All-in-One Event Calendar vs The Events Calendar

We have at least two powerful and free event calendar plugins for wordpress, and we have tried both on live websites. Both distributed as opensource plugins from wordpress plugin repository, their contributor company rely on advanced  features to make money via premium version of the plugin.  All-in-One Event Calendar (AIOEC) is developed and maintened by Vancouver based http://time.ly/, has more than 100 000 downloads and is actively maintened, which is a sign of future reliability and compatibility with coming wordpress updates. Same story for The Events Calendar (TEC): it's given to you by a company called TRIBE, shows more than 300 000 downloads, and last update is just a few days ago. The team page from Tribe company is quite impressive with highly specialized engineering profiles, and the pro version is clearly distributed as a well packaged product Event Calendar Pro version, at various prices depending on the licensing, starting at 89$ / site / year.. AIOEC has its own premium version in the form of various addons.

Events basic : time place and location

AIOEC and TEC both comme with special  custom fields within the editor : quite similar in their approach, they have small differences that can help you make a choice.

Typing events can be a time consuming affair : both plugins have their own custom post type within a specific wordpress admin menu. If you have many events TEC has a big advantage because it stores organiser and location information in separate tables, which helps grouping events by location and by organiser.

On the other side, if you want to go free, AIOEC allows Recurring events, while on the case of TEC this is only for the premium users.

AIOEC screen is better organised with accordion nested fields, but TEC is more efficient with specific data tables for location and oragniser information

AIOEC screen is better organised with accordion nested fields, but TEC is more efficient with specific data tables for location and organiser information

LAYOUT AND EVENT DISPLAY

TEC also provides  very nice free category color plugin, which can help you further organize events : this is a very strong argument in favor of TEC in terms of visual display on the front end. On the other side, AIOEC has a very nice card layout free extension that also allows list view, this is really nice for quick display of neat calendars. Just like AIOEC, default TEC templates need to be trimmed of extra elements you might not want to show : the default event calendar month view has a lot of extra stuff you don't need, like search engine . Detailed event view also needs trimming, depending on what kind of event you need to show.

don't understimate the editing work in php templates : posterboard view is nice but might require simplifcation

Other significant calendar solutions for wordpress

WordPress recommended plugins for our themes

there are a few plugins you cannot live without, and while all our theme can work with default worpdress install, we strongly recommend you to use the following for faster results

  • Visual editor widget will give you tinymce wysiwyg editing with image upload, link, bold, etc... for widget sidebars and footers
  • Pronamic google map can link each of your articles , posts and pages to a google based geolocation. We use Pronamic for our custom city search integration for fotowave plugin

Woocommerce design elements examples

There are many woocommerce free themes available out there (check out this article on bashooka.com) , but you can also start from scratch with your own development. Building a woocommerce theme from scratch is not a difficult task when you spend a little time preparing your layouts. Here is a list of basic elements your need to figure out before you switch to theme development. Time saving operations can help you design a nice layout for woocommerce!!

 

  • Header design : usually the header is the place to display main logo and navigation menu  : above that main menu position you can add a small horizontal bar with contact details, social networking icons, user and cart information. Of course the menu bar should be responsive, meaning that a small width device will transform the menu bar into 3 small horizontal graphic bar with drop down interactivity.
    Find examples of powerful menu design on designyourway
  • Cards : a design for product list in category page, and search results/
    Cards design is rapidly becoming a standard for responsive website development, as explained in this good tutorial from TUTSPLUS : Learning Material Design Lite: Cards
  • Footer design
    • trust elements : 4 or 5 icons at the bottom of the page to build trust with quality, shipping, customer testimonials, payment information
    • a great example of footer design on medium.com featuring an abstract landscape

JQuery mobile framework

iphonedevelopmeentRostov-on-Don / Russia based company has developped a full featured html  mobile interface for application like smartphone web development. An alternative to the famous jquery mobile touch optimized framework, or pretty mobile, to name just a few. To bridge the gap between HTML and native mobile application, you will need to embed your work in a specific browser component :  this can be done via various systems that we explicit an a previous article : Developp Iphone apps without – or with – mac

Mobirise, easy html bootstrap builder

Released by a dutch company, Mobirise is a small html builder tool that creates HTML5 bootstrap pages with predefined full screen responsive elements : it is the perfect tool to build quick web  prototypes with 2105 trendy layout. Premade HTML elements include full-screen hero images, scrolling with parallax effect, YouTube video backgrounds, mobile burger menu, sticky header and more. The fact that it's free is definitely a game changer but we can't guarantee that this is going to stay. Pinegrow is a good alternative that is commercially available : it advertises the possibility to build wordpress themes with is wysiwyg software : more than interesting !