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We’re always looking for new and awesome ways to improve our products. We think they’re pretty great out of the box, but we also know that there are often things that could make them even better for how folks like yourself use them in the real world. Our tools help the right people, get to the right place at the right time. How can we improve our products and make them super awesome for you and your users? That’s where we can use your help!

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  1. Ability to perform a CSV import from any URL

    The free CSV importer should be able to import from any publicly-accessible URL instead of having to first upload to WordPress.

    Additional functionality (worth paying for in the sense that it could be only available with an Event Aggregator license) I'd like to see is the ability to set intervals for scheduling re-importing from a CSV URL.

    One-time and scheduled CSVs via URL would be useful for getting data from other sites that aren't running The Events Calendar (which Event Aggregator can already handle) and for situations where a third party is providing the data to us, sometimes on regular…

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      Here’s a tip that might come in handy while this functionality does not exist natively:

      We’ve heard of some users having success with WP All Import (or similar plugins). These links may be helpful if you want to try going this route:
      - http://www.wpallimport.com/tour/scheduled-imports/
      - http://www.wpallimport.com/documentation/custom-fields/theme-plugin-fields/

      Please do add your votes and comments if interested in this idea so we can gauge the community’s interest in such functionality.

    • Import Options for Tickets

      Importing Tickets via CSV is possible and functioning very good. But i use a picture for the Tickets which will be send to the customer. Also i collect Customer Information for each attendee from a predefinded selection.

      It would be very very nice if it could be possible to import also the Picture for the Tickets via CSV an to Import which predefined selection for the Attendee Information should be taken for the Tickets

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      • Please could the csv import include a field for "featured"

        https://theeventscalendar.com/knowledgebase/featured-events/

        Wonderful! Thanks! But can we mark some events as featured via the icsv upload please? ie might you be able to make an additional field available to match to the csv column for "featured" ?

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        • Add global stock to csv import options

          It would be handy to have global stock enabled when importing events via csv files. so you wouldnt have to go and set it manually.

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          • Custom CSV Import delimiter

            Most of the Time, you are building your CSV in Excel.
            When creating multiple categories you want them to be separated with comma. However your Importer treats them as seperate fields, thus destroying the table. It therefore is neccessary to put these Values in "" manually. That might be a pain if there are many combined categories.
            It would be nice to change it to a different symbol, such as ";".

            Regards

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            • 4 votes
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              • Create a built-in recurring import updates of CSV files

                We can create CSV files for a sharepoint calendar that we want to import its data to The Events Calendar. However, this information changes on a consistent bases. We would like to add a url where it can fetch data every 30min or hour.

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                • Allow Editors to import via CSV

                  I like to empower clients on sites I build them, if they are capable and this would extend to allowing them to import events via csv.

                  But I don't ever make clients Administrators, unless truly exceptional! So can you offer an option to allow Editors to import CSV files please.

                  I’m familiar with User Role Editor and Adminimize plugins but don’t see a permission/role that will allow CSV import by anyone but an admin.

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                    We can totally see where you are coming from. Fortunately using a Role Editor plugin this is easy to fix.

                    By default Editors do not have the “import” capability in WordPress, and can thus not mass import any sort of data including Events. If you wish to change this though you can do so using a plugin like User Role Editor. Simply add the import capability to the Editor role and you should be all set.

                    Cheers!
                    - The Modern Tribe Support Team

                  • Change the CSV Importer mapping

                    Currently, the CSV Importer lists your CSV fields and asks for you to choose a the corresponding event field from a dropdown. I suggest that instead, the event fields should be listed and the CSV fields should be selected from the dropdown.

                    This would help ensure we're mapping all the fields that are needed for the import. It would also allow certain CSV fields to be used to fill multiple event fields (e.g., start and end days for single day events).

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                      Thank you for sharing this interesting idea. We would like to improve the column mapping UI. One thing we have considered doing is leaaving the current columns the same, but hiding an element from the available fields drop down when it is selected in any of the drop downs. That way the list continually shrinks. Once you have selected all of the fields your CSV has, the drop down list will only contain the remaining fields that your CSV does not have. Would that work in your case?

                      The extreme majority of users do not have all fields available in their CSV, many of them just have 4-5 of our 20 fields. So we are reluctant to make the left hand column 4x taller and more complicated than it needs to be for such users.

                      Cheers!

                    • Add a recurring event option to CSV uploads

                      Add a recurring event option to CSV uploads so that you can add recurring events as currently to have to add the event multiple times.

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                        This is something we are currently investivating to see how feasible it is. We would love to add this ability, but due to the complexity of recurrence patterns it may not be possible to import these via CSV, at least without making it so complex it has a huge learning curve and is a pain to work with. If we deem this possible then we would definitely like to build it. :)

                        Thanks for sharing the idea!

                        Cheers!
                        - The Modern Tribe Support Team

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                          Thanks for the suggestion.

                          If you’re looking to copy events from one site running The Events Calendar to another site running The Events Calendar, our Event Aggregator add-on can do this: https://theeventscalendar.com/product/event-aggregator/

                          More information is available at https://theeventscalendar.com/knowledgebase/creating-hub-site-event-aggregator/

                          If you’re instead looking for The Events Calendar / Event Aggregator to import CSVs via URL , please see this other feature request: https://tribe.uservoice.com/forums/195723-feature-ideas/suggestions/31789591-ability-to-perform-a-csv-import-from-any-url

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