If you want to connect a WP site with a Meetup.com site, this was a breeze. It was an easy install and I used the shortcodes and in seconds I had calendars and widgets on my pages!
If you have a SINGLE meetup group and want it integrated into one web site where you have the branding with one website address, this would work very well for you. My only issue was that I have only one meetup group and it kept printing my meetup group name with all the events (this would be overkill even if I didn't have an extra long group name); it doesn't do this on the calendar, but it does do this on the list view and the widgets.
If you have MULTIPLE meetup groups and want them integrated in one location, this plug-in site looks like it would be brilliant. I can't figure out why you would want this though, if you had multiple meetup groups and you wanted everything in one place (from the members standpoint) it seems like you'd make it one meetup group (unless they are in multiple groups, they can't sign up for them anyways). If you managed multiple meetup groups this seems like it'd be super useful to you as a private site.
The widgets worked great too! Not sure when I'd use the calendar one (with no details) but the list view looked/worked well (other than repeating the group name).
I'd like a little more control over how long the entries in the list/description format are. You've got an option for location or no location, I wouldn't mind a short location (city, state); it'd be nice for people to know approximately how far something is before clicking for more information. There are lots of options in the settings and for the shortcodes (which I believe is still pretty new).
It looks like it's supposed to build pages so they could see the whole event description on it's own WordPress page, but I kept getting "too many redirects" errors; I'm not even sure if I need this feature, I think I just want it to go to the meetup group (which is the other option and works great) I saw this work on other sites, so it might be something in my config (but I have very little running on the site I tested it on and I pulled everything non-standard out of my .htaccess file), this was not a fresh install but it was running the latest WP version.
I can see it DID pull all my events/content in from meetup (wasn't certain due to the error) and I can see them all on the front page like individual blog posts (when I turn on "Would you like Events to appear on your homepage?") and they look beautiful, better than meetup, with formatting / images (not the YouTube embeds), but they don't seem to be in any particular order (even old events); maybe if I used this from day one and it pulled in events as the group grew it would be better (but it's not like I'm going to schedule things in chronological order, I'm going to schedule something in October and then squeeze something in September).
FYI, if it wasn't for the part that gave me problems, i.e. if it wasn't supposed to have that feature, I'd give it 5 stars for everything it does do fine and for ease of use.
They have free forums (I saw quality support answers in there) and also offer paid support and installation. I was just testing this for a future group that I want a site and I will use this plug-in.
I am only using the list view of the plugin. Two things i had to adjust before i could use it:
- Dateformat: Please use the default wordpress date format setting (or at least make it configurable), that would make things easier as we don't use AM/PM in Europe.
- Localization: My whole Page is in German, so i had to make changes to the Plugin files to translate the "Read More" Link and the "Held by.." Strings. Maybe make this configurable as well?
I would like to cross month boundaries - like a four week rolling calendar.
Although I've been programming most of my life, I am new to WordPress and it was trés easy to add this plugin.
Just started using the app, very happy so far. My only recommendation so far would be that when there is only one group being accessed, the event list should not use the group name as part of the listing. It looks kind of silly seeing the group's name listed over and over again, particularly since it's the first line and is bold.
it is not bad but need to devlop more
This is a fine plug-in and will be even better when the fonts used by the calendar widget are made adjustable.
UPDATED 6/5/2014: This is still a great plugin and getting better all the time (and still rough around the edges). I find that some extra styling is needed to make it look neat. And if you already have the plugin - be sure to write down your group colors before upgrading! When I upgraded to ver 2.2.5 from ver 2.1.? (only 3 months later), my colors were lost when I upgraded. Thankfully I opened my calendar page before upgrading so was able to scrape my previous colors off that page. You can see the plugin in action on my site here: http://www.amandagiles.com/wordpress-meetups/
Previous I had reported some minor issues with the plugin, the most noticeable of which was that it uses the URL of the Meetup.com group was displaying instead of displaying the actual group name. That has been fixed.
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