It doesn’t matter whether you are a seasoned event manager or planning your first conference, you will always be happy to try out new ways to make the process easier. As we all know, a lot of work goes into planning a conference, including choosing?conference venues and, depending on the size, many months of planning are required to pull off a successful event.

From an organisational point of view, interactive websites provide a trusty avenue through which to plan and implement your event. A blog is a great way to keep your potential attendees up-to-date with developments, and to advise them of program details, guest speakers, as well as allowing them to register on line.

WordPress is one of the favourite platforms used by event organisers because of the ease of installation and customisation. Specially developed plug-ins make the task even easier and in this article we will look at a few of the most helpful plug-ins event organisers can use.

Events Manager. This plug-in is a great solution for event management problems and makes it easy for you to run recurring events with little extra work. Your attendees can RSVP via the website and you can provide them with maps, events lists, calendars and detailed descriptions of every element of the conference. You can even provide RSS feed to keep everyone updated and because it intergrates with Google Maps the location of your bed is easy to find and because of the geo-coding every potential participant can quickly determine whether they should attend. The best part is its free!

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Eventify. This extraordinary free plug-in gives you easy to edit widgets and pop ups to make your site look as exciting and interactive as it needs to be. With many other plug-ins using JavaScript there can be conflicts with other scripts contained on the site. With this plug-in however all conflicts have been removed and your site will load easily every time. You can upload event details using a database in the Excel.csv format and easily put videos in place where they will be provide great viewable content. You can use the details from previously held events by backing them up and using them later when you need to.

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Event Brite. If you’re looking for an easy way to manage ticket sales and registrations, this plug-in gives you all the management tools you need. You can take advantage of any payment method including PayPal, and the easy to administer interface, including an e-commerce shopping cart makes it easy to gear your page for efficient event registrations.

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Event Calendar 3. Event Calendar gives you a convenient method to add event dates to an individual post and then automatically have that event posted in the appropriate category. This takes full advantage of the categories. Widget and your readers will be able to find particular events easily because every display is in date order and removed automatically when the date has passed.

After you have narrowed down your selection of conference venues, you can start using these plug-ins to make your ongoing planning much easier.

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