One of the most useful features of Event Wizard® is the ability to create multiple pages for your registration site. It allows you to organize and present information in a very appealing way without the need of a separate website hosted elsewhere. You can create pages for things like agendas, contact information, photos, or in the case of our example today, a simple Welcome/Introductory page.
Getting Started With Pages
Head over to the purple section of your event task list and select “Website Pages” from the submenu, then “Edit Custom Pages”.
Here you will see a list of all the pages on your site and whether they are visible or hidden. By default, only the Registration and Thank You pages are enabled, since they are the only ones required for all registration sites. Event Wizard® does create a Welcome page for all new events, but it is left hidden for simplicity’s sake. Since it’s already there, let’s start by unhiding the Welcome page and adding some content – click the Edit icon to do so.
Before adding any page content, it’s a good idea to start at the top with the page’s properties and options, just to make sure it’s set up the way we want it:
- Page Title: appears in the browser’s toolbar and when the page is added to favourites.
- Page Type: tells the system whether it is a special kind of page, (we don’t need to worry about this for now).
- Navigation Link Text: represents this particular page in your navigation menu that, when clicked, will navigate to this page.
- Enter password to protect this page: useful for password-protecting pages with sensitive content, (again, not something we will worry about for now).
- Introduction message for password page: a simple message that appears above the password input on a password-protected page.
- Hide this page?: when checked, this renders the page inaccessible and hides it from the navigation menu.
- Open in new window?: when checked, clicking the navigation link for this page will open it in a new window/tab in your browser. This is used mostly for links that will take visitors away from your registration site, so we will leave it unchecked here.
- Make this my default page: when checked, it sets this page as the first page visitors will see when landing on your site through the standard https://event-wizard.com/events/[EVENT_CODE]/ link structure.
The first thing we will want to do is make sure the page is visible on the navigation menu. To do so, uncheck the “Hide this page?” checkbox. We also want this to be the first page visitors will see when they come to the site, so ensure “Make this my default page” is checked before moving on. You can also customize the Page Title and/or Navigation Link Text values, but we will leave them as is for this demo. Once your properties and options are ready, go ahead and add some content before clicking Save at the bottom of the page. If you’re unfamiliar with the online editor, we have a short but comprehensive help video on how to use it to add contents to your page.
NOTE: creating new custom pages is basically the same process, except you’ll need to click the “Add New Page” button at the top-right, (or in your event task list) before proceeding the same as above.
Enabling the Navigation Menu
To enable and modify your site’s navigation menu, head back to the purple section of your task list, select “Form Fields & Site Layout” in the submenu, then “Edit navigation menu properties”.
Once again, we are presented with some properties:
- Navigation Width: sets the physical width of your navigation menu in pixels or percentage – it is matched to the width of your page contents by default.
- Navigation Position: allows you to position the navigation at the top or left side of the page – by default it is placed at the top, (under the header).
- Navigation Link Alignment: sets the horizontal alignment of your navigation links within the menu box itself – they are centre-aligned by default.
- Disable Navigation Menu?: shows/hides the navigation menu.
Most of the above will be fine to leave as is, but again, since new events are only created with one active page, the navigation menu is disabled by default. Let’s enable the menu by unchecking the “Disable Navigation Menu?” checkbox and clicking Save.
NOTE: keep in mind that any pages that aren’t hidden are still accessible to anyone with a direct link, even if the navigation menu is disabled. To hide them from view, ensure the “Hide this page?” option for that page is checked.
The last thing we may want to modify is the order of the links within the navigation menu. To change this, head back to the same section of your task list and select “Edit/manage navigation menu links”.
Here you’ll see all of your site’s pages, listed in the order they will appear in the navigation menu, (Top to Bottom for side navigation = Left to Right for top navigation). If you’d like to reorder them, simply drag and drop them in the order you’d like and click Save.
You can also create links in your menu to pages or documents that are outside the scope of your event website, such as social media pages, PDFs, etc. Do this by clicking the “Add New Menu Item” button in the top right, (or on your event task list) filling in Label, (navigation link text) Link/URL, and the properties, then clicking Save.
Hopefully you now have a better understanding of the page/navigation systems in Event Wizard®. As always, if you have any questions not answered here, we’d be happy to help!
If you’ve created more than a registration form using Event Wizard®, you’re not alone. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, listen up!
Event Wizard® is not just registration forms, it’s also micro-sites. Yes, you can create your own little event website, complete with event information, maps, programs or anything else you desire. These extra pages are located in your task list, under ‘Registration site pages & Properties’.
When you begin creating a new site the only two pages that will appear by default are the Registration Page and the Thank You Page (Confirmation Page). You must enable the Welcome Page and any Custom Pages for them to appear on your registration site. If you decide to create additional pages there are some URL settings that you need to be aware of first:
- By default your events URL will go to the Registration Page when that is the only page enabled
- If you enable the Welcome Page, the URL will then go to this page by default and not the Registration Page
- If you add Custom Pages, the URL will still go to the Welcome Page. Unless you do not have a Welcome Page, in which case it will then go to the Registration Page
That’s all fine but what if you have a Custom Page that has important information you would like your registrants to read before they begin the registration process and the default settings don’t make sense. If this sounds familiar, you’re in luck! To set your default page to something other than the registration page, make that page your default landing page in your Page Properties
At this point it doesn’t matter if your registrants click the default URL for your event, they will now land on the Hotel Information page first. If you decide later on in your event you would like to change the default page back to the registration page just un-check and re-save it. To override any of the default page settings you have created you can simply post the specific page URL instead of the default event URL.
Ensuring your registrants are being served the most relevant information first before starting the registration process is as easy as setting your default page.