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September 17 2019

02:28

Best WordPress Calendar Plugins of 2019

WordPress calendar plugins come in many styles and have features to suit an equally wide variety of needs. Some calendars offer complex booking or scheduling features, while others are simple event management calendars. 

Whatever your need, if you're looking for a premium calendar plugin, this list of the ten best WordPress calendar plugins for 2019 will help you decide which one is right for you. 

1. EventOn

EventOn

EventOn is one of the best-selling WordPress calendar plugins at CodeCanyon and it's no wonder. The calendar’s default setting shows a small photo thumbnail with event name, date, time and location. When a viewer clicks on that info in the calendar, it opens up to display more details including an embedded Google map, social media share buttons, and buttons that allow you to add the event to Google calendar or your own calendar. Users can also add future events when they’re part of a series or recurring events, like for events that occur weekly or monthly. 

If you need even more customisation, there are a number of add-ons available that will allow users to add functions like events with a countdown timer, seating selections, and ability to review the event. There’s also a FullCal add-on that adds a clean, grid-based design to the calendar to display events in a traditional calendar format, and the appearance editor allows you to customise the look of the calendar to match your website style.

User alexsieff says:

"Very good program. I love the flexibility. You can buy the basic module, which works well, and gradually according to your needs, add add-ons. Good assistance."

2. Bookly PRO

Bookly PRO

Bookly PRO offers users an automated online booking and scheduling calendar for WordPress. This fully-customisable booking form is responsive so that it can be used seamlessly on any device. It offers online payments, notifications, and syncs with Google Calendar. Booking lists can be searched, filtered, sorted and printed or exported to CSV.

Another great feature is the two-way synchronisation between Bookly Calendar and Google Calendar which automatically reflects all updates you make in either calendar.  

You can add more advanced functions to your default configuration with a wide selection of Bookly add-ons available with your purchase.

User Mabeny says:

"Great Plugin with several features and add-ons, really easy to customize and very quick, helpful and friendly support."

3. Calendarize it! for WordPress

Calendarize it for WordPress

Whether you need a lightweight events calendar or one with more options and features, Calendarize it! is an excellent choice. That's because, though it offers a traditional monthly events calendar as its default option, you can expand the functions of the calendar with the wide range of free and paid add-ons on offer.  

Some examples of great free add-ons available are the Social Share Panel, Member Profile, Ratings and Reviews, and the Visual CSS Editor add-ons. Other add-ons allow users to add a number of different calendar viewing options like an Event List View, Map View and Grid View.

User DEEPERBLUE says:

"Brilliant Calendar plugin. They really bent over backwards to resolve an issue we were having. Top notch support, highly recommend to anyone looking for a calendar on their WordPress site"

4. Booked—Appointment Booking for WordPress

BookedAppointment Booking for WordPress

Booked—Appointment Booking for WordPress is a simple appointment booking calendar that allows you to create a number of calendars, each with their own time slots and custom feeds and then to assign each calendar to a specific user to manage. 

Some of the plugin's outstanding features are guest booking which allows guest to book appointments without the need to register, custom time slots, custom appointment fields, customer ability to add events to their Google calendar, and colour customisation options.

User isntritchie says:

"Simple to use, yet complex to suit any need. A perfect combination. Support is fantastic and I cannot recommend this product high enough. I am a developer myself and everything from the interface to the performance is top tier!"

5. Timetable Responsive Schedule For WordPress

Timetable Responsive Schedule For WordPress

Timetable Responsive Schedule For WordPress is a powerful and easy-to-use WordPress event calendar plugin for users who want to create a timetable view of events in minutes and for users who want to take online reservations for an event within available free slots. These features make it an ideal plugin for solopreneurs like coaches and various kinds of teachers and tutors.

The plugin, which is also compatible with WPBakery Page Builder, comes with an integrated widget to display upcoming events in the form of a scrollable list. It is highly customisable and responsive and you can easily generate a PDF from your the timetable view if needed.

User zefstudio says:

"Great plugin! Easy to use! Modern design!"

6. Wordpress Pro Event Calendar

Wordpress Pro Event Calendar

Wordpress Pro Event Calendar offers an elegant and modern design, with responsive layout and easy to manage events. Some of its standout features are the ability to import events from ICS feeds and Facebook and to accept events submitted by front-end users, making it easy for users to add events. Other noteworthy features are Google Maps integration, custom fields and date range support, WPML support, ability to subscribe to a calendar, and much more. 

User datapress says:

"Great plugin and excellent support."

7. Events Calendar Registration and Tickets

Events Calendar Registration and Tickets

Events Calendar Registration and Tickets is a great choice if you regularly run seminars, events, classes, workshops, conferences, concerts, etc. from your WordPress site and need to provide participants with a means to register or purchase tickets. 

