How to Manually Add a Registrant through the WordPress Dashboard

There may be times where you need to add a registrant to an event but you don’t want to have the registrant do this themselves. An example would be if a registrant does registration on the day of the event.

In this tutorial, we will go over how to add a registrant through the WordPress admin.

A manual registration through the WP dashboard is not compatible with the promotions system, WP User integration, or LearnDash. This means that registrants that are manually added cannot be discounted via a promotion / discount code, user accounts are not created via the WP User integration, and they are not added to LearnDash. If you need this functionality, then please register registrants/attendees through the front-end registration page.

Begin by logging into your WordPress admin. Then find Event Espresso in the WordPress admin menu and click on Events. Now hover over the name of the event and more options will appear. Click on Registrations.

This will take you to the registrations page for this event. At the top of the page you’ll see a button that says Add New Registration. Click on that button. On the next screen you’ll be able to begin the registration process.

Here is an example of what it looks like for our example event called Golf Tournament:


You can also send out an email notification to the registrant:


How to set up admin only ticket options

Sometimes you may need to close online registration on the front end of the site and retain the ability to add registrations from the WP dashboard. Or you may have a need to set a specific type of ticket that can only be selected from the WP dashboard by an event admin. There’s a simple add-on developed by a third party that you can use to set specific “admin-only tickets” after a ticket is saved. You can download the add-on from github:

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