If you need to develop an event management website then Event Espresso with it’s extensive range of features is your go to plugin. And if your event management website is powered with Event Espresso you already know what I’m talking about.
Event Espresso is one of the few event management plugins that provides features like multiple ticket and pricing option, multiple dates and time per event, customized event registration and many more. Surprisingly the one feature that is not provided by both EE3 and EE4 is event search! Categories provided by Event Espresso come to your rescue if the number of events on you website are few and so absence of the search feature might not matter much. But, if the number of events on your website is the opposite of few then you are in a little bit of a soup! You wouldn’t what your customers to be lost in a maze of events right?
So, what should we do then? Ideally, customers should be provided with an option to search for events on the websites based on parameters such as event start date, event end date, event location, event venue etc.
Event Search Based on Date and Location
You see this image above? If a event search functionality is to be incorporated then the a likely user interface for it would be this.
- Here, the From Date and To Date fields represent the start date and end date of events.
- The location field represents the city in which the event will be taking place.
- All unique values from the city column of the Venues table will be fetched and populated in the locations field.
- The user can either search for events based on both the parameters or based on a single parameter.
- Now, when a user searches for an event between any two dates only, a check will be made against dates of all events. First a check will be made against the start date of an event. If the start date of the event is more than the start date provided by user then the search process is continued with the end date of the event.
- All events that fulfill both the conditions will then be displayed to users.
- Similarly, if the user searches for events based on the location of event then the search will be made against the city in which the event will he hosted.
- When all the parameters i.e. location, start date and end date are included in the search process, the results displayed to the end user will be more refined.
- So using the event search feature the end user will be able to search for exactly the location he has been looking for without actually having to deal with sifting through the events one at a time.
Icing on the Cake
The search functionality can be refined to include one more additional search parameter i.e Venue name. While it is not necessary that the end user should make use of this attribute, he can make use of it to refine the results of the search process.
- In continuation to the above proposed solution, the end user will be provided with an additional search filter in which the venue name will be populated.
- This field will however be populated after the end user has selected a location.
- So let us say for example the user selects New York in the location field, based on this selection, names of all venues in New York will be populated in the venue name field.
- The user can now select the event venue he is interested in. The user can also choose not to select any value. In case no specific venue is selected the search result will display events in all venues in New York city.
- So, the highlight here would be that the user will have to use the location filter in order to be able to use the venue name filter. However, as I had said earlier date and location fields are independent of each other.
This event search feature is not one of the vital features for your Event Espresso website. But it certainly does provide the end user with a simple to use system. And as you may know, effectiveness is directly proportional to simplicity. So, to make your Event Espresso website more effective than it already is, incorporating the event search functionality would definitely be a good move I would say.
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