In order to create a virtual or hybrid event, start the same way you do when you create any other event with The Events Calendar. Click New → Event from the WordPress admin bar at the top of the screen or select Add New → Events from the WordPress admin menu when logged in.
The page will look exactly as it does with your other events, so fill in all of the information that you need, like the event title, description, dates and times.
Keep scrolling down the editor screen and you will find a section called Virtual Event. Click “Configure Virtual Event.”
Your first option is to choose whether this is a strictly virtual, or hybrid event.
💡 If you are using Community Events, Virtual Events will display as an option when submitting an event as well. Zoom connection and link generation are disabled for all non-admins on the front, but you can generate links as an administrator from the front or within the Event Editor itself.
Add Video Source or Generate Zoom Meeting
You have the option to attach a video to the event by adding a link to the “Add Video Source URL” field. If you want to embed the content on your event page, you’ll want to use one of these WordPress-supported sources. Supported sources include YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and more. If your event source is not one of the supported options, you can still enter the URL in the field, but embedding may not work as expected. In that case, you can use a button that links to the video source instead (which we’ll cover in the next section).
You also have the option of generating a Zoom meeting or Zoom webinar link you can use to livestream the event as long as your Zoom account has been connected to The Events Calendar. Once that’s done, you’ll have the option to create unique Zoom links right from the Virtual Event editor with the click of a button. Once you have this integration set up, you’ll see a dropdown there to choose either a Zoom Meeting or Zoom Webinar, depending on your account type.
Once you’ve added a URL or a Zoom link, you can decide how to display the video content on your event page.
If you have added a video source, you will see the option to display the embedded video or use a Linked Button… or both. Choosing the “Linked Button” option will display only a button that will, when clicked, open the embedded video in a new window for your users. The field next to the option allows you to change the button label, which is “Watch” by default.
If you have added a generated Zoom link, you will only see the Linked Button option. In this case, a button that links to your Zoom link is added to the event page, which you can either use instead of the Zoom meeting ID, or display it in addition to the Zoom Link. Clicking this button will launch the Zoom meeting for your users. You are also able to change the default button label next to the option. Below that, you can check or uncheck the option that displays the Zoom link with the conference details as well.
This option allows you to either show the video source or the Zoom Link right away or hide them until the start time of the event. Note that if you choose the latter option, the video or Zoom link will display 15 minutes before the event start time to give your attendees a chance to join on time.
This option allows you to choose who can see the content for your virtual events. The first option will show your content to “everyone” regardless of whether they have registered for your event or not. You can select the “logged in” option if you’d only like your registered users to see your content. If you have Event Tickets, then you can opt to only allow users who have an RSVP or ticket to see the content. You can read more about security and protected content for Virtual Events here.
If you are using our free Event Ticket plugins to sell tickets or create RSVPs for your event, then you check the “Include link in RSVP emails” option to display the link for your virtual event in the ticket emails that an attendee receives after registering for the event.
The email that your users receive will look something like this:
Virtual and Hybrid Event Labels
This option lets you decide whether to display a label on the event that identifies it as a virtual or hybrid event. This can be especially useful if your calendar has physical, virtual and hybrid events allowing your users to see the difference between them. The options here are to display the label on your event page and on the calendar views.
The labels look like this:
Multiple User Support
When creating a Zoom meeting or webinar for virtual and hybrid events, you can select the Meeting Host from the dropdown menu. All licensed users connected to the Zoom account will appear there.
Once you click Next, you can choose an alternative host. It’s worth noting that only licensed users on the same account can be alternative hosts. An alternative host can lead a meeting or webinar if the original meeting host cannot attend the event for some reason.
(You can find more information about the requirements for Alternative hosts in the Zoom Help Center.)
Don’t forget to update the event, as nothing will be saved until you do!
Switching Zoom Accounts
In addition to choosing a different user and host for your Zoom meetings, you can also toggle between Zoom accounts. To do this, head over to Events > Settings > Integrations. Once there, you can add an account, toggle an account on, or delete an account.
If you’d like to switch accounts, you must first log out of one account in Zoom before logging in to another Zoom account on your site.
Note: You can only log in to a Zoom account on one WordPress install at a time. If you’d like to use the same account on two separate sites, you will have to sign out of that account on one site before using it on another. This includes logging in to both a staging and a live site on the same account.
For more information on connecting your site to YouTube Live, read this Knowledgebase article.
For more information on connecting your site to Facebook Live, check out this Knowledgebase article.