Computers for Kids

Monday August 16, 2021 4:00 PM
 

Every week at the library on main street. No RSVP Required.

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Computers for Kids

Monday August 9, 2021 4:00 PM
 

Every week at the library on main street. No RSVP Required.

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Hosting Events In Multiple Timezones

When you create a new event, by default it’s assumed to be in whatever timezone you have set as the default for your website. However, you can change the timezone to a different one (specified by city). In the example below, the site defaults to U.S. Eastern time, but I can change that by specifying Los Angeles time.

Specifying the timezone for an event.

The checkboxes on that new event screen specify that the timezone should be displayed and that the option to convert to the user’s local timezone should be offered. That causes the Show in My Timezone button to be displayed, as shown below. Click on the button to see the translated time (based on the local timezone reported by your computer).

Try it using the U.S. Pacific time and London time demos.

Changing the Timezone on an Existing Event

If you didn’t set the timezone initially, you can change it on the RSVP / Event Options screen. (As of this writing, you can’t change it from the sidebar within the editor.)

London Time Demo

Sunday May 30, 2021 7:00 PM
 

Try the timezone conversion, button.

RSVPMaker Integration with MailPoet, the Email Newsletter Plugin and Sending Service

RSVPMaker now allows you to include upcoming event listings in email newsletters distributed using MailPoet, the plugin and email sending service recently purchased by Automattic, the company behind WordPress. You can also have people who register for your events sign up for your email list at the same time by including the Mailing Lists Checkbox block in your RSVP form.

Update: MailPoet can also improve the delivery of RSVP confirmation messages and other transactional messages (see below).

For the benefit of interested developers, I’ve included some technical details about the integration at the end of this post.

Test it from the subscriber’s point of view by signing up at RSVPMaker’s MailPoet List Demo page. (The official RSVPMaker list remains a MailChimp list, at least for now).

MailPoet is free for lists of up to 1,000 providers and a less expensive than MailChimp for large lists. Although RSVPMaker includes is own email utilities, including the ability to construct newsletters for distribution through MailChimp, I wouldn’t claim it rivals the design tools MailPoet provides.

To add RSVPMaker event listings in a newsletter, add one of the RSVPMaker shortcodes to a text block, using the custom:prefix. In other words, rsvpmaker_upcoming becomes [custom:rsvpmaker_upcoming]. (Although I’ve put more emphasis on Gutenberg blocks lately, most have shortcode equivalents).

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Computers for Kids

Monday June 28, 2021 4:00 PM
 

Every week at the library on main street. No RSVP Required.

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Computers for Kids

Monday July 19, 2021 4:00 PM
 

Every week at the library on main street. No RSVP Required.

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Computers for Kids

Monday July 5, 2021 4:00 PM
 

Every week at the library on main street. No RSVP Required.

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