If you are an organization that hosts frequent events (like we do), Events Manager / Events Manager Pro is a must have. This is a free WordPress plugin, with an optional “Pro” upgrade if you need to take payments. Events Manager offers a robust array of settings and features, which makes it really easy to create and display events, registration forms, and much more.
(Free) Features We Love:
- Templates & widgets
Events Manager makes it extremely simple to output your events in a bunch of different ways. The plugin comes with great default templates for events list, calendar, and widget views – plus you have the ability to set up your own templates using simple placeholder tags (e.g. #_EVENTTITLE)
- Google integration
Google Maps are seamlessly integrated, meaning your guests can see a map of each event location, and can even look up directions from their location – all from within the page they are viewing. Events Manager also integrates with Google calendars and iCal, so your guests can add your events to their personal calendars in one click.
- Categories and tags
Just like WordPress’ Posts, you can categorize and tag your events. Additionally, you can output custom lists of particular categories and tags.
- Create multiple tickets
If your event has separate prices for members and non-members, or if you have different levels of entry (1-day pass vs. conference pass), you can create different tickets for these groups.
- Timing and recurring events
Events Manager really shines when it comes to scheduling your events. The plugin places a huge number of possibilities at your fingertips, including the ability to custom schedule recurring events. Whether your event is all day, 7-9pm, or recurs every Thursday at noon – you’ll easily be able to set it up in Events Manager.
(Pro) Features We Love:
- Coupon Codes
You can set up multiple coupon codes for specific discounts (fixed-price or percentage). You can also limit the number of coupons available and/or set an expiration date.
- Online Payments
Probably the #1 pro feature is the ability to take payments through PayPal, Authorize.net, and other offline payment methods. We use Events Manager Pro on the MIGHTYminnow site to facilitate class registrations through our payment gateway.