The plugin allows you to not only manage your events, but also keep track of attendees, and sell tickets all from the admin section of your website. What's more, the admin interface is easy to use and extensive documentation is provided to help you set up your events in no time. 

The all-in-one WordPress calendar plugin provides all the addons and features you need in an events calendar as part of the initial price, and you can rest assured that the software will be regularly updated to keep up with technological advances. 

User Han_Fei says:

"Great support, great plugin, really nice stuff... good job!"

8. Event Booking Pro

Event Booking Pro

If you're looking for an event booking system, you need to check out Event Booking Pro. The responsive WordPress calendar plugin is loaded with useful features like offline booking, PayPal and coupon integration, support for unlimited events and more. 

There's no shortage of shortcodes, and everything can be customised so that it integrates into your WordPress theme seamlessly. 

User Pahtreaq says:

"Great plugin that's rather easy to work with".

9. Events Schedule

 Events Schedule

Events Schedule is a simple WordPress calendar plugin that offers 12 unique schedule styles, each with different designs and features that can be modified with one click. Each style is suited to a different kind of business.

There are certain features that each template shares, like an elegant pop-up that provides more information about an event when you click designated areas of a calendar, the ability to assign certain details that make it easy to filter information in the calendars, and call-to-action buttons that you can insert to convince visitors to interact right away with your offer.  

User cjouper says:

"Has great template options for different ways to display calendars, depending on your content. When I needed help from tech support it was very quick and efficient. Highly recommend!"

10. HBook

HBook

HBook is a hotel booking system which is perfectly suited for anybody owning a business in the hospitality industry, be it a hotel, holiday apartment, or B&B. The booking system allows you to provide an online reservation system for your guests on your WordPress website. With it, you can add availability calendars, table rates and booking forms to your website quickly and easily. 

User emiliegrau says:

"Great customer support. Great plugin to take direct bookings from your own website. Nice integration with your own theme. You can also sync with major booking platforms."

Choose the Best WordPress Event Calendar Plugin for You

Today we've looked at the ten best WordPress Event Calendars for 2019. Obviously, the one you choose will depend on your specific needs. Give one of these calendars a try and let us know what you think in the comments below. 

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September 16 2019

09:33

How to Add an Appointment Booking Calendar With a WordPress Plugin

The internet has revolutionized many services that before were tedious or time-consuming. Booking an appointment is a great example. Booking online not only saves time for the user but also the service provider.

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An appointment booking plugin makes it easy to manage their visitors, appointments and schedules in a well-organized manner. Business such as salons, spas, law offices, hospitals, and clinics can benefit from such a system. I'll show you an easy way to add one in this tutorial.

If your business requires people to book appointments or reservations, a booking plugin can be a huge help. In this tutorial, I'll outline the steps you need to get a booking calendar plugin up and running on your site. We will use the Booked plugin to create an appointment booking calendar.

Features of Booked

Syncing

The Booked plugin can sync with calendars such as Google, Outlook, and iCal, thus making it easy to add reminders on devices. This feature allows visitors to insert appointments with their preferred calendar.

Add-Ons and Integrations

Booked accepts WooCommerce payments which allow your visitors to purchase appointments. It also includes other add-ons such as a calendar feed that allows you to display your appointments with apps like Apple Calendar or Outlook. 

Guest Booking

Booked allows new users to book appointments simply by providing a name and email address.

Powerful Back-End

Booked features a powerful admin back-end which allows the admin to manage all appointments.

Fully Responsive

Booked is fully responsive both for the end-user and admin. It can, therefore, be accessed via a mobile device without any difficulties. Business owners can also view and manage appointments on the go.

Post as Widget or Shortcode

The process of adding a new calendar involves placing a shortcode on the page where you wish to display the calendar. Or, you can add the calendar to your layout with a widget.

Booking List View

Booked also allows you to display available appointments as a list hence providing an overview of available time slots.

Custom Forms

Booked allows you to customize the login and registration form, and embed it anywhere using a shortcode. You can also create custom forms and mark them as required.

Color Picker

Booked also comes with a built-in color picker that allows you to create a calendar that matches the theme of your site

Multiple Calendars

Booked allows you to add multiple calendars, each with their own custom fields and time slots. These calendars are in turn assigned a booking agent to manage them

Getting Started

Start by downloading the Booked appointment plugin from CodeCanyon. Once you purchase the plugin, you will get a link to the downloadable files. Alternatively, you can find them in the download section of your account with your other purchased items.

Once you download the WordPress files, log in to your WordPress site, go to Plugins > Add New, and upload the zip file. After uploading, click Install Now, wait a few seconds, and then click Activate. You can now start using the plugin.

