A comparison chart between Eventpeg and Meetup would serve no purpose, because Meetup is forever changing or removing features. So I will simply list what Eventpeg has to offer, and let you make up your own mind. In-depth tutorials can be found in the forum.
If you would like to test the events capabilities of the site, you can drop me an email asking for the login details for the Demo Member.
When I create your group, it is given an “About” page. This enables you to describe the purpose of your group to visitors. This is especially useful for closed groups and can have comments enabled so you can interact immediately with potential members, even before they join Eventpeg.
As an organizer, you can add extra pages yourself and link them to your About page. You can make some of them private, which means guests cannot read them. You can even password protect them, so new group members don’t have access until you give them the password. Pages can also have sub-pages to any level.
Your pages and your group can have custom banner images that provide instant recognition, so people know it is your group. You can also have custom background images to further enhance your group.
There are 3 levels of group privacy – Public, Private and Hidden. Private groups do not display any membership information or group content to someone who is not a member of the group. Hidden groups do not appear anywhere on the site. They don’t simply have a secret site page, but will actually give you a “page not found” error if you go to that page. Only members you have invited to your group can access that page.
You can see how important your About page becomes. If you really want to remain invisible on the website, you can choose to not have the About page at all.
There are 5 levels of member privacy. Your setting determines who can see your profile. For example, you may not wish guests to be able to view anything about you. Or you may want only groups to which you belong to see it. You can even remain completely invisible on the site, but that sort of defeats the purpose of being on a social network.
Events can be one-off or recurring. You can publish them immediately, save them as a draft, or schedule them to publish automatically at a future date. Their privacy can be public, private or password protected. Each event is given its own page, where you can give a full description, see a live map and add photos or videos.
Member Created Events
By default, only organizers can create events. However, some groups like to allow some of their members to create events. This can easily be done by asking me to give that member “Host” rights. This does not give them any other abilities and doesn’t require them to be a group admin or moderator.
You can set up your own location pages where you host events. Each one is unique and contains the address and map. You can add venue photos and any other relevant information. For out of the way places, you can even use GPS co-ordinates for the street address. When you create an event, you can then select your predetermined location, saving you a lot of extra work.
Bookings are made from the event page. Only members who are logged in can make a booking, which means they will see your event description and any prerequisites you may have specified. Members cannot claim they were not aware of what your event entails.
You can set the number of total spaces available and how many places a member can book. By allowing a maximum booking of 2 for example, a member can bring a guest. As bookings are approved, the number of remaining spaces, and who has booked are shown on the event page.
By default, there is no waiting list. Once an event is fully booked, no further spaces can be allocated. It is then up to the organizer to manually handle any extra bookings.
However, you can create a “Waiting List” ticket, which does enable members to add themselves to a waiting list. You can then move them from that list to the Event list via the admin panel. You can learn more here.
Attendance and No Shows
With Eventpeg, you have the ability to upload files and documents. You can use these to track attendance and keep a record of no-shows. The documents are visible to all group members. You can quickly see how many times a person has not shown up for events, and take whatever action you feel necessary.
All groups have their own discussion board, a mini forum. They are only visible to group members, regardless of the group’s privacy setting.
All groups have the ability to create group photo albums. You can have multiple albums, each with their own collection of photos. Unlike Meetup or Facebook, the site’s resources are not unlimited. Photos will be cropped to 840 pixels, and there is a limit of 50 MB per group. An 840 x 470 image is only about 100 KB in size, giving you a fair limit of 500 photos.
There are a lot of features at Eventpeg, and this page only lists the most important ones, and then only briefly. The forum is the place to go to find tutorials and to read or post your own questions. The more you use the site, the more you come to appreciate the freedom and the power you have to do things the way you want.