Event Template Enhancements in Version 2.8.5

RSVPMaker 2.8.5 addresses a couple of common scenarios I see on community-oriented web sites, with different clubs or organizations that host events on a recurring schedule. That’s the point of the new Event Template feature, which allows you to schedule events weeks or months in advance, using basic boilerplate details. You can then update them with specific details (names of speakers, special attractions) as individual events get closer.

One thing that comes up after you’ve been doing this awhile is that the basic boilerplate details change. For example, a new regular meeting location is established and you need to update a whole batch of upcoming events at once. These checkboxes let you do that selectively (maybe you’ve added specific details to one or two of the coming events and don’t want to overwrite those).

Note that this works for the headline and body copy, not RSVP parameters.

Update checked events
Update checked events

Also, clubs and organizations may have more than one person who need to add and update events (a president and a secretary, for example). The Additional Editors function is not activated by default, but you can turn it on with a checkbox on the RSVPMaker settings screen. Once activated, this allows you to designate additional editors (really more like co-authors or collaborators) who will be able to edit the group’s Event Template and any events derived from that template.

This overrides default WordPress behavior, allowing people who do not have general editing rights to edit those specific items. This works for other users designated as authors (would not work for contributors or subscribers).

Add Editor/Collaborator
Add Editor/Collaborator

This release also includes a Spanish language translation, thanks to volunteer help from Andrew Kurtis, WebHostingHubI’ve asked him to fill in some gaps in the translation and am also reaching out to the authors of a couple of other translations to update them with better coverage for words and phrases used in the administrative user interface. Meanwhile, this version covers the basic RSVP options on the event editing screen.

Spanish translation
Spanish translation

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