Cleanup Recurring Events: problems with past events cleanup & categories
Thanks so much for reaching out!
In general, we tend to only recommend that tool in more extreme cases to remove many recurring events.
As a different, and perhaps gentler approach, I would recommend starting off by adjusting the settings in Events Settings < General. You can change “Clean up recurring events after” to a smaller time frame to suit your needs. This should help to clean up events as you go along, while preserving other things set up on your site, such as categories.
Let me know how it goes!
thank you for responding to my query. My further question is, even after changing the event cleanup settings under Events Settings > General, older events aren’t being cleaned up from the site. Does changing the setting and hitting save actually fire off the cleanup process? Or are there additional steps that must be taken? We are primarily looking to clean up all events from October 2017 and older.
Changing the setting may not necessary fire the cleanup process immediately, as it is related to when a cron job is fired. If your site has regular traffic and has no issue with recurring events, this should fire pretty regularly.
In addition, if you are looking for another tool to bulk delete past events (also works with non-recurring), I would recommend trying out a third-party plugin such as Bulk Delete.
Also, please feel free to vote on this idea on our Feature Requests page, as we tend to implement ideas based on custom feedback, so your input is greatly appreciated!
Let me know if anything else comes up!
Hey there! This thread has been pretty quiet for the last three weeks, so we’re going to go ahead and close it to avoid confusion with other topics. If you’re still looking for help with this, please do open a new thread, reference this one and we’d be more than happy to continue the conversation over there.
Thanks so much!
The Events Calendar Support Team