WordPress Events Made Easy with The Events Calendar

If you manage a WordPress site, you may want to share events with your readers at some point. Fortunately, there are theme and plugin developers who have made sharing events via WordPress possible. There are two options for adding events to your site: installing a theme that includes an events custom post type or keeping your current theme and installing an events plugin.

If you choose to install an events plugin, the Events Calendar plugin by Modern Tribe is a great option. It is free, responsive, and includes built-in tooltips, tag and category support, advanced search, Google Maps integration, and a custom widget for upcoming events. It is also translation-ready.

To install the Events Calendar plugin, open your WordPress dashboard and navigate to Plugins > Add New. Search for “the events calendar” and click on the install button for The Events Calendar by Modern Tribe. Once installation is complete, activate the plugin. Create a new page and name it “Events.” You will see a warning that the page using the /events slug will be replaced with your events calendar.

To configure your Events Calendar plugin settings, navigate to Events > Settings. There are four tabs: General, Display, APIs, and Help. The General tab includes options for the number of events per page, merging and displaying events on your main blog page, and time zone settings. The Display tab includes display options for your events pages.

To add events to WordPress with the Events Calendar, navigate to Events > Add New. Add your event title, description, category, and tags like you would a normal blog post. The Event Options box on the right-hand side of your screen includes options to hide your event from your main Event Listings page and make your event sticky on your calendar. The Event Calendar section below your main content is where you can add your venue and organizer information, event cost, and a link to a separate event or ticketing website.

The free version of Events Calendar is great, but there are premium add-ons and extensions available. Events Calendar Pro adds customizable recurring events, photo and map views, location search, advanced widgets, additional fields, and premium plugin support access. Other add-ons include the Filter Bar and Community Events extension. There are also ticketing extensions available.

In conclusion, the Events Calendar plugin by Modern Tribe is a great option for adding events to your WordPress site. It is free, responsive, and includes many useful features. If you need more advanced features, there are premium add-ons and extensions available.

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