Are you looking for a fully-functional WordPress events plugin that will help you display upcoming events effectively? Some of the functionalities these plugins offer you include guest management, event submission forms, and automated email notifications.
If you want to display basic events on your site, a free plugin might suit your needs. On the other hand, if you are looking for more advanced features, you have to install a premium plugin.
In this post, we are going to take you through different WordPress events plugins that might be suitable for your site.
Since these plugins are easily confused with booking/appointment plugins, we did a post that gives you more insight into booking plugins.
So, let’s get right into this, shall we?
Freemium Event Plugins
The Events Calendar
With more than 600,000 active installations, this events plugin is available in two versions—the free version and the premium version. It is easy to set up and install. Not to mention, it is compatible with different themes, making it easier to display upcoming events.
With the free version, you can:
- Show the location of upcoming events via Google Maps integration.
- Use various widgets to display events on your WordPress site.
- Group events into different categories.
- Display events in calendar form or in a list.
If you are proficient in using the default WordPress editor, you will be able to use this plugin’s meta boxes without breaking a sweat. Moreover, it lets you add the venue name, address, country, and the city where different events will be held.
The Events Calendar Pro version features:
- Recurring events.
- Additional fields for adding custom content to your calendars. You can easily add the name of performers using this feature.
- Venue and organizer view.
- Location search.
What’s more? There are add-ons that can help you sell tickets and import events from Facebook.
The Events Calendar Pro version price starts at $89.
Get The Events Calender
This is the second-most popular events plugin on WordPress.org. While it packs similar functionalities as The Event Calendar plugin, there’s one feature that sets these two plugins apart. Events Manager lets you create recurring events in the free version, while The Events Calendar plugin allows you to create recurring events on the pro version.
In addition, this plugin also offers you:
- An option that lets you create tickets that have different prices.
- BuddyPress integration.
- Members/guest event submission forms that allow different people to list events on your site.
- Custom event attributes.
- Events location.
- An option that enables users to create their own calendars.
This article was written by Ian Johnson and originally published on Learn WordPress with WPLift.