Configuration

Once installed, you'll need to configure the time and date settings from within WordPress. Go to General > Settings and set your preferred settings for:

  • timezone
  • date format
  • time format 
  • the day the week starts on (Sunday or Monday)

Next, you need to provide a way for users to book appointments. Booked provides both guest and registered user booking options. Guest registration ensures that your visitors don't have to remember login credentials.

Next, set the appointment redirect after successful appointment booking. There are two options available: no redirect and redirect to a particular page. Other important settings in this section include:

  • appointment time slots
  • appointment buffer
  • cancellation buffer
  • appointment limit
  • display options
  • color settings 

Calendars

Booked allows you to create and display multiple calendars for each of the services you offer on your site. Each calendar will have default timeslots, custom fields, and slots.

To create a new calendar, go to Appointments > Calendars, assign a unique name, an optional slug URL, a description, and an administrator.

Booked assigns each calendar a unique id. Once you have this id, you can display the booking calendar with the use of a shortcode .

add a calendar

Time Slots

A time slot is the length of time allocated to an appointment. Booked provides the ability to assign multiple timeslots to calendars. When a client clicks on a calendar, they will see the available timeslots and then choose to book one that is convenient for them.

To add custom timeslots go to Settings > Custom Time Slots and click on Add Dates. Choose the calendar you want to assign the time slots, the start, and end dates and finally add your preferred time slots. If you don't have any custom calendars, the slots will be assigned to the default calendar. 

You can add single or bulk time slots depending on the number of staff available

Displaying Calendars

Now that we are done with all the required settings, you can display any calendar on any page via the use of a shortcode. Booked provides unique shortcodes for each calendar. To get the shortcode for a calendar, go to Settings > Shortcodes and copy and paste the shortcode into the page where you wish to display the calendar.

Booked also provides the following additional shortcodes:

  • user profile shortcode: this will display a user profile
  • user's appointments shortcode: this will display all of a user's appointments
  • style shortcode: this allows you to choose between a list view or the default calendar
  • switcher shortcode: this allows you to display the switcher
  • year and month shortcode: this lets you display a specific year or month

A typical calendar will look something like this:

appoitnment

Conclusion

Booked is the perfect solution if you are looking for a simple and easy-to-use booking solution for your business.  This plugin also allows clients to view and manage their appointments via their client section. CodecCanyon also offers many other booking calendars with out of the box solutions if you wish to explore more options.

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September 15 2019

01:11

Best WordPress Quiz Plugins of 2019

A great way to improve website visitor engagement and get potential business is with quizzes. A quiz does not necessarily need to have academic questions. You can use one to help visitors figure out which product they should buy or books they should read, for example. Quizzes can also be created just for fun or to learn more about your visitors.

We have already created a post which provides a list of the best free WordPress quiz plugins

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However, free plugins are generally lacking in features and don't offer support in case you get stuck. Sometimes, you might also have to be content with the plugin branding that is added to all your quizzes with free plugins. If you are looking for the best premium WordPress plugins, offering a lot of features and free support, this post will help you out.

1. Advisor Quiz

Advisor Quiz is a great plugin which comes with plenty of features like multiple layouts, full customization, and support for ads integration.

Advisor Quiz

You can create regular trivia quizzes where visitors can test their knowledge by answering some questions. Two other types of quizzes called content filter and personality quizzes can also be created in a similar manner. They will allow you to provide users with some additional insight or product recommendation based on their answers.

There is one more quiz type that you can create, and it is called the count quiz. It can be incredibly helpful in certain situations.

Let's say you run a travel-related website where users can find information about vacation destinations. A visitor arrives on the website looking for some recommendations. Now, you can show them a simple quiz where they are shown some famous tourist spots. They can then select all the places that they have already visited. After answering a couple more questions, you will be able to suggest some new places that they can visit based on places they have already visited. The same concept can be applied to recommendations related to anything from food to movies or more.

The plugin comes with powerful analytics that let you track all quiz-related data. For example, you can see how many people started a quiz, successfully submitted their answers, clicked on the products and services you recommended, and so on.

The quizzes can be easily embedded in your posts using simple shortcodes. Don't forget to check out the live preview of the plugin where you can test out all the features.

2. WordPress Viral Quiz

The WordPress Viral Quiz plugin is currently the top-selling WordPress quiz plugin on CodeCanyon. You can use it to create personality or trivia quizzes which have a tendency to go viral. If your quizzes do get shared around by a lot of people, you will get more views and in turn more revenue.

