Eventbrite found that one of the biggest challenges for B2B event organizers is figuring out how to reach new attendees. Despite this obstacle, businesses are still planning to host more tradeshows, conferences, and marketing meetings.
One effective way to reach more attendees is to display your events on your WordPress website. More visibility increases the chances of your events getting noticed. For instance, on a high-traffic homepage, visitors can quickly learn and register for your upcoming events without having to leave your site.
In this post, we’ll cover the key features of WP Event Manager and how it can make planning your next event a breeze.
What is WP Event Manager?
WP Event Manager is a WordPress plugin for creating event listings. You can either display your own events or invite others to register and submit their events on your website. This event management tool will help you organize and promote your event listings in a single dashboard.
Who should use WP Event Manager?
WP Event Manager works well for anyone wanting to showcase a list of public events. Its intuitive interface makes it easy to use, even if you lack technical skills.
Let’s say you’re a leadership coach who teaches seminars and you want to inform your visitors about your speaking engagements. Well, with this plugin, you can list all your upcoming workshops.
Or you might be a concert promoter encouraging entertainment venues to post their events on your website. That way, your site becomes the go-to spot for finding the best concerts in the world.
WP Event Manager works with both online and live events. Here are a few more use cases for the plugin:
Manage fitness classes
Host online webinars
Publicize Facebook live sessions
Sell tickets to art festivals
Organize charity fundraisers
Now, let’s explore the plugin’s features that will help you sign up more event attendees.
Key Features of WP Event Manager
Why choose WP Event Manager over its competitors? It comes with a host of features to customize your event listings on your WordPress website. Below are some of the key features of the plugin.
WP Event Manager provides a backend submission form for you to add event listings. After installing the plugin, the event is added as a custom post type. Then, you just enter the event details—no coding required.
On the frontend submission form, registered users can submit events to post on your website. They can include the event title, event description, images, location, and details about the event organizer. Registered users can even preview their listing before it goes live. Here’s a preview of an event.
With event widgets, you can customize how you display events on your website. You can use these widgets in any widget section, like the sidebar or footer.
The recent event widget shows recently added events to your visitors. You’ll enter in some details, like the title, the number of listings to show, and specific keywords if you want the widget to display events in a certain location. The image below shows you how your recent event widget may appear.
Looking for ways to boost your sales? The Event Tickets add-on integrates with WooCommerce to help you sell event tickets on your site. There’s built-in multilevel pricing to designate how many tickets you want to sell at a specific price. Eventgoers receive an e-ticket in their inbox with the order details.
You can enhance the visitor experience with the Calendar add-on. It’s an event calendar that lists all your future events. Visitors can hover over a specific event to see the additional event details. Plus, if you add the Calendar to the sidebar of your website, it’ll increase the exposure for your events.
The Google Maps add-on allows your visitors to find the exact location of the events. While the visitor types the address, a list of recommended addresses will be displayed. You can also change the display setting of the map, like the height and width, or the type of map.
Created by a dedicated group of developers, WP Event Manager has detailed documentation to guide you through setup, from installing the plugin to adding a custom search filter. There’s also an active support forum with contributors ready to answer your most pressing questions. If you upgrade and get an add-on, you’ll also have access to submit a customer support ticket.
Start displaying event listings on your WordPress website to gain more attendees. With WP Event Manager, you can customize how you display events, invite organizers to submit events, and upgrade to sell tickets to your visitors. Get promoting today.
Originally published Oct 18, 2019 12:04:27 PM, updated March 18 2021