We use The Events Calendar on our hyperlocal travel site. We started with the free version which is a fully functional calendar, well-designed, easy to use, and very capable of delivering organized and attractive event posts. It worked well enough to convince us that the added functionality of the Pro edition was worth the cost of an annual subscription.
Some of our favorite features are:
Recurring events. A Pro feature that is absolutely essential for us, this alone is worth the price of the subscription. Adding date ranges is fast and easy and so is adding exclusions.
Event status. Free and Pro feature. We were surprised how handy it is to have a simple way to show a postponement or cancellation. Weather happens, performers have personal issues crop up. Set the status for anything other than “scheduled” and you’ll get a dialog box where you can add an explanation or instructions to attendees.
Venue and Organizer pages. A Pro feature that helps us and our visitors sort by location and organizer. This is especially handy with one local historic preservation organization that hosts events across several properties sites but has a unified ticketing system. The organizer page pulls together events for all locations.
Coding. TEC knowledgebase provides detailed instructions for making the calendar prettier. We admire what we’ve seen others do with this. If you’ve got the skills, you can dress it to the nines. However we are not coders so this is beyond our modest abilities. We stick with the standard month, list and photo views (photo view is only in Pro). We can cut and paste, though, so the Pro feature shortcodes are handy on the occasions we want to create a snapshot of events by venue.
Advanced widgets. We use this Pro feature to place a week view into the sidebar. Nice for including a calendar view almost anywhere on the site.
We can’t speak about customer service or support as we haven’t needed assistance.
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