WordPress Viral Quiz

For example, let's say you create a quiz where people answer some trivia questions about a popular movie star or TV show. In the end, the quiz displays their scores and shows them buttons that they can click on to directly share their results as well as the quiz itself with people on social media. You can also create quizzes where you give people an explanation for the answer of each quiz question after they submit their choice.

To increase the chances of more people seeing your quizzes, you can also set up the plugin in so that users only see the result when they share the quiz on social media. Similarly, you can build your email lists by asking users for their email address where you will send them the results of the quiz.

The plugin can be used to create quizzes with either a Buzzfeed theme or a modern flat theme. The questions in the quizzes can be randomized for different people. The quizzes you create are fully responsive and can be extended to multiple pages. The appearance of the quiz itself can be easily customized with your own CSS.

You should definitely check out the demo page of the plugin to see the kind of quizzes that you can create with it.

3. Modal Survey Quiz Plugin

The Modal Survey Quiz plugin allows you to create quizzes in the form of a poll or survey. These quizzes can be embedded directly into the posts or shown as a pop-up in a modal.

Modal Survey Quiz Plugin

You can either show the aggregate results of any poll or survey to visitors on the front-end of the website or you can see the results yourself on the back-end. This should help you make constant improvements to your website and help improve engagement or revenue.

The results of a survey are represented visually in order to make them easier to analyze. This is done with the help of a variety of charts.

The plugin can also be used to create other kinds of quizzes like a trivia or personality test. The trivia quizzes are created in a way that encourages visitors to share them on social media. You can also put a time limit on the quizzes that you create.

There are a lot of settings to customize almost every aspect of the quizzes. This includes font, padding, border, and background color. The plugin also gives you the option to trigger a quiz based on certain events like a user clicking on a link or scrolling to the bottom of the webpage. You then have the option to give users the ability to close the quiz pop-up or force them to answer the questions in order to get back to the content.

Quizzes can also consist of star ratings or images as part of the answer. For example, when asking users how satisfied are they with the delivery time of their orders, you can create a quiz with answers ranging from a one-star rating to a five-star rating. Using images and other graphic elements instead of plain text can help keep things more interesting and increase engagement.

The feature list does not end here. You should definitely check out the plugin description page in order to read about the rest of the features. Also take a look at the demo where polls and surveys are embedded seamlessly into the webpage.

4. ARI Stream Quiz

The ARI Stream Quiz plugin also aims to increase your website traffic by helping you create viral quizzes easily.

ARI Stream Quiz Plugin

Many features of this plugin are similar to the WordPress Viral Quiz plugin. For instance, it also comes with a Buzzfeed style theme and a standard theme. It gives users the option to share their result on a variety of social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

Some other features of the plugin that you might find interesting include the ability to show the questions in a random order or to shuffle the answers. The content on the final result page can also be customized based on the user's score.

You can embed the quizzes into any post or page using shortcodes. The statistics for each quiz are available in the admin dashboard. You can also export the results to a CSV file.

Give the demos of ARI Stream Quiz a try and see if you like the plugin.

5. Quizmaker

The Quizmaker plugin is specifically designed to help you create tests and exams for academic purposes. You can use these quizzes to evaluate how much the students who have taken a particular course learned from all the lessons.

Quizmaker

You can use the plugin to create many types of questions where users can select the right option from a dropdown menu or mark multiple correct answers using checkboxes. Similarly, users can input the answer in a simple text input field or write essay type answers.

You can create unlimited tests, and each test can have as many questions as you want. The questions in each quiz can be ordered randomly. The plugin also gives you the option to either show the same questions to everyone or select questions randomly from a large set. These two features by themselves can bring a lot of variation to the test.

If users solve a question incorrectly, you have the option of showing them the correct answer and its explanation either at the end of the quiz or as soon as they answer the question.

A single quiz can be assigned either to individual users or to a group of users.

The plugin also comes with a certificate composer which can be used to easily create some simple certificates to be given to users upon successful submission of a quiz. Different certificates can be assigned to different test scores for the same quiz.

The plugin offers multi-language support, and you can easily import questions from a CSV file. Similarly, you can also export the test results to a CSV file.

You can test all the features of the plugin yourself by taking some quizzes in the demo.

Final Thoughts

This article briefly summarized the features of some of the most popular and best WordPress quiz plugins available on CodeCanyon. Make sure you check out the demos of these plugins, and you will notice that they offer a lot of features compared to the free alternatives.

These plugins focus on the features as well as the appearance of the quiz so that the end result looks very premium and polished. You also get free lifetime updates and free support for six months to resolve your problems quickly.

Which of these plugins is most suited for your needs? Let us know in the comments.

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September 17 2019

02:28

Best WordPress Calendar Plugins of 2019

WordPress calendar plugins come in many styles and have features to suit an equally wide variety of needs. Some calendars offer complex booking or scheduling features, while others are simple event management calendars. 

