Most people use Eventbrite when they need to sell tickets for an event; and the great thing about Eventbrite is the fact that it is easy to use and has third-party support and management. But when you start adding third-party services you also start increasing the cost.
Last week I discovered a better solution and it’s FREE! The biggest benefit to using this WordPress solution is that you stay in control of you event tickets. Oh, and one other benefit, 9seeds offers support for this plugin!
The solution requires three things;
This plugin is brilliant! Easy to set up, easy to manage and easy to use for both you and the attendee. Here is a list of the features that the “WP Event Ticketing” plugin offers;
- Collect payments via paypal.
- Set total attendance limit.
- Multiple ticket types. For example, ticket type A includes a t-shirt while ticket type B2 does not.
- Custom ticket options. This allows you to decide what information you want ticket purchasers to provide. For example, name, address, shirt size, twitter handle, etc…
- Create ticket packages. For example, early bird specials. Ticket packages can be used to give a discount to people who place their order during a certain time.
- Create coupons to give discounts to individuals.
- Send email to purchaser upon order completion.
- Reporting page shows total sales and income broken down by package, coupons used and tickets sold.
- Export attendee data to a CSV file.
I was going to do a video to show you how simple it is to set up and start using, but then I found this one from 9seeds…
You can also see some screenshots of the “WP Events Plugin” in action here.
9seeds mentioned at the Phoenix WordCamp that they were working on a “Pro” version for this plugin. If that is the case, and I am speculating here, then the “Pro” version will add new features and one feature that might interest some people could be the ability to use other payment gateways. I know there are a lot of people who use a payment option other than PayPal and would like to stick with their current solution.
I highly recommend using this solution if you sell tickets for any type of event!
Use the comments if you have any questions or need assistance with WordPress or plugin setup…