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Why WordPress Is A Great Website Platform For You! (Part 10)

Written by Mark Steinbrueck

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Welcome to week ten of our series of why WordPress is a great website platform for you.  Below is a list of the past 9 weeks’ blog posts discussing the benefits of WordPress websites:

  1. It’s Supported World Wide
  2. It’s Free!
  3. It’s updated on a regular basis
  4. It is easy to use
  5. Image Sliders
  6. Easy Calendars
  7. Staff Directory
  8. Easy Contact Forms
  9. Photo Galleries

Keeping with the discussion on specific functionality that is easy to integrate into your WordPress website, the 10th reason that WordPress is a great website platform for you is:  Online Event Registration

OurChurch.Com designs and creates a lot of church websites, ministry websites, and school websites.  Something that all of these organizations have in common is that they have events going on every month, many of which require registration.  Back when I was a kid, we had to fill out a paper form each time registration was required.  Then I had to turn in the registration form, along with a check.  No matter who was at fault, there were always registration forms that were misplaced or lost, usually meaning the payment was also lost.

Fast forward 25 years.  Now, if you are an organization that has events that require registration, there is no reason to deal with the hassle of paper forms.  In fact…

 Using paper registration forms is like using corded phones.  They are inconvenient, outdated, and messy.

(Go ahead and Facebook or Tweet that)

The best event registration plugin we have found is Events Manager.  The free version of this plugin gives you nearly everything that the paid version of the plugin does, however, only with the paid plugin can you accept payments along with a registration.  So if you consider the inconvenience of accepting paper checks, it may be worth paying the $75 for the pro version.

Some of the benefits of Events Manager are:

  • Eliminate the hassle of paper forms
  • Ability to export all registrations into a spreadsheet
  • Create unlimited events
  • Integrate Google Maps
  • Choose the specific information you want required for registration (customized fields)
  • Integrate online payments (Pro version)

Event Manager comes standard with our Custom Premier website package or can be added to the Express or Pro website.

Are you still dealing with paper registration forms?  Is it time for you to move to the 21st century?  Please post your comments below.

To discuss this and other options for your website, please contact us here!

About the author

Mark Steinbrueck

Mark Steinbrueck is President and Co-founder of OurChurch.Com. He is a member of Generations Christian Church, a husband and father of 3. He is a huge Cardinals baseball fan and bleeds Garnet and Gold. Find on Google+.

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