Installing & Activating The Events Calendar 2.0
The activation process has changed a bit since the 1.x releases of both The Events Calendar and Events Calendar PRO, but don’t fret…we’ve put together the screencast below to walk you through the steps. It’s still pretty dang easy.
By now you’re probably aware that to install Events Calendar PRO 2.0, you really have to install two plugins: the free, open source Events Calendar, and the PRO add-on. Both can be accessed from tri.be.
The Events Calendar
To snag The Events Calendar, which is actually hosted at the WordPress.org open source repo, visit tri.be and navigate to Products –> The Events Calendar in the header navigation.
Once you’re there, you’ll see a big blue “Download” button. Click it and you’ll be taken over WordPress.org, where there wil be another “Download” button (this time in red) referencing the current release number. Follow the instructions on the screen and save the file to your desktop.
Events Calendar PRO
Head back to tri.be, and this time find Products -> Events Calendar PRO. (You can also hit the “Go PRO” button if you’re still on the Events Calendar product page).
Select the license type that best fits your needs, hit “Buy Now” and move through the checkout process accordingly. At one point you will be asked to set up a username and password; make sure to remember these, as they’ll be what you use for accessing the site and support forums going forward.
After completing the checkout process, you’ll land on a “Thank You!” screen that includes — among other things — the words “Events Calendar PRO” as a hotlink. Click that link and it will download the PRO code to your computer.
Note that you don’t have to download the plugin right when completing your order, if you don’t want to. Users can always come back and re-download the plugin later…just go to Account Central –> Downloads and you’ll have access to any plugin you’ve previously purchased.
Installing & Activating
By this point, you should have two ZIP files on your desktop: one for The Events Calendar, the other for Events Calendar PRO. Now open up the dashboard of your site and navigate to Plugins –> Add New –> Upload.
Do not unzip the plugins; you’re going to upload them in their full zip files. Do The Events Calendar first and activate it upon completion. Next upload Events Calendar PRO and activate it upon completion as well. Just to make sure everything went according to plan, navigate to your active plugins list and make sure that both are active and showing the version number you expected.
One last point to remember: you can use The Events Calendar without Events Calendar PRO, but you can’t use Events Calendar PRO without The Events Calendar. There is really no circumstance under which you should have just Events Calendar PRO active if you’re running 2.0 or later.
Hopefully this was of some value to you. If any questions linger, leave them in the comments and we’ll do what we can to provide clarity.