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WordPress event plug-ins

Important features to note for WordPress events plugins:

  • Feature: save events to users’ 3rd party event and calendar services
  • Integration with third party calendar tools (iCal, Google)
  • Responsiveness for mobile phones/tablets
  • Registration and ticketing 
  • Appearance customization
  • Layouts, views and filters
  • Recurring events – a wide range of support on this feature
  • Shortcodes and widgets for displaying events in content and sidebars
  • Importing and exporting event data

The best WordPress event plug-in is: The Events Calendar by Modern Tribe

Modern Tribe is a small Santa Cruz-based WordPress company that’s been growing in popularity. With contributions by several WordPress expert developers, including core developer Mark Jaquith). To create an event, go to Events / Add New. Add your copy in the editor, add all relevant info in the detail widget below. You can ignore any of the fields  checkboxes below so don’t be intimidated. Anything you leave blank will not show up.

I have also used All-In-One Events Calendar by Time.ly on many sites including The Roxie. Over the years that plugin has become more bloated and I don’t think it’s as robust as “The Events Calendar” but it offers more features for free out-of-the-box.

See also:


A big list of WordPress event plug-ins is: http://wordpress.org/

One feature I miss is the ability to add ‘event time’ to any blog post. So the blog post becomes the ‘more info’ listing and then can be viewed in various calendar formats. That is a different approach than making a new custom content type and is preferable if you want every event post to be part of the bigger blog feed.


There is one that is focused on the needs of a touring performance group:

Or try this super simple option:
It just builds a widget showing blog entries with a custom field that give a time-out date.

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  1. Posted July 16, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    thanks for the article, just the plugin i need =]

  2. Posted August 11, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    I was wondering if you have some tips on the best wordpress themes out there? You can post article regarding importance of themes here. I heard many are searching it’s importance, why they have to have “on topic” themes for their site. I know, it’s understandable but mostly doesn’t take this into account. Thank you.

  3. Posted August 11, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    i will post my big list of recommended WP themes soon. I’ve ben compiling and editing a list together for some time.

  4. Posted August 13, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Ari, do you know any other useful wordpress plug-ins? From this article it seems that you know a little about plug-ins. (I don’t that’s why I’m asking). Thanks

  5. Posted August 30, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    There are a number of other wordpress event management plugins that you might want to consider. The ones you highlighted are actually pretty weak compared to these ones that can take registrations, not just list events on a calendar.

    Event Espresso LiteWordPress Event Manager Plugin

    Event Manager

    Event Press

  6. Posted September 19, 2010 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    Cool plugins. Do you know some plugins for Real Estate Property Search?

  7. Posted March 3, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    thanks for this gr8 list of plugins will be using it on my blog…..

  8. Posted May 3, 2011 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    hmm…thanks for the plugins…

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