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Bolting new views on to The Events Calendar

6 December 2017 (updated 6 December 2017)

The Events Calendar is a useful calendaring plugin for WordPress providing a number of default views (list, month and day views) through which visitors can browse published events.

Sometimes those default views are all you need — they are well crafted and look great out of the box in most cases. Other times, in order to make those calendar views really mesh with the active theme (or with other facets of a project), some stylistic changes may need to be made via custom CSS or by altering the HTML output.

That’s great and the process for doing so is pretty well documented, but an alternative approach I wanted to explore was to take an existing view and use it as the foundation for an entirely new view with a look and feel all of its own. In other words, instead of customizing list view (for example) I wanted to leave it as it is and simply use it as the foundation for a new view that would run side-by-side with it and act in a very similar way, but look quite different .

Editing submitted custom attendee data

1 August 2017

Event Tickets Plus is a WordPress plugin you can use to sell tickets for events.

Part of its feature set is a natty bit of functionality called Custom Attendee Meta, which lets organizers collect arbitrary bits of data from attendees. For example, it can be used to gather information such as t-shirt sizes or special dietary requirements … and so is incredibly useful for many events.

At time of writing, though, it does not yet allow the site admin to edit the submitted data. So, if Tom Thumb comes along and buys a ticket to an event and incorrectly gives his t-shirt size as medium then sends the site owner an email requesting they update this to extra large, the site owner is out of luck — they’re going to have to come up with some other system for recording this change (unless they poke about and make changes directly within the database, something often best avoided).