Whatever your need, if you're looking for a premium calendar plugin, this list of the ten best WordPress calendar plugins for 2019 will help you decide which one is right for you. 

1. EventOn

EventOn

EventOn is one of the best-selling WordPress calendar plugins at CodeCanyon and it's no wonder. The calendar’s default setting shows a small photo thumbnail with event name, date, time and location. When a viewer clicks on that info in the calendar, it opens up to display more details including an embedded Google map, social media share buttons, and buttons that allow you to add the event to Google calendar or your own calendar. Users can also add future events when they’re part of a series or recurring events, like for events that occur weekly or monthly. 

If you need even more customisation, there are a number of add-ons available that will allow users to add functions like events with a countdown timer, seating selections, and ability to review the event. There’s also a FullCal add-on that adds a clean, grid-based design to the calendar to display events in a traditional calendar format, and the appearance editor allows you to customise the look of the calendar to match your website style.

User alexsieff says:

"Very good program. I love the flexibility. You can buy the basic module, which works well, and gradually according to your needs, add add-ons. Good assistance."

2. Bookly PRO

Bookly PRO

Bookly PRO offers users an automated online booking and scheduling calendar for WordPress. This fully-customisable booking form is responsive so that it can be used seamlessly on any device. It offers online payments, notifications, and syncs with Google Calendar. Booking lists can be searched, filtered, sorted and printed or exported to CSV.

Another great feature is the two-way synchronisation between Bookly Calendar and Google Calendar which automatically reflects all updates you make in either calendar.  

You can add more advanced functions to your default configuration with a wide selection of Bookly add-ons available with your purchase.

User Mabeny says:

"Great Plugin with several features and add-ons, really easy to customize and very quick, helpful and friendly support."

3. Calendarize it! for WordPress

Calendarize it for WordPress

Whether you need a lightweight events calendar or one with more options and features, Calendarize it! is an excellent choice. That's because, though it offers a traditional monthly events calendar as its default option, you can expand the functions of the calendar with the wide range of free and paid add-ons on offer.  

Some examples of great free add-ons available are the Social Share Panel, Member Profile, Ratings and Reviews, and the Visual CSS Editor add-ons. Other add-ons allow users to add a number of different calendar viewing options like an Event List View, Map View and Grid View.

User DEEPERBLUE says:

"Brilliant Calendar plugin. They really bent over backwards to resolve an issue we were having. Top notch support, highly recommend to anyone looking for a calendar on their WordPress site"

4. Booked—Appointment Booking for WordPress

BookedAppointment Booking for WordPress

Booked—Appointment Booking for WordPress is a simple appointment booking calendar that allows you to create a number of calendars, each with their own time slots and custom feeds and then to assign each calendar to a specific user to manage. 

Some of the plugin's outstanding features are guest booking which allows guest to book appointments without the need to register, custom time slots, custom appointment fields, customer ability to add events to their Google calendar, and colour customisation options.

User isntritchie says:

"Simple to use, yet complex to suit any need. A perfect combination. Support is fantastic and I cannot recommend this product high enough. I am a developer myself and everything from the interface to the performance is top tier!"

5. Timetable Responsive Schedule For WordPress

Timetable Responsive Schedule For WordPress

Timetable Responsive Schedule For WordPress is a powerful and easy-to-use WordPress event calendar plugin for users who want to create a timetable view of events in minutes and for users who want to take online reservations for an event within available free slots. These features make it an ideal plugin for solopreneurs like coaches and various kinds of teachers and tutors.

The plugin, which is also compatible with WPBakery Page Builder, comes with an integrated widget to display upcoming events in the form of a scrollable list. It is highly customisable and responsive and you can easily generate a PDF from your the timetable view if needed.

User zefstudio says:

"Great plugin! Easy to use! Modern design!"

6. Wordpress Pro Event Calendar

Wordpress Pro Event Calendar

Wordpress Pro Event Calendar offers an elegant and modern design, with responsive layout and easy to manage events. Some of its standout features are the ability to import events from ICS feeds and Facebook and to accept events submitted by front-end users, making it easy for users to add events. Other noteworthy features are Google Maps integration, custom fields and date range support, WPML support, ability to subscribe to a calendar, and much more. 

User datapress says:

"Great plugin and excellent support."

7. Events Calendar Registration and Tickets

Events Calendar Registration and Tickets

Events Calendar Registration and Tickets is a great choice if you regularly run seminars, events, classes, workshops, conferences, concerts, etc. from your WordPress site and need to provide participants with a means to register or purchase tickets. 

