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  1. Organize events by hour/venue. In a day view, rows are hours and columns are venues.

    To better present events for festivals with multiple venues being run simultaneously, it be would be nice to have a day view where events are laid in a hours/venues matrix. Rows being the hours, columns being the venues.

    5 votes
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    • Enable SSL option for Events Calendar pages

      Because the Events Calendar is URL based, rather than pages, it is difficult to specify that calendar pages should be secured with SSL. How about a settings option for the events calendar pages to be SSL if the user has a certificate installed?

      10 votes
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      • Allow ics export for entire calendar year

        We publish an annual planning calendar and would like to duplicate it online. It would be really helpful if there were a way for our users to export a calendar year's worth of events at a time. Or better, a way to specify a date-range for exporting. I realize that a large date-range (perhaps even a year) would create a lot of entries, but for planning purposes, that's what users require. Asking them to export month-by-month seems a little cumbersome.

        27 votes
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        • Display Google map while adding EVENT LOCATION DETAILS to allow to check that the location on the map is correct before submitting the event

          Display a Google map aside of the EVENT LOCATION DETAILS on the add new/edit Event page, so one can check that the location address has no errors or misinterpretations by Google map and one can check the map if it is correct before submitting the event.

          90 votes
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          • Show more details on map pop-up

            As per this thread: https://theeventscalendar.com/support/forums/topic/map/#post-938982

            Add the ability to add more detail in the map pop-up, such as Venue Name, Event Start Date, Ticket Links, etc.

            145 votes
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            • Use Google Maps to autocomplete venue address boxes

              Having many venues it is a lot of pain to enter each adress. I have seen many plug ins that have a better way to do it. They offer just one line with google maps autocomplete to enter the adress! Thats the way it should be I think.Can provide screen shot.

              115 votes
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              • Venue Map - all Venues

                Each venue has an address and can display a Google Map showing people where it is.
                I need a single map which displays all venues. (Perhaps restrict the map to include only venues with events in a given date range.) For the map markers, allow a different marker per category, with venue details in a pop-up box, and marker grouping in case there are several venues close to each other.
                Several GPL plugins exist to produce a decent multi-marker map. Perhaps integration with one of them?

                92 votes
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                • Create a Visual Composer Extension

                  Create a module that can be configured using Visual Composer so that an event can be featured on the homepage or a list of upcoming events with a particular tag(s) or categories display

                  e.g. show next 3 events in category Y

                  86 votes
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                    Hello all,

                    Without being a full-fledged solution, please note that the upcoming version 4.3 of Events Calendar Pro will include a shortcode for the full calendar.

                    This will most likely cover a lot your needs such as:
                    1) Having the full calendar on the home page
                    2) Integrating the Calendar in a fixed container while using Visual Composer

                    Stay tuned!

                  • Composer Repo/Link for Pro Plugins

                    This doesnt neccesarily have to be a repo, it could just be a link to a versioned zip file.

                    Im sure its a major strurcture change, but, for instance, I can include ACF in my composer.json via the a link to a versioned zip file with my account key:

                    http://connect.advancedcustomfields.com/index.php?p=pro&a=download&k=ACCOUNT_KEY&t=VERSION_NUMBER

                    This is like, the lowest feature on the totem pole, but if you ever end up refactoring how pro files are distributed, it would be great if you would consider it.

                    15 votes
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                    • add waitlist capability

                      If events are sold out, it'd be nice to have a waitlist capability for last minute ticket cancellations.

                      280 votes
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                        Thanks for your votes! We have this on our longterm roadmap for Event Tickets Plus.

                        Some folks have started using the free Event Tickets addon as a waitlist ( https://wordpress.org/plugins/event-tickets/ ). With that plugin installed a new type of ticket becomes available: RSVP. You can add RSVPs “tickets” to sold out events. This allows users to share their email address if they are interested in attending. You can then email the list of interested users when a ticket becomes available.

                        With some minor wording modification you can even rename RSVP to “Waitlist” and change any other verbiage to help make this a decent wait list feature for your website.

                      • Improve list view to display all events per month/week/year/day etc.

                        The List view is probably the Event Calendars strongest selling point in my personal opinion.

                        But it could be even better.

                        Right now, the list view will display XX number of events, grouped into Months.
                        It will NOT however, display ALL the events occurring in that month on the same page, if there are more events then XX. Instead it will break the month view into two.
                        Likewise it will also display two months on the same page if there is not enough events in the first month to generate a page break.

