All-in-One Event Calendar
Using Timely for Town Anniversary website (4 posts)

  1. nancyeb01
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I volunteered to create a website for my town's 375th anniversary - wayland375.com. I looked at a lot of options for calendars. I wanted something that logged-in contributors could use and that had a polished look.

    I had always used embedded Google calendars but was nervous about allowing contributors the access they would need to update it. Plus the Google Calendar UI doesn't provide a standard way of entering the event details.

    I like Time.ly Event plugin because of the nice look and feel, you get quite a lot in the free version. And the Pro version has a button on the calendar for logged in contributors to easily add an event from the front end.

    I like the flexibility of Calendar views available in Time.ly. When the town's anniversary year was starting, we only had a few events so we used Posterboard view instead of the calendar. It gave us a nice look to the Calendar page.

    The event page layout is also very nice and professional looking. It gives all the details of the event in a well organized way.

    We like the inclusion of a Google map thumbnail as an option. We also have used the Buy Tickets link. The button is 'smart' and hides if you don't enter a url.

    We are on shared hosting so we minimized the number of other plugins since the event calendar is very important to us.

    The developers have been very helpful and responsive.

    Overall, I am very happy and the Town committee and community like the looks of the website, most of which I attribute to the Time.ly calendar.

  2. VideoGeek
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I just left a bad review on here so came to check out the good reviews to see how something can be good for one and bad for another, because you supplied a link I checked out your site and can see the issues instantly it took about 30 seconds for your homepage to load then when browsing its hangs here and there. I can guarantee you, if you disable this plugin that will stop, its only a matter of time you will see what I have.

  3. rjh144
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Nancy, I looked at your site and like what I see. Is wayland375.com still using Timely? I noticed that videogeek seemed to think you would have problems four months ago...how is it going. I am looking to upgrade the calendar experience for a local boy scout troop and this seems to have what I need.

  4. nancyeb01
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Rjh144 - We disabled Timely. I was very sorry to do it. The only reason was that we are on shared hosting with Hostgator. There was a slow-down at the time when they were moving to new servers. It caused problems with the plugin loading. I went back to embedding a Google Calendar.

    The Timely plugin was very good - I was emailing the creator and he seemed very helpful. I would use it if I had more robust hosting. I would suggest you test it. If you have a simple setup with few plugins, it may work for you. I was pushing it with lots of plugins, including Slidedeck, another slideshow plugin I love, but which needs good band-with to operate, at least in my experience.

    Keep me posted, I would love to hear how you fare with it. - Nancy (millbrookcreative.com)

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