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Events Calendar vs Gigs Calendar vs EC3 (38 posts)

  1. Xerotone
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    What is the best events plugin for WordPress? I have been using EC3 for some time now but it seems to be abandoned. Gigs Calendar and Events Calendar both appear to be in development. Does anyone have any experiences they would like to share--or, better yet--links to live implementations? What are the (non-obvious) features and limitations of each plugin?

    Thanks everyone!!

  2. Andrew Tegenkamp
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I have this exact same question!

    In addition, I would like to know how they work with 2.5 as I am starting a new site and would like to go straight to 2.5 and use an event calendar if any are available!

    Thanks,
    Andrew

  3. Xerotone
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    EC3 works with 2.5 if you patch it--that's all I know. I'm more interested in the others but converting a database of hundreds of events to some new plugin requires as much foreknowledge as can be found here on the WP support forum... which, at the moment, doesn't seem like too much :) but here's hoping...

  4. Andrew Tegenkamp
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    My dev/test site is http://www.andrewteg.com/blog/ and I've got a couple notes on event calendars I've tried going and I've got the Gig one installed at the moment. It would have to be retrofitted a bit I think to work as a regular event calendar because by default it just shows upcoming and things fall off to the archive (Calendar Archive on my site) after they happen. And I don't see a real month view which can be a bummer for Gigs.

    EDIT: Note the post "04/17/08" is a Gigs Cal event. I do like how it gets added to your blog as a post even though it's not a real post. The sidebar is for Gigs Calendar too at the moment.

  5. rforster
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I just tried your calendar Andrew and got:
    Plugin could not be activated because it triggered a fatal error.

    Fatal error: main() [function.require]: Failed opening required '/home/mysite/public_html/wp-content/plugins/calendar/wp-blog-header.php' (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/mysite/public_html/wp-content/plugins/calendar/wp-calendar.php on line 12

    Might have done something wrong on my end though.

  6. Andrew Tegenkamp
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Hmm, I don't have a calendar I wrote myself. I've just installed and reviewed a few at my test site as I make a decision on how to display my events.

    It looks like you tried to install http://www.kieranoshea.com/projects/calendar/ and if so, it looks like you put all the files into the plugins directory. Instead, that one requires you to put files in the root so the file you downloaded wp-calendar.php should go straight into your blog home folder which for you appears to be /home/mysite/public_html/

    I hope that makes sense...

  7. rforster
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Wow thanks. Was kinda late when I was messing around.

  8. rforster
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I did try to install that calendar. Got the files in the right spot and activated. went to mysite/calendar and got a 404 page. Install instructions on the plugin page say:

    7. Visit your blog URL /calendar to see your calendar in action

    Did I miss something along the way?

  9. Andrew Tegenkamp
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I think you have to have permalinks enabled and also edit your .htaccess file for that plugin to work. It's in the install instructions but perhaps you didn't get the htaccess file saved and re-uploaded? You can try mysite/wp-calendar.php too as that may show the calendar for you even if you don't have your htaccess edited.

  10. di11rod
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Really would like a good events calendar that just plain works. Been using 'Events Calendar 3' on my WP 2.5 install and it lists things in the sidebar, but clicking on the items doesn't yield the necessary information about the event.

    http://www.austinskatenotes.org/

    (see right sidebar labelled 'skate calendar'.

    Any recommendations of a sidebar calendar that actually works would be much appreciated. I think Events Calendar wants to do some kind of contextual popup. I'd prefer the user visit an actual calendar entry where they can copy-paste the info into emails, etc. Popups are pretty unusable for the visitor.

    di11rod

  11. rforster
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I have Permalinks Day and Name enabled. I did edit my htaccess as well. I made an entry into the calendar and one worked one didnt. The date entry like 20080418 worked as opposed to 04182008.

    Got a 404 when trying to access mysite/wp-calendar.php as well as mysite/calendar.

    I'll work on this a bit more...

  12. Andrew Tegenkamp
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Guys,

    I'm really liking wpng-calendar which is a Google Code project that integrates great with WordPress. You can see a screenshot of it on a page at my site at http://www.andrewteg.com/blog/event-calendars/wpng-calendar/ and also notice the sidebar which shows events. I have it hooked up to the MLB Braves schedule for testing but it can hook into any public Google calendar and display on a page, as a widget, or both. The admin is just enter your Google key, enter your Google calendar feed, and enter your number of entries and whether or not to show navigation. Pretty simple and just plain works and shows events that are clickable. Plus you can just say "view/download the whole calendar here" and link to Google somewhere on your site so people can subscribe or download your calendar since it's already Google-fied.

