A calendar system with many views, upcoming events widget, color-coded categories, recurrence, and import/export of facebook events and .ics feeds.
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).
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.
The new v2 is really cool! I use it for http://www.paloaltours.org/agenda.
It comes very handy to manage my not-for-profit events. Very useful.
@ Time.ly Plugin Developers:
Thank you for creating this plugin. Keep up the good work!
Following the latest update, I experienced a problem on my site. I was worried, as the plugin was great, and it was achieving all I needed. So I tried to contact the developers, and I am happy to say that they responded quickly and their suggestion worked smoothly. Well done guys, keep the good work.
I had a really difficult time performing an upgrade. So I asked the guys at Time.ly to help and they logged and restored my database and then upgrade my system to the new 2.0.x version of the plugin. Time.ly provided me with fantastic customer support.
With regards to the plugin. The posterboard view of the calendar takes what would be a dull and boring webpage and transforms it into an interesting, easy to use, well presented and modern looking webpage.
5 out of 5 for this one!
I even had an issue with my theme and they fixed it within a few minutes of posting my problem on their site.
Excellent support and Very handy plugin!!
I haven't tried earlier versions but all I can say is that version 2.0.8 was very easy to setup and configure. From a developer standpoint, it also offers the flexibility to override styles, functions, and tons more to truly provide a custom experience for your site. Even if you're not a developer, it offers some of the best calendar styles and functions to get your site up and running quickly.
Now the calendar is perfect for me and my site, thanks a lot for your great work!
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