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Do you need to add a calendar to your website? Well, it’s worth learning what features calendars have and what plugins can help you add an appropriate calendar. In this post, we’ll look at various WordPress calendar plugins. Depending on your purposes, you may choose plugins with different functionality. Let’s speak about the:
- reasons for adding a calendar
- calendar plugin functions and peculiarities
- best WordPress plugins
- tips on selecting a plugin.
Why Do You Need a Calendar?
A calendar is an excellent visual tool that helps you organize information. Particularly, using a calendar, you can:
- list current and upcoming events (seminars, meetings, conferences, training sessions, etc.)
- illustrate the schedule (e.g., sports classes)
- mark important days
- show appointments for specified dates (at beauty salons, clinics, etc.)
- provide availability and booking details (for hotels, guest houses, conference halls, etc.)
In other words, displaying the calendar informs website visitors effectively and keeps users up to date.
Calendar Plugins for WordPress: Functionality and Appearance
A wide variety of calendar plugins serve different functions. Firstly, some plugins simply add a calendar showing events on a site page without additional functionality.
Secondly, calendars can also have single event pages to provide more details. You can indicate the event’s title, organizers/hosts, time and duration (number of days), location (venue), description, and pricing. Often, it’s possible to add a picture. You may also have the possibility to indicate additional information (online/virtual or offline event) and add an RSVP field or registration forms.
Thirdly, some calendar plugins also support online booking and WooCommerce integration to let visitors make a reservation and pay online.
Additionally, calendars and events can be managed by numerous users. You may need to let others add, edit, or remove events. Not all plugins support this feature.
Besides different functionality, calendars can have various views to present events, such as a month, list, day, week, photo, or even map view.
Pricing of Calendar Plugins
There are both free and paid versions of calendar plugins. Often, you can get various functions with a plugin’s free (or lite) version and later extend the functionality with its pro version. The advantages of paid calendar plugins may include:
- extended customization (you get more options to adjust the design)
- additional views
- integration with WooCommerce and other eCommerce features
- creating numerous calendars on your website
- adding time slots, discounts, tickets, etc.
Best Calendar Plugins for WordPress
Now, let’s look at various WordPress calendar plugins that you can choose for your needs. We’ll consider plugins for showing events and plugins with booking/management functionality.
The Events Calendar
The Events Calendar, which has more than 800,000 active installations, is one of the most popular events calendar WordPress plugins. It works with WordPress 5.6 and newer, and it has been tested up to 5.9.0. The plugin’s 22.214.171.124 version was released in February 2022.
When you add events to the calendar, the plugin will create a separate ‘Events’ page (such as yourwebsite.com/events/). There will also be different pages for months, events, etc. To see the events page created by the plugin, you’ll have to add a menu item.
The main advantage of this plugin is the variety of customization options and settings. In general settings, you may choose:
- the number of events you want to show per page
- URL slugs
- currency symbols
- whether to display comments
- if it’s necessary to enable maps, and many more.
Likewise, you’ll get multiple calendar display options, such as:
- event views (list, month, or day)
- date format settings
- adding HTML coding before and after the event (to help you with styling).
In the screenshot below, you can see an example of a single event. It’s possible to add media to the event description and set the featured image.
The plugin also lets you adjust tags, event categories, venues, and organizers.
If you don’t like the default calendar style, you may change colors and fonts via WordPress Customizer.
So, you can adjust font family and size, as well as the colors of fonts, background, borders, gridlines, or accent.
The Pro version of this plugin features:
- additional calendar views (week, map, summary, and photo)
- recurring events
- custom fields
- venue and organizer pages
- location search
- events manager
- advanced widgets (for sharing events and showing countdowns).
The pro version for 1 site costs $99, for 3 sites – $199, for 10 sites – $399, unlimited – $799. To get plugin updates, you have to renew the subscription annually.
Modern Events Calendar
Modern Events Calendar by Webnus is another powerful plugin to help you manage your events. It has more than 100,000 active installations, works with WordPress 4.0.0 or newer, and has been tested up to 5.9.
The lite (free) version of this plugin is feature-rich. Firstly, you may set the start and end dates of the event, make it an all-day event, hide event time or event end time if necessary.
Secondly, you can repeat the event (daily, weekly, monthly, every weekday, every weekend, on custom dates, etc.). Likewise, it’s possible to set when repeats should end.
