Plugin of the week – Event Calendar
In the mist of Covid-19 (Corona Virus), we at JDS WebDesign are hoping everyone is safe, washing your hands frequently, sneezing and coughing in your elbow, and practicing social distancing. Over the next several weeks, we are planning on blogging about how to make your website more business friendly. We will have some tutorials on our favorite plugins and features, which will make your site more efficient.
A small disclaimer, I am showcasing plugins that I use on many of my projects. I am not going to give you a step by step tutorial on how to set up the plugin, or how to do certain features with the plugin. I am only introducing you to the plugin and giving some examples of why/how I used the plugins.
Introducing Modern Tribe Event Calendar
I was introduced to Modern Tribe’s Event Calendar a few years ago. I was building a faith based organization’s web site. They needed a calendar/event page. In the past, I had used Google Calendar and just embedded the calendar into the web site. Sometimes it would work, and other times it would not. A real pain! I decided to check my favorite finder tool (AKA … google) and located some wordpress calendar options. Modern Tribe’s Event Calendar was the first one to compe up. It was a free plugin and had an awesome appearance.
I uploaded the calendar and added an add-on, Event Tickets. My client wanted to sell tickets on line for some activities, like New Year Eve’s Party, Gospel Choir Celebration and Summer Picnic. I connected the add-on to woocommerce (another one of my favorite plugins, which will be discuss in a couple of weeks), which is an e commerce plugin.
How can you use Modern Tribe Event Calendar?
Obviously, you can use Modern Tribe Event Calendar to display events. However, the calendar offers so much with regards to design and appearance. I have used it as an event page for artist/musicians sites. It can take your project from an average one to a banger!!! I have used this plugin on eighty (80%) of my projects. It is the cherry on top for most of my projects.
Some of my favorite features…
Modern Tribe Event Calendar offers many add-ons or extensions. The add-on add more features and functionality to the calendar. The add-on are incredible. You can select from Event Tickets, Community Events, Facebook Events, Eventbrite Tickets and Bundle Packages. The Event Tickets add a RSVP and Event Management features to your calendar. The Community Events will turn your calendar into a Community Calendar. It will allow guest (which you authorize) to add events to your calendar. the Facebook Events feature will save you a lot of time. It will add all or specific events to your facebook page. the Eventbrite Tickets feature will allow you to control number of tickets, cost (fixed, or donation). You will need to have an account with eventbrite. Bundle Packages are available. The add-ons are not cheap, but the features are so worth it. They can really take your project from and average design to an over the top design.
Image Courtesy of Eric Rothermel