The Events Calendar 3.0 Preview: List, Calendar & Day Views

Another week, another round of preview posts centered on The Events Calendar / Events Calendar PRO 3.0. If you watched the series last week, you’ll know that by this point we’ve covered all the new views: week, map and photo. Today’s video shifts gears a bit to a handful of existing views you may already been familiar with, and which are being carried over to 3.0 from the 2.x builds. They’re not new, per se, but definitely were the recipients of some mighty pretty facelifts.

After the jump, check out our preview video quickly running through all three of these updated views: list, month and day.

Call this a new twist on your favorite standards: functionality-wise, there isn’t a lot changed here. Sure, there are aesthetic tweaks and a couple of new features. But when it comes to their overall purpose…you don’t have to relearn how to ride the bike.

List view will display your upcoming events in a simple list format. In list view, each event shows the title, timeframe, recurrence criteria (if applicable), venue, featured image and description/excerpt. The next upcoming event appears first, under a header indicating the current month & year, and subsequent entries appear down the list from there. The number of events that appear per page in list view is controlled by an overall setting under Events -> Settings on the backend. Recurring events bear a badge indicating their recurrence which – when hovered over – shows the specific criteria of that recurrence. If users click it, they’ll be taken to a mini-loop showing the entire recurrence pattern.

Calendar view shows all events taking place during the current month. Hover over an event title to bring up a tooltip showing the event pertinents and thumbnail of the featured image. If you’ve got more than three events on a given day, a “View all (X) events” link appears beneath the titles of the first three (don’t worry…you can control what appears before and what appears after “View all” link when configuring your individual events). The “View All” link takes you right into the individual day view for that date. Today’s date is always highlighted as a frame of reference, and clicking the date for any day will also take you to the respective individual day view.

Day view is quite simple: it shows all events taking place on a given day in a simple loop format. The loop includes headers for various start times — All Day events lead, followed by fixed hour range events starting with the earliest.

All views include the ability to toggle forward to future events or back to past ones. You can also import all the events from any view to iCal using the button beneath the calendar. And don’t forget: we’ve added a new recurrence setting that hides all instances of a pattern beyond the first one. Which means if your users don’t want to see your daily recurrence pattern dominating the view they’re currently looking at, enabling this option will show them only the first event in that pattern. Do the math: if you’ve got 20 events displayed per page, and a recurrence pattern for one event going the next 10 days, half the main events page is probably going to be taken up by that same event. Using this setting gives user an option to see a wider range of events over a broader period of time. But if you don’t want them to have that option, site admins can disable it on the backend at any point.

Hopefully this helps set expectations regarding what’s to come. Don’t forget to visit our 3.0 preview page if you haven’t already. We’re also still giving out beta copies…if you’re into that sort of thing let us know.

Comments (13)
  1. Will we have an organizer view ?
    Lots of people are asking for it. Being able to see all events by ONE SPECIFIC ORGANIZER.

    1. Hey Ragots. Thanks for the follow-up here. Not sure if you saw my other responses to your comment posted elsewhere, but this is definitely on the radar for the initial 3.0 build. I’ll probably be doing a screencast to cover it sometime in the next few weeks here. Stay tuned!

  2. got this announcement a couple weeks ago. Do you have a timeline when it will be released?

    1. Hey Quent. Thanks for the interest. Realistically we’re looking at the next month or so…by the end of May is our ultimate goal. The sooner the code is stable and we’ve got our docs finalized, the sooner we’ll push it out there.

      Let me know if you’ve got any interest in checking out the beta in the interim.

      1. Will this function be available on the free or paid version? Also, I’d be interested in trying out the Beta if possible. Thank you Rob.

      2. Hi Jorge. That’ll depend on which feature you’re speaking of. As it stands relating to those views: “LIST” & “CALENDAR” will be a core/free feature, and “DAY” will probably be a PRO-centric feature. We’re offering both core and PRO betas to anyone willing to test, though, so you can get a feel for it directly.

        If you’re interested, shoot an email to pro /a/ and we’ll hook it up. Thanks!

  3. Where can we request beta access?

    1. Jeff: if you email us (pro /a/, we would be happy to send the beta code your way. Thanks for your interest!

  4. inned your email. i want show to calender inattach a file you send email me ok jan, to dec. I want monthy to be automatic changed by itself when it is time change the month. you have where calendar automatic php script. I want not google caleader can you send to me thank harold

    1. Hi Harold. Thanks for your comment here. We can certainly try to help you out; I actually see my colleague Barry Hughes has been involved in an email exchange with you already related to this. Let’s keep the discussion going there…you’re in good hands with Barry.

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  6. Hello,

    I bought a license of calendar pro and I am looking for a way to show all events per day on the month grid. I don’t want the user to click on the “View all” link to access all event. Is there a way to disable the limit of three event per day?

    Please, how could I resolve this.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hey Fred! We saw your post on the forums related to this, have a solution for it and will be replying there shortly this afternoon. Thanks for your patience so far here.

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