When it comes to creating events under WordPress, there are so many options. This training will focus on Events Made Easy. As the name implies, setting up events is easy. However, there are so many features to this plugin, the overall task of setting up events can be daunting. Let’s jump in.
We are going to begin under Events. So from the left menu, hover over Events Made Easy and click Events. If you are following along on a mobile device, click Events Made Easy and then click Events.
On the main page for events you will see a listing of events previously added. There are three events, the ones shown here, added upon activating the plugin. You can remove them by clicking the trash icon to the far right of an event. To remove several events at once, use the checkboxes to the left of each event, along with the Bulk Actions dropdown menu above the events area.
Let’s go ahead and take a look at how to setup an event. Click the blue Add event button near the top of the page.
Here on the Insert New Event page we see 5 tabs along the top: Event, Location, RSVP, Mail formats, and Attributes. Along the right side of the page, or under the tabs if following along on a mobile device, are options for setting the event status: Public for public events, private for private events, and draft for events still being worked on. Below that is an option to set the contact person for the event. This must be a registered member of the site. And finally an option to set the category for the event. We will look at categories later in this training.
Let’s start with the Event tab, which contains the main information about the event. This includes the event name, date and time of event (or all day selected if this is an all day event). You can also set up reoccurring events using the “Check if your event happens more than once” option.
You can also set an alternative template for Single Event Title and Single Event format, if desired, either by selecting a custom template or entering your own right here on the event. We will look at templates in further training.
Below these formatting options is an area for entering the details of the event, setting an event image, as well as an external link, which might provide further detail if the event is an external event.
The Location tab is where you would add information for the location of the event. This is useful not just to see the address information for the event, but also for displaying a Google map, if you have that feature enabled under settings. We will look at the settings area, along with the locations area in further training.
The RSVP tab allows for enabling registration for an event. Once you have clicked “Enable registration for this event”, other options appear.
You can require approval for registration, require becoming a member of the site to register or allow only a single registration per unique email or per person. The “only take attendance for this event” option is useful for events where you are only looking to see who plans to attend an event.
In addition to these options, you can define the total number of spaces available, the cost for the event in whatever currency is suitable, whether registration will allow a waistlist and the minimum and maximum number of seats which one can book. This last item will be overridden if either of the allow only 1 registration options is selected.
You can also setup either a general discount or a discount based on group. Below that section are options for determining when the RSVP option closes, if all of the available seats and any waitlisted seats are not filled.
For payment methods, there are several available. These include: PayPal, 2Checkout, Webmonkey, First Data, Mollie, Sage Pay, Worldpay, Stripe, Braintree, Paymill and of course offline payments.
You can even setup dynamic condition based fields to show and even choose or setup custom formatting templates for the Registration Form, Booking recorded html, and Cancel Registration Form.
Mail formats Tab
The mail formats tab allows for overriding the default email templates. By selecting custom templates or by creating custom templates at the event level. We will take a closer look at templates further in this training.
The Attributes tab uses custom attributes setup under the Settings page. We will look at Attributes when we cover the Settings page further in this training.
This concludes the training for the Events page of the Events Made Easy Plugin.