WP Pipeline – WordPress Mass Control Plugin

WP Pipeline is a WordPress plugin that lets you manage multiple WordPress sites from one central location …

WP Pipeline - WordPress Mass ControlDo you own or manage multiple WordPress sites on different domain names?

If so, then you probably already know just how much work it can be keeping track of multiple WordPress installations and ensuring that all sites, plugins, and themes are regularly maintained and kept up-to-date.

Despite all the hype and promises made online when it comes to tools that can help you manage WordPress sites, there is no “one-click” solution that can perform a complete and thorough WordPress maintenance routine or at least anything that will keep multiple WordPress sites completely up-to-date and fully backed up automatically.

WP Pipeline, however, comes very close to being a “one-stop” multiple WordPress site maintenance and management solution. If you currently manage or plan to manage multiple WordPress sites, then you should consider investing in WP Pipeline.

Here’s why …

WP Pipeline lets you perform important WordPress management tasks from one central location, including:

  • WordPress security
  • Upgrading WordPress plugins
  • Upgrading WordPress themes
  • Upgrading WordPress software
  • Creating backups of WordPress sites
  • Creating duplicate WordPress sites or cloning WordPress blogs
  • Finding WordPress themes or WordPress plugins that you have purchased
  • And more …

Here are just some of the main built-in features of this software:

  • Clone one or all of your WordPress sites or blogs in just a few clicks
  • Backup one or all of your WordPress sites or blogs with a wide range of backup options
  • Perform all of your WordPress updates (software, plugins, and themes) with just one click
  • WPPipeline can also be used to manage a single WordPress site.

These features are explained in more detail below.

Tip

If you plan to build multiple WordPress sites on a single domain, then consider using WordPress Multisite (a built-in feature of WordPress).

About WP Pipeline

WP Pipeline was developed by Tony Marriott and Ben Shaffer, two successful internet marketers with an established reputation for building quality software products and providing great customer support.

Important

As WP Pipeline users get access to training videos and a step-by-step user guide when they purchase the software, there’s no point reproducing the training documentation here. Instead, we provide an overview of the plugin’s features and links to the plugin’s website.

WP Pipeline – Overview Of Main Features

WP Pipeline is a WordPress plugin that you install on a separate WordPress site in any domain name that you own. Further below in this tutorial we also discuss methods for ensuring that your installation remains private and securely protected.

Once installed and configured, the plugin allows you to manage multiple WordPress sites from just one central location (i.e. the WordPress admin area in the site where the plugin was installed) …

WP Pipeline - WordPress Mass Control

Securing Your Information

Since you are going to be storing all of your WordPress site passwords, ensuring that your information remains secure is the utmost priority.

WP Pipeline offers a simple, but extremely powerful and secure method to protect your details from hackers and unauthorized users by using a “secret” key.

Your secret key will be used to encrypt all site password information stored in WP Pipeline. It is very important that you remember your secret key as you will need to enter it each time you use WP Pipeline. The secret key is never stored on, or passed to, the server and will expire as soon as your browser session is finished (i.e. when you close your browser or turn off your computer).

You can have a secret key up to 128 characters so a memorable sentence is a good way to think up and remember a secret key. You can change your secret key at any time but you will need to remember the current secret key to that.

Only you will know your secret key. If you lose it or forget it you cannot retrieve it as it is not stored anywhere. You will need to delete and re-install your site again if you do.

All sensitive data is encrypted using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) (Ryjndael 256) …

WP Pipeline - WordPress Mass Control

OK, with your secret key now set you will be presented with a page similar to that shown below …

WP Pipeline - WordPress Mass Control

Blog Registration Management

WP Pipeline - WordPress Mass Control

Here are some of the main features of this section:

WP Pipeline allows you to create unlimited blog groups for efficient and structured management …

WP Pipeline - WordPress Mass Control

As the administrator, you have full control over user, blog group and functions access …

WP Plugin Maker - Create Your Own WordPress Plugins In Minutes!

You can add or edit individual site registrations …

WP Plugin Maker - Create Your Own WordPress Plugins In Minutes!

