We recently just completed a non-profit website for the National Society of Professional Engineers, Albuquerque (NMSPE Albuquerque), that with the use of WordPress + Woocommerce + The Events Calendar plugin, produced a powerful tool for NMSPE Albuquerque to not only showcase their non-profit, but create events and allow users to purchase tickets. Event management and selling/ managing ticket sales is functionality that can help any non-profit grow and take the headache out of managing sales and content via multiple sites and avenues. Often times in the past clients would need to broadcast events via their website, but then sell the tickets via something such as Eventbrite, but with the addition of Tickets: Woocommerce clients can not only broadcast their events, but easily sell tickets online as well and at an affordable price.
Beyond the setup of Woocommerce + The Events Calendar, we customized a theme using the Genesis Framework to better serve the user’s needs and along brand guidelines.
The essential setup needs are:
- WordPress Vanilla install
- Genesis Framework + custom Child Theme (~$99)
- Tickets: Woocommerce ($65)
- Genesis Connect for Woocommerce (this basically integrates Woocommerce with the Genesis Framework)
- The Events Calendar
In addition we also included:
- Gravity Forms for forms and email newsletter sign up
- Yoast SEO for Search Engine Optimization
- Genesis Responsive Slider for the Homepage Slider
- Advanced Custom Fields for additional field options for the Homepage Slider and generally just a really handy plugin
Although a novice could definitely integrate and build out this site, we had to make a good amount of modifications and customizations not only to the theme, but to integrate Woocommerce + Tickets + The Events Calendar, specifically in regards to layout and aesthetic, but also with regard to functionality. But for someone with coding knowledge and WordPress background, this setup can cut costs and labor and create an affordable option for non-profits, but with plenty of power under the trunk.
Beyond the plugin install and customization, the only other need is choosing a payment gateway. In our case they opted for PayPal Standard which runs payments off site at PayPal and has no monthly fees plus doesn’t require a SSL certificate — again keeping fixed costs low for non-profits.
We’re not going to into explicit details in regards to implementation, but if you stumble upon this and have questions either about your own setup and install or would like to find out more information about how we can help to implement for your non-profit or organization, drop us a note.