The Events Calendar is a carefully crafted, extensible plugin that lets you easily share your events. Beautiful. Solid. Awesome.
This calendar got great reviews, and looked great - exactly what I was looking for. After installing it, however, I found a few limitations that proved too much to overcome for me. The biggest issue for me is that recurring events are only available in the PRO version...for $65. I am designing a site for a non-profit orchestra program, and $65 is just too much for the client's price range. I didn't even pay $65 for the theme I chose (Modular by MySiteMyWay), and I'm not willing to do so for a plugin. I needed the recurring events because the organization has rehearsals every Monday, and I wasn't about to make them enter a new event for each Monday they had rehearsal. This was the deal-breaker for me.
Another problem I ran into, like many other users, was that this plugin conflicted with my theme. I had the same jQuery issue as many on the support forum: the next and previous month buttons didn't work without a page refresh. I tracked this to the PrettyPhoto script my theme was using. I had this 90% resolved until I realized I would have to pay for the plugin to have recurring events.
In short, a nice plugin, but not worth the price for my situation. I went with All-In-One Event Calendar instead.
I really didn't like the way this plugin completely over-wrote my existing events page without asking; also altered the page layout by removing sidebars.
It's probably OK if you're an experienced WP user.
Last few releases have had some bugs. They are growing the plugin by leaps and bounds, but I am seemingly needing to toubleshoot pat
I will copy what I posted on the developer's support forums:
Me July 30, 2013
Hello, We decided to go with Event Manager Pro because our client wanted event details on the calendar widget upon hover and it didn’t work once we entered some test events. I see it works fine on the full calendar, but we have to have the same thing on the calendar widget.
Please help this site needs to go live asap.
Barry July 31, 2013
I’m sorry but the mini calendar widget isn’t designed to do that – so you would either need to customize it or build a replacement, depending on which you feel would be the least time consuming.
Sorry we can’t do more on this occasion.
Me August 1, 2013
We picked your plugin because of this feature, as listed under your “Badass features you only get with Events Calendar Pro.” So your telling us that your feature list is incorrect? If this is true, we would like a refund.
A simple grid widget that shows the current month with event details for each day available upon hover. Users can click into an individual event listing from the grid if they wish.
Leah August 1, 2013 Permalink
I apologize for the misinformation on our site! We will get that corrected as soon as possible. If you aren’t able to customize the widget yourself, I’d be happy to provide you a refund. Please email your order receipt to pro (at) tri.be referencing this thread and I will get it processed.
Me August 1, 2013 Permalink
From one Development Company to another, I believe your response to this issue is unprofessional. I don’t think it’s fair to mislead people in to buying your plugin and then not support features you listed. If we have to take the refund, you’re going to cost our company at least a few hours of work, since we’ll have to find another plugin, get it approved by our client and then install and set it up.
I would much rather see a response saying “I’m sorry that the feature listed hasn’t been implemented. We’ll get that feature added right away.”
I had to revert from 3.0 to using version 2.0.11 because two things stopped working:
Reverting back to 2.0.11 fixed both these issues.
This is really an amazing plugin, however, with the majority of today's users reading blogs from their tablets and mobile phones, I find it amazing that Modern Tribe has no plans to make the plugin fully responsive. I just don't understand why. I'm not much on paying for plugins, but I would gladly pay the $50 a year for the PRO version if it's fully responsive. It looks terrible on my iPhone as of now, so I'll just keep what I'm currently using.
When are developers going to get it? Responsive is where it's at and that isn't changing anytime soon.
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