Handling events can be a stressful job. Like it wasn’t hard enough to manage events offline, the Internet opened a whole new domain and introduced events that happen exclusively online. Luckily, at the same time, technology has allowed us to simplify things. So even if you can’t code and design, that doesn’t mean that you can’t use technology to your advantage. In this case, you don’t have to know a thing about coding to manage events online like a professional. WP Event Manager is here to help you. You just need to have a WordPress site on which you know how to install a plugin.
Until now, there haven’t been that many good event manager plugins that could have helped you organize events, handle them from the backend and frontend, and even let visitors arrange events on your site. If you’ve been searching for such a plugin, this is your lucky day.
Let us show you a new player in the game. The one that will make your life easier if you plan on managing events on your WordPress website.
WP Event Manager
Unlike many plugins that go through our hands (which in some cases count millions of users), WP Event Manager is still a new kid on the block. Currently, it has only about fifty active users, but that is about to change quickly. For starters, you should note that the plugin has a perfect score! Yes, sixteen users rated it five stars. There have been only sixteen reviews. Do we need to say more? And there is a good reason for that.
WP Event Manager is a complete event management solution that can handle all of the events you throw at it. You get to add and organize events from the comfort of your WordPress backend, while you’re just a click away from allowing some, or even all of your visitors, to join you from the frontend. The plugin features a full frontend form system that allows your registered users and guests to add & manage their own events! How amazing is that?!
- Add, manage, and categorize events
- Use shortcodes to show events quickly
- Search and filter events
- Connect email or website address to a listing
- Create custom events
- Use 14 fantastic add-ons to improve event listings
WP Event Manager is a lightweight plugin, so it will take just a few seconds to install and active it on any WordPress site you have. After that, you should head up to Events Listings -> Settings to set up and personalize the plugin.
On the settings page, you get to customize the plugin to your needs. There are great options you can enable and make your events listings just as you want them. For example, you can change the number of listings per page, decide if you want to show canceled events, allow multiple categories, add ticket prices, etc. There’s a significant number of options, so we’re not going through each of them here.
Who can manage events?
The plugin allows you to let everyone or only specific users to add, manage and categorize events on your site
Depending on the website you’re trying to build, you can work settings differently. If you want to be the only one that can manage events, you can. On the other hand, you can allow everyone to add an event, or you may even let the plugin automatically register a user before he can get to publish one. As the admin, you’re in complete control of the plugin.
WP Event Manager does practically the whole setup automatically
Custom post types, shortcodes, and everything needed for the plugin to work correctly will be already there. Before you start managing events, you only need to connect the plugin to pages that will host the frontend forms, events listing, and the dashboard. Don’t worry; you just have to select the pages, copy the shortcode, and you’re ready to start your Event Manager!
How to submit events from the backend and frontend
After setting up the plugin, you’re ready to start publishing new events. As the admin, you can quickly add new events from your WP dashboard. Just navigate to Events Listings -> Add New, and you’ll find a new post type that lets you handle everything. Here you can write details about the post, add images, addresses, contact information, and a ton of other data about the event. If this is not enough for you, just take a look at all the amazing add-ons you can get.
If you allowed users to submit events, you would just need to point them to the right page. That’s the page which holds the [submit_event_form] shortcode.
The form contains the same information that you have on the backend, and it’s really easy to manage events from the frontend. Try it out yourself or ask a friend who has no WordPress experience to submit a test event from your newly published page – both of you will find it very straightforward and appealing.
Event Dashboard is a place from which you can control all events you (and your users) have created. Once you open the page associated to Event Dashboard, you will see an elegant table that holds all the necessary options.The dashboard allows you to get a quick overview of events so you can see a few details like the name, start and end date, location and number of views. Additionally, you get to control the events from this page. As you can see from the attached screenshot, the table contains the following options:
- Mark cancelled
Once you have added all the events or enabled user submission, it’s time to show events to your users. Luckily, with WP Event Manager, this is as easy as pasting the shortcode into another page. That means that preparing the list takes literally a few seconds, and you’re ready for counting clicks and registrations.
If you click on it, you will see that each event has its own page where users can see all the details about it. By default, pages look fantastic! They will look a bit different depending on which information you entered, and which add-ons you have installed. We are sure you will love the design of single event pages. For example, take a look a this Las Vegas Taste of The Caribbean demo event showing all the necessary details.
Although the core plugin is completely free, currently fourteen add-ons can transform your everyday Event Manager into a personal assistant that will practically do the job for you. Of course, you don’t have to collect them all like Pokemon, but we’re sure that many of the add-ons would save you a lot of time and make your site look much more professional.
- Google Maps – allow people to search events by location on an interactive map
- Calendar – display an event calendar that shows all created events
- Registrations – Add simple forms to enable individuals to register for events
- WooCommerce Sell Tickets – Powered by WooCommerce, this addon lets you easily sell tickets and keep track of them
- Sliders – Add responsive sliders that will show your events
- Emails – Customize email templates used by the plugin
- Google Analytics – Track events via Google Analytics
- Event Alerts – let registered users be able to receive alerts for events
- Bookmarks – Allow logged-in users to add event bookmarks
- Embeddable Event Widget – Let event owner generate an embeddable code which can be used anywhere on the Internet
- Organizers – show grouped and alphabetized list of all the organizers
- Contact Organizer – Allow people to contact organizer more quickly
- Event Tags – Add tags to events so that you can filter them more easily
- Logs – Enable debugging and trace JS and other files
The plugin is regularly updated, and it seems that the number of users is growing rapidly. In just a few hours after checking the page on WordPress plugins repository, the number of active users went up by twenty! It may seem like nothing, but we want to accentuate that the plugin is completely new and that every user counts at this point.
After testing the plugin and writing this review, we’re convinced that WP Event Manager will become an inevitable part of every WordPress site which deals with events.