If you need to publish the details of events on your WordPress website then the plugin we’re going to be looking at today could be just what you need.
With Event Calendar WD, you can create multiple calendars for your website and then populate them with multiple events. You can also add event venues, organizers, and categories and tags to your site. This means it easy to provide more information about your events while also making it easier for your visitors to find their way around your content.
With free and commercial options available, Event Calendar WD aims to be an event-publishing tool for WordPress that will support you as your needs and requirements grow. So let’s take a look at what this plugin has to offer and how easy it is to use.
Features of Event Calendar WD
As mentioned, Event Calendar WD for WordPress is a plugin that makes it easy to publish single or multiple events on your website. Whether you want to promote a one-off event or keep your visitors updated about recurring events or a range of special occasions, this lightweight plugin is a suitable choice.
Event Calendar WD is available in both free and commercial modes. This means you can get started today with no financial outlay and then upgrade as and when you require access to the more advanced features. We’ll compare the features on offer shortly, but first let’s take a look at what this plugin can do.
Create Unlimited Calendars
From just publishing the details of a single event, through to creating multiple calendars each with their own events, this plugin is a flexible choice.
Whether you are using the free version of this plugin or not, you will be able to create multiple calendars and populate them with as many events as you need.
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When it comes to viewing your event calendar, your visitors can choose from multiple views. This includes the month, week, day, and list views. By giving your visitors this option, they can interact with your calendar in their preferred format, making it easier for them to find what they are looking for.
Publish Unlimited Events
The free version of Event Calendar WD places no restriction on the number of events you can publish. This means as your needs grow, and you want to promote more events of your own or those from other organizers, this plugin won’t restrict you at all.
Each event gets its own page on your site, created using the Events custom post type. An event can have its own title, post content, featured image, taxonomies, organizers, venue, dates and times, and URL. Each event can be added to one or more calendars, helping your visitors to see exactly what’s going on when and where.
The user interface for adding the events to your site should be familiar to anyone who has used WordPress before, as it’s essentially the standard post editor with some extra custom fields added to it.
By upgrading to the premium versions of the plugin, you can create recurring events that will extend into the future for as long as you require. Another premium feature is the ability to display your events on a map view. This feature makes it easy for your visitors to see all the events taking place in their local area, rather than having to inspect each event listing individually to find out where it’s taking place.
Event Categories and Tags
To make it as easy as possible for your visitors to find the events they are most interested, the events on your site can have their own taxonomies. This means you can tag and categorize those events, just as you would regular blog posts on your site.
By using this feature, your visitors can click on the name of a category or tag and then view all of the other events in that taxonomy.
Create and Manage Multiple Venues
Through the plugin interface on the WordPress dashboard of your website, you can add multiple venues to your site. These venues can then be applied to events as you create them. The details you can store for a venue include its Google Map location and general information about the venue.
When your visitors are browsing your website, depending on how you’ve setup your navigation, your visitors could click on a venue to view all the upcoming events taking place there. They can also click on a venue from an individual event page and view all the planned events for that venue.
Multiple Calendar Themes
Event Calendar WD has been built to integrate with your WordPress website, rather than look like a hastily created tacked on extension. This means the events you create should look like a part of your website and take on the styling from your chosen WordPress theme.
However, by upgrading to the premium version of Event Calendar WD you will get access to five different themes, each of which can be used to style your calendar. With the premium version, you can also create your own color schemes by using the intuitive color picker interface.
Other Notable Features
Some other features you may find useful include the ability to display social share buttons on your events. This feature is available in the free version and should help you get more traffic to your events.
The free version of the plugin also includes a widget that can be placed in your sidebar or the other widgetized areas of your theme.
The widget gives you the option of displaying the upcoming events from a specific calendar, in a number of views. By using the widget, your visitors can quickly see the forthcoming events or scroll through the calendar to see what’s on next.
As well as the core features of the free version of this plugin, there are also some options add-ons available for Event Calendar WD which can enhance its functionality.
Add-ons for Event Calendar WD
To help you get a better idea of whether this is the right events plugin for your WordPress website, here are some of its most useful add-ons:
- Frontend Event Management: lets you and your users add events through the frontend of your website.
- Import/Export: import and export events in CSV format
- Custom Fields: add custom fields to store additional information about your events, venues, and organizers.
- Countdown: display a timer showing the time until an event commences to create a sense of anticipation or urgency.
- Event Tickets: integrate your events with WooCommerce to sell tickets via your website.
The add-ons are individually priced and are only available to pro users of the plugin.
How to Use Event Calendar WD
Using Event Calendar WD is very straightforward. While it’s a flexible plugin and can be used in a number of ways, the recommended first step is to create a calendar.
Once you’ve created at least one calendar, it’s a good idea to add the venues where the events will be taking place. Each venue entry can store general information as well as its location on Google Maps.
You might also want to add an organizer to your site. The organizers can then be applied to the events you are listing.
Once you’ve completed these simple steps, it’s time to create your first event. Again, creating an event is very simple. The interface for doing so is a modified version of the standard WordPress post editor. After entering the event title and description through the Event Settings meta box, you can choose the venue from those you’ve already created, set the event dates and times, and then add an optional URL and video URL.
Once those details have been added to your event, you have the option of setting a featured image, choosing which calendar(s) it should be added to, adding some events tags and categories, and selecting an event organizer.
When you are ready, you can publish the event to make it accessible to your visitors and display it in the calendars you’ve added it to.
Depending on how you’ve configured your website, your visitors could access your calendar via links in your main navigational menus, through direct in content links, or through the Event Calendar WD widget. As you can see, using this plugin is very easy for both you and your visitors.
The free version of Event Calendar WD has all the features you need to start publishing single or multiple events on your WordPress website. The ability to create multiple calendars, venues, and organizers, as well as events, gives you plenty of scope for how you use this plugin.
Whether you want to promote a single event, multiple ad-hoc occasions, or regular events, this plugin is a suitable choice. By upgrading to the premium versions, you can add more features to your site. This includes recurring events, a choice of themes, more event and calendar views, and the ability to make use of the optional add-ons and extensions.
The lowest priced premium upgrade starts at $25. This makes Event Calendar WD a commercial plugin that won’t break the bank, should your requirements outstrip what’s offered in the free version down the line.
Event Calendar WD is easy to use and offers many upgrade possibilities to ensure it will remain useful as your needs grow. Being able to start publishing your events today for free with the ability to access more features if and when you need them, means you won’t have to migrate to a whole new plugin in the future.