Online registration systems are websites that allow users to sign up for memberships, events and training by completing a form. Online registration systems are replacing manual processes, such as registering by telephone, mail or at events using paper forms.
Online registration websites can provide more details and often include graphic and multimedia information for registrants. Most registration websites are database systems that automate the collection, tabulation and reporting of registrant information. Automated payment processing and confirmations also are standard features of online systems.
Online registration offers round-the-clock access to the registration process. It also allows event planners to access registration data in real time. They can review registration requests as they occur and prepare for events accordingly.
The benefits of online registration are greater for larger events that occur on a regular basis. The cost of developing a registration system, or of using a registration vendor, should be weighed against the cost of using a manual system for smaller or less frequent events.