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Events Manager

Fully featured event registration management including recurring events, locations management, calendar, Google map integration, booking management

8 reviews
Average Rating
4.5 out of 5 stars
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Great plugin, but not flexible enough
By , for WP 4.2.3

This is one the best WP events plugins. I tried all well known plugins, and they all have some pretty serious flaws. When I tried EM I was pretty excited about it. It has many features and settings, and overall the workflow is pretty usable (could be better though). But after some testing I found it has at least two serious shortcomings: both the recurring events management and the bookings management are way to rigid for real live use on a more than very small and incidental scale.

For example the "master event" of a recurring event cannot be changed in any way without deleting ALL bookings that were already made. So even correcting a typo will delete all bookings. So forget about changing times, locations, prices etc in recurring events after bookings have been made. You can detach individual events from a series and alter them without any harm, but in case of many events that need to be edited this will be very annoying and time consuming.
And besides this, there are more aspects of the recurring events system that are just not flexible enough.

Also the bookings management is too rigid. For example you cannot do anyting with a booking besides altering the nummber of tickets. You cannot edit personal data, nor transfer bookings to other dates/times.

When these biggest features would be improved big time, this plugin would be the best one there is. But right now, I cannot give more than 3 stars, even though EM is truly a powerful plugin in features and options. I hope the devs come up with a major update soon!

Looks nice but memory slurping
By , for WP 4.1.1

The interface looks nice, but just after installing and activating this plugin and having done nothing with it yet, the memory consumption for every WordPress pageview skyrocketed with an additional 6 MB.

6 MB memory EXTRA usage for every WordPress pageview is insane.

Great for a microblog that has only a few pagehits every day, but if you have a larger site or you want to grow, you will kill your server quickly, or your hosting company will start yelling at you.

Please make this great plugin consume at least 50% less memory.

Works well, when it works
By , for WP 4.0.1

ZCO = zero cost of ownership.

This plug-in fails badly on that count...

...if you are trying to customize a theme...

...you will be banging your head against a wall.

Then moreso if you upgrade to 5.5.4. DO NOT UPGRADE unless you really need to, or have time to spend fixing issues introduced, probably relating to image sizes and WordPress's terrible handling of images.

But when it works, it works smoothly.

[Have not tested Bookings feature.]

Still has a long way to go
By , for WP 4.0.1

Although this plug-in has served me well in the past, there are still some bugs the developers have to work out. The most annoying one is ticket buyers timing out, and their registration not being added to the guestlist even though their payment went through. Another one is that you cannot transfer registrants' from one event to another. This is understandable since one event form might not be the same as another, and therefore the data might not be transferred, but I would have made this feature available despite lost data if it was my project, considering I have heard many of my clients complain about this over and over.

Basically, I switched to Eventbrite despite their way higher fees. Sorry guys... your features just aren't up to par yet.

Terrible docs
By , for WP 3.9.2

When it works, it works well. But getting to that point is a real pain in the ass, simply because the documentation is so terrible; it's written by devs who believe that the users are at their level of understanding. Assumption, assumptions, assumptions.
What good are great features if the docs don't state how to get them to work???
Getting theme templates to work is all trial and error - very time consuming.
Use of placeholders is barely explained; and there are zip in the way of examples or walk-throughs.
We used this plugin for a couple of years on one site, purchasing the pro version. We have a different site under construction, and have wasted far too much time trying to figure out the many (ad probably great) features and how to configure them.
They should call this the Angst Event Manager Plugin.

tried this plugin
By , for WP 3.5.2

I tried the events manager plugin, was hoping to purchase the pro so had to test it out first. I see a lot of potential but this version of the plugin needs a bit of work. I hope that it gets better and does what it describes, maybe the description describes what the pro version will do. but as for this version too many tweaks to get it off the ground. best of luck with this, id like to see a better working version before i purchase something that is the same as what i installed.

very good tool, but very resource heavy.
By , for WP 3.5

This has a TON of options, and you can customize it a lot. But it's very resource heavy. It's by far the part of the site that adds the most load time.

JavaScript Disaster
By , for WP 3.4.2

'Good' plug-in, but the JavaScript is set to load on EVERY page on the website. How about something like `function public_enqueue() {
if( is_page('events') ) { //Only load on the page "events"
wp_enqueue_script('events-manager', plugins_url('includes/js/events-manager.js',__FILE__), array('jquery', 'jquery-ui-core','jquery-ui-widget','jquery-ui-position','jquery-ui-sortable','jquery-ui-datepicker','jquery-ui-autocomplete','jquery-ui-dialog')); //jQuery will load as dependency
wp_enqueue_style('events-manager', plugins_url('includes/css/events_manager.css',__FILE__)); //main css

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