I think you will agree when I say: running an events website is a challenging feat. You have to create events, publish the same on your website, and register participants without messing things up. When working with variables such as different times, prices, and venues for various events, the task becomes 10X harder.
It turns out; you can easily create an events management system on your site using the Modern Events Calendar plugin. And in today’s review/how-to post, we show you exactly why Modern Events Calendar is one of the best WordPress event plugins to grace the web.
Read on to discover the features and options that make the Modern Events Calendar plugin stand out from the crowd. Don’t forget to check out the cool videos we’ve added towards the end of the article. Other than that, please share your thoughts in the comments. That out of the way, let’s get down to business.
What is Modern Events Calendar?
Modern Events Calendar is a brilliant plugin that helps you to create, publish, and manage events on your WordPress website. It’s the brainchild of the Webnus Team, a revered WordPress theme, and plugin developer. The plugin is packed to the brim with all the features you need to manage events on your WordPress site like a pro.
And as the name suggests, Modern Events Calendar offers you the latest design methods and a practical way of managing events without breaking a sweat. As such, the plugin is mobile-ready, fully responsive, translation-ready, and plays well with your favorite tools, such as WooCommerce, among others.
Plus the plugin is exceptionally user-friendly and well-designed to save you a ton of time. Instead of wasting time configuring settings, you can set up the whole thing in a few clicks and hit the ground running. Creating and managing events with MEC is as simple as A, B, C, you won’t need anybody to hold your hand.
If you’re looking for a fantastic events management plugin for your WordPress website, Modern Events Calendar is the real deal. And thanks to great timely customer support, the plugin helps you to save time, money and provide a great user experience on your website.
Now that you know what we are working with, we’ll start with the free version of Modern Events Calendar. Later on in the review, we cover the PRO version and add-ons that offer you more functionality without breaking the bank. Without wasting another second, let’s see what the plugin provides in terms of features.
Modern Events Calendar Features
The Modern Events Calendar plugin packs quite a punch in the features department. Even the free version makes you smile with an impressive suite of features that go beyond what many competing plugins offer. You’ll have a great time with the free version, but should you choose to upgrade, you can only expect more powerful features.
The number of features on this thing is pretty long, but I will do my best to summarize what you can expect from a WordPress events plugin like no other. Besides, you’ll probably never need all the features anyway, but if you ever do, Modern Events Calendar doesn’t disappoint.
Modern Events Calendar ships with a wide variety of features as we’ve classified below.
The plugin comes with a good selection of features and options that allow you to create a variety of event types easily. For starters, you can create single-day events, all-day events, and events that hold more than a day.
On top of that, you can customize your events extensively. For instance, you can add events to Google Calendar, iCal, or Outlook to manage events with your favorite tool. Additionally, you can easily add images, organizers, speakers, tags, categories, custom booking forms, hourly schedules, ticket variations, and location maps to your events.
Further, you can set events to repeat on custom days, e.g. every first Monday of each month and so on. That’s not all; you can create events that happen daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly. Also, you can create never-ending events, display featured events, set event countdowns, hide event time, add dynamic event labels, and do so much more.
Fret none; you get to see most of these features in action when we test drive the plugin later in the article. For the time being, let’s cover more features.
In terms of displaying events on your website, the Modern Events Calendar plugin is not short of attractive layouts that don’t get in the way of user experience. Your events look sharp and clean and are accessible to view and book. This is indeed great news since many other event plugins require tons of customization to achieve a decent look.
But Modern Events Calendar will have none of that. To help you display your events in the best light possible, the plugin comes with multiple color skins, ability to choose custom colors, Font Awesome icons, 5 list view styles, 7 grid view styles, full calendar view, agenda view, masonry view, events on Google Maps, powerful event search and so on.
So whether you want to display your events in a grid, list, carousel, or modal, the Modern Events Calendar plugin has your back. With full RTL support, filters, and so much more, your events will look good on a variety of devices. Plus, thanks to all the customization options you get, you can align your events with your brand in a matter of minutes.