    The plugin homepage is http://code.google.com/p/wpng-calendar/

    What do you guys think?

  13. kernow
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Events Calendar 311 rc3 works fine with WordPress 2.5 if you patch it. I've also emailed Alex Tingle who wrote it and says he's been pretty busy but rest assured, he plans to update his Events Calendar plugin.

    In the spirit of 'open source' if anyone wants a zipped version of the calendar I mentioned above (which works OK for me) let me know. I would of course suggest that anyone feeling generous make a donation to the author.
    :)

  14. Maxaud
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Any more info on the patch for EC3?

    I like ec3 but when you click on the day of the event it doesn't show up since it was written prior to the day of the event.

    Does the patch fix this?

    Thanks!

  15. rforster
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    The "calendar" calendar is going crazy. I have a mailbox full of:
    /public_html/calendar/tools/' ; php -q 'send_reminders.php' > /dev/null ;
    Almost 4000 messages.
    When i go to the edit calendar page I get a 404 page. Probably because I have no tools directory under the calendar dir.
    Just going to delete the whole thing.

  16. rforster
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    That line s from a cron job I found. deleted it, no more mail

  17. kernow
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    The patch works. You have to open two files and 'cut and paste' the fix in . Just a few lines of code, so thanks to whoever worked it out.

  18. yoeladam
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi kernow, if you can send me a zipped version of the calendar patch it, while Alex Tingle publishes a new version. Since the upgrade my wordpress to version 2.5, I'm having some problems.

    Thanks

  19. kernow
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi yoeladem, here is the zippled version of the calendar plugin with patch installed. Usual installation applies.

    WordPress 2.5.1 compatible calendar plugin IS HERE

  20. OlafB
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thank you kernow, i so lucky now with your patched version, thank you for share!!!

  21. yoeladam
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks kernow your patched version works perfectly, thank you so much.

  22. johnkorr
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Kernow,
    Thanks for providing this patched version. I've tried it and it works fine with one exception. If I use the widget for the calendar (as opposed to the events list) it doesn't seem to be "AJAX'd" and when I click on the next month I get a 404 error. Is this a known problem or do I need to set something up.
    Thanks,
    John

  23. zota
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Using patched version of EC3, the add events + button doesn't do anything. Any tips for how to get this to work?

  24. kernow
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi johnkorr, unfortunately I just pasted in the fix and made it available. I can't think why there should be a problem, but apparently the plugin author is planning an update, so you may have to wait until then.

    Zota, re the add events button, I've just tried it and it works OK for me.Go to settings - EventCalendar and at the top of the calendar page, ensure that you have selected which category your events will be included in when you post.

  25. zota
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    kernow,

    I think I had a conflict with some other plugins. Turned everything off, tried again, it works. Thank you for the patched version.

  26. bringstuff
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I've got a question for the Gigs Calendar users out there. I love that generating events with the plugin also creates them as posts. However, I'm having an issue with the posts being 'recognised' as being part of the category selection in wordpress.

    In the admin pages, on the 'Manage' --> 'Posts' screen, the total number of posts (in the table of post titles) isn't correct; WordPress ignores the Gig Calendar posts. If you select the category that the posts are in (Gigs Calendar) from the drop-down menu then the admin screen will show the posts within the category inside the table.

    Once you get this far, you can edit the post content (which I quite like) as I would like to use the description field, excerpt and custom fields for image usage in the theme I'm using. Another symptom is when using a theme that renders a category of posts, selecting the Gig Calendar category doesn't show any posts.

    I've tried this on wordpress v2.3.3 v2.5 and v2.5.1 (using v3.3.3 of Gig Calendar throughout) and I'd love to know if there's something obvious I've missed. File permissions on a certain folder, a clash with another plugin or the inevitable influence of our giant-sized ant overlords.

  27. booksforcooks
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks to Kernow have now got ec3 patched and working - one small question....

    the ical download button on the calendar has always and still seems to generate a corrupt ics or vcs file which can't be imported into outlook 2003.

    Any clues or thoughts?

  28. kernow
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Sorry no idea, though hopefully the plugin developer may start to upgrade the plugin again.

  29. Heirem
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    The Luke Howell'plugin : Events-Calendar v 6.4 is very good too!
    And constantly changing. He has qualities and functions that others did not;)
    http://www.lukehowell.com/
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/events-calendar/

    There is also a more international new version (6.4.1).
    On my blog: http://heirem.fr
    http://heirem.fr/wp-content/uploads/events-calendar-heirem-6.4.1.zip

    Cheers!

  30. Allan Collins
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    kernow,

    Can you please tell me what/where the patch code is on your version?

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