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We’re always looking for new and awesome ways to improve our products. We think they’re pretty great out of the box, but we also know that there are often things that could make them even better for how folks like yourself use them in the real world. Our tools help the right people, get to the right place at the right time. How can we improve our products and make them super awesome for you and your users? That’s where we can use your help!

If there are features that our products do not currently support but you think would be a huge added value for you and lots of other people, then please share them here with us. The submission form will walk you through a few quick questions to get the ball rolling.

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  • Look to see if someone else has suggested the same idea, or something very similar. Many ideas are being submitted and it’s very possible that another request already exists. In that case, add your vote to the existing request.
  • Be as descriptive as possible. What does the feature do? Where would it be located? Who would use it? How does this improve the overall experience of managing an events calendar in WordPress?
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  1. Add an XML importer

    Enable importing events/venues/organizers via XML (either file or URL, preferably URL). Some great event feeds are available in XML only.

    11 votes
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    • Post Calendar Events to Facebook

      I would like to see the plugin go from Event Cal to FB, not FB to Event Cal.

      187 votes
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      • Show amount of events for each pin marker in Map View

        For now if i have many events in one place, i only have on point. It could be nice to show in some way that this is a multi events place.

        24 votes
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        • Shortcode for Community Events

          i need to embed the community event submission form into a page. shortcode or some other way to accomplish this would be very useful.

          45 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.

            174 votes
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              Howdy Guys,

              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!

              - Brook

            • WP-Admin listing of venues and organizers with more columns/data

              I would like to see more data fields in the admin dashboard listings for my venues and organizers, such as:

              venues: address, city, hyperlink, phone number
              organizers: name, email, web page, phone

              Is that already possible?

              11 votes
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              • Create black out dates for community submitted events, such as holidays

                Allow for an event to have a "priority" that can override & block out other events on that day

                As an example ... I have a fitness center client that has 40 recurring events and they fall on the same day of the week as Christmas. It would be great to set up "Christmas" to be the main event that 1 day and override all the other events that are recurring so we don't have to modify the 40 events because they are closed on that holiday.

                9 votes
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                • Custom Export of Events data

                  The WP Export function doesn't always play nice with custom post types and all of their info. I was moving my events calendar from one site to another with a new layout and many of the events were jumbled or displayed incorrect info. It would be awesome to have a custom Export and Import feature for TEC

                  23 votes
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                  • Email list of event attendees to admin before event

                    Have a field to enter in the amount of time you wish to receive an automatic email of event attendees and a field to enter who the email is sent to. This idea was suggested to me by one of our clients, it would make it easier for event organizers to view the attendee list if they are uncomfortable with using the WordPress back end.

                    Loving the plugin by the way, Cheers!

                    259 votes
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                    • Shortcode for Ticket Purchase (Eventbrite, etc.)

                      While the Events Calendar is quite robust, we'll sometimes have standalone pages for larger events. Purchasing tickets might be easier on those pages than on a brief synopsis in The Events Calendar.

                      Could we have a shortcode to display Eventbrite/etc. tickets on posts/pages?

                      Anchors don't work well with most naming structures.

                      11 votes
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                        Hello all,

                        Thank you for your votes and comments.
                        We would love to see more votes on this one.

                        Also, as it stands, please note that for RSVP and Event Tickets plus tickets, it is already possible to add them to posts, pages and custom post types (not via a shortcode, but by selecting the appropriate setting under the Events > Settings > Tickets tab)

                        Cheers

                      • Multiple calendars for the same website, with options to make one private

                        I am using your calendar for my events calendar on my website. I have a different calendar of specials and happy hours but I cannot find a calendar that's anywhere near as good. I just wish I could embed it twice and have 2 completely different calendars. Week view without times would be awesome! It's really hard to find a calendar that allows you to list a bunch of things that all happen at the same time of day.

                        21 votes
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                        • 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.

                          194 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

                          • Order events on main page by post (creation) date

                            It is possible to add posts to the main page. However, it these are sorted by event date. It would be useful to have these sorted by posting date.

                            For example:

                            1. On the 1st, write a blog post.
                            2. On the 2nd, post an event for the 15th.
                            3. On the 3rd, write another blog post.

                            Currently these will appear in this order:

                            2
                            3
                            1

                            It would be useful to display the creation date of the event (i.e. when the event was posted), and order it as such on the main page. So, order as:

                            3
                            2
                            1

                            4 votes
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                            • Sort events by Date Published

                              In the admin panel, a column to sort when the event was published. This would be super helpful to people who publish and schedule months in advance.

                              8 votes
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                              • Widget Displaying Recently Added Events

                                My users have requested a feature to allow them to see recently posted events - very useful for those who check the calendar regularly.

                                15 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.

                                  104 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…

                                  • Choose Which Events Show on Blog, Rather than All or None

                                    Maybe you could see a window with a list of all the events, and check which ones to add to the blog, or you could choose an event category whose events would show on the blog.

                                    19 votes
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                                    • Add support for the calendar in a subdirectory like /subdir/events/

                                      Currently we can use /Events or /Calendar as the root level or slug. I propose having the ability to use /Football/Schedule or /Parents/Calendar

                                      11 votes
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                                      • Event Slider

                                        Ability to add code to a slider to display one event per slide. The code syntax would contain the first, second, third, etc event to be displayed. A slide template would be available for customization. Expired events would not be displayed. Provide an alternate default slide in the case where there are no upcoming events.

                                        26 votes
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                                        • Add social share options

                                          Add an option for these custom posts (each event) for social sharing (FB, twitter, etc. etc.) which will allow visitors to share directly a particular event from the event page.

                                          35 votes
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