A calendar system with many views, upcoming events widget, color-coded categories, recurrence, and import/export of facebook events and .ics feeds.
Ran into a small problem with the widget for the All in one, but, just by creating a thread on their forum, and perhaps half an hour of patience, problem got checked and a solution given (which worked)
Adds up to 6 seconds to each page load with tons of SQL queries... it sucks, bottom line :(
Worked for me out of the box. Offers features that others require you to pay for but ultimately I could not use this plugin.
It used over 100 sql queries per page and added 4 seconds to my load times per page.
Have used this plugin with lots of versions of WordPress and lots of websites as I build WordPress sites for clients quite frequently, it crashes, if you do manage to get it to work, be careful which other plugins you install you or may find yourself looking at a blank plugin page in WordPress, then you have to ftp into the site and remove this plugin's folder to get the others to reappear. I have returned to using the Ajax Event Calendar plugin as it works consistently unlike this plugin.
No plugin suits everyone and Ai1ec is no exception. If it doesn't work out of the box, then it's possibly a conflict with your WP theme or one of your plugins. It's also not the lightest plugin on memory usage, and if your webhost is stingy with their PHP memory settings, you can have issues.
For what this plugin is capable of however, it's well worth the trouble IMO. Yes, the plugin is complex, but that's because it does a huge amount.
PS: The upgrade breakages of the V1 days are now long past (thankfully) and Time.ly are releasing regular updates addressing bugs (every 2-4 weeks). Sometimes there's a regression, and I recommend either keeping a copy of your site backed up. Do a full DB and File backup - XML WP exports don't cut it as a backup, even if by a 3rd party plugin - get a proper MySQL DB backup, a copy of the older zip files of the plugin, and/or set up a staging system to test things on. I use a staging site (a VM on my PC) for all theme and plugin updates, and it's saved me countless times (and not specifically with Ai1ec).
- Horrendous support, even for paid add-ons (I understand limited support for the free plugin, but for a paid add on, i expect a certain level of support. At least a reply would be nice.)
- Updates constantly break features.
- Needlessly complex code structure.
- Tremendously resource intensive. We have two sites on dedicated servers that have run the time.ly calendar and their load times are absolute garbage with the plugin activated.
Bottom line, if it wasn't for the fact that this is pretty much the only game in town when it comes to decent looking event calendar plugins for wordpress, I'd have jumped ship a long time ago.
If anybody has a better suggestion, please let me know. I'd love to ditch this one for something better.
We were attracted to look and functionality of the calendar and purchased a Pro all-in-one bundle.
Can't get basic support questions answered (even password recovery)
Images keep breaking, recent upgrade trashed the display and have to change settings from my end.
Takes up enormous server resources - we had to upgrade to a higher-end VPS to get reasonable performance.
Now looking at migrating to another calendar application.
Pity because the display, particularly the posterboard is nice.
When I installed this plugin, I had high hopes. It's beautifully designed, responsive to all different devices, and creates all kinds of widgets that you can insert throughout your site with different versions/sub-sets of your calendar's events. And, the user interface is very simple, intuitive and easy-to-use.
But there's a reason I'm giving this plugin a one-star review. That's because there's a HUGE flaw in it. Before I installed it, my Google Webmaster Tools control panel would report my number of Page Not Found errors each day, a number that usually numbered a few dozen to about 100. (I have a large site, so that number's not a big one for me.)
After I began using the All-in-One Calendar, however, that number mushroomed to 5,000 pages, 7,000 pages and at last count numbered more than 78,000 Page Not Found errors. I don't know about you, but to me that's an astronomical jump.
The problem is that unless you go into the code and change your robots.txt to prevent excessive Googlebot crawls, Google's spiders will try index every possible version of the calendar on your site, which will place a massive burden on WordPress calls to your database and on your hosting company's servers.
But the plugin doesn't come with this configuration as the default; you only find out about it once it begins causing problems. BIG problems. And once it starts, I found that the solutions the company recommended to fix it didn't work. So there's that.
I spent hours and hours and days and days trying to figure this out. It's been a tremendous time sink. My advice is, unless you're an expert at WordPress and PHP, stay away from this plugin. Or, at least make sure you are certain that your hosting company's server is configured properly for it to work.
Also, check around the web -- there's many, many publishers who have torn their hair out trying to solve the problems this plugin causes.
Not persuaded? Read this and the comments below it: http://erichdoss.com/2013/04/15/time-ly-calendar-and-googlebot-bandwidth-issues/
This is the most versatile calendar/event product I have been able to find (for free - I haven't tried any pay ones... why would I when there is this??). Support forums are great if you have a problem.
This calendar has definitely exceeded expectations.
Excellent plugin. Excellent support.
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