Batch add sites for high speed and efficiency …

WP Plugin Maker - Create Your Own WordPress Plugins In Minutes!

See all your WordPress sites’ information with one click …

WP Plugin Maker - Create Your Own WordPress Plugins In Minutes!

Simple traffic light display tells you exactly what needs updating …

WP Pipeline - WordPress Mass Control

Build plugin & theme libraries for mass deployment …

WP Pipeline - WordPress Mass Control

You can also add premium or downloaded plugins and themes to the library …

WP Pipeline - WordPress Mass Control

Plugins and themes in your library can be mass deployed to your WordPress sites or blogs – this allows you to easily create and clone fully configured WordPress site templates …

WP Pipeline - WordPress Mass Control

Fine control over your sites allows you to update any WordPress software version, plugins or themes …

WP Pipeline - WordPress Mass Control

In short, you can put anything anywhere or everywhere with just one click …

WP Pipeline - WordPress Mass Control

Central Control Of Backups

All backups are controlled from one place …

WP Pipeline - WordPress Mass Control

  • Centrally configure all backups
  • Choose what you want to backup
  • Schedule when you want to backup

WP Pipeline - WordPress Mass Control

  • Backup to email
  • Backup to a remote blog folder on your server, or
  • FTP backups to another server

WP Pipeline - WordPress Mass Control

WP Pipeline - WordPress Mass Control

  • Schedule backups on any or all sites/blogs

WP Pipeline - WordPress Mass Control

  • Backup any or all sites/blogs on demand

WP Pipeline - WordPress Mass Control

Cloning, Moving, Templating & Installing Blogs
  • Create a new site template or clone of any blog.
  • Build a blog template library.
  • Super fast deployment of everything from skeleton templates to fully built sites.

WP Pipeline - WordPress Mass Control

WP Pipeline is fully integrated with cPanel

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Note: cPanel is not required for the WP Pipeline plugin to work.

The integration with cPanel allows you to easily create a database and install a new WordPress site extremely fast …

WP Pipeline - WordPress Mass Control

Updating WordPress Versions, Themes, And Plugins

When any of your sites need to be updated, you will be informed on your dashboard. You can then choose to just update that site, or update any sites that need to be updated.

With WP Pipeline you can:

  • Update each site individually
  • Update all your sites by clicking just one button
  • Update just the themes
  • Update just your plugins
  • Update just your WordPress installations
Deploying WordPress Themes And Plugins

If you want to upload a new theme or plugin to one of your sites or to multiple blogs, then you can do this in just a few clicks from your dashboard. You can also deactivate plugins or themes in the same way. This works the same way with either single themes or plugins or multiple themes and plugins.

With WP Pipeline you can:

  • Choose any of the themes or plugins from the official WordPress repository
  • Choose any themes or plugins you have purchased or created which are on your computer
  • Install on all of your sites or just those that you select
Creating New Blogs

If you want to create a new site with a particular set up, then you can do this from the main dashboard in just a few clicks. You are able to create and save multiple profiles which are based on sites that you already have. This is particularly powerful if you want to set up a large number of sites with the same setup.

With WP Pipeline you can:

  • Create a clone of an existing site
  • Create a totally new installation
Activating And Deleting Themes And Plugins

Sometimes you no longer want to use a theme or a plugin on your sites. By clicking a few buttons, you can deploy this across all of your selected sites.

With WP Pipeline you can:

  • Activate/Delete a theme or plugin on just one site
  • Activate/Delete multiple plugins on a site
  • Activate/Delete just one or multiple themes and plugins on multiple sites
Blog Grouping

You will often find that you have different kinds of sites that you want to put into groups. Or, perhaps, you have different clients and want to keep them separate.

WP Pipeline enables you to create as many groups as you like and put all of your different sites in different groups. You can then pull up just the group of sites which you want to manage.

User Management

This is an incredibly powerful feature which allows you to give multiple users access to your dashboard. Each one can have different permissions on what they are allowed to do and what sites they have access to.

This is very useful if you have clients, employees or even if you want to sell certain sites and give them temporary access.