                        It is potentially confusing for the end…

                        33 votes
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                        • In List View group events by day

                          It would be great to have the option to group events by day in the list view: Essentially creating a list that would look something like this;

                          Monday 1st:
                          -------------------
                          Event 1
                          Event 2
                          Event 3

                          Tuesday 2nd
                          --------------
                          Event 4

                          Thursday 4th
                          ------------
                          Event 5
                          etc.

                          Now we do have the List view, which is grouped by Month only, with no way to group events happening the same day under the same heading. (Apart from creating a template override I guess... )

                          21 votes
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                          • SEO Friendly permalinks: event/month-day-year/title

                            It would be great to have a bit SEO friendlyness for the URL structure. Either: event/month-day-year/title or event/category/month-day-year/title.

                            This would most certainly benefit everyones events to show up on Google abit better and the URL structure would keep consistent and clean all the way :)

                            More thoughts about URL friendlyness is described here: http://searchengineland.com/seo-friendly-url-syntax-practices-134218

                            What do you guys and gals think?

                            137 votes
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                            • Export to outlook calendars

                              Export to outlook calendars! Most of our users use Microsoft outlook and it would be helpful to have that feature with iCal and Google

                              76 votes
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                                planned  ·  33 comments  ·  The Events Calendar/Events Calendar PRO  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Have Calendar Widget show next 5 events regardless of month

                                in the calendar widget there are "only" shown events that are in the future of the current month. (I selected to show 5)
                                but if there are events in the following months and not in the present, it does only show the calendar, but not the next events.
                                sure, if I "switch" the month in the widget to another month, the events of this future or past month are shown, but the customers are lazy, they want to have it like:
                                when calling the site, show the X(5 in my case) upcoming events and only if i switch to future…

                                53 votes
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                                • Display search results in list view when month is default view

                                  When doing a keyword search when month/calendar view is default, it would be much more user friendly to display a list if search results of all future events rather than just searching and displaying those (if any) in the current month and having to scroll through.

                                  100 votes
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                                  • Allow users to Subscribe to Calendar via email

                                    Allow users to subscribe to the Events Calendar, so that they can receive an email informing them of upcoming events.

                                    191 votes
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                                      Howdy folks,

                                      Thanks for all the votes and feedback regarding this subscription/newsletter idea. It is something we have talked about a lot as a result of your feedback.

                                      The author of Events Calendar Newsletter, a third party plugin, just wrote an excellent tutorial regarding integrating that plugin with The Events Calendar so folks can subscribe to your calendar. It covers sending out event based newsletters, possible ways to add a subscribe button to your site, and so forth. It seems ideally suited to the folks requesting this feature. :) We have heard nothing but good things from the users of this Newsletter plugin and wanted to share this possible 3rd party solution with y’all that’s available now.

                                      Cheers!

                                    • Make it possible to print calendar

                                      For folks who send out calendars via PDF or need to make photocopies, it would be great to have a printable version.

                                      281 votes
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                                        While a bit of a roundabout solution, one possibility is to get the iCal export link and then run the .ics file through a converter such as https://icsconvert.appspot.com/

                                        And here’s a code snippet specific to the Twenty Sixteen theme that may be a good starting point for your own theme’s printer-friendly styling customization: https://gist.github.com/cliffordp/edec7dff1e2d92333682759d0b8de7de

                                      • Provide a way to set an indeterminate time/TBA/TBD for events

                                        An indeterminate time would be useful for placeholder-style events where the specific details aren't known. A plugin-level setting for the text to display, e.g. "TBA", would be nice too.

                                        233 votes
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                                        • One event with multiple venues

                                          If I have three venues that have the same event it would be nice to list all three venues instead of three events.

                                          173 votes
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                                            Thank you guys so much for this idea, and explaining the various use cases where it would be helpful. This has been some tremendous feedback, and helps us understand how best to address your needs.

                                            Some of you will benefit best from our upcoming templating feature, which would allow you to easily duplicate event details from one event to another while changing only the things that vary, such as a venue. Others will no doubt enjoy the ability to link arbitrary events together as one event series. This might be ideal for conventions and large events with multiple days and facilities. This too is an upcoming feature.

                                            The rest would clearly enjoy the ability to have just one event with multiple venues, as you can do with organizers. Thanks to all of your excellent feedback this too is now a feature on our roadmap. It will likely be implemented as…

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