Selling tickets for events online is becoming more and more popular, even more so for international events such as music festivals or even WordCamps.
Note that when selling tickets online, it’s a must to have an SSL certificate. Luckily, there are hosting companies, like our preferred host SiteGround, who offer free SSLs as a part of their hosting plans. The SSL will protect your visitors’ sensitive data, ensuring all data goes through a secure connection. Selling tickets online can be easily done with with a number of plugins, ranging in price as well as functionality, depending on the e-commerce platform you’re using and the scale of your events, amongst others
There are a number of plugins out there to cater for this need, ranging in price as well as functionality, depending on the e-commerce platform you’re using and the scale of your events, amongst others.
Below are some of the best WordPress plugins for selling tickets through your WordPress sites.
Events Calendar Tickets
This is a ticket framework that extends the functionality of Events Calendar and Events Calendar Pro. These ticket plugins extend your favourite e-commerce platforms, that means you can utilize all of their great features like payment gateways and coupons. Each platform has their own special features.
Tickets is contained entirely within your WordPress site. Users will stay on your site for the entire ticketing process. Any tickets displayed with events will keep the feel of the overall site, and can be further customized as you see fit by modifying the template.
Plus, since the tickets are created as products within your choice of WordPress e-commerce plugin, you get to take advantage of many slick features they already have to offer, including reports, a detailed order history and integration with coupons to apply discounts.
With the WooCommerce Tickets add-on, taking control of ticket sales for events has never been easier. No third-party websites, no ticket fee- just you, your attendees and one kick ass event.
WooCommerce Tickets allows you to add as many tickets as you wish to a given event and sell those tickets entirely within your site. Each ticket has its own price, stock, SKU and specified timeframe for when ticket sales open and close.
Tickets are emailed to users, so you can customize them to suit your event. Attendees can easily pull up the tickets on their mobile device to get the details. Meanwhile, admins can view the attendees list and order information on the backend and attendee information can be exported to CSV files. When your event starts, admins can mark guests as checked in as they arrive.
WPEC is the longstanding WordPress e-commerce solution used by tens of thousands around the world. If you’ve got all the demands of a robust online shop, then WPEC might be just what you’re looking for. WPEC is packed full of features.
If you need to sell a mix of physical goods, digital goods, and you throw events, you have to check out WP e-Commerce and the Modern Tribe WPEC Tickets add-on. WPEC Tickets allows you to add as many tickets as you wish to a given event, and then sell those tickets entirely within your site.
Each ticket can have its own price, stock, SKU and specified timeframe for when ticket sales open/close. Aiming to give discounts to those who buy earlier than a week before the event? Dreaming of checking people in at the door from your laptop? Need different ticket types your users can easily differentiate between? WPEC Tickets has you covered.
Easy Digital Downloads is the perfect WordPress e-Commerce platform to sell tickets. The plugin is tailored to sell digital goods and doesn’t have 12 pages of unnecessary settings. If you are looking to add ticket sales directly to your website without all the crazy hoopla that comes with gargantuan e-commerce solutions, you have the right add-on. No third-party websites, no ticket fees…just you, your attendees and one kick ass event.
EDD Tickets allows you to add as many tickets as you wish to a given event, and then sell those tickets entirely within your site. Each ticket can have its own price, stock, SKU and specified timeframe for when ticket sales open/close.
Aiming to give discounts to those who buy earlier than a week before the event? Dreaming of checking people in at the door from your laptop? Need different ticket types your users can easily differentiate between? Easy Digital Download Tickets has you covered. It’s the little black dress of plugins. Simple and sexy.
The Shopp Tickets plugin allows you to combine all the power of the Shopp e-commerce platform with the tried and true Events Calendar to create a ticketing solution for your events. Shopp Tickets allows you to add as many tickets as you wish to a given event, and then sell those tickets entirely within your site.
Each ticket can have its own price, stock, SKU and specified timeframe for when ticket sales open/close. Aiming to give discounts to those who buy earlier than a week before the event? Dreaming of checking people in at the door from your laptop? Need different ticket types your users can easily differentiate between? Shopp Tickets has you covered.
If you’re looking to sell a mix of hard goods and digital goods like tickets, the Shopp platform can be a great way to go. Feature rich, and boasting exceptional support, the Shopp platform powers many gorgeous looking online stores. You will need to be running Shopp 1.3 or above to use Shopp Tickets.
This add-on plugin unites the power of The Events Calendar Pro with the ticketing prowess of Eventbrite.com. It empowers you with simple but powerful tools to manage, promote, and sell out your event.
With Eventbrite Tickets, you’re in control of your event and your tickets. Determine the type of tickets, payment options (fixed, donation, or free), and quantity right from the event editor. Events are created on your WordPress site and in your account on Eventbrite.com.
Visitors to your site will see a snazzy tickets form and can click to be redirected to Eventbrite.com to purchase. Ticket availability numbers will update as people purchase tickets and show a “Sold Out!” message if you run out. You can also import events directly from your Eventbrite.com account into your WordPress site.