With WP Pipeline you can:

  • Give different permissions to different WordPress users
  • Restrict access to certain sites to certain users
  • Restrict access to groups of sites to certain users
Backing Up Your Blogs

From one central location, you can set up scheduled backups for your sites so that if tragedy does happen, then you can easily restore the backup.

With WP Pipeline you can:

  • Backup on demand or on a schedule
  • Send backup files via email, FTP, AWS or locally
WordPress Site Management

WP Pipeline makes it extremely easy to add or delete sites from your dashboard.

With WP Pipeline you can:

  • Add sites individually
  • Add multiple sites via the import function
Central Plugin And Theme Directories

You probably have a lot of plugins and themes that you have bought or use regularly. WP Pipeline will enable you to keep a library of all of these plugins and themes so that you can easily find what you want.

WP Pipeline – Additional Notes

This section contains additional information on using WP Pipeline to manage your WordPress sites and new WordPress installations.

Installing WP Pipeline

WP Pipeline requires the installation of two separate components:

  • The WP Pipeline Master plugin (the main application that controls all the management functions of your WordPress sites – you install this one time on your main control dashboard), and
  • The WP Pipeline Slave plugin (this plugin performs the upgrades and functions in each of your WordPress sites – a copy of this plugin must be uploaded to each WordPress site that you want to manage using WP Pipeline.)
WP Pipeline Master Plugin

WP Pipeline Master plugin should be installed on a fresh clean WordPress site.

For added security, we recommend the following:

  1. Install a new WordPress site on a subfolder of a domain that you own (e.g. yourdomain.com/subfoldername).
  2. Give the subfolder where you plan to install the new WordPress site an obscure name that only you will know.
  3. Configure your WordPress Reading Settings to disallow search engines from finding and indexing your WordPress site
  4. Apart from the WP Pipeline plugin, install no other plugins into your site, except for a WordPress plugin called WP Maintenance Mode. After activating and configuring this plugin, a “Maintenance Mode” screen will appear to any visitor who accidentally stumbles upon this site, or who tries to access any of its pages, as shown in the screenshot below …

WP Pipeline - WordPress Mass Control

For a step-by-step tutorial on how to configure this plugin, go here:

WP Pipeline Slave Plugin

The WP Pipeline Slave plugin will also install other integrated plugins like Duplicator and BackWPUp.

If these are already installed on your target (slave) site then simply deactivate those plugins. The integrated versions with WP Pipeline will automatically pick up any settings you have already made and give you central control of these features.

WP Pipeline – Plugin Requirements

WP Pipeline requires the following to run:

  • PHP 5.2.17
  • ionCube loader 4 (see below)
  • Install WP Pipeline Master on WordPress 3.0 and higher

The plugin uses ionCube to protect some of its core code. This helps protect the plugin developers against piracy and WordPress users against hackers. However, this means that a file called the ionCube loader must be installed on the same server where your WordPress sites or blogs are installed.

Most mainstream webhosting companies will already have this loader installed. If not, it’s easy to ask your server provider to turn it ‘on’.

The WP Pipeline User Guide provides additional instructions for using the plugin with specific hosting companies. It also contains troubleshooting instructions if you experience problems related to the ionCube loader. If you get a loader error message when installing or activating your plugin, refer to the User Guide.

For example, you may get an error message saying that there is no loader installed or that the wrong (older) version of the loader is installed.

In either case, you should contact your web hosting support and ask if the ionCube loader can be installed or updated. The loader should be kept up-to-date in the same way as the PHP version or Apache version etc. so it should be normal practice for your host to keep this updated.

Should your host require information on how to install or configure the ionCube loader on your server, refer them to the following pages:

Also, if you experience error messages when trying to upload plugins to your library, it may be that your server has not allocated sufficient memory in its PHP configuration to allow the uploading to be performed …

WP Pipeline - WordPress Mass Control

If you get an error message similar to the one shown above, then ask your host to change these settings in your PHP Configuration Editor.

If you know what you are doing and you have access to your server settings, you can make these changes yourself, otherwise, just ask your host to do it for you …

WP Pipeline - WordPress Mass Control

Finally, WP Pipeline also requires a valid license configured for the domain name you intend to run the application from. After purchasing your copy, you can register the domain name in your WP Pipeline members area. You will then receive an activation code for your plugin.