The plugin allows you to not only manage your events, but also keep track of attendees, and sell tickets all from the admin section of your website. What's more, the admin interface is easy to use and extensive documentation is provided to help you set up your events in no time. 

The all-in-one WordPress calendar plugin provides all the addons and features you need in an events calendar as part of the initial price, and you can rest assured that the software will be regularly updated to keep up with technological advances. 

User Han_Fei says:

"Great support, great plugin, really nice stuff... good job!"

8. Event Booking Pro

Event Booking Pro

If you're looking for an event booking system, you need to check out Event Booking Pro. The responsive WordPress calendar plugin is loaded with useful features like offline booking, PayPal and coupon integration, support for unlimited events and more. 

There's no shortage of shortcodes, and everything can be customised so that it integrates into your WordPress theme seamlessly. 

User Pahtreaq says:

"Great plugin that's rather easy to work with".

9. Events Schedule

 Events Schedule

Events Schedule is a simple WordPress calendar plugin that offers 12 unique schedule styles, each with different designs and features that can be modified with one click. Each style is suited to a different kind of business.

There are certain features that each template shares, like an elegant pop-up that provides more information about an event when you click designated areas of a calendar, the ability to assign certain details that make it easy to filter information in the calendars, and call-to-action buttons that you can insert to convince visitors to interact right away with your offer.  

User cjouper says:

"Has great template options for different ways to display calendars, depending on your content. When I needed help from tech support it was very quick and efficient. Highly recommend!"

10. HBook

HBook

HBook is a hotel booking system which is perfectly suited for anybody owning a business in the hospitality industry, be it a hotel, holiday apartment, or B&B. The booking system allows you to provide an online reservation system for your guests on your WordPress website. With it, you can add availability calendars, table rates and booking forms to your website quickly and easily. 

User emiliegrau says:

"Great customer support. Great plugin to take direct bookings from your own website. Nice integration with your own theme. You can also sync with major booking platforms."

Choose the Best WordPress Event Calendar Plugin for You

Today we've looked at the ten best WordPress Event Calendars for 2019. Obviously, the one you choose will depend on your specific needs. Give one of these calendars a try and let us know what you think in the comments below. 

Meanwhile, if you're interested in more options for calendar and booking plugins, check out the super helpful articles below. 

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September 16 2019

09:33

How to Add an Appointment Booking Calendar With a WordPress Plugin

The internet has revolutionized many services that before were tedious or time-consuming. Booking an appointment is a great example. Booking online not only saves time for the user but also the service provider.

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An appointment booking plugin makes it easy to manage their visitors, appointments and schedules in a well-organized manner. Business such as salons, spas, law offices, hospitals, and clinics can benefit from such a system. I'll show you an easy way to add one in this tutorial.

If your business requires people to book appointments or reservations, a booking plugin can be a huge help. In this tutorial, I'll outline the steps you need to get a booking calendar plugin up and running on your site. We will use the Booked plugin to create an appointment booking calendar.

Features of Booked

Syncing

The Booked plugin can sync with calendars such as Google, Outlook, and iCal, thus making it easy to add reminders on devices. This feature allows visitors to insert appointments with their preferred calendar.

Add-Ons and Integrations

Booked accepts WooCommerce payments which allow your visitors to purchase appointments. It also includes other add-ons such as a calendar feed that allows you to display your appointments with apps like Apple Calendar or Outlook. 

Guest Booking

Booked allows new users to book appointments simply by providing a name and email address.

Powerful Back-End

Booked features a powerful admin back-end which allows the admin to manage all appointments.

Fully Responsive

Booked is fully responsive both for the end-user and admin. It can, therefore, be accessed via a mobile device without any difficulties. Business owners can also view and manage appointments on the go.

Post as Widget or Shortcode

The process of adding a new calendar involves placing a shortcode on the page where you wish to display the calendar. Or, you can add the calendar to your layout with a widget.

Booking List View

Booked also allows you to display available appointments as a list hence providing an overview of available time slots.

Custom Forms

Booked allows you to customize the login and registration form, and embed it anywhere using a shortcode. You can also create custom forms and mark them as required.

Color Picker

Booked also comes with a built-in color picker that allows you to create a calendar that matches the theme of your site

Multiple Calendars

Booked allows you to add multiple calendars, each with their own custom fields and time slots. These calendars are in turn assigned a booking agent to manage them

Getting Started

Start by downloading the Booked appointment plugin from CodeCanyon. Once you purchase the plugin, you will get a link to the downloadable files. Alternatively, you can find them in the download section of your account with your other purchased items.

Once you download the WordPress files, log in to your WordPress site, go to Plugins > Add New, and upload the zip file. After uploading, click Install Now, wait a few seconds, and then click Activate. You can now start using the plugin.

