FAQ: What is the difference between a Class and an Event?

For details and examples of each, see Classes and Events. For a simple overview of the different services, see services.

The main differences between Classes and Events are as follows:

 ClassesEvents
Client attendanceClients can "drop in" to Classes whenever it suits their own schedule and at any frequency that they desire.Generally, clients are expected to show up to each scheduled Event session in order from first to last. The ability to book sessions individually, or to skip classes and attend makeup sessions in other instances of the Event is available.
SchedulingMembers of staff schedule Classes via the schedule.

Each scheduled Class can be scheduled in perpetuity. That is, there is no necessary end date.

There are no restrictions on the number of times a class types can be scheduled. Each scheduled series is independent of one another.
Members of staff schedule Events via the Event itself, through an instance of that Event. Each instance is self-contained, and can include multiple series of scheduled sessions, at different locations, with different instructors.

There is no such thing as an instance that is scheduled in perpetuity. Each scheduled group of sessions must have an end date.
Type creationMembers of staff design Classes as Class Types. These types include things such as a title, image, and description of the class.Members of staff design Events. These Events include things such as a title, image, and description of the event.
PaymentClients can pay-per-class, or use Purchase Options:
  • to take a set number of Classes, or
  • to attend unlimited Classes over a set period of time.
  • to take a set number of Classes, or
  • to attend unlimited Classes as part of a Membership.
  • Clients are generally expected to pay for Events separately out-of-pocket, and in full.
  • Typically, Memberships do not include access to events.
  • Individual class/event Purchase Options can be created to apply selectively and in any combination to both classes and events.
  • Payment plans can be designed to help clients pay for events in installments.

It is important to understand that Events work differently than Classes and Appointments, but that the underlying concept of “types” versus “scheduled instances” is similar.

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