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The End of Internet Explorer (kind of)

Jan 6, 2016    By: Mike Schumann

As of January 12, 2016, Microsoft will be dropping support for all but the latest version of Internet Explorer. This means that they will no longer be issuing bug fixes, security updates, or any sort of technical support for versions of Internet Explorer previous to version 11. Furthermore, with the launch of Microsoft’s Edge browser that comes default in Windows 10, it’s quite possible that they will be completely dropping support for Internet Explorer sometime in the not-so-distant future.

Why is this happening?

Well, there are a couple key reasons for this; the first of which is security. Older versions of Internet Explorer, (or any browser, for that matter) are prone to malicious attacks and other security backdoors that can put your files and data at risk of being damaged, deleted, or even stolen. By keeping your browser up to date, you are ensuring that you have the latest in bug and security fixes, which can help keep you safe from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software floating around on the web.

The second reason is compatibility. The internet as we know it doesn’t stand still. New websites appear all the time and existing ones are constantly evolving as new technologies are being developed and utilized. In order to take advantage of all the modern features available on your favourite websites, (such as the drag-and-drop feature on the My Files page in your Event Wizard® account) you need a modern browser; one that is capable of understanding and delivering this content to you. Older browsers simply aren’t capable of doing this, which is why many large software providers such as Google had already dropped support for older versions of Internet Explorer years ago.

What should you do about it?

Refusing to upgrade means putting yourself and your data at risk, so as far as I see it, that is out of the question. Luckily, unlike the early years of the internet, there are a multitude of safe options for your web browsing needs. What’s even better is that most modern browsers employ an auto-update feature, so you don’t have to worry about getting your security and bug fixes manually. Plus, they’re all free to download and use – bonus!

If you currently use Internet Explorer 11, you’re golden. However, if you’re running Internet Explorer 10 or under, you’ll want to strongly consider upgrading. In this case you have a couple different options:

a) You can simply run Windows Update in your computer’s Control Panel to search for an update to Internet Explorer 11.

b) Or, you can look at upgrading to a different browser altogether, such as Chrome, (my personal preference) or Firefox. I’ve included some links below to a few popular web browsers – check them out:

Don’t hesitate to try a few different web browsers. It may take some experimenting to find the one that works best for you and your workflow, but once you find it, you can browse confidently knowing that you won’t be left behind again. You may even discover some useful new features you didn’t know existed!

For more information on this change, upgrading tips, and Internet Explorer lifecycles, check out this page from Microsoft. For any other questions or comments, drop us a line.

Posted on January 6, 2016 by Mike Schumann
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Requesting HST/GST Tax Exemption for an Event

Sep 29, 2015    By: Mike Schumann

Often times our customers have certain requirements when it comes to processing fees for their online registration. One such requirement is tax-exemption, which can include GST, HST, or PST/QST.

HST exemptions are given to those businesses that are deemed as Charitable Organizations by the Receiver General (a Charitable Organization number will be required) and for any events that are providing services to children under the age of 14. These basic rules are legislated and mandated by the Receiver General. Not For Profits (or NPOs) do not necessarily qualify for HST exemptions. Please see the following links for more clarification:

In order to have tax removed from your event you must download and complete this form, then return it, along with your exemption certificate, to our offices using one of the following methods:

  1. By email, to
  2. By fax, to 905-420-8852
  3. By post, to 16-1815 Ironstone Manor, Pickering, ON  L1W 3W9

Once we have received this, we will process your request.

If you have any questions about this process, or anything else, please give us a shout.

Posted on September 29, 2015 by Mike Schumann
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NEW! Page Preview Function

Sep 21, 2015    By: Mike Schumann

Building your registration website pages is pretty simple, since the page builder incorporates a graphical online HTML editor. This means that if you can use a word processor, you can build your site pages with ease and you don’t actually need to know HTML or any other fancy coding. That said, one concern when using the editor is that you can’t really get a proper preview of your content on the site itself, and to this point, the only real way to do this was to make your page edits, save your content, and view your event. This has all changed with the new Page Preview function.


When you go to edit any of your site pages, (ie: Welcome Page, Custom Pages, etc.) you’ll now notice two buttons appearing to the top-right of the online editor: these are your page preview buttons. The first one, Desktop, will show you a preview of how your page content will look on a standard desktop computer. The second one, Mobile, will show you how your content will look on smaller-screened mobile devices, such as an Android or iPhone. To try them out, simply make some content edits in the online editor and click one of the buttons.


In the window that pops up, you’ll see your event in its entirety, including your header, footer, and navigation menu. The content that you entered in the online editor on the previous page will appear as the content for your preview, exactly how it will look when finished. This is great for making page edits to an event that is already live and taking registrations, since your edits won’t be made live until you click the Save button.

That’s it. If you have any questions about this feature, or anything else in Event Wizard®, drop us a line.

Posted on September 21, 2015 by Mike Schumann
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