I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this plugin. While our organization started as a Meetup group, we've become a full on nonprofit org so we wanted to do be able to promote our events not only on on Meetup, but our own site as well. We have several Meetup event organizers, but only one person for the website. This plugin solved our problem!
This plugin makes it possible to seamlessly integrate your Meetup events to your website's by creating a calendar or as a list. As for us, we use both. As a calendar, we put the short code for the calendar on our "Calendar of Events" page. We have the list on a widget that allows you display whatever number of upcoming events. It really couldn't be any easier. The final result is a simple and uncluttered, which is exactly what I wanted.
Why I think this is an awesome plugin:
It is convenient because we only need to add an event on Meetup ONLY and then it will automatically sync up with our organization's website without having to do anything. The sync happens maybe once or twice a day, which most of the times is no problem. I really like is the option to do an immediate sync, which comes in handy for those last minute events. All you need to do is hit the "Update Events Now" button on the Plugin dashboard in WP. This also comes in handy when I realize I've made a mistake and need to correct something that is already posted.
You have the option to view the event either on your own website OR you'll be routed to Meetup. I chose to have mine directly on the website, which creates a new page with all the info you put on your Meetup event, including pictures, bold text, links, etc. The event page it creates looks really nice.
If your "Content Visibility" in your Meetup Group Settings is set to "Partial" then the location will NOT be listed on the event on your website. You can display the location on your website by changing your Meetup settings to "Full" visibility. If you happen to change your settings after the event is posted, it will immediate update once you hit the "Update Events Now" button.
I have a couple different websites and as far as plug-ins go - this is one of the BEST. My hats off the the development team - nice work.
The following is NOT a complaint, but rather some extra bells and whistles this fan would love to see in future versions:
- It would be great to have the ability to show the venue WITHOUT having to change to full settings. I understand this might not be possible to do automatically, so I would personally be OK with even the option of manually adding it myself.
-The calendar uses the default website font. Would love the ability to change the font size on the calendar.
-Ability to change the size of the calendar to go beyond just "full width" (I believe I saw you're already working on this one, so I'm looking forward to it)
-I love the list because of it's simplicity, but it would be great if there was a way to not start each event with the name of our Meetup group, but rather the event name. Since the name of our Meetup group is long, it takes up 2 lines on our widget. I can see where this is helpful in a situation where you're promoting several different Meetup events, but in our case, its completely unnecessary. Perhaps make adding the name of your Meetup group as an option rather than as a default.
I look forward to these features in future updates. In the meantime, great work. Feel free to check out the plugin on our website: http://ockorean.org/calendar/
Not perfect, but the best we've seen.
I installed this plugin and set the API key but that's as far as I can go.
When I attempt to a group using a URL like ( http://www.meetup.com/some-meetup-group/ ) I get conflicting messages. Ex: "Groups have been added." and "Please enter a correct group urlname." And the groups list says "No groups have been added yet".
Some assistance would be welcome.
EDIT: Found the answer: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/group-url-not-submitting?replies=7#post-6014249
I'm very impressed by the makers of this plugin. Not only have they built an effective and easy-to-use solution to integrating MeetUp and WordPress, but even when the MeetUp site itself throws a curve their way, like disruptive DDOS attack, the developers are quick to react and update their plugin, while also helping users troubleshoot in a prompt and efficient fashion. As a freelancer myself I know how difficult it can be to put out every fire that comes your way, but these guys have it down to a science.
Ran into an issue where the calendar would go blank for a few hours after updating any aspect of my WordPress site. Developer worked extremely hard and got the problem fixed by working very closely with me to figure out what was going on. Plugin works better than ever now. EXTREMELY responsive developer.
Great plugin, allows non meetup folks to become aware of your meetup.
The developers have been very responsive. I had an issue with the new version of the plugin, they added a feature for me right away and gave me access to it before it was released in the next version.
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