.org support forums, but for faster support you can visit our forum. You can also visit the Help/Support menu from the Event Espresso admin. Please visit the forums or visit the “Help/Support” menu within the Event Espresso admin.

If your support issue is urgent, we also offer priority event management support (support tokens).

Check out the advanced installation and setup instructions on our website.

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License

This plugin is provided “as is” and without any warranty or expectation of function. I’ll probably try to help you if you ask nicely, but I can’t promise anything. You are welcome to use this plugin and modify it however you want, as long as you give credit where it is due.

Installation

  1. After unzipping, upload everything in the event-espresso folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory (preserving directory structure).
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. Go to the Event Registration Menu and Configure Organization and enter your company info – note you will need a paypal id if you plan on accepting paypal payments
  4. Go to the Event Setup and create a new event, make sure you select ‘make active’.
  5. Create a new page (not post) on your site. Put [ESPRESSO_EVENTS] in it on a line by itself.
  6. Note: if you are upgrading from a previous version please backup your data prior to upgrade.

Check out the advanced installation and setup instructions on our website.

FAQ

Can I fully manage my events with Event Espresso Lite?

You will be able to fully manage basic events with Event Espresso Lite. This will be sufficient for many WordPress users. If you need advanced features you can check out our Premium Event Management plugin

Do you monitor the WordPress.org support forums?

We do, although you’ll find a faster response time at the support forums on our website.

How do I display a single event on my page?

To display a single event on a page use the [SINGLEEVENT single_event_id=”Unique Event ID”]

How do I display a list of events in the sidebar?

To display a list of events in the sidebar, use the Event Registration Widget. If your theme doesn’t use widgets, you can use ” in your theme’s code.

I have no idea how to get started. Can you help?

You need to create a new page and insert only the [ESPRESSO_EVENTS] shortcode. This page should be excluded from your navigation. This means you should not add it to your navigation menu under Appearance > Menus. If you’re using a pre-WordPress 3.0 theme you can use the exclude pages plugin.

You should also create and exclude from navigation:

  • insert [ESPRESSO_PAYMENTS] shortcode on a new page to create a URL back to the payment/thank you page
  • insert the [ESPRESSO_TXN] to create the page for processing your payment transactions

Can I display a list of attendees?

To display list of attendees of an active event use [LISTATTENDEES] on a page or post.

How do I customize my confirmation emails?
For customized confirmation emails, the following tags can be placed in the email form and they will pull data from the database to include in the email.

[fname], [lname], [phone], [event],[description], [cost], [company], [co_add1], [co_add2], [co_city],[co_state], [co_zip],[contact], [payment_url], [start_date], [start_time], [end_date], [end_time]

Installation Instructions
  1. After unzipping, upload everything in the event-espresso folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory (preserving directory structure).
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. Go to the Event Registration Menu and Configure Organization and enter your company info – note you will need a paypal id if you plan on accepting paypal payments
  4. Go to the Event Setup and create a new event, make sure you select ‘make active’.
  5. Create a new page (not post) on your site. Put [ESPRESSO_EVENTS] in it on a line by itself.
  6. Note: if you are upgrading from a previous version please backup your data prior to upgrade.

Check out the advanced installation and setup instructions on our website.

Sample Mail Send

This is an automated response – Do Not Reply

Thank you [fname] [lname] for registering for [event]. We hope that you will find this event both informative and enjoyable. Should have any questions, please contact [contact].

If you have not done so already, please submit your payment in the amount of [cost].

Click here to review your payment information [payment_url].

Thank You.

Reviews

This should be fabulous but…

We got this tool to support a non-profit with their conference and membership needs.
It is difficult to implement – harder than woo-commerce. We bought the professional version and while the support folks have been good about answering questions, it is still a bear usability wise to install and configure. If you plan to get the professional – do not get the decaf to try it. They do not have a good conversion mode in place, you have to hand reset all of the messages. yeah… Also it is not flexible to meet a nonprofit needs. The developers have made decisions and hard coded things that would be better left open ended. I so wish this was better. Still struggling with it too many hours in, and the non-profit cannot afford that. 🙁 So I am eating the time. Fair warning it is not an easy plugin to use.

incompatible with Godaddy Managed WordPress

I installed event espresso on my staging server on godaddy’s managed wordpress service. I immediately got the following critical error:

“Event Espresso has detected that wp_cron is disabled. It’s important that wp_cron is enabled because Event Espresso depends on wp_cron for critical scheduled tasks.”

Now I can understand an error if I was on some noname hosting provider, however I am on GoDaddy Word Press Managed Services. Have you heard of Godaddy? Yes? Great! So why am I getting a critical error upon installing your software after paying $280??

This wasn’t the only error though. After installing following the instructions to the letter, including wiring up paypal, it failed to product a registration page for an event. This is the latest codebase?? I looked at the page source, the form wasn’t there.

This is a total fail. Don’t blame Godaddy because they bla bla bla. This is your product. It should work on Godaddy. It is completely up to you to fix it so that it does work on godaddy, or find developers who can.
Signed an unhappy customer at 4:24 AM.

Love Event Espresso

I love how Event Espresso works. However what I love more is the support they provide. Garth is wonderful with helping me with support issues. They earn a 100 for customer service!

Outstanding Functionality and Support

It took me a little while to test and get everything working/configured as needed but it’s all done now, working perfectly and provides everything my client was looking for.

When I needed technical support to work out a theme conflict issue their technical support staff was quick to respond, lend a helping hand and get the issue resolved expeditiously.

When I found a minor bug they immediately jumped on it and issued a hot fix the same evening. Talk about CUSTOMER SUPPORT!

I wish everyone was as responsive as these guys are. Absolute Kudos to the whole Event Espresso team.

Terrible

One of the worst plugins I’ve ever had to use. It doesn’t play well with customisation, the codebase is some of the dodgiest crap I’ve ever laid eyes on (almost as bad as ZenCart… almost) and they charge premium prices for poor quality products.

Every update seems to change something fundamental be it templating or functional use. My client bought their members and ticketing systems as well and at the time it was all PDF based and you had to pay them to change the template. “F… that” I thought, I made some tweaks, updates, enhancements, but because it’s not open source, I can’t share and had to stave off updating it until the final straw has broken metaphorical camel’s back. I’ve wasted so much time with this bullshit plugin that I’m seriously considering writing my own Events and Ticketing management plugin (hell, I’ve wasted enough time trying to get EE to play nice that I could have been more productive by just writing my own) to release FREE just so these guys can’t sucker more chumps like me and my client into throwing money at their horribly “feature-packed” mangled steaming pile of [ expletive deleted ].

I really wish I could rate this plugin as ZERO stars. 1 is too good for it.

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Contributors & Developers

“Event Espresso Lite – Event Management and Registration System” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

Important Note

Backup your database before installing any updates. I recommend using a plugin like WP DB Backup.

The changelog for the premium version can be found here.