RSVPMaker provides online scheduling, invitations, RSVP tracking, and PayPal payment processing. Variations on this event scheduling system have been used by political campaigns, community groups, networking organizations, and professional conferences to schedule their events. A recent addition is support for Google Hangouts on Air for organizing webinars on a budget.

If you run a WordPress website, download the RSVPMaker plugin to add these functions for your own site. Optionally, you can send RSVPMaker event invitations by email using ChimpBlast, a companion plugin that works with the MailChimp broadcast email service.

Our professional services are available if you would like help with RSVPMaker, website design and programming, email campaign management, copywriting, and other services.

Wednesday February 24th, 2016 7:00 PM EST

Join me for this webinar on how to promote and manage events using the combination of WordPress and the RSVPMaker plugin. As the name implies, you can also collect RSVPs (registrations) and PayPal payments. You can also send automated event reminders to make sure the people who register actually attend.

I’ll cover some new features, such as the improved event reminders system and the specific support for organizing webinars (like this one) taking advantage of Google’s Hangouts on Air free online events platform. You will learn how to create and manage events, set RSVP options, customize the RSVP form, and work with templates for recurring events.

In addition, the webinar will at least touch on some more advanced topics such as configuring PayPal payments and adding your own customizations. The webinar format will allow for Q&A, so bring your questions, and I’ll answer them on air.

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Posted by David F. Carr on February 1, 2016

Test Drive

You can test drive RSVPMaker on this site (you will be able to try the editor, preview your events, and test the RSVP process, but events will not be published).

The mock events below show some of the ways RSVPMaker can be used.

Featured (Demo) Events:

Friday April 8th, 2016
Saturday April 9th, 2016
Sunday April 10th, 2016

This would be a typical event setup for my son’s cub scout pack, a 3-day event with RSVPs requested and families encouraged to pay online via PayPal.

You can step through the RSVP process to see how the prompt to pay online appears after the user enters basic information. If you click the link to pay, you will be redirected to the Cub Scout Pack 179’s PayPal checkout page (the integration is live, so don’t complete a payment unless you really do want to make a donation).


Sunday May 1st, 2016 7:00 PM EDT

If you try to submit this form without filling in the required fields (first name, last name, email, or the extra custom required field), you will get an error message. The field validation works as an JavaScript check or server-side validation if the client code doesn’t work for some reason.

Using the shortcode-based template system for the forms, I added my custom field in this format:

[rsvpfield textfield=”extrarequired” required=”1″]