Event details templates
I would save me a ton of work and grief if there were event templates for the details section. Copying previous event is ok, but because of the formatting and table issues in WA they never quite look the same. The details section could be broken out into, well, other sections. For example, in this order, have a template with sections for:
* General Location (i.e. New York, Bay Area, Boston) with picture space (we have logos for each chapter location)
* Register Button
* Description/writeup of event/meeting
* Speaker info and bio links (if applicable)
* Deadline to register
* Another Register Button
* Sponsors logos and links
Under Additional Information have seperate sections for the following and tie which section goes to which type of registration attendee (we don't need to send directions to those calling in and we don't need to send call-in info to those attending in person):
* Directions to venue
* Call-in Info
* Additional information (such as event attire, etc.)
If we could make templates with these items what a huge time saver it would be and the consistency from event to event would be so much more professional.
Mark Hastings commented
I agree with having event templates.
We have weekly luncheon programs that are structured identically (program title, speaker photo, program description, meal selection, email schedule, etc.) Currently we duplicate the last event and change the information for the upcoming event. Kind of a pain.
It would be more efficient for us if there were a template for our weekly luncheons with placeholders for the information that changes and static text (directions, policies, etc.) for things that don't change so our events would look consistent.
I tried creating a "template" event as a admin only viewable event but it always gets pushed down as the date moves forward. I may try creating one in the far future so it stays on top, but that is still a kludge.
Lynn B commented
We have many re-occuring events with the date and talent changing. An event template would be extremely useful. It would make it much easier to have similar formats across events and not have the people entering events end up overwriting old events
It would be great if you had custom fields/macros in the events area. You can just add a few blank macros/fields (mind you I understand this may not be so simple) with generic name e.g. "Event_Macro_A" and then it can be used anyway for any field that is needed.
It would also be great if you put either a separate macro for the weekday or let people toggle on/off the weekday in the macro with a check-box.
I had a template design with the weekday on a separate line cause it always broke after the month.
Macros would be great for me too. I find the Event Details very limiting for posting our events - see http://forums.wildapricot.com/forums/308932-wishlist/suggestions/8827369-additional-fields-for-posting-events .
Sorry - I meant "not an easy change".
Macros would work for me! I have a similar query/request floating about on the forums somewhere in that I would like to be able to make it easy to include events in a newsletter (I send one out every week and its is very time consuming to compile manually)
I would live to be able to send an email that is similar to (but not the same as) the List view of the events page.....anything that helps achieve this would save me huge amounts of time!
Not sure what you mean by "not a change"... it would be a significant change. Confused.
LOVE the idea of custom macros! Would solve a huge list of issues and needs.
Thanks for details. What you suggest is not an change so we want to collect more details on this before going into planning and design.
I have an idea in my mind: what if there is a place in the system where you can define custom macros. Each custom macro is similar to a web page - it allows you to define some content, and the macros can be used then anywhere in the system (not just event details, but regular content pages and also in email). It's like a library of small text pieces that you can share in your system everywhere.
Sorry for the delay in responding - I wasn't getting updates on the feed for some reason.
I would love to put sections of the event (as I listed in my original post above) into other emails, like a quarterly newsletter or post-event follow up email. It would be great if you could add the sections of the event into other emails the way you do macros. Even on event announcement emails, sometimes it would be nice to highlight the menu for the event, other times the speaker.
Also, we add our list of sponsors to a lot of emails we send but the problem is for some events that list is constantly changing as we get new event sponsors. If I could just add, for example, macro for event sponsor section to my pre or post event emial I wouldn't have to cut and past the sponsor box in every time.
If the event calendar template was broken out into these sections, you could add any section (as a macro) to any email or even to another webpage to highlight an event speaker and draw people to the event calendar.
Does that make sense? If not I'd be happy to mock something up visually to send you. I think this could be a really important change to the way the event calendar works.
Dmitry Buterin commented
Can you elaborate on "...Copying previous event is ok, but because of the formatting and table issues in WA they never quite look the same..."?
ellen bradley commented
I agree with this - think it is very, very important....