This is the starting point for creating new events (1) and place where you will be able to see the list of all of your created events (2). If you have large number of events, you may also use the Search Events option. After you create new event, it will appear on the bottom of the events table, along with the other events you have already created. Here you will find the overview of all the information about your events: Event Name, Event Location, Event Date and Time and Event Shortcode. Using this table you may edit and/or delete events and perform bulk actions. In case your event expired or you want to disable the event from your page/post just flick the switch in the "Active" column.
However, if you are just starting with Tickera, it is perfectly normal to have blank table here.
Now, when you hit that Create New button (like indicated on the picture above), you will be presented with new page for entering the parameters for the event you want to create. Many of those options are completely optional and may be left blank, however, all of those have some purpose and logic to it. Also, it is important to remember that by creating the event, you're actually creating a designated page of that event which you can use to display any information about your event. That said, there are two ways of creating/editing your event page: using WordPress classic editor and a using WordPress Gutenberg blocks.
When creating an event using WordPress classic editor, when you click the add new button to create new event, you will be greeted with the screen that looks like this:
Although most of these options are pretty self explanatory, let's dive in and explain what each of these options are used for.
1. First and foremost, you should enter the title of your event which is, obviously, a mandatory field.
2. Next up is an event description. This field is optional but may come handy when, for example, you want to list your event agenda, present the speakers on your seminar, or anything else (you get the idea). Here, you can use standard WordPress formatting and Tickera shortcodes as well.
3. Event start and ending date and time - by clicking on either of these fields, date picker will appear letting you select the date and time for the start and end of your event. If you select identical values for both start and end date/time, it will be displayed only once on the event archive page and wherever you are displaying event date and time.
4. Event Location is an optional field but is intended to be used for entering information about your event's location.
6. Event Logo is the place where you should enter URL of your event's logo or browse to the logo location using standard WordPress media browser. Note: if your logo fails to display in the ticket templates or place where the event logo shortcode is used, try entering relative rather than absolute URL.
7. Sponsor's Logo is intended to be used for logo of your sponsor and has completely the same behavior as Event Logo
8. Ticket quantity limitation allows you to select whether you want to limit the quantity on per-ticket type (default value) in which case you can use quantity field of the ticket type to enter the number of available tickets for each ticket type or you can set Per event which will reveal another field where you can define how many total tickets combined are available for this event. Please note that this also can be set as a global setting in Tickera Settings -> General tab and if it is set there, this option will not be available on per-event basis but will rather be applied to all the events, globally.
9. Show tickets automatically checkbox may come pretty handy to display all the ticket types associated to this event on the same event page without the need to place any shortcodes to the content area of the event.
10. Option to hide the event from the archive pages once it gets past the event end date & time. This will have effect on the event archive page as well as on the events displayed using Events Listing and Event Calendar add-ons.
11. Event Categories - if you are having large number of events, it is always helpful to sort them in certain categories (Concerts, Seminars, Parties, etc.) From here you can add new event category but for more complete editing of event categories, you should visit Event Categories settings
12. Featured Image can be used as with any other WordPress page or post
13. Last but not least - a Publish button which will publish your event once you finish entering all of the information regarding your event.
The options available when using Gutenberg editor are pretty similar to the ones available with the classic editor with the exception of the content area where you can use Gutenberg blocks to design your event page.
Adding blocks to the content area of your event is exactly the same as using Gutenberg editor on any other page or post. To add a block, simply click the plus icon, select a block you want to add and that's it.
Now, if you want to add any Tickera related information to the content (such as: ticket add to cart buttons, tickets sold, tickets left, etc, you can use Tickera's Gutenberg blocks for this and the easiest way of finding which blocks related to Tickera are available is to click Browse All button when adding a new block and then enter "Tickera" to search bar which will then display all the blocks related to Tickera.
After this, all you need to do is to click a block which you want to use on your event page and place it where you see fit. Some blocks have their own set of options which you will be able to see in the block settings on the right.
Please note that selection of Tickera-related blocks will vary depending on Tickera add-ons you have installed. For example, Seating Charts, Event Calendar, Speakers and several other add-ons are coming with their own Gutenberg blocks which will not be available unless these add-ons are installed.
So, after reading this, you may come to conclusion that most of the fields and options when creating or editing event page is completely optional with the exception of event name and starting and ending date. However, all of the elements of the event page have their corresponding ticket template element which can be used to display any and all the information you have entered here on the ticket for your event.
Regardless of which editor you're using, once you have finished creating your event and clicked on the "Publish" button, you will notice a witty message on top which will propose to create some tickets types for your event right away or you can do so by visiting Ticket Types section of Tickera menu. Also, the very moment you have published your event, an API key for that event will be automatically created which you will be then able to use with our Checkinera apps.