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The Events Calendar

The Events Calendar is a carefully crafted, extensible plugin that lets you easily share your events. Beautiful. Solid. Awesome.

27 reviews
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4 stars
4.1 out of 5 stars
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1 star
Install not working
By , for WP 3.9.2

Just try to install this plugin into a fresh install of the dutch wordpress. The page stays blank after activating the plugin and the blog isn't showing up ...

1 star
By , for WP 3.9.1

Why would you make a "plug-in" that you can't embed into your site....only a separate hard URL. ex http://www.yoursite.com/events

1 star
404. Hardcoded URL never works
By , for WP 3.9.1

The plugin author has hardcoded the URL of the calendar of events into the plugin, that being http://yoursite/events . That's bad enough, but then the URL doesn't work.

I tested with permalinks on, off, and on with all possible permutations. The site didn't already have an Events page or category.

I saw support complaints of this from over a year ago, but the plugin author said he can't reproduce the problem.

1 star
Nice product but slowing down site. Support plays blame game
By , for WP 3.9.1

Even though The Events Calendar looks nice, it's slowing down our site. Without it, our page loading time is 1.03 seconds.

When I enable The Events Calendar, page loading time is 2.7 seconds.

The answer from support (Leah) is that our site might have outgrown our server. They suggest upgrading our server.

I'm sorry but this sounds much like a blame game.

When I disable The Events Calendar, page speed is back to normal: around 1 second.

1 star
The least bad calendar plugin out there
By , for WP 3.9.1

After trying to make this plugin cooperate for the last month, I'm finally giving up until they fix some of the current problems. I feel bad giving it 1 star because it really is the least bad out there but lowering the overall rating of the plugin might be the only way to get these problems fixed. I will revise as soon as they are.

Good things about this plugin:

  • Good company; They seem to be well-managed and have a support team that operates efficiently
  • Plugin has a relatively modern feel to it

Bad things

  • Does not integrate with Genesis or any of the premium WP themes I tried. Is Genesis at fault? is The Events Calendar at fault? Not sure...
  • Doesn't integrate with SEO plugins - Again, not entirely sure who's fault this is but since I've never run into this problem with other plugins, I'm leaning towards it's caused by something TEC is doing wrong (or against the current best practice).
  • Documentation is bad. Pretty much the only documentation helpful for people looking to integrate this plugin in with their theme is a video series posted on their site. The video quality is frustrating at best (looks like it's a screencast given by someone on the east coast, recorded by someone on the west coast). The audio cuts in and out there were questions raised internally in the screencast that were never [publicly] followed up on. There are no transcripts, cliff notes, and it's an hour long. So you're forced to deal with the bad quality for a full hour only to still have unanswered questions.

This plugin is good if you are running a vanilla install of WordPress with the default twenty fourteen theme. Even in that scenario, there are little things that hint at the depth of how awkward/screwed up the code architecture is on the backend:

  • Breadcrumbs don't work (although they work with every other custom post type). This tells me that it's something TEC plugin is doing wrong, not the other way around.
  • The only way to load a list of events is via AJAX. Even with all the JS options turned off in the settings, it still awkwardly tried to load pages over AJAX (which also broke back button functionality, hard refresh functionality, etc.)
  • Events list index page is not "recognized" as an archive in WP so it doesn't behave the same as the blog index
  • There's no way to get a full list of both upcoming and past events without using a workaround.

Anyway, The Events Calendar plugin is the least bad events plugin out there. So I'm living with it for now. It seems like they have a strong development team so I'm hoping all of these issues will be addressed in a 4.0 release.

1 star
Problems with database
By , for WP 3.9.1

After installing the plugin it would constantly lead to database connection errors. I don't know why but after deinstalling everything went back to normal. I was running virtue theme. Posted in support forum but did not get an answer. When it works I think it is a great plugin but with the problem I cannot recommend it.

1 star
Works inconsistently and support is not satisfactory.
By , for WP 3.8.3

1 star
Nice but not practical
By ,

The plugin is nice but beware, it's not compatible with WPML and with no way to have it behave well in a multilingual site. Also, the free support is not worth much - I have had a lot of free plugins where the support was much better. They don't provide you with much help at all, unless you have bought the pro calendar - most of it is cookie answers telling you to look at their documentation. Very dissapointed, as if it had been compatible with WPML, I would have gladly bought their upgrades.

1 star
Bad plugin
By , for WP 3.8.3

This plugin broked my entire site.I could not find a solution for 2 weeks and like i saw the problem that i have was from old versions of this plugin and nobody fixed it.

1 star
WARNING! Don't use. Broke my WordPress back end.
By , for WP 3.8.2

I downloaded this and all was fine for a while - but then I realised that the Events Calendar Pro plugin had broken my wordpress back end and was preventing me from changing any of the widgets. By deactivating the plugin, I could access widgets but then didn't have access to any of the advanced features I'd paid for, like recurring events.

I completely deleted everything and started again, re-entering several hundred events - and it happened again, on my new server, after a week or two.

Support were friendly, but basically useless, as they couldn't work out why it was happening, and didn't put much effort into getting to the bottom of it.

Avoid a lot of trouble and disappointment, and don't believe a word of their strapline. It's not beautiful, solid or awesome. Trust me, don't download this calendar.

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