If you own a WordPress self hosted website and you run events, probably the first thing you will do is go and start searching for an Events plugin.
But stop and think for a minute!
Rather than do all the work on your website, why not let Eventbrite do the heavy lifting.
There are Pro’s an Con’s for either strategy, let me list my thoughts.
Advantages of using an Events Plugin
- You may find a free one, and even a premium one may be one low fixed cost.
- You can customise the plugin to meet your site style
Disadvantages of using an Events Plugin
- There are many to research, if you haven’t experienced one before this can be quite a task.
- Set up and configuration could be challenging
Advantages of using Eventbrite
- You can set up an account and list events in a few minutes without technical knowledge.
- Eventbrite is used by millions of users, and also ranks well on search engines, so they do a lot of the marketing effort for you.
- Payment processing is handled for you.
- Technical things like SSL’s are handled for you
Disadvantages of using Eventbrite
- For ‘paid for’ events, you pay a fee based on sales, as your events grow in number and participants this cost increases.
- It isn’t that easy to integrate your upcoming events into your website to market to your website visitors
Based on the above, if you are running small events, and especially free events, then Eventbrite wins hands down in terms of speed of setup and cost of ownership, which leave the one issue, how to show your Eventbrite events on your WordPress website.
That is why I developed Widget for Eventbrite, to let you show your upcoming events as easily as you show your recent blog posts. Using the widget is easy, however there are a couple of steps required to make sure your link up correctly to Eventbrite and there are describe here in the documentation.