Taking a Closer Look at Calendar Plugins

WordPress Hartford CT Meetup
April 23, 2024
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  • Speaker Introductions
  • Background on Plugin Deep-Dive Series
  • What Problems Does This Plugin Solve? (Ray & Peter)
  • The Events Calendar (Ray)
  • Other Alternatives (Peter)
  • Wrap-Up
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Ray Michno

Cute Yellow Wapuu WordPress Mascot
  • Hartford WordPress Co-Organizer
  • 25+ years in IT
  • Developer/Software Architect
  • Pratt & Whitney, Aetna, UnitedHealthGroup
  • 7+ years using WordPress
  • Self-employed – CTWebGeek
  • Married, No Kids, Lives in Newington, CT
  • Geek
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Peter Ingersoll

  • Hartford WordPress Co-Organizer
  • 25+ working on the Web
  • Marketing, communications, design, tech guy
  • Hartford Courant, logistics, agency
  • 10 years using WordPress
  • Self-employed – Ingersoll Interactive
  • Married, two adult kids, lives in South Windsor, CT
  • WordPress Admin and DIY Advocate – IngersollWP.com
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Taking a Closer Look at Calendar Plugins

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Background on Plugin Deep-Dive Series

  • Ongoing series of Meetup events to take a closer look at some useful plugins that solve common problems
  • A supplement to Peter’s monthly “Tools and Plugin Spotlight”
  • Some examples of future plugins – Security, Caching, SEO, User/Member Management, etc.
  • Send us your suggestions!!
  • Not an exhaustive review of all available options or side-by-side comparison
  • Free and Paid plugins will be explored – and advice on when to pay for features
  • One plugin will be used to demonstrate general functionality – may not be the “best”, but one that best showcases the functionality
  • Light on slides – more focused on demos
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Why Use An Event Calendar?

  • Useful for showcasing virtual or in-person events on your website
  • NOT for appointment scheduling – may cover that at a later time
  • Examples of events:
  • Fundraisers
  • Meetings
  • Conferences
  • Paid Events
  • Information about the event can include:
  • Date & Time
  • Location & Map
  • Price
  • Event Details
  • Structured event data is helpful for SEO
  • Other alternatives for showcasing events exist, but YOU own your website and have complete control over the data
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Event Calendar Plugins Overview

  • Why use a plugin?
  • Familiar WordPress UI to add and modify events
  • Structured Data specific to Events
  • Data saved usually as Custom Post Type
  • Allows user role restrictions
  • Event display and styling options
  • Integration with other applications
  • Advanced functionality:
  • Ticketing
  • RSVP’s
  • Guest Management
  • Coding this yourself would be time consuming
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The Events Calendar

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  • Plugin created in 2009
  • Over 700,000 active installs
  • Available on WordPress.org plugin repository
  • Actively maintained
  • Free and Paid add-on versions available
  • Non-profit discounts available


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The Events Calendar Demo

  • What we’ll demo:
  • How to install and configure
  • How to Create an event
  • How to Display events
  • Page of all events
  • In Sidebar
  • On Home Page
  • Advanced Functionality
  • Repeating events
  • Integration with Google Calendar
  • Google Maps
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Live Demo

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Your WordPress experience is defined by your theme, plugins, and custom code. WordPress environments can vary greatly!
Understanding concepts is more helpful than specifics.

Extending The Events Calendar

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Calendar Options: Pie Calendar

  • Free plugin with premium option
  • Add any post, page or custom post type to a calendar
  • Event posts can also appear in post lists
  • Layout the post or page as you wish, using any blocks
  • Place the calendar (month, list, etc.) where you wish
  • Layouts can be month, list, etc, and can be filtered by categories, using shortcodes
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Calendar Options: Google Calendar

  • Google calendars can be embedded in a page
  • Plugins are available that can connect to your Google calendar
  • Through API or calendar feed of public calendars
  • Pretty Google Calendar
  • ICS Calendar
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Other Calendar Options

  • There are several calendar plugins – it’s easy to get lost
  • Some plugins use external services, e.g. Timely
  • Related plugins include event ticketing and time booking
My Calendar is designed to be an accessible calendar plugin – both for editors and site visitors.
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Live Demo

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Wrap Up & Q&A

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