When importing a CSV, it is possible to configure it to match and update existing records. The same process can also be used when a new record is submitted via the signup form. Normally, this is done by matching a single identifying field such as an ID or email address. In some cases, it’s desirable… (read)
It’s possible to determine what records are shown using the pdb_list shortcode by using the “filter” attribute. If you want to show records from a range of dates, you can use the filter to determine the start and end dates for the range.
Google Maps offers an easy way to show a location map without needing to register for and use the Google Maps API. This method is available to websites on a limited basis: if you are operating a high-traffic site, you may not be able to use this method, there is a limit to the number… (read)
Setting up a custom validation method is relatively easy if you’ve got some PHP skills. If you’re familiar with using WordPress filters, then you’ve got the basic knowledge you need to set this up. If you’re not sure what WordPress filters are and how to use them, there is a good intro article that should… (read)
A few months ago, I wrote a tutorial on how to automatically send an email when a record is updated. I’ve gotten several requests for something very similar: how to send an email to a person who has signed up, but ONLY after their submission has been approved. This is a good way to avoid… (read)
Sometimes, you want to duplicate a configured installation of Participants Database to another site or server. It can be done, it’s a bit complicated, and you’ll need to be familiar with database tools such as phpMyAdmin. Start by installing the plugin in the new location. Activate it to set up the initial database entries, then… (read)
If you have a database already and want to adapt it for use in the Participants Database plugin, you’ll have to set up the plugin to interface with that data and then import the data itself into the plugin’s main database table. Here’s how you get that done. Start with the User Interface Participants Database… (read)
One of the most frequent support requests I receive for the plugin is: can it do multiple databases? Can multiple instances of the plugin be installed? To both questions, the answer is no, it’s not designed for that, but you can do a lot with this plugin and in most cases it’s not really necessary… (read)