Creating, displaying, and managing events on your WordPress website is good and everything, but booking attendees at the event is redundant. Why would a client view the event details on your website and wait to pay when they get to the event?
Don’t you think it’s better to charge for the event long before the attendees leave your website? That way, the attendee only needs to present their ticket at the event. You save time, make more money, and capture prospects that might have otherwise missed your event.
Modern Events Calendar offers you a brilliant suite of booking features, but only in the pro version. You get five payment gateways, various ticket types, coupons, custom fields, taxes, notifications, currency options, and the list goes on.
In terms of booking events, Modern Events Calendar offers you all the features you need to automate booking on your website entirely.
Modern Events Calendar is quite integration-friendly. Whether you’re using another WordPress event plugin or app, Modern Events Calendar doesn’t discriminate. You can integrate the plugin with a variety of event calendar plugins seamlessly.
What that means is you can easily import events from other WordPress event plugins and services. Other than that, you can export your events to third-party platforms with absolute ease. Additionally, Modern Events Calendar works with WooCommerce and a variety of page builders out of the box.
The plugin is extremely flexible, allowing you to run a fully automated event and booking management system on your site. From creating to displaying and booking events, Modern Events Calendar streamlines your workflow so you can focus on growing your business.
Modern Events Calendar is compatible with SEO plugins, WordPress multi-site, EventOn, The Events Calendar, Calendarize, cache plugins, Google Calendar, and Events Schedule WP Plugin, among others.
Developer Friendly Features
Modern Events Calendar is the perfect tool for WordPress power users, thanks to a suite of developer-friendly features. For starters, you can override pages, archives, and color skins in your theme. Additionally, you can fire custom WordPress functions, filter plugin options, customize shortcodes, and do so much more using hooks.
How to Install Modern Events Calendar Lite
So far so good we’ve been testing the waters, if only with our toes. It’s time to take the plunge. We can’t learn anything by sticking to the edges, so let’s dive in and get hands-on experience with this beast. The free version is available on the official WordPress plugin repo, so you know this is going to be easy.
Navigate to Plugins > Add New, as shown below.
Next, enter “Modern Events Calendar” in the search box, and then hit the Install Now button.
After that, hit the Activate button to finalize the installation.
Doing so leads you to the Modern Events Calendar welcome page you see in the screengrab shown below.
From the image above, notice the new M.E. Calendar item on the WordPress admin menu. At this juncture, you can start creating events.
Creating a new event using the Modern Events Calendar is easy. Navigate to M.E. Calendar and click Add Event, as shown in the image below.
Doing so leads you to a familiar-looking editor, as we detail below.
Add your event title, description, and scroll down to add more event details as we highlight below.
On the above screen, you can add all the details of your event. You can add location, venue, organizers, cost, hourly schedule, event repeating, featured image, and so on. It is effortless creating events with the Modern Events Calendar plugin.
Once you add all the details you require, hit the Publish button to post the event to your website. Here is how our sample event looks on our test website.
Looks great if you ask me 🙂
However, users cannot book events yet since we haven’t activated the booking module, which – if you recall – is only available in Modern Events Calendar PRO.
To activate the booking module in the pro version, navigate to M.E. Calendar > Settings > Booking, tick the Enable booking module checkbox and click the Save Changes button as shown below.
Doing so adds Payment Gateways to your MEC booking settings and a Bookings item to your WordPress admin menu.
Now that you can create an event and display it on your website, let us cover Modern Events Calendar Pro and add-ons.
Modern Events Calendar Premium Add-Ons
If you need more features, you can always spring for Modern Events Calendar Pro. Webnus offers three packages: 1 license at $75 bucks, five licenses at $255, and 10 licenses at $455 bucks.
Choose the plan that works for you, purchase and download the plugin. Next, log in to your WordPress admin dashboard, and navigate to Plugins > Add New.
On the Add Plugins screen, click Upload Plugin, choose the Modern Events Calendar .zip file and go to Install Now.
Next, activate the plugin.