WP Pipeline is well supported and comes with step-by-step documentation (User Guide and video tutorials) that show you how to install, configure and use the plugin. These are all accessible in your member’s area after purchase.

For more information about WPPipeline, go here: WP Pipeline

To learn about other plugins and tools for managing multiple WordPress sites, go here:

How To Manage Multiple WordPress Sites

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Using Post Categories To Improve WordPress SEO, User Navigation & Content Layout

Learn how to improve SEO, user navigation, and the content layout of your website or blog using post categories …

Using Post Categories To Improve WordPress SEO, User Navigation & Content Layout

WordPress post categories help keep your website and your content organized, boost your search engine rankings, and make it easier for site visitors to find what they are looking for.

WordPress post categories can also be used to improve your content layout.

In this tutorial, we’ll look at ways to improve SEO, user navigation, and the content layout of your website or blog using post categories.

Info

For a detailed step-by-step tutorial on WordPress post categories and how to set up and use categories in your posts, see the tutorial below:

Improve WordPress SEO, User Navigation & Content Layout With Post Categories

Categories are normally assigned to WordPress Posts, not Pages , so we’ll focus on posts in this tutorial (if you are unsure about the difference between posts and pages, see our tutorial on WordPress Posts Vs WordPress Pages).

Tip

If you need to add categories (and tags) to your WordPress pages, you can install a plugin like Post Tags and Categories For Pages.

Planning Your Categories

Even though WordPress is flexible enough to let you add new categories ‘on the fly,’ if you don’t plan your categories (and subcategories) properly, you will find it harder to keep your site organized and manageable as more content gets added to your site.

If you need help planning your website, your content, or your categories, see our website planning tutorials and our guide on keeping your website manageable and organized.

Improving WordPress SEO With Post Categories

The simplest and easiest way to improve WordPress SEO with post categories is to:

  1. Set up permalinks to include categories, and
  2. Install and configure an SEO plugin like Yoast SEO

Include Categories In Your Permalinks

Permalinks are a feature of WordPress that lets you set up search-engine friendly URLS (for more details, see our tutorial on how to set up and use WordPress permalinks).

When configuring your permalinks, all you need to do is make sure that post categories are included in the URLs …

Include categories in your permalinks

(Include categories in your permalinks)

This will automatically display search-engine friendly URLs with your categories (and subcategories) and post title keywords …

Search-engine friendly URLs with categories and subcategories included

(Search-engine friendly URLs with categories and subcategories included)

Use An SEO Plugin

Installing an SEO plugin like Yoast SEO will not only improve the SEO of your content, it also lets you optimize your post categories, category archive pages, etc. …

Optimize your post categories with an SEO plugin

(Optimize your post categories with an SEO plugin)

Adding category descriptions will display on some WordPress themes and can help to boost your content’s SEO …

Category descriptions can help boost your content's SEO

(Category descriptions can help boost your content’s SEO)

Once your permalinks and SEO plugin settings are configured for your post categories, WordPress will then automatically start delivering you the SEO benefits of search engine-friendly URLs and better content indexing.

Improving User Navigation With Post Categories

Post categories can be used to improve user navigation on your WordPress site in different pages and different sections of your site, on site maps, menus, sidebar widgets, archive pages, even different RSS feeds.

Here, for example, are some of the ways you can help users navigate your content using post categories …

Categories Widget

Adding a categories widget to your sidebar lets users find related content assigned to a category …

Add a categories widget to your sidebar

(Add a categories widget to your sidebar)

When users click on a category link on the categories widget, they are taken to a category archive page.

Category Archive Pages

Category archive pages group together all posts assigned to a category …

Category archive page

(Category archive page)

Breadcrumb Navigation Links

Breadcrumb navigation links display on some WordPress themes.  Displaying categories in breadcrumb navigation links not only helps to improve user navigation, but also SEO …

(Display categories in breadcrumb navigation links)

Clicking on the category section of the breadcrumb link will take users to the category archive page.

