There’s a hidden gem you may not know about. It’s called CampTix, written by the same folks that build the open-source platform we love, WordPress.
After a few tries, I was able to get this plugin working fairly easily. Let’s dive in.
Download, Activate, and Let’s Get Started
First, search for CampTix in your dashboard when adding a new plugin. Download, then activate CampTix.
After activating CampTix, go to Tickets » Setup.
PayPal Payment Setup
Setting up PayPal payments is easy, once you have the right data. The instructions first told me to go to PayPal Developer, but that’s actually not the right way to do it.
You need to go to paypal.com and login to your normal PayPal account. Then, go to Profile » My Selling Tools » API Access » Update. through this section, you can choose Option 2 to generate a username, API password, and API signature.
Once you have your API credentials, enter them into the setup screen.
Email Templates? Of course.
Email templates are also available when setting up CampTix. By default, there are some email template available. I didn’t bother changing them.
Reporting? Yes please.
What would an event ticketing plugin be without reporting data? The Automattic team provided some easy access to reporting tools to ensure you can report on your ticket sales.
Show your tickets off
[camptix] and done. A mistake I made when I was testing was that I put the shortcode in a post. As of the latest version today, you can only put the
[camptix] shortcode on a Page.
It comes with beautiful design and easy to read.
I almost forgot to mention that CampTix comes with a built-in coupon system. You can add coupons to offer discounts for certain people or groups.
This plugin is a breeze to setup and you can’t beat the price…of free.
Just in case you’re looking for an alternative to CampTix, take a look Event Espresso.
I’d love to hear if you’ve used CampTix and how it worked for you.