Powerful freemium plugin for publishing and managing events on a WordPress website.
Powerful freemium plugin for publishing and managing events on a WordPress website.
Free version has lots of features
Good value for money upgrade options
Potential theme compatibility issues
If you want to publish events on your WordPress website or add a calendar to your site, then the free and paid versions of the Modern Events Calendar plugin could help you achieve your goals.
Depending on how you configure this plugin, you can add events to your website through the WordPress admin dashboard or you can let your visitors upload events via the front-end submission forms. You can then display those events on your website in a number of different ways, including by using the online calendar features. That’s not all this plugin can do, but it should give you a good overview of its core functionality.
If the above sounds like what you’re trying to implement on your site, Modern Events Calendar could be the plugin for you. However before you make a decision, this review will detail the main features of this tool, as well as explore the user experience, to help you decide if this really is the best option for your project.
About Modern Events Calendar Plugin for WordPress
Created to deliver a selection of useful features and a well-designed user experience, the Modern Events Calendar plugin is a tool for publishing events on WordPress websites.
With free and paid versions available, whether you simply want to add basic events publishing functionality to your website or you have more demanding needs, there’s a good chance this plugin will meet your requirements. Some of the highlights of this events plugin include:
- Ability to create and publish unlimited events on your WordPress website.
- Options for displaying your events in a range of different formats.
- Detailed settings and options for configuring exactly how your events and calendars work and look.
- Lots of powerful features in the free version with even more functionality available from the paid version.
- Ability to implement an online booking system and sell tickets from your WordPress website with the paid version.
In this Modern Events Calendar review, we’ll explore the main features of this plugin in detail to help you decide if this is the plugin you’re looking for.
Modern Events Calendar Main Features
After using Modern Events Calendar for this plugin review, it’s fair to say that both the free and paid versions are featured packed. But are there enough truly useful features to make this the best WordPress events calendar plugin for your website? Let’s find out in our guide to the main features of Modern Events Calendar.
Create and Publish Unlimited Events
As the name suggests, the core purpose of this plugin is to allow WordPress users to publish events on their website and displaying them in a calendar format. Thanks to the varied features of the plugin, it’s possible to create single-day events, multi-day events, and recurring or repeating events with both the free and paid versions of Modern Events Calendar. There’s also good support for creating events that run all day as well as any time period shorter than that.
Once you’ve created the events in your WordPress Dashboard, Modern Events Calendar has all the features necessary to publish those events on your website. This essential feature makes it possible for your website visitors to view the event details. However, the published events also have the ability to be indexed by search engines and displayed in their results when people are searching for relevant terms, such as “fitness events in Sydney”.
When creating an event, you also have the option of adding an hourly schedule to the event. This can be a great way to let attendees know what to expect from the event and where they should be at any given time while it’s running. There’s also an optional countdown timer feature that can be displayed on the event pages, which can be used to build anticipation about the event.
Publish Your Events Calendar Online
As well as publishing the individual events you create with this plugin on your website, you can also publish an events calendar. This is a very useful feature to have access to as it gives your visitors the ability to quickly see all the events you are organizing or that they might be interested in.
With both the free and premium versions of Modern Events Calendar, you can choose from a selection of views for your calendars including a full calendar view as well as monthly, weekly, and daily views. There’s also a slider view that lets you display your events in the popular carousel format, allowing your visitors to swipe or scroll through your events.
Use Widgets to Display Event Details
As well as publishing events on the pages of your site, you can also use the included widgets to display event information in the sidebars and other widget-ready areas of your website like the footer. If you’d like a list of your upcoming events to be constantly on display, then using the widgets to display this information in the sidebar of your blog is a great solution.
Accept Front-End Event Submissions
In addition to creating the events and entering their details through the plugin area of your WordPress Dashboard, Modern Events Calendar includes the ability to publish front-end submission forms on your website that allows you and your visitors to submit the event details in this way. Furthermore, the plugin settings let you decide whether guests or non-logged in users can submit events in this way.
One benefit of using front-end submission forms is that you can give your visitors the opportunity to submit an event without having to also give them an account for your WordPress Dashboard. These type of forms also simplify the process of adding events to your website, as you or your team won’t need to navigate the WordPress Dashboard area where there’s a chance those who are unfamiliar with WordPress could get lost, confused, or overwhelmed by the large number of options available inside the Dashboard.
Publishing the front-end forms on your website is very straightforward; either define the page where the forms will be displayed in the plugin settings or use the shortcodes to insert the forms anywhere else on your site.
Create Reusable Dynamic Event Locations and Organizers
The Modern Events Calendar plugin allows you to add a location and organizer to each event that you create. This is useful in itself as visitors to your event pages can instantly see where the event is taking place. They can also see who is organizing the event and then use this information to decide whether they want to attend or not.
However, Modern Events Calendar also lets you store the organizers and locations in your WordPress Dashboard. These details can then be reused each time an event is created on your website. Also, thanks to the way the plugin has been designed, if you edit the details of an event or organizer, every mention of that event or organizer on your website will be updated.
For example, if the address of the coffee shop where you hold a weekly local event changes, then you can replace the old address with the new address and all the event pages displaying that location are updated. The same applies to the organizer. So if can organizer gets married and changes their surname, for example, all instances of that organizer will be updated on the site in one go, once you’ve edited the organizer details.
