Plugins, Themes

The shortfalls of [shortcodes]

One of the greatest things about WordPress plugins and themes is the ability to add shortcodes to do something fancy to your post content. Introduced in version 2.5, shortcodes are a simple set of functions for creating macro codes for use in post content. The most common of these is of course the gallery shortcode.

It enables plugin developers to create special kinds of content (e.g. forms, content generators) that users can attach to certain pages by adding the corresponding shortcode into the page text.
WordPress Codex on the shortcode API

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Plugins

All in One Events Calendar OR The Events Calendar ??

For the purposes of consistency and clarity I will be referring to the two calendars in reference to their creators. The All in One Events Calendar as Timely Calendar and The Events Calendar as Tribe Calendar. I will also be reviewing the premium and pro versions of each respective plugin. I originally begin writing this as a side by side comparison of the two plugins each and every feature. I was doing this in conjunction with working on a calendar feature for a client. Choosing a calendar based on “features” ended up not being the deciding aspect on which calendar I ended up using. But as Tom McFarlin puts it:

… the top-to-bottom, end-to-end experience that goes into using the product.

..is what helped me make my decision in which calendar to use. This includes:

the quality of the code, the landing page, the support, the user’s experience with installing and configuring the plugin, and the available documentation.

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