Info

If you use the Yoast SEO plugin and your WordPress theme does not support breadcrumb navigation links by default, you (or your website developer) will either need to edit your theme’s templates and add a snippet of code to display breadcrumbs, or choose a WordPress theme that supports features like breadcrumb navigation links (e.g. the Avada theme) …

Themes like Avada support breadcrumbs

(Themes like Avada support breadcrumbs)

Improving WordPress Content Layout With Post Categories

Post categories and subcategories can be used to help organize and improve the layout of your content.

For example, WPCompendium.org’s WordPress tutorials are organized into the main categories below:

If you click any of the above links, you will see pages displaying a list of tutorials for each category organized in a grid view layout …

List of posts grouped by category

(List of posts grouped by category)

Some sections, like our WordPress Plugin Tutorials, display a list of post sections grouped by subcategories …

List of post sections grouped by subcategory

(List of post sections grouped by subcategory)

Clicking on an item in the ‘WordPress Plugin Tutorials’ page will take you to a page displaying all the tutorials grouped under one of its subcategories, such as:

We use post categories and subcategories to organize, filter, and display content on WP Compendium’s tutorial sections using a premium plugin called Content Views Pro.

The plugin also has a free version, called Content Views.

Content Views

Content Views - Post Grid & List for WordPress

(Content Views – Post Grid & List for WordPress)

Content Views is a free WordPress plugin that lets you organize, filter, sort, and display your content using different views and layouts …

Use categories to display posts using different layouts

(Use categories to display posts using different layouts)

The plugin is very easy to use and lets you create unlimited custom views and layouts without touching code.

The free version of the plugin provides 3 basic layouts (Grid, Collapsible list, Scrollable list). The comprehensive premium version (Content Views Pro) provides the basic layouts and a whole lot more, including many advanced features  …

Display your content using different views and layouts with the Content Views Pro plugin

(Display your content using different views and layouts with the Content Views Pro plugin)

Although this tutorial focuses mostly on post categories, with Content Views Pro installed, you can create different views using posts, pages, and custom post types and filter these using a combination of different criteria including post categories, tags, publish date, post author, keywords, and custom fields.

You can also sort and organize your content using a wide range of methods, including post or page IDs, published date, modified date, drag & drop, post slug, comment count, menu order, custom fields, and even random sort (content displays in random order every time the page is refreshed) …

Create customized views to display content on your WordPress site

(Create customized views to display content on your WordPress site)

Views are created by selecting different options in the view-building form …

Create different content views by selecting options

(Create different content views by selecting options)

You can live preview your content as you build or edit your views …

Preview as you build

(Preview as you build)

After creating and saving your views, the plugin generates a shortcode which you can use to insert into your posts, pages, widgets, etc. …

Use shortcodes to insert views into your content

(Use shortcodes to insert views into your content)

The Content Views or Content Views PRO plugin gives you complete control over how your content is grouped and displayed to visitors. Views are 100% mobile responsive and the plugin is optimized to help improve SEO.

For more details about using the plugin, check out the video below, visit the FREE version plugin page here, or check out the Content Views Pro website for a full list of features, comprehensive demo site, plugin pricing and FAQ section, and more.

(Overview of WordPress Content Views)

We hope that you have found the above information useful. Feel free to check out the tutorials on the demo view below …

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How To Add An Events Calendar To WordPress

Learn how to add a calendar of events to your WordPress website or blog and how to schedule events …

How To Add An Events Calendar To WordPress

Are you looking for a way to keep prospective and existing customers coming back to your site?

Adding an events calendar to your site can keep your visitors, customers, and newsletter subscribers informed about upcoming in-store, community, or industry events, trade shows, workshops, conferences, etc.

It can also attract new prospects to your business, engage site users, and build authority in your niche or industry.

Additionally, you can monetize your WordPress site with paid event listings, sell event tickets, and more!

 

In this tutorial, you will learn how to add a calendar of events to your WordPress website or blog and how to schedule events in the events calendar.

How To Add An Events Calendar To WordPress

There are a number of WordPress plugins available that let you add an events calendar to your website or blog. For this tutorial, we’ll use a plugin called The Events Calendar.