Configuration

Once installed, you'll need to configure the time and date settings from within WordPress. Go to General > Settings and set your preferred settings for:

  • timezone
  • date format
  • time format 
  • the day the week starts on (Sunday or Monday)

Next, you need to provide a way for users to book appointments. Booked provides both guest and registered user booking options. Guest registration ensures that your visitors don't have to remember login credentials.

Next, set the appointment redirect after successful appointment booking. There are two options available: no redirect and redirect to a particular page. Other important settings in this section include:

  • appointment time slots
  • appointment buffer
  • cancellation buffer
  • appointment limit
  • display options
  • color settings 

Calendars

Booked allows you to create and display multiple calendars for each of the services you offer on your site. Each calendar will have default timeslots, custom fields, and slots.

To create a new calendar, go to Appointments > Calendars, assign a unique name, an optional slug URL, a description, and an administrator.

Booked assigns each calendar a unique id. Once you have this id, you can display the booking calendar with the use of a shortcode .

add a calendar

Time Slots

A time slot is the length of time allocated to an appointment. Booked provides the ability to assign multiple timeslots to calendars. When a client clicks on a calendar, they will see the available timeslots and then choose to book one that is convenient for them.

To add custom timeslots go to Settings > Custom Time Slots and click on Add Dates. Choose the calendar you want to assign the time slots, the start, and end dates and finally add your preferred time slots. If you don't have any custom calendars, the slots will be assigned to the default calendar. 

You can add single or bulk time slots depending on the number of staff available

Displaying Calendars

Now that we are done with all the required settings, you can display any calendar on any page via the use of a shortcode. Booked provides unique shortcodes for each calendar. To get the shortcode for a calendar, go to Settings > Shortcodes and copy and paste the shortcode into the page where you wish to display the calendar.

Booked also provides the following additional shortcodes:

  • user profile shortcode: this will display a user profile
  • user's appointments shortcode: this will display all of a user's appointments
  • style shortcode: this allows you to choose between a list view or the default calendar
  • switcher shortcode: this allows you to display the switcher
  • year and month shortcode: this lets you display a specific year or month

A typical calendar will look something like this:

appoitnment

Conclusion

Booked is the perfect solution if you are looking for a simple and easy-to-use booking solution for your business.  This plugin also allows clients to view and manage their appointments via their client section. CodecCanyon also offers many other booking calendars with out of the box solutions if you wish to explore more options.

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Best WordPress Calendar Plugins of 2019

WordPress calendar plugins come in many styles and have features to suit an equally wide variety of needs. Some calendars offer complex booking or scheduling features, while others are simple event management calendars. 

Whatever your need, if you're looking for a premium calendar plugin, this list of the ten best WordPress calendar plugins for 2019 will help you decide which one is right for you. 

1. EventOn

EventOn

EventOn is one of the best-selling WordPress calendar plugins at CodeCanyon and it's no wonder. The calendar’s default setting shows a small photo thumbnail with event name, date, time and location. When a viewer clicks on that info in the calendar, it opens up to display more details including an embedded Google map, social media share buttons, and buttons that allow you to add the event to Google calendar or your own calendar. Users can also add future events when they’re part of a series or recurring events, like for events that occur weekly or monthly. 

If you need even more customisation, there are a number of add-ons available that will allow users to add functions like events with a countdown timer, seating selections, and ability to review the event. There’s also a FullCal add-on that adds a clean, grid-based design to the calendar to display events in a traditional calendar format, and the appearance editor allows you to customise the look of the calendar to match your website style.

User alexsieff says:

"Very good program. I love the flexibility. You can buy the basic module, which works well, and gradually according to your needs, add add-ons. Good assistance."

2. Bookly PRO

Bookly PRO

Bookly PRO offers users an automated online booking and scheduling calendar for WordPress. This fully-customisable booking form is responsive so that it can be used seamlessly on any device. It offers online payments, notifications, and syncs with Google Calendar. Booking lists can be searched, filtered, sorted and printed or exported to CSV.

Another great feature is the two-way synchronisation between Bookly Calendar and Google Calendar which automatically reflects all updates you make in either calendar.  

You can add more advanced functions to your default configuration with a wide selection of Bookly add-ons available with your purchase.

User Mabeny says:

"Great Plugin with several features and add-ons, really easy to customize and very quick, helpful and friendly support."

3. Calendarize it! for WordPress

Calendarize it for WordPress

Whether you need a lightweight events calendar or one with more options and features, Calendarize it! is an excellent choice. That's because, though it offers a traditional monthly events calendar as its default option, you can expand the functions of the calendar with the wide range of free and paid add-ons on offer.  

