Do you need to an events online calendar to showcase, RSVP, or sell event tickets on your website? If so, we recommend you research carefully what plugins or event software vendor you want to use before moving forward too quickly. We’ve seen clients get into trouble with hiring vendors that would “say” their product was responsive (mobile-friendly), that the event pages could be search engine optimized, or shared to social networks, but it ended up not being the case. So having a web developer, who speaks the technical language and can do proper testing, research your options for you is definitely worth the money. There are alot of details that go into creating an event calendar and selling of event tickets that need to be worked out prior to spending the time to develop it. You also should know that if the event page details show up in a lightbox (popup) on the vendor’s server it will not help your site’s optimization efforts at all and what’s the point of that? However, with that said, some vendors offer more options in the way of accounting and reporting so you have to weigh what is worth it to you.
So please consider hiring Evolv to do proper research and testing of your events calendar options before purchase. It only takes us 1-2 hours ($100-200) of time to research and could save you money in the end from making a bad decision. There are many options out there but one plugin we have used quite a lot is the Events Calendar plugin which is free, has improved over the years, and now works with WooCommerce for ticket purchases. They also offer a wealth of additional plugins that will further the functionality of your calendar with RSVP options, event registration management, email notifications, community events (letting users add their own events), community tickets (allow event organizers to sell tickets), event aggregator, filter bar, and EventBrite tickets. They even offer a free license of Events Calendar Pro for non-profits. However, there are some downfalls with this plugin like their recurring events are not as customizable as we would like (to edit each recurring event’s name so we can recognize who signed up for what), and their reporting is not as great as other vendors seem to offer which can cause problems for accounting.
To add more functionality, consider adding on these plugins:
- TK Event Weather plugin (to display free hourly weather forecasts right on the event page)
- Events Calendar Category Colors (to colorize your calendar categories)
Our Events Calendar Package includes:
- Setup of event plugin settings
- Customization of main events page, category and single event pages
- 1 hr of consultation and training (with written training notes)
- This package does not include research or entering of your event content/photos. We only setup the general layout and a few test events.
- If additional plugins are needed, additional charges will occur.