The Events Calendar

The Events Calendar

(The Events Calendar)

Plugin Description

The Events Calendar is a free, feature-rich WordPress plugin that lets you easily create and manage a customizable events calendar on your site. It’s suitable for all kinds of businesses, from large hubs listing thousands of events and universities and colleges with thousands of users, to small or sole businesses listing classes, workshops, etc.

The plugin is also available as a premium edition with extensible features that let you expand its functionality to include recurring events, event submissions, event filtering, ticket sales, and more.

Plugin Installation

Although the plugin is described as “built by developers for developers,” it is easy for non-techies to install, set up, and use.

To install the The Events Calendar plugin from your WordPress dashboard, go to Plugins > Add New, enter “events calendar” into the Keyword search field (if you need help, see our tutorial on installing WordPress plugins), and click on the ‘Install Now’ button …

Install The Events Calendar plugin

(Install The Events Calendar plugin)

After installing the plugin, click ‘Activate’ …

Activate the plugin

(Activate the plugin)

Configuring The Plugin

Installing and activating the plugin adds a new menu item to the WordPress dashboard menu.

To configure the plugin’s settings, select the Events > Settings menu …

Events - Settings menu

(Events – Settings menu)

This brings up the ‘Events Settings’ screen …

'Events Settings' screen

(‘Events Settings’ screen)

The plugin is well supported and documented. To learn how to configure the plugin’s settings, select the Events > Help menu …

Events - Help menu

(Events – Help menu)

This brings up a screen with links to the plugin’s support section and help documentation, including a walkthrough on how to configure the plugin’s settings …

The Events Calendar - Support and Help screen

(The Events Calendar – Support and Help screen)

In addition to configuring your calendar settings, it’s a good idea to also plan your event categories before creating event listings.

Select the Events > Event Categories menu …

Events - Event Categories menu

(Events – Event Categories menu)

Adding event categories is just like adding post categories (see our tutorial on how to use post categories if you need help with this step) …

Add event categories

(Add event categories)

One last thing …

Make sure to add links to your Events Calendar on your site’s navigation menus …

Link to your Events Calendar on your main navigation menus

(Link to your Events Calendar on your main navigation menus)

The default URL for your Events Calendar should be something like http://yoursite.com/events (check your plugin settings to confirm the URL).

Using The Plugin

After configuring your plugin’s settings and event categories, you can begin adding events to your calendar.

To view or edit your event listings, select Events > Events

Events - Events menu

(Events – Events menu)

This brings up the ‘Events’ screen with all your event listings …

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(Events screen)

Let’s go through an example on how to set up an event listing …

Let's set up an event listing

(Let’s set up an event listing)

Planning Your Events

Before adding a new event to the calendar, make sure you have the following:

  • Event details – start & end dates/times, cost, etc.
  • Venue details – venue name & address
  • Organizer details – name and contact details, website address, etc.
  • Event listing images – images for your content and listing thumbnail, and a featured image

Useful tip

In addition to content and featured images, we also recommend creating placeholder images for future events. This will allow you to set up “coming soon” events where you add event details later.

We also recommend uploading your content and placeholder images to a cloud storage service (e.g. Amazon S3) and your featured images to your WordPress Media Library.

To create a new event listing, log into your WordPress admin area and select the Events > Add New menu …

Events - Add New menu

(Events – Add New menu)

Note: You can also add a new event by clicking the ‘Add New’ button in the ‘Events’ area …

Events - Add New

(Events – Add New)

This brings up the ‘Add New Event’ screen …

'Add New Event' screen

(‘Add New Event’ screen)

Enter the following details into this screen:

(1) Event Title – Add the title of your event here.

(2) Event Listing content – Add a description of your event here (including content or placeholder images). See section below for useful tips on adding content to this section.