Some examples of great free add-ons available are the Social Share Panel, Member Profile, Ratings and Reviews, and the Visual CSS Editor add-ons. Other add-ons allow users to add a number of different calendar viewing options like an Event List View, Map View and Grid View.

User DEEPERBLUE says:

"Brilliant Calendar plugin. They really bent over backwards to resolve an issue we were having. Top notch support, highly recommend to anyone looking for a calendar on their WordPress site"

4. Booked—Appointment Booking for WordPress

BookedAppointment Booking for WordPress

Booked—Appointment Booking for WordPress is a simple appointment booking calendar that allows you to create a number of calendars, each with their own time slots and custom feeds and then to assign each calendar to a specific user to manage. 

Some of the plugin's outstanding features are guest booking which allows guest to book appointments without the need to register, custom time slots, custom appointment fields, customer ability to add events to their Google calendar, and colour customisation options.

User isntritchie says:

"Simple to use, yet complex to suit any need. A perfect combination. Support is fantastic and I cannot recommend this product high enough. I am a developer myself and everything from the interface to the performance is top tier!"

5. Timetable Responsive Schedule For WordPress

Timetable Responsive Schedule For WordPress

Timetable Responsive Schedule For WordPress is a powerful and easy-to-use WordPress event calendar plugin for users who want to create a timetable view of events in minutes and for users who want to take online reservations for an event within available free slots. These features make it an ideal plugin for solopreneurs like coaches and various kinds of teachers and tutors.

The plugin, which is also compatible with WPBakery Page Builder, comes with an integrated widget to display upcoming events in the form of a scrollable list. It is highly customisable and responsive and you can easily generate a PDF from your the timetable view if needed.

User zefstudio says:

"Great plugin! Easy to use! Modern design!"

6. Wordpress Pro Event Calendar

Wordpress Pro Event Calendar

Wordpress Pro Event Calendar offers an elegant and modern design, with responsive layout and easy to manage events. Some of its standout features are the ability to import events from ICS feeds and Facebook and to accept events submitted by front-end users, making it easy for users to add events. Other noteworthy features are Google Maps integration, custom fields and date range support, WPML support, ability to subscribe to a calendar, and much more. 

User datapress says:

"Great plugin and excellent support."

7. Events Calendar Registration and Tickets

Events Calendar Registration and Tickets

Events Calendar Registration and Tickets is a great choice if you regularly run seminars, events, classes, workshops, conferences, concerts, etc. from your WordPress site and need to provide participants with a means to register or purchase tickets. 

The plugin allows you to not only manage your events, but also keep track of attendees, and sell tickets all from the admin section of your website. What's more, the admin interface is easy to use and extensive documentation is provided to help you set up your events in no time. 

The all-in-one WordPress calendar plugin provides all the addons and features you need in an events calendar as part of the initial price, and you can rest assured that the software will be regularly updated to keep up with technological advances. 

User Han_Fei says:

"Great support, great plugin, really nice stuff... good job!"

8. Event Booking Pro

Event Booking Pro

If you're looking for an event booking system, you need to check out Event Booking Pro. The responsive WordPress calendar plugin is loaded with useful features like offline booking, PayPal and coupon integration, support for unlimited events and more. 

There's no shortage of shortcodes, and everything can be customised so that it integrates into your WordPress theme seamlessly. 

User Pahtreaq says:

"Great plugin that's rather easy to work with".

9. Events Schedule

 Events Schedule

Events Schedule is a simple WordPress calendar plugin that offers 12 unique schedule styles, each with different designs and features that can be modified with one click. Each style is suited to a different kind of business.

There are certain features that each template shares, like an elegant pop-up that provides more information about an event when you click designated areas of a calendar, the ability to assign certain details that make it easy to filter information in the calendars, and call-to-action buttons that you can insert to convince visitors to interact right away with your offer.  

User cjouper says:

"Has great template options for different ways to display calendars, depending on your content. When I needed help from tech support it was very quick and efficient. Highly recommend!"

10. HBook

HBook

HBook is a hotel booking system which is perfectly suited for anybody owning a business in the hospitality industry, be it a hotel, holiday apartment, or B&B. The booking system allows you to provide an online reservation system for your guests on your WordPress website. With it, you can add availability calendars, table rates and booking forms to your website quickly and easily. 

User emiliegrau says:

"Great customer support. Great plugin to take direct bookings from your own website. Nice integration with your own theme. You can also sync with major booking platforms."

Choose the Best WordPress Event Calendar Plugin for You

Today we've looked at the ten best WordPress Event Calendars for 2019. Obviously, the one you choose will depend on your specific needs. Give one of these calendars a try and let us know what you think in the comments below. 

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