After that, click M.E. Calendar, scroll down, enter your purchase token and click the Submit button as shown below.
Now that your premium version of Modern Events Calendar is ready, let us explore a few premium add-ons. To view and install add-ons, navigate to M.E. Calendar > Addons as shown below.
Alternatively, you can download the addons from your MEC account and install them on your site like a typical plugin. For the tutorial, we installed all the add-ons because where is the fun in holding back? 🙂
Let’s go over the premium Modern Events Calendar add-ons.
The Modern Events Calendar WooCommerce add-on allows you to sell event tickets via WooCommerce. On top of buying tickets, your users can also purchase other WooCommerce products. To use the WooCommerce Integration add-on, you need Modern Events Calendar Pro and WooCommerce.
Learn how to sell event tickets via the WooCommerce add-on in the following video:
All done 🙂 Now you know how to sell event tickets on your website via the WooCommerce add-on. Now you’re ready to install the next Modern Events Calendar add-on: the Elementor Form Builder.
Elementor Form Builder Add-On
The Elementor Form Builder add-on helps you to create unique forms for your tickets in the Elementor page builder. The add-on comes with plenty of options to create and style your forms whichever way you desire.
To use the add-on, you need Modern Events Calendar Pro and the Elementor page builder. Watch the short video below to learn more.
Next, we have the Elementor Single Builder Addon.
Elementor Single Builder Addon
The Elementor Single Builder Addon offers you exactly what you need to create tailor-made templates for your events in Elementor. The addon offers you plenty of options to create stylish event pages that are super-duper easy to customize in Elementor.
Watch the video below for more information on how to install the addon on your WordPress website.
Elementor Single Builder Addon out of the way, let us move on to the next one.
Elementor Shortcode Builder Addon
The Elementor Shortcode Builder Addon allows you to create and customize unlimited MEC shortcodes in Elementor. Shortcodes allow you to display your events anywhere on your website. You can custom styles easily, and show/hide elements in different shortcodes easily.
To learn more, please watch the short video below.
Then we have the Event API Addon.
Event API Addon
If you’d like to copy events from one website into another, you’ll absolutely love the Event API Addon. The add-on allows you to view events from your WordPress website on any web application or platform. It’s the perfect tool to move events between applications without coding knowledge.
Watch the short video below for more information.
Next, the Multisite Event Sync Addon.
Multisite Event Sync Addon
Do you run a multisite events website? Thanks to the Multisite Event Sync Addon, you can easily sync events on your subsites with the main website. Once you select the subsites to be synced in your admin panel, any changes to the main website are inherited by the subsites.
Check out the video below for more details.
User Dashboard Addon
If you’d like to create a specific page for each user, you need the User Dashboard Addon. The custom user page contains details such as purchased tickets, booked events and so on. The addon allows your users to log in on the frontend to purchase tickets.
Check out the video below for more details.
And that’s it. More premium addons such as invoicing are coming soon, meaning you have even more features to look forward to.
If you’d like to buy any of the premium add-ons, they’re all available on Webnus. Prices range from:
- WooCommerce Integration, which allows you to connect the plugin with WooCommerce seamlessly so you can collect payments on your website. The addon costs $35 bucks
- Elementor Shortcode Builder, which will set you back $35
- Elementor Form Builder at $35
- Elementor Single Builder at $35
- Elementor Add-Ons Bundle, which includes all 3 Elementor addons for $79
- Woo Plus Elementor Bundle (made up of all 4 Elementor and WooCommerce addons) at $99
- Event API at $45 bucks – This one allows you to display events on other devices or websites
- Multisite Event Sync at $35
- User Dashboard to create custom user pages at $35
Modern Events Calendar is a splendid option for anybody looking to create professional events without breaking a sweat or the bank. The plugin is simple to configure and use, even if it ships with a million and one features. And if you ever need more juice, you have the pro version as well as premium add-ons.
Which is your favorite WordPress events plugin? Or do you have any questions about the Modern Events Calendar not covered in out guide? Let us know in the comments.