(3) Events Calendar fields – Add your event details here like time & date, location, event organizers, event website, cost, select whether to display Google map, etc. …

(4) Excerpt – Copy and paste an excerpt from your main content’s event description into the Excerpt field …

Event excerpt

(Event excerpt)

(5) SEO Details – If you have configured your site for automated traffic generation and installed an SEO plugin (e.g. Yoast SEO), add your event excerpt or description and a ‘focus’ keyword into your SEO section …

Add SEO details

(Add SEO details)

(6) Tags – Add tags just like you would if creating a post (see our tutorial on how to use post tags if you need help).

(7) Event Categories – Select your event category(ies).

(8) Event Options – Here, you can select options for your listing like Hide From Event Listings, Sticky in Month View (sticky events display first in your list of events), and/or Feature Event (highlights the event on your site).

(9) Featured Image – Add a featured image for your event listing here …

Set event listing options

(Set event listing options)

To help speed up the process when adding similar future event listings, we recommend creating event templates using your WordPress content editor. You can add the main elements as ‘search and replace’ tags and even add rotating advertising banner shortcodes in your template.

Create the template in the WordPress visual editor, then switch to the ‘text’ tab, select all content, paste it into into a plain text file, and save it to your hard drive …

Create event templates

(Create event templates)

This way, to create a new events listing, just:

  1. Open your events template and copy everything t your clipboard,
  2. Select the ‘Text’ tab in the WordPress content editor and paste the content from your clipboard,
  3. Switching back to the ‘Visual’ tab to view and edit the content …

Save time with an events template ...

(Save time with an events template …)

To finish creating the event listing, replace the placeholder image with your event (i.e. content) image …

Add your content image

(Add your event image)

Continue editing the rest of your content to create your event listing and remember to keep saving as you go …

Edit your event template to create your listing

(Edit your event template to create your listing)

Check that all event details and event settings are correct, then click ‘Save Draft’ or ‘Publish’ …

Publish your event listing

(Publish your event listing)

After publishing, preview your event listing to make sure that everything looks ok …

(Preview your event listing)

Also, go to your events section from your main menu …

Make sure that everything displays correctly (also check your event dates) …

Check your event listings

(Check your event listings)

Your event listing has now been added to your events calendar and can be promoted in your email newsletters, social media, etc.

Copy and use the event listing’s URL to promote an individual event, or refer visitors to the events calendar on your site to view upcoming events.

Events Calendar – Additional Features

The Events Calendar plugin lets you store a list of all event venues.

Go to Events > Venues

Events - Venues menu

(Events – Venues menu)

This brings up the Venues screen with a table of all your event venues …

Venues screen - Table of venues

(Venues screen – Table of venues)

Click on an item to edit venue details …

Venue information screen

(Venue information screen)

This lets you set up future event listings or edit existing items by selecting the venue from a drop-down menu …

Venue drop-down menu

(Venue drop-down menu)

Similarly, you can store information about event organizers in the  Organizers section (Events > Organizers) …

Events - Organizers menu

(Events – Organizers menu)

You can also use the premium Events Import feature to import events from Facebook, Google Calendar, iCalendar, etc. …

Events Import

(Events Import)

Note: The plugin also lets your users and site visitors import your event listings into their calendars …

Users can import your event listings into their calendars

(Users can import your event listings into their calendars)

The plugin also includes an Events Calendar widget

Events Calendar widget

(Events Calendar widget)

Use the widget to display a mini calendar on your sidebar …

Display a mini calendar on your sidebar

(Display a mini calendar on your sidebar)

As you can see, this is a comprehensive events listing plugin. If you need help using The Events Calendar features, see the Events Calendar Knowledgebase.

For more information about the plugin, check out the video below, or go here: The Events Calendar

(The Events Calendar – Plugin Overview)

You can also check out the plugin’s premium features by going to Events > Event Add-Ons or visiting the plugin’s main website

Events > Event Add-Ons

(The plugin provides a number of event add-ons with additional features)

Other WordPress Events Calendar Plugins

We have also written about other WordPress plugins that allow you to add event listings on your site or turn your entire website into an event listing directory, run event registrations, etc.  here:

Additionally, if you need help with general WordPress features used to create event listings, see our detailed tutorials below:

Adding an events calendar to WordPress is a powerful enhancement you can make to your website. We hope that you have found the above information useful.

How To Add An Events Calendar To WordPress

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