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  • Missing even the most basic function such as searching ALL events. Click on any existing event category from within Single Events view and it only searches the CURRENT month, with a message “Please try viewing the full calendar …” when we ARE viewing the full calendar (month view)! Poorly designed, making it useless and confusing. This is the same reason we had to CSS hide the entire top search and filter bar of the Month view. Longer URLs in sidebar run off the page in IE11 and Edge. URLs pointing to external sites (venues, organizers) no option to open link in new tab/window which drives traffic away from our site.

    • This topic was modified 1 year, 11 months ago by nxpage.
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  • Plugin Author Barry

    (@barryhughes-1)

    Hi @nxpage,

    Thanks first of all for taking the time to share this review 🙂

    It’s always disappointing to see a low rating come in, but these are also great opportunities for us to learn more and improve our plugin – as there’s certainly always room for improvement.

    I’d love to hear more from you on a few of the points you raised to help me develop a clearer picture of your findings:

    Missing even the most basic function such as searching ALL events.

    Besides making events accessible through a WordPress site’s native search facilities, we have custom search capabilities within event views.

    In this case, I’m assuming when you say that it is impossible to search all events you mean you cannot search for past events. If so, this is actually a deliberate design decision (in general, we expect that visitors to a calendar will not want to see expired events when they search for something).

    Another facet of event searches is that you will stay within the same view (“month view”, for example) when you perform the search. That means that if a visitor is looking at month view (for February 2018, let’s say) and they search for “ABC”, we’ll only show events that contain that search term and are also taking place that same month. They can of course page forward to March 2018 from there if they need to.

    In other views such as our list view, however, there is no such limit and matches are not constrained to any specific time period.

    We feel this makes sense for the overwhelming majority of our users. Does that make more sense? Or, were you experiencing something other than this?

    Click on any existing event category from within Single Events view and it only searches the CURRENT month

    If you have configured month view to be the default view, then yes: that’s what will be used when someone looks at the archive for a specific category and, again, this is intentional.

    If you set the default event view to be list view, on the other hand, then of course a greater range of events would be searched. Perhaps that’s a change you would be interested in making?

    Longer URLs in sidebar run off the page in IE11 and Edge.

    I’m not really sure what you mean here, perhaps you could share a link?

    Thanks again for the feedback, @nxpage. While we understand the defaults may not meet everyone’s needs we do feel they are mostly reasonable and act as a solid starting point.

    Since The Events Calendar first launched we have been working hard, evolving the plugin to better met the needs of our users. We’ll continue to do just that and your notes are a welcomed contribution to the process 🙂

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