Thirdly, you can provide detailed information about the location/venue, organizers, and cost. You may also decide whether to show the map on a single event page or not.
Additionally, the plugin lets you customize URLs for events and set whether to open the More Info page in a current or a new window.
Modern Events Calendar Lite has several significant advantages.
- You can set up recurring events. Unlike The Events Calendar, you don’t need a Pro version for this.
- The plugin includes a countdown timer, so you can adjust the timer and show the time left till the event.
- While creating events, you can provide an hourly schedule.
- With sharing options, users can easily share information about your events.
- Custom CSS codes allow developers to change the style of the calendar.
- There is a search bar on the Events page. You can also add a shortcode to any other page to display a search bar.
With the Pro version, you’ll also get numerous other features, some of which are:
- a booking system
- a reporting dashboard
- a timetable view
- Mailchimp integration
- attendee list
- ticket variations
- coupons/discount systems.
As for the pricing, 1 license for the MEC plugin costs $79 ($75 – with a discount), 5 licenses – $375 (or $255), and 10 licenses – $750 ($455 with a discount). You’ll get lifetime auto-updates and 1 year of premium support.
Besides, various add-ons are available for free or pro versions. For instance, the WooCommerce Integration addon costs $35 and requires a pro plugin version. The Virtual Events add-on is also $35 and can function both with a free and pro version.
Amelia – Events & Appointments Booking Calendar by TMS aims to help businesses and individuals with booking processes. It is compatible with WordPress 4.5 and newer; it had an update in February 2022 and has been tested up to 5.9.1.
The Amelia plugin lets you create and manage events and appointments. This plugin will be handy for salons, gyms, salons, clinics, etc., providing customer services. The Amelia plugin has rich functionality for creating services categories, descriptions, pricing, duration, etc.
To add the possibility for your users to book a service, you have to insert the [ameliabooking] shortcode on the page. Then, people will be able to select a service and the most appropriate time, using the calendar with available spots.
Also, you can manage appointments for specific customers (in case people booked your service via telephone, and you need to track all services in one place).
You can also create customers, specifying their names, email, phone number, gender, and date of birth.
For events, you have to add the [ameliaevents] shortcode, and people will see the event, its description, price, location, etc. They will also be able to book the event by providing their information. Then, you’ll see the attendees on the dashboard.
Amelia Lite is a free version. To get all the features, you need to purchase a full version. You can choose from the following plans:
- Basic ($79) – 1 domain/year
- Pro ($119) – 3 domains/year
- Developer ($279) – unlimited domains/year
Paid versions include:
- unlimited appointments, employees, and multiple locations
- extended customization options (such as setting images and colors)
- the possibility to add organizers and create tags
- various calendar views (a month, day, or list view additional to week view in the Lite version).
Timetable and Event Schedule
Timetable and Event Schedule by MotoPress is a free plugin to create calendars and add events to your website. Its version 2.4.5 got an update in January 2022. It works with WordPress 4.6 and newer and has been tested up to 5.8.3.
This plugin is a bit different from other plugins because its primary purpose is to organize events rather than show them in a calendar. The main peculiarity of this plugin is that you can adjust columns yourself. So, this tool is very convenient for those websites that need to present a weekly schedule (like gyms, for instance).
Additionally, the possibility to create and name columns helps to demonstrate the detailed timetable of events. You can describe concurrent events happening simultaneously at the conference, providing information about the timing, speakers, topics, etc. With multiple tables, you’ll easily arrange information for several-day events, too.
To show events in the timetable, you need to create columns first. It’s up to you to choose the names of columns and their order.
While creating events, you can:
- add necessary timeslots
- set a featured image
- adjust URL slugs
- choose colors for the event displayed in the timetable
- add categories and tags
- allow comments.
The timetable is also customizable. You can add the plugin to Divi, Beaver, or any other builder and set colors, fonts, sizes, etc.
If you need extended functionality (such as Appointment Booking, Hotel Booking, etc.), you’ll need to choose other plugins.
Booking Calendar by WPDeveloper and OP Plugins one of the oldest WordPress calendars and booking plugins. It was updated in February 2022 and tested up to version 5.9.1. You can use this plugin with WordPress 4.0 or newer. It has free and paid versions (with numerous pricing plans).
The Booking Calendar plugin is a good tool for websites with property/premises booking, such as hotels, guest houses, conference halls, etc. It allows you to add an availability calendar and a calendar with a booking form.