Ticket Tailor is an easy to use ticketing system that has no per ticket fees. That’s right, you’re not charged any markup on ticket sales, however you can set some if you’d like and either keep it or pass the savings on to your customers.
Besides being able to customise the colours, font and add a logo on your ticket page to provide a branded experience for your customers, Ticket tailor also integrates into your Facebook page. You can even customize your e-tickets by including your logo, event information, e-ticket barcodes and whatever else. You can even send SMS e-tickets.
You will also own your customer data; they’re your customers and it’s your customer data. Ticket tailor won’t use your customer data for anything, they’ll just store it for you. You can get paid via Stripe or PayPal, so when a customer buys a ticket, they pay directly into your Stripe or PayPal account (transaction fees apply).
There are also many other features including affiliate links, mobile friendly checkout, simple order management, and your own www.buytickets.at/you web address.
Tickera is a simple WordPress event ticketing system that enables you to sell your event tickets over your own website. It’s easy to set up and use, there is no commission fee, and there are multiple add-ons that will make your whole experience much better and more fun.
The Tickera plugin also includes a number of the most popular payment gateways out there such as PayPal Standard, PayPal PRO, 2Checkout, Stripe, Braintree, and a lot more. You can also provide a cart where your customers will be able to purchase an unlimited number of tickets for more than one event at once.
It provides a drag-and-drop ticket builder where you can create ticket templates for each ticket type, while also being ready for white-labelling. Tickera also provides a barcode reader, multisite support, drag-and-drop custom forms, as well as discount codes and additional ticket fees.
Lastly, Tickera is translation ready, it provides a payment gateway API for easy development of additional payment gateways and even handles tax administration, all while being customizeable with various actions and filters.
Event Espresso is one of the best WordPress event online registration and ticketing manager plugins out there.It allows you to turn your existing blog or website into a fully-featured event management website and a new way to make money. It provides everything from custom registration forms and emails, seating limits, multiple price options and discount codes to printable tickets and seating charts.
It allows you to create as many different types of tickets as you need while also setting prices, ticket quantity limits and much more. Your events can also have many dates and times, and you can manage these datetimes from one single event.
Event Espresso offers template options and parts, HTML or CSS to make your events and registration pages fit in with the rest of your site. Communicating with attendees is also made easy with automated registration and payment confirmation emails.
Integration with multiple payment gateways such as PayPal and many more allows you to collect money to cover the costs of organising events before they even start. It also integrates with Google Maps to showcase your location and offers a mobile registration system among many other features.
Events Manager is a free and feature-filled events plugin for WordPress, providing the ability to publish events, locations and manage bookings among many other features. Events Manager Pro is an add-on to Events Manager, which extends the functionality of the free plugin to provide a further layer of tools and features for professional event organizers.
The free version already incorporate some of the features related to event bookings such as the ability to add tax, capacity management, multiple tickets and pricing, and more. However, the Pro version adds extra functionality such as automated and customizeable email reminders, a coupons and discount manager, transaction history and more.
The most important added feature though is the integration of PayPal and Authorize.net, with more payment gateways on the way. There is even a custom payment gateway API if any developers want to easily create a new payment gateway.
Besides all that, Events Manager Pro also provides the user with spam protection with reCaptcha and premium suppost just in case you run into any problems while using the plugin.
Events + is a top-shelf event manager for WordPress that allows you to organize everything from concerts to fundraisers. You can take control of your social calendar without having to rely on a third-party web app and manage your events from the comfort of your WordPress dashboard.
Events + not only conforms to fit your theme’s design, but shortcodes and built-in widgets make it easy to integrate elements exactly where you want. It also gives you the power to sell tickets, take reservations and manage your guest list.
It also integrates with PayPal for secure payment processing and offers quick visitor registration through a social profile. Besides that it even integrates with Membership by WPMU DEV, and iCal integration lets users import events information into their calendar with just a click.
Among its many other features you’ll find event countdowns, event cancellations, limited capacity events, integrated Google maps, an auto-scheduler, recurring events, a hassle-free interface and much more.
Other Free Alternatives
CampTix is an easy to use and flexible event ticketing plugin created by WordCamp.org. Allow visitors to purchase tickets to your online or offline event, directly from your WordPress website.
Among its features you’ll find multiple tickets and attendees forms, coupon codes for discounts, public attendees lists, revenue reports, the ability to refund purchased tickets, and more.
Ticket Tailor lets you sell tickets and turn your WordPress site in to an online event ticketing and event registration system. There are loads of great features to help you set up event registration forms and sell out your event tickets. And best of all there no per-ticket fees or registration fees.
This plugin integrates with PayPal, Stripe, MailChimp, as well as Facebook. The integration with MailChimp allows you to immediately add attendees’ email addresses to your MailChimp list, while the Facebook integration allows you to add event registration to your Facebook page so your customers can buy tickets directly.