The majority of our sites are built using WordPress as it’s a robust, user-friendly CMS (content management system) built using open source code. The big plus of using such a popular open source platform is that when clever users see the need, they can write their own tools (called Plugins) which allow you to add various functionality to your site.
Being a digital agency, we like to push the boundaries, challenging ourselves to do things that we’ve never done before. This could be to try a new program or a new technique, but more and more often lately this translates into pulling off a tricky piece of development.
IYBI’s first plugin, a gig calendar is now available for free download. It allows the user to quickly and easily create events including media & styling
We’re constantly improving our development skills through increasingly complicated and challenging web builds, but this time we wanted to go one step further. With several clients in the music industry (the most prolific being the music blog Happy) we began to see a real gap in the market for a reliable online gig calendar. All of the available plugins had flawed functionality, or were very glitchy. So we decided to create our own.
The WordPress Happy Gig Calendar allows the user (typically an artist, band or label) to quickly and easily create an event including date, time, location, description and even a link to purchase tickets externally. The description section is built with a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor, allowing the user to incorporate photos, video and custom styling of that section.
To aid usability we have incorporated the ability to duplicate existing gigs, developed a widget which can be integrated into the site, and provided advanced shortcode options which allow the display of events according to a specific ID or date range.
This kind of development was something that we had never undertaken before, and pushed our development team to expand both their knowledge and their skill set. The plugin is available for free download through WordPress.org so if you’re looking for a great way to display your upcoming gigs (or exhibitions, or market stalls, or appearances) try it out.
Happy now have an excellent gig guide which you should definitely check out.
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