Using this plugin, you can present the calendar and adjust the booking form, timeline, and availability calendar.
You get different calendar options, so you can:
- set unavailable days
- display one or several months on the page
- choose a calendar skin.
It’s also possible to adjust the booking form. You can:
- activate and customize various fields
- edit a message after the booking is made
- add CAPTCHA inside the booking form
- choose the view and position of the form.
Adding time slots to the calendar is one of the valuable options this plugin offers.
The dashboard also has various managing bookings (rejecting or approving pending bookings).
As for customization, you can adjust parameters using the code while modifying your form. So, you need to understand the basics of coding to apply specific settings.
The premium version has many more features, including:
- an unlimited number of calendars (for several different apartments, for instance)
- specific time slots available for booking
- receiving several booking per same days
- online payments, including deposit payments
- check-in/check-out times
- range days selection
- specifying unavailable days during specific seasons – ‘Non-working days’ (creating dates filters)
- setting cost rates for different seasons (different prices for high seasons)
- adding discounts for long stays and defining coupons for discounts
- search availability for several resources
- separate booking admin panels for WP users.
There is a considerable variety of Booking Calendar pricing plans. They depend on the
- type of use (personal, small/medium/large business, and MultiUser)
- number of websites (1, 2, or 5).
The lowest price is $47.40, and the highest is $539.40 (with a limited offer of a 40% discount). This is a one-time payment.
Event Organiser by Stephen Harris is another plugin that you can use to add and manage events on your website. Its latest update was five months ago, and version 3.10.8 works with WordPress 3.8.0; the plugin has been tested up to WordPress 5.8.3.
Like other plugins, Event Organiser lets you create pages for single events. You have the possibility to:
- set recurring events and exclude occurrences
- adjust start/end dates
- state the number of event repeats
- add venues, tags, and categories.
After publishing the event, your visitors will see the event title, details, upcoming dates, and description.
Then, using various shortcodes, you can add the calendar to the pages or posts and adjust its view.
The plugin is quite simple, and if you don’t need advanced functionality, it shows events efficiently. With the Pro version, you can also:
- sell tickets for all or specific days of the event
- create customized booking forms and adjust booking options
- manage bookings via WordPress admin pages
- add various payment systems.
There are three pricing plans: Personal (£50, 1 site), Business (£90, up to 5 sites), and Developer (£120, up to 10 sites), with the license for one year.
My Calendar by Joseph C Dolson is suitable for WordPress 4.4 or newer. Its latest version (p.p.9 released in February 2022) has been tested up to WordPress 5.9.1.
My Calendar is relatively easy when you add events. While creating events, it’s possible to:
- set recurring events
- choose locations (after adding necessary locations with the Location Editor), add Google Maps (with API)
- add accessibility peculiarities (such as ASL Interpretation, Braille Playbill, etc.)
- insert URLs for buying tickets.
The plugin’s functionality also lets you generate various shortcodes, such as general, upcoming, or today. Then you have to copy the necessary shortcode and add it to the page.
As for the calendar design, it’s not very intuitive and straightforward. A Style Editor lets you choose calendar themes, adjust CSS style options, and add scripts. There are various color combinations for different themes, and you can preview primary and secondary colors. You can also adjust the calendar via the code if you have coding skills.
A significant disadvantage of this calendar is that the grid view isn’t appropriately shown on mobile devices. If you want this calendar to look good on all gadgets, you need to purchase a Pro version. With this version, you also get:
- the possibility to let visitors submit events
- automatic blog post creation while adding events
- an advanced event search
- events import scheduling.
You may purchase a permanent ($249) or a single-year ($59) license.
Events Manager by Marcus Sykes is an efficient event registration plugin. It’s suitable for WordPress 5.2 and newer, and it has been tested up to 5.9. The last update was in January 2022.
If your primary purpose is to let people book events, this plugin is a good choice. It has a lot of advantages.
- Booking options are available in a free plugin version. Unlike other plugins that require additional payments for bookings, here you’ll find this functionality for free. Moreover, you’ll find many booking settings, such as allowing guest booking, requiring administrator’s approval, allowing the possibility to cancel bookings, letting users make double bookings, etc.
- There are numerous user capabilities. You can create events yourself and let other users do this. Additionally, it’s possible to set various permissions for administrators, editors, authors, contributors, subscribers, customers, and shop managers.