Third-Party Calendar Support
To ensure your visitors don’t miss an event, they can easily add the details of any event they are interested in to either Google Calendar or iCal in just a few clicks. The plugin gives you the option of displaying the add to calendar buttons, then once the user clicks on them, the event details will be transferred to their choice from the supported calendar apps.
After testing this feature of the Modern Events Calendar plugin, everything worked as expected. It’s also possible to import events from Google Calendar and Facebook Calendar as well as in other file formats for use on your site.
Social Sharing Buttons
To help you promote your events, this plugin gives you the option of displaying social sharing buttons on your events. Thanks to this you can choose to display sharing buttons for the following networks to encourage your visitors to share your events with their friends and followers: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.
Detailed Plugin Settings
If you like to know exactly what a plugin is doing on your website, then you should appreciate the Modern Events Calendar control panel. Packed with settings, it’s possible to control almost every aspect of this plugin.
As well as defining how the plugin works you can also configure how it looks.
WordPress Theme Compatibility
Although there’s no mention of WordPress theme compatibility on the plugin website, it was surprising to see that the events weren’t well displayed on the free Twenty Fifteen theme. Despite being a few years old now, the free Twenty Fifteen theme from the WordPress.org team is still used on over 400,000 websites as well as being regularly updated.
However, switching to the more modern free Twenty Seventeen theme delivered better results, with the events being displayed within the constraints of the default template.
As there’s a free version of the plugin available, trying it out with your choice of WordPress theme to see how the events look before committing to Modern Events Calendar is recommended. If you’ve yet to choose a theme or you’re looking for a new one, the Webnus team – the creators of Modern Events Calendar – have their own multi-purpose WordPress theme that’s sure to work with this plugin.
How Does Modern Events Calendar Compare to the Competition?
As there’s a good selection of events calendar plugins available for WordPress, should you choose Modern Events Calendar over the competition? Well, the answer to that question will depend on your requirements. To help you see how this plugin compares to the competition, the developers of Modern Events Calendar have produced a comparison chart that highlights the main features of the leading plugins of this type.
Although, it’s worth remembering who produced the chart and doing your own researching when choosing a plugin – such as reading this review – rather than just relying on the marketing content of a plugin company. However, the comparison chart certainly does show that Modern Events Calendar isn’t lacking in features.
Now that we’ve covered the main features of the plugin, let’s explore the user experience of Modern Events Calendar to see what it’s like to use.
Modern Events Calendar User Experience
As there’s a free version of Modern Events Calendar available, getting started with this plugin is very straightforward. Unless you’re sure that you need the features of the paid version, you can install the free plugin directly from your WordPress Dashboard. Make sure you choose the plugin by Webnus Team as there are lots of other options available.
Once the plugin is up and running on your WordPress website, the Welcome page is displayed. From there, you’ll find links to useful content on the Webnus website, such as the documentation, as well as a quick over of the number of events that have been created on your website.
To help you get started, a few dummy events are created by the plugin on installation. By checking out these events, you can see how the plugin works and what sort of information you can add to your own events.
Creating new events is very straightforward. As this plugin uses WordPress custom post types, the interface for adding an event to your site is very similar to creating a new post or page. Like a blog post, each event can have a title and description, however, you can also add additional information, such as the event location, organizer, dates, and much more.
Below the main event title and description areas, you’ll find the panel for adding the start and end dates, the times, and other scheduling details about the event. You can also enter days to skip, such as Christmas or Thanksgiving, when setting up recurring events. Another nice feature of Modern Events Calendar is the ability to add the event schedule. As this information is displayed on the events page, it should help your potential attendees know what to expect from the event and also make an informed decision on whether they want to attend or not.
If you’ve already added one or more events to your site, you can then select one of them from the location drop-down menu. The same also applies to the event organizer, except you have the ability to add more than one organizer to the event. Next, you can add the cost of the event as well as any event tags or categories, before publishing the event to make it available to your website visitors.
Thanks to the date pickers, and hover-activated tooltips entering the necessary details is very straightforward with Modern Events Calendar.
Although you can do a lot more with the Modern Events Calendar plugin, that should give you an idea of how easy it is to use.
Modern Events Calendar Upgrade Options
As mentioned earlier in this Modern Events Calendar review, as well as the free version of the plugin, you also have the option of purchasing the premium version to unlock more features. The main pricing options for upgrading include:
- 1 website license: $39
- 5 website license: $149
- 10 website license: $270
All options include lifetime access to plugin updates and one year of premium support. The Webnus Team also offers a range of services that can help you with your WordPress website. There’s also a 30-day money back guarantee in place that allows you to try the premium plugin without risk.
Modern Events Calendar Review Final Thoughts
Modern Events Calendar is both feature-rich and easy to use. Even just using the free plugin makes it very easy to add events to your WordPress website then publish them in an attractive format. Features like the front-end submission forms, selection of templates and views, and the ability to store multiple event organizers and locations, make the free plugin a very powerful tool.
Upgrading to the paid version unlocks even more useful features. However, many should find that the free version delivers enough for their project if they are just starting out with basic event management. However, if you do want access to features like reminders, location directions, a ticketing system, a weather module, and an online booking system to name just a few, then upgrading to Modern Events Calendar Pro unlocks all these features plus many more.
As everyone has different needs, it’s not possible to declare one product the outright best events calendar plugin for WordPress. However, after testing out this plugin, there’s a high chance that Modern Events Calendar has enough to help you add events and calendaring functionality to your WordPress website.