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WP Event Manager Review – A Versatile WordPress Event Management Solution

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Editor’s Rating
4/5

WP Event Manager is a feature-rich event management solution that is free to download from WordPress.org.

It can be used to turn your WordPress website into a fully responsive event management portal that shows detailed event listings.

WP Event Manager allows visitors to purchase tickets from your website and submit events through a frontend form. Events can be categorized and filtered by type.

The core plugin has many great features and is free to download, however advanced functionality has to be unlocked through premium plugin add-ons.

WP Event Manager

Let’s take a closer look at what WP Event Manager can do.

Adding a New Event

The core (free) version of WP Event Manager can be downloaded from the WordPress admin area or WordPress.org.

WP Event Manager on WordPress.org

Once WP Event Manager has been activated, you will see a new “Event Listings” menu in the WordPress admin area.

The menu has links to all events, adding new events, a field editor, settings, and a list of premium add-ons.

WP Event Manager Admin Menu

Once enabled from the settings area, you will also see custom post types for event categories and event types.

Categories and Types

Adding a new event is straightforward.

At the top of the new event page, you can name your event and add a media-rich description underneath using the WordPress editor. All event fields are displayed underneath.

You can specify information about your organization, the event location, the event start and end date and time, social media links, and more.

An event banner can also be assigned from the WordPress media library. It’s a nice feature, but if you use smaller images such as logos, the image gets stretched.

Adding a New Event in WP Event Manager

The main events page lists all events that have been created.

All Events

It is important to view your event listing to ensure that everything is displayed properly.

The WordPress block editor helps you style your page and make it more colorful, but from a customization point of view, the event listing page is quite restrictive as there is no template editor or theme builder to help you modify the layout. The only way to make changes is to override template files directly within your WordPress theme.

By default, the event custom post type displays your website sidebar at the side of each event too.

This is desirable in some situations, but I tested WP Event Manager with several WordPress themes and the inclusion of a sidebar usually made everything looked squashed.

There is no option to remove the sidebar in the plugin settings area, however you can remove the sidebar from the event listing page in your activated WordPress theme by using CSS.
An Example of WP Event Manager

Creating Event-Specific Pages

In the main plugin settings area, you can define four key pages for your event portal:

  • Event submission page
  • Event dashboard page
  • Event listings page
  • Login page URL

All you have to do is add the appropriate shortcode to a page and then assign it to the page. For example, for the event listings page, you need to add the events shortcode to a page.

Pages Settings in WP Event Manager

The frontend submission form allows organizers to submit new events.

You can choose to moderate new submissions and control what WordPress user group new users are assigned to.

Event Submission Form

The event dashboard allows organizers to see all events they have submitted.

WP Event Manager Dashboard

Events can be displayed using a grid-style or list-style layout.

The event listings page also allows visitors to filter results using keywords, location, and date.

The Event Listings Page

Check out the demo page of WP Event Manager for a more detailed look at event listings pages and submission forms.

Using the Field Editor

WP Event Manager features 14 event fields and 8 organizer fields.

The built-in field editor allows you to modify each field, specify whether the field is only for admin and whether the field is required.

WP Event Manager Event Fields

The field editor also lets you add new fields. You can select from 20 different field types such as checkbox, text, number, and password.

This helps you customize exactly what event information is displayed and what is omitted.

Configuring WP Event Manager

The WP Event Manager settings area is divided into five sections: General, Event Listings, Event Listings, Pages, and Date & Time Format.

As I showed earlier, you can assign key pages such as the events dashboard via the Pages settings tab.

The General settings tab has an option to remove all WP Event Manager data after the plugin has been deleted. Your website’s Google API key can also be entered here, which is necessary for retrieving event location information.

General Plugin Settings

In the next tab, you can change what is displayed in the event listings page, such as the number of listings to display and whether expired events are still shown.

Event Listings Settings

If you are accepting frontend event submissions, you can define whether users need to create an account, what role they are assigned, and whether new listings need to be approved.

Event Submission Form Settings

WP Event Manager also allows you to enable event categories, event types, and event pricing. All of these features will prove useful as the number of events on your website grows.

Event Submission Form Settings

The last settings page lets you change the way dates and times are displayed.

Date and Time Format Settings

If you are unsure about any aspect of setting WP Event Manager up or modifying events, I recommend referencing the extensive WP Event Manager Documentation area.

Premium WP Event Manager Add-ons

The core version of WP Event Manager has many useful configuration options, however it is only suitable for small events websites as it lacks important functionality.

If you want to sell tickets through your website and market events more effectively, you will need to purchase one of the 22 premium plugin extensions.

Most add-ons are sold at either $19 or $39 for a single website license (these prices do not include tax).

The add-ons available for $19 are Bookmarks, Embeddable Event Widget, Colors, Sliders, Event Tags, Eventbrite Integration, Organizers, Contact Organizer, Export Events, iCal, Google Recaptcha, Google Analytics, Emails, and Event Logs.

The add-ons available for $39 are Calendar, Google Maps, Registrations, Sell Tickets, Attendee Information, WooCommerce Paid Listings, Recurring Events, and Event Alerts.

WP Event Manager Addon List

Although I would have liked to have seen the functionality of some premium add-ons included in the core version of WP Event Manager, it is pleasing to see so many advanced features available.

The Sell Tickets add-on utilizes WooCommerce to allow you to sell events directly on your website. It offers multi-level pricing, downloadable PDF tickets, and support for donations.

The Registrations add-on allows attendees to register on your website. This is functionality that is sorely missing from the free version.

Unfortunately, there is no layout builder for event pages, but the Colors add-on does significantly improve the style of your event listings.

Colors Addon for WP Event Manager

You can gain access to all 22 WordPress plugins by purchasing either the Developer or Personal Bundle Packages.

The developer package retails at $499 and $235 for the personal one.

For most people, purchasing a package makes sense if you are planning on buying a few premium add-ons.

Final Thoughts

WP Event Manager is undoubtedly a useful event management WordPress plugin, but is it the right solution for you?

This, of course, depends on what you are trying to achieve.

The free version of WP Event Manager is perfect for basic event websites where you just want to advertise events, not taking bookings.

It allows you to create detailed event listing pages using an unlimited number of fields. The whole plugin is straightforward to use, which makes it a great choice for those that just want to promote events.

Whilst you do not have many options for changing the layout of event listing pages, I believe WP Event Manager is one of the most stylish WordPress event management solutions on the market.

The full version of WP Event Manager is impressive and can be used to create an advanced event management website, however it will cost you $235 to unlock all 22 premium add-ons. The cost will obviously be lower if you only need the functionality of a few premium add-ons.

To find out more about WP Event Manager, I recommend installing the core version on your website.

Good luck.

Kevin

WP Event Manager Review – A Versatile WordPress Event Management Solution

Pros

Event listing pages look great and you get an amazing amount of control over what fields are displayed. A user-friendly solution that beginners will love. There are many advanced settings for developers.

Cons

Free version is missing functionality such as bookings and Google Maps. The layout of event listing pages cannot be changed via the plugin’s settings area.

Editor’s Rating
4/5

Summary

WP Event Manager is certainly one of the best WordPress event management solutions on the market, however most advanced features need to be purchased separately.

WP Event Manager is certainly one of the best WordPress event management solutions on the market, however most advanced features need to be purchased separately.

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