Fully featured event registration management including recurring events, locations management, calendar, Google map integration, booking management
I've researched event calendar plugins for HOURS on end, reading descriptions, reviews, support forums and googling references (I mean a thorough job). I have extensive calendaring needs and I tried two others that had pretty good ratings and respectable download stats. They are nothing compared to Events Manager. I've found no bugs, no glitches, no quirks and nothing's unclear. I was making single and recurring events with memorized venues within a very short (and pleasant) time. Its Setup area explains the choices it's offering you, and clarifications are throughout the data entry areas as you work. With venue name memory enabled, you can use either its drop down list OR smart fields will self populate if you type 3 letters. Maps embed beautifully and reliably. So very intuitive to work with from the back end.
Now, front end sees a beautiful, clean but informative summarized Events list which includes locations (YAY!) where a click unfolds a well laid out event page. A colorized Full Calendar (grid format) ties in as an add'l free plugin for a bonus.
I suggest you install free version, activate it and go straight into Settings where you'll see exactly what I mean right off. I'm a WP newbie who knows zero code but I understood what it was talking about, and if I can tailor this thing, anyone can. Oh, Bravo!
Using WP 3.8.1 with default twentyfourteen theme
Set up the standard 'out of the box' install, added 1 event, then within 5 mins all got a 500 error across all sites on the dev server - not too promising
ssh'd in restarted -> fell over again,
removed plugin, restarted -> hasn't fallen over yet...
Draw your own conclusions
This Plugin is crap. Ambiguous Code. You'll be lost if you try to fetch location, events. Some time location come with event some time doesn't.
My Boss and Client is shouting me after using this. Hell Plugin.
Impressive plugin, premium quality for free. Congratulations and many thanks to the author.
Way too big for my purpose, with lots of features I do not need. But I could downsize it to my needs and that is nice.
So once no critiques on missing features, but a remark that it also works for smaller needs...
Had to remove via FTP. Seems a shame.
I really like this plugin, its high quality, is well documented, and i haven't even bought the pro version yet. I hate plugins that seriously limit the feature list unless you buy the pro version, this plugin is so useful even on the free version, there is a add on for this plugin available on the events manager website called WP full calendar which is also free.
i love this plugin author, will highly recommend the pro version when my client needs more bang.
FEATURE REQUEST: the only thing i would want is a 'cancel' button on the front-end event management so that when editing events or managing a booking you can cancel. I see this as a necessary feature because some of my clients see events manager as sort of an app, so if they want to go back they look for a cancel or return button without thinking to use the browser back button.
altho this is easily achievable by making a button at the top of each page labeled 'Cancel' that links back to the main events page. if you do this be sure to add your button and the word CONTENTS in capitals, the reason is Events manager overwrites all its pages with the plugin code. adding CONTENTS tells the plugin you want to preserve any other content on the page and to only replace the word CONTENTS.
This software works well in one language. Unfortunately, I need something to work with WPML localization software. I would give it a '5' if it worked 100%.
It's fairly flexible and works right out of the box. AND, it uses WP custom post types for Events, Locations and Views, so if you're a coder that makes life a bit easier.
Fortunately, the author has added a 2nd plugin to bridge the gap between the two, so I'll give him an "A" for effort.
Plugin works great, using it on custom Genesis theme. Very easy to customize widget information, etc.
Arguably, the best events management package out there! I used the free version and that was great. I upgraded to the Pro version so I had more payment gateways and also needed to be able to edit the booking form to collect additional details from my event delegates. The coupons facility in the Pro version is also very useful.
Top marks from me and highly recommended to all! :-)
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