Release: Facebook Events Add-on Is Live

We’ve just put the finishing touches on our Facebook Events add-on for The Events Calendar/Events Calendar PRO, and of this evening it is officially live. The add-on serves a simple purpose: importing events from Facebook. Some specific highlights:

  • Import events from either a Facebook organization or a Facebook page (importing from personal pages is not possible at this time).
  • Sync with multiple organizations/pages and import the specific events you want, when you want them.
  • Import individual events manually or auto-import all events from a organization/page at set intervals.
  • Set imports to publish automatically or wait in draft/pending review format.

As some of you may be aware there is a fan-made plugin on the .org repo (done by Mark Nelson) that was around for some time. Using Mark’s awesome idea as an inspiration, we rewrote the plugin from scratch and cleaned it up to better integrate with our platform, be future proof using proper Facebook APIs and ensured it worked smoothly with The Events Calendar/PRO and our other add-ons.

The result is what we’ve launched today. As with both Community Events and Eventbrite Tickets, this add-on will work with either The Events Calendar or Events Calendar PRO PRO (so don’t feel like you need to buy PRO just to use this feature). However, note that you will need either The Events Calendar or PRO 2.0.7 or higher for this plugin to operate properly.

While the plugin is fairly self-explanatory, and the readme.txt & “Facebook” settings tab should point you in the right direction, you may want to start by checking out our Facebook Events new user primer to make sure you’re familiar with what the plugin can and cannot do. If you encounter a bug, which is always possible during the 1.0 lifecycle of a plugin, we’d appreciate you bringing it to our attention in the Facebook Events forum here on the tri.be site. We’ll hit that forum daily as we do all the others and will work to get any bugs resolved in as timely a fashion as possible.

We look forward to hearing all of your feedback once you jump into the plugin.

Comments (6)
  1. Awesome, I’m happy and excited to see this ready and available 🙂

  2. Great; is there a way we can do the opposite. can i export my calendar to Facebook? google calendar

    1. Hi there Al Huda University. Sadly, at this point you cannot export your calendar to Facebook (though if Facebook’s API allows for it we’ll likely incorporate something along those lines down the road). I should note, though, that Events Calendar PRO does allow you to export the calendar to Google Calendar.

  3. This is great — I’ll likely be purchasing it soon! One question: to avoid adding hundreds of pages independently, is their any functionality to just add all of the pages belonging to a list? Probably not, but just thought I’d check.

    Thanks for all you guys do.

    1. Hey Daniel. Thanks for the words, and for your interest in this add-on. You are able to add events from a given page/organization in bulk, if you want. There is a list on the Import screen with checkboxes next to all of the unimported events. If you check the boxes for, say, 50 events from an organization and hit “Import,” it will bring them in all at once and won’t require you to process 50 imports separately.

      Hope that helps and that I interpreted your question correctly. Let me know if not and I can elaborate/adjust my response accordingly.

      1. I’m not sure that’s what I’m looking for. I have a list called “Charlotte Beer,” which you can find here: http://www.facebook.com/lists/607005589368.

        This list is a collection of Charlotte’s breweries, bars, some restaurants, beer stores, etc. I was just wondering if there were a way to import the events from all of the businesses in that list at once.

        I know that’s probably asking for a bit much.

        Thanks for the reply!

        Daniel

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