- You can create customized feedback messages (for canceled, disabled, closed, successful, pending bookings, cancellation warnings, etc.).
- It’s possible to set ticket options for various events.
- There is a search bar to facilitate users’ event booking.
- The dashboard lets you review bookings and respond to them (as shown in the screenshot below).
A single-event page can provide detailed information about the event.
However, the Events page shows a list of events, not a calendar. It’s possible to group the events in different ways (monthly, yearly, weekly, or daily). Yet, they’ll look like a list. If you need a calendar view, you’ll need an add-on.
The pro add-on of the Event Manager plugin features WooCommerce integration for selling bookings and managing transactions. With the pro version, you get:
- customizable booking forms and individual attendee custom forms
- transaction history, coupons, and discount manger
- various payment methods
- spam protection with reCaptcha
- import/export options for events and locations.
The price is $75 for 1 website or $150 for 5 sites, and it includes one year of updates and support.
Spiffy Calendar by Spiffy Plugins is a simple, responsive calendar plugin that supports recurring events. It was updated in February 2022 and is suitable for WordPress 5.3 or newer. Most of its functions are free. You can also get bonus add-ons with a donation ($35).
The Spiffy Calendar dashboard lets you:
- see scheduled events, their dates, time, recurs, repeats, and categories
- add and edit events
- adjust categories and display options.
After adding events, you should add a shortcode to the page. Then, you’ll see the calendar and planned events.
The plugin includes:
- basic grid calendar
- responsive 3-column display
- mini grid calendar (for sidebars, for instance)
- upcoming and today’s events lists
- featured event widget.
It’s also possible to set various display preferences (week numbers, detailed event display, more detailed link text, number of upcoming events, etc.). Furthermore, you can add custom CSS styles to change the formatting.
The bonus features that you get with a donation are:
- premium themes and theme customizer (to adjust the calendar)
- a front end event submit form
- custom fields
- event import/export in a CSV file.
Pay attention to the fact that there are no single pages for events. Thus, this calendar plugin is good for displaying events that don’t need long descriptions or many details.
Simple Calendar – Google Calendar Plugin
Simple Calendar – Google Calendar Plugin by Simple Calendar is compatible with WordPress 4.2 and higher. Version 3.1.36 was updated ten months ago and tested up to WordPress 5.6.7.
Integrating this calendar into your website will be a great solution if you have a public Google Calendar where you regularly manage events. After installing the Simple Calendar plugin and connecting your calendar, you won’t need to create events in WordPress separately.
To get the Google Calendar work on your website, you’ll need a public calendar and a Google API key. If you have experience creating Google APIs, Simple Calendar is indeed simple in use.
This plugin features easy tuning due to its intuitive design. You may personalize your calendar’s appearance, setting the theme, day colors, messages, views of multi-day events, etc.
Additionally, with a shortcode that you’ll see while customizing your calendar, you can add the calendar to any page on the website.
With the Premium version, you get the FullCalendar and Google Calendar Pro add-ons. There are three basic printing plans:
- Personal (for 1 site, $49)
- Business (up to 5 sites, $79)
- Agency (up to 25 sites, $149)
You may also purchase bundles for up to 50 ($279) and 100 ($479) sites.
Tips on Choosing Best WordPress Calendar Plugins
To select from the wide variety of calendar plugins, you should evaluate your needs. The list below can help you.
1. Frequency of Use and Main Functions
Sometimes, you need to display only several events per month, so a little calendar will be more than enough. You are likely to cover your needs with a free plugin. Alternatively, you may require showing multiple events happening during the day or recurring events over a long time. In this case, you’ll need extended event management functions.
2. Additional Functionality
Think about the extra functions that you need. For instance, you may require registration, booking, and payment functions. Likewise, you can decide whether integration with Google maps and social media is essential to you.
3. The Ease of Use
Many plugins allow you to apply shortcodes and CSS styles to adjust calendars. If you are ok with them, you can choose from many plugins.
4. Customization Options
Decide how important the look of the calendar is. Most plugins provide free customization options, so you can adjust the calendar’s view according to your liking. If these settings are not enough, you may want to get a paid version.
5. Responsive Design
The last but not least tip is to make sure your calendar looks good on all devices. To ensure this, you’d better choose plugins with responsive calendars.
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