My results of trying out various calendar plugins

I wanted:

  • no charge (for a club website)
  • ajax event view
  • recurring events with a means of deleting or ignoring specific dates (e.g. for a bank holiday)
  • simple to add a new event
  • link to a map – would be nice to be able to save locations
  • works with WordPress 3.8

Ajax Event Calendar

Very nice calendar and interface. However it is only compatible up to 3.5 and is no longer maintained. Unfortunately there are jquery problems that were breaking other plugins and it would have been too big a problem to try and fix.

The Events Calendar

Compatible up to 3.8. Have to pay for recurring events. $65 a year is too much for recording non revenue making events.

All-in-One Event Calendar

Compatible up to 3.7. Quite an invasive installation which I tried twice. The second time I no longer had sufficient permissions to edit the settings.

CalPress Event Calendar

It’s compatible up to 3.6 and there were a few hiccups – 500 error when first adding a new event, sorted once I’d saved the settings – an ajax spinner continuing after it should have stopped to report a missing item before event could be saved. However, I found the actual calendar a bit complicated and too themed – pretty but not in line with rest of page.

Events Manager

Compatible up to 3.8. very comprehensive, but too complicated for what I want.

WordPress Event Calendar (aka Spider Event Calendar

3.7 compatible. Installation generated the warning: The plugin generated 236 characters of unexpected output during activation. If you notice “headers already sent” messages, problems with syndication feeds or other issues, try deactivating or removing this plugin. Slightly annoying interface and too much emphasis on trying to sell you extra features.

Event Organiser

Compatible up to 3.6. Very nice. Only error so far is minor – though jquery clashed with another plugin.

Notice: wp_add_inline_style was called incorrectly. Do not pass style tags to wp_add_inline_style(). Please see Debugging in WordPress for more information. (This message was added in version 3.7.)

Think this is the one.

Events Made Easy

Compatible up to 3.8. Nice admin – integrates well with good layout. Unfortunately not quite what I was looking for.

Booking Calendar

Compatible up to 3.8. Probably good for bookings, but doesn’t handle events.

Notice: Undefined index: booking_type in /home/sites/ on line 872


About Antonia Whitaker

An administrative, sales and marketing background has given me an understanding of what users want from their website. I do not confuse issues with technical jargon and I listen to what people want.

21. January 2014 by Antonia Whitaker
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