A local bike shop asked me to create a calendar of events displaying all the area cycling clubs’ group rides.
Their initial options were several all-in-one event/calendar WordPress plug-ins or an event management service like EventBrite. The drawbacks to both of these options were costs (all of them required subscription fees) and limited customization.
Cycling club needed additional fields so members could see information like:
- “Meet-Up” versus “Wheels Down/Kick-stands Up” start times
- Degrees of difficulty
- Types of terrain
- The ability for club members to download maps and turn-by-turn directions
- Information about points-of-interest along each routes
I combined the free WPCalandar and Events Manager plug-ins written by Marcus Sykes with Advanced Custom Fields, and my own CSS to create customized solution specifically for cyclists but with zero subscription charges.