Building a website using WordPress is the ideal solution for most nonprofits and event planners; choose a theme and the appearance, functionality and framework of your website is taken care of.
You can also install plugins for your website, which add extra functionality. With thousands to choose from—many of them free of charge—you can get your website to do just about anything, and with minimal programming knowledge, too.
With the right theme and plugins and you can very quickly build yourself a great looking event website. You can sell tickets from your website, build a social media following, provide detailed directions to your location—the list is endless.
Today we take a look at five fantastic plugins for event websites.
Ticket Sales Plugin: Ticket Tailor
Ticket Tailor is a complete ticketing solution for anyone looking to sell tickets via their WordPress website.
The plugin supports the two major payment processors: Stripe and PayPal. You can insert a customizable checkout on any page by using a simple shortcode, and you can also create a Ticket Tailor widget for your sidebar.
Instead of transaction fees, Ticket Tailor charges a flat monthly fee to use the service. Plans start at $25 for one event and allow for unlimited ticket sales.
List Calendar Plugin: EventOn
If you host more than one event, the EventOn calendar plugin to display all your upcoming events is a must—available for $25 at CodeCanyon.
Rather than the standard block calendar, EventOn displays your calendar in stylish list form, using a clean, minimalist design.
You can color-code your events, as well as adding key information under the title. Visitors are able to scroll down or click to move from month to month, and can filter the calendar to only display events they are interested in. You can display the calendar on any page or in a sidebar widget.
With all your events in one place, your lesser-known events get extra exposure and you can generate crossover sales.
Block Calendar Plugin: WordPress Event Calendar
If you’d prefer a traditional calendar view to display your upcoming events, the WordPress Event Calendar is the ideal solution.
Completely free, the plugin can be customized to fit your color scheme.
The calendars come in two formats: a larger full-page calendar, and a smaller widget based calendar that fits in your sidebar—users can click on an event to expand a box for more information, keeping your sidebar clutter-free.
Schedule Plugin: Timetable Responsive Schedule
Whether you’re hosting a business conference or music festival, people want to know the line up before they jump in and buy a ticket.
The Timetable Responsive Schedule—another premium plugin from CodeCanyon, available for $16—is the best solution for this.
You can create a day-by-day, hour-by-hour schedule for your event, consisting of chunky, colored blocks. The color of each block can be customized, which is great for creating a color coding system to indicate acts on a particular stage/room. Visitors can filter the timetable to only display acts in a certain category.
Map Plugin: Comprehensive Google Map Plugin
Perhaps less glamorous than the other plugins in this list, but no less important; people need to find your event before they can attend!
The Comprehensive Google Map plugin is completely free and allows you to build elegant looking maps using its intuitive interface.
To add a little flare to the map, you can choose from over 250 marker-types, and add a street view image so that people can see the real venue of your event.
Of course, many more WordPress plugins exist out there for event websites. This is just the tip of the iceberg, but it hopefully gets you thinking about what functionality your website needs, and some of the plugins that exist out there.
If there are any plugins you use on your event website that you couldn’t do without, let us know by leaving a comment below!