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If you need to display a calendar on your blog for bookings or events then there are a number of WordPress plugins that have got you covered – in this post I will take a look at the free and commercial options for you.

Free Plugins

Ajax Event Calendar

This plugin allows authorized users to add, edit (as well as visually move and resize) and delete events in a community calendar viewable by all blog visitors. The calendar can be added to a page or a post using the “[calendar]” shortcode.

Ajax Event Calendar »

Events Calendar

Events-Calendar is a versatile replacement for the original calendar included with WordPress adding many useful functions to keep track of your events. The plugin has an easy to use admin section that displays a big readable calendar and lets you add and delete events.

Events Calendar »

Event Calendar 3

Manage future events as an online calendar. Display upcoming events in a dynamic calendar, on a listings page, or as a list in the sidebar. You can subscribe to the calendar from iCal (OSX) or Sunbird.

Event Calendar 3 »

External Events Calendar

This plugin is useful for listing speaking engagements, upcoming social events, or other calendar listings which link outside of your site. It adds a special link category for “Events Calendar” with meta fields for location and date. Any links in this category can be displayed through a widget with the option to display all events or only future events, show in ascending/descending order, and options to show or hide link images and descriptions.

External Events Calendar »

Simple Events Calendar

The Simple Events Calendar is a WordPress plugin developed to allow WordPress site owners to easily add upcoming events to their posts or pages. Every event is published and microformated with the hCalendar standard, thus fully semantic.

Simple Events Calendar »

WordPress Event Calendar

Allows complex calendar management

WordPress Event Calendar »

RSEvents!

RSEvents! is the ideal WordPress plugin for everyone organizing events starting from individuals that invite close people to join a party to music bands organizing concerts or companies organizing meetings.

RSEvents! »

Network Event Calendar

The Network Event Calendar is a very simple Event Listing and Management plugin. What makes this plugin different from the multitude of other plugins that do the same job is that this plugin is WordPress 3.0.1 Multi-Site Network Aware.

Network Event Calendar »

The Events Calendar

The Events Calendar plugin enables you to rapidly create and manage events using the post editor. Features include Google Maps integration as well as default templates such as a calendar grid and event list for streamlined one click installation.

The Events Calendar »

Event Calendar / Scheduler

An easy to implement event calendar plugin built on top of dhtmlxScheduler, which provides Ajax-based scheduling solution similar to Microsoft Outlook Calendar, Apple’s iCal or Google Calendar. The plugin allows you to manage single or multiple user events through easy and intuitive dynamic interface.

Event Calendar / Scheduler »

Events Manager

Events Manager is a full-featured event registration management solution for WordPress based on the principles of flexibility, reliability and powerful features.

Events Manager »

Google Calendar Events

Parses Google Calendar feeds and displays the events as a calendar grid or list on a page, post or widget.

Google Calendar Events »

Google Calendar Weekly Timetable

Parses Google Calendar Feeds for a week and automatically displays them as weekly timetable in a post. Makes it easy to manage complex schedules in centralized control panel. It’s easy to split into subtables (for different cities, groups) and make future changes to timetable.

Google Calendar Weekly Timetable »

Booking Calendar

This WordPress plugin will enable online booking services for your site. Visitors to your site will be able to check availability of apartments, houses, hotel rooms, or services you offer. They can also make reservations and appointments with the ability to choose from multi-day, single day, or by the hour booking.

Booking Calendar »

Event Espresso Lite

Out-of-the-box WordPress event registration, ticketing and management plugin integrated with PayPal for your WordPress blog/website.

Event Express Lite »

Commercial Plugins

Events Calendar Pro

The Events Calendar Premium plugin enables you to rapidly create and manage events using the post editor.  Features include Google Maps integration as well as default templates such as a calendar grid and event list for streamlined one click installation.

Events Calendar Pro »


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Author:

Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, a small internet company based in the UK. Kooc Media runs several high-profile websites including WPLift, ThemeFurnace and DesignersTalk.

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9 Comments

  1. Wow, great list of resources!  Your posts are always timely for projects I am working on.  Thanks for putting these plugins together.

  2. Anonymous

    I agree. I have been scouring the web for a while when it comes to calendar plugins. For some reason, quality calendar plugins are hard to come by. This list delivers ones I’ve known about, but many I have not. Thanks a ton.

  3. I really liked the Booking Callander plug-in. Thanks a lot for this great post. 

  4. Checkfront is a great option if looking for a Saas solution. It’s more towards the booking / ecommerce side of things than an events calendar.

    WP home is here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/checkfront-wp-booking/

    WP plugin is here: http://www.checkfront.com/extend/wordpress/wordpress-plugin-demo/

  5. jose

    I’d like to recommend http://www.wphotelbooking.com
    Regards!!

  6. Hi, I’m looking for a WP calendar where I’m able to create new events and show them to all or specific clients.
    Any suggestions?

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