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The Events Calendar

The Events Calendar is a carefully crafted, extensible plugin that lets you easily share your events. Beautiful. Solid. Awesome.

26 reviews
Average Rating
4.6 out of 5 stars
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Impressed with functionality, but my single need for recurring is not met
By , for WP 4.4.1

I am blown away by the functionality of your Events plug-in. It is BY FAR one of the most beautiful things I have encountered.

Sadly, I cannot use it.

95% of what I post is recurring, and other Calendar/Events options allow me to put an item in once (eg Storytime for Kids, Community Meals, Al-anon, etc) and then run it for the year. I realize the recurring functionality is available in the pro version, but I don't buy anything until I've tried it, thoroughly. And then if it works for me, yes, I buy.

I am not about to manually input 50 items, 52 times, to test run a plug in.

Incredibly beautiful plugin though. Wish I could use it!

Works for a small site but spport is abysimal
By , for WP 4.4.1

Had an issue with the calendar plugin and it took over 3 months to address an issue of events not recurring as they were designed. Developer kept closing tickets and marking them as resolved. Note that I paid for the pro version and the support wasn't much better than the free plugin. Support forum keeps timing out so you can't even post your replies.

This wouldn't be bad for a hobbyist site but I wouldn't use it for a production site of any kind.

Used to be great
By , for WP 4.3.1

This calendar plugin used to be amazing. Since the last couple of updates it has fallen apart. I would still suggest it, but it is a bit of a pain to deal with all of the current bugs.

By , for WP 4.2.5

It's awesome but free version without widget calendar ;/

Better-than-average event organizer
By ,

The whole plugin is a series of substantial compromises.

While the calendar has some decent presentation of multiple and single events, it is rather clumsy at times. If you have a category with no future events, for instance, the default behavior is to claim there are "no events", even though there is a "previous page" button which takes you to the now-past events. An excellent event calendar would automatically show past events.

It also supports importing events from CSV files so if you have a lot to import on a regular basis, that feature is very handy and unique. Unfortunately, it's implemented terribly. You must manually select each field for the imported file nearly every time you pick a file (as best I can tell, it forgets when you restart the browser). The events had 15 fields, and they just added more in the latest "update". The additional fields were intermixed in the list, so any technique you had for setting each of the 17 items in the drop-down need to be changed (imagine if you used all 17 fields—that's 17 dropdowns to set every time you import!)

It's neat that the plugin supports exporting to iCal format for single or multiple events (and to Google for single events) but the location of the event doesn't include the name of the venue. The result of is that events imported into my calendar have a location of "118 Main Street" rather than "Main Street Theater, 118 Main Street". I know the venues in my area by name, not by street address: that's why we humans name things in the first place!

Every time The Events Calendar is updated, I worry that something is going to break something I use. I've got it in my head to pull the current version and spin it into my own custom plugin to fix the nagging bugs and to prevent future bugs from being "updated" onto me.

Difficult customization
By , for WP 4.3

This plugin doesn't make use of WordPress native things like archives, post types, template parts... This makes the plugin difficult to customize for a WordPress developer, which I think it's indispensable in a plugin with a lot of features like this.

The "export" button is a deal-breaker
By , for WP 4.3

Liked everything about this plugin when we tested it, EXCEPT the "export" button in the user interface. The button cannot be deleted, and if an innocent user clicks it just to see what it does, the results are very confusing. Unfortunately, because folks who visit our site are typically not at all techie, this minor detail is a deal-breaker.

(some documentation says the button can be deleted by going down into the code and tweaking it; but we try to avoid getting into the code and anyway, that change would have to be re-made each time our Theme-vendor releases an updated version)

good but be prepared for customisation issues
By , for WP 4.3

This is a very good plugin in many ways. If you want something that just works and has a lot of slick features, it's great.

If your project would involve a lot of customisation, do some tests first.

On the one hand, generally the code is done well, with a lot of hooks and a good templating system. Support requests are generally dealt with thoroughly.

However, I ran into a few very intractable issues involving clashes between our requirements and the plugin's idiosyncrasies. Debugging ended up eating up quite a bit of time. I think in the end we definitely still saved a lot of time over coding something from scratch, but not as much as I thought.

Great plugin But!
By , for WP 4.2.2

The plugin does not fully support Arabic language. when it comes to fill the event organizer phone number the digits flips from right to lift.

+964 123 123 1234 => 4321 321 321 469+

Good Plugin but "404 Not Found in page title"
By ,

It is a good plugin but fix the error 404 Not Found in page title is tedious and has problems with plugins like https://wordpress.org/plugins/restrict-widgets/.

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