Support » Plugin: The Events Calendar » Useless without paying. No shortcodes!

  • I just wanted to display a list of events spread over a weekend but basic features such as shortcodes require the PRO (paid subscription) version of the plugin. And I don’t want to pay almost 100$ per year for 1 page on my website. At this price I prefer to do this by hand. IMO a plugin that offers to display lists of elements is useless if you don’t have shortcodes to place it in your design. FYI people that build websites for non lucrative purposes do not necessarily have 100$ to spend on each page of their websites. I really think that the subscription business model kills wordpress!

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  • Plugin Contributor geoffgraham


    Hey @calimenthar, thanks for reaching out! I wanted to respond directly because it’s clear you’re disappointed with the free product offering and because I want to help clear up a couple of misunderstandings.

    I totally get that you were hoping for shortcodes in The Events Calendar, but was there something we were communicating that made it sound like they were included? If so, please let me know because we never want to give the wrong impression or set poor expectations for our products. We would want to clean that up right away to prevent that sort of misunderstanding from happening again.

    I also want to comment specifically on the subscription model of our premium add-ons because, I think you may be missing a key point. The only two things a subscription to Events Calendar PRO enables is access to support and automatic updates for the plugins. Once you subscribe, you get access to the plugin and can continue using it even after the subscription expires. But if you want an updated version of the plugin or want direct support after the subscription period, then you’ll want to re-subscribe. It’s definitely not our intention to lock you or anyone else into something you don’t want or need — let alone kill WordPress in the process.

    If you’re looking for a simple event listing and are keen on avoiding paying for Events Calendar PRO to get shortcode access, one idea might be to try using the tribe_get_events function. It serves the same sort of function as the get_posts query, but saves you from having to tailor the latter for event posts and gives you event-specific variables to work with. You could set that to fetch a specific number of events from a specific date range to display the events over the weekend you mentioned.


    • This reply was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by geoffgraham.
    • This reply was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by geoffgraham.
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