Adding a Google Calendar into the WordPress and integrate all the details into the same is damn easy, thanks to the number of WordPress plugins available to make it happen.
If you’re running a particular event or wish to share a schedule with the visitors and the native theme doesn’t allow such functionalities, then you can achieve it without changing the theme.
Although, if you regularly update event or schedule details then going with a particular theme makes proper sense as the additional plugins can slow down the performance of a WordPress website.
But, you seem to have picked the plugin as a choice. So, here I’m sharing a compilation of best free Google Calendar WordPress plugins.
Each of these will add the functionality into the core of WordPress and then you can use the functionalities and features. Before you begin and pick a particular one, make sure it is compatible with the current WordPress version.
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With this quote in mind, let’s start with our recommended Google calendar plugin list now.
#1 The Events Calendar
It’s the number one event calendar plugin available without any price tag, and its popularity can be confirmed by the number of active installs it has. The plugin puts a calendar into the WordPress architecture which works perfectly with Google Calendar and even supports iCal exporting. It works with all popular theme frameworks like Thesis, Genesis, Avada, and even Woo Themes. The features available for free are good enough to give you a proper functionality with a bunch of cool customizations. However, there is also a premium version available which packs tons of other add-ons that can further improve everything and take things to the next level.
- It packs built-in debug mode which helps the developers to find the issue quickly if things go south.
- It packs proper SEO support and even includes Microformats to help you achieve better rankings on SERPs.
- It is compatible with WPML and supports the active translation with many internationally known languages.
- It offers multiple view types and even includes a search tool that can see through the available events and find the exactly matched one.
#2 All-in-One Event Calendar
If (for some reasons) the aforementioned wasn’t that impressive then check out our next contender which is again a free product but good enough to look and function as a premium one. The plugin is even supported by a dedicated Forum where users can ask questions and the community members, and even the developers will help them out. The first thing it focuses on is the design which is also responsive to work on mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. And later, it packs all the required functionalities to make a Google Calendar function properly. It packs add-ons to increase further the functionality of the plugin which even includes Twitter integration. The product supports the export and import functions which even works with iCalendar feeds, confirming the all-in-one package. It is also ready for translation and is available in about 15 internationally known languages.
- It supports Recurring events and packs filtering and categorisation to help the visitors quickly find what they are looking for.
- It packs multiple views including the pasteboard and agenda views.
- It allows putting an unlimited number of widgets on the sidebar which is really helpful for a person like you (probably on a fixed budget).
- The customization options are present, helping the calendar to look unique with color presets.
#3 My Calendar
Another contender which is available in both free and premium versions. It packs standard and grid views for the calendar and is capable of showing the events in daily, weekly, and monthly. The CSS behind the code is editable and allows putting the custom code to achieve a complete custom solution. The plugin supports Recurring events and even allows scheduling. Twitter integration is also present to support the social media presence.
- It can fetch events from MySQL database and that too remotely. It can even import events from other plugins.
- It packs a Shortcode Generator to help you properly customize the view.
- Email notifications feature is also offered, keeping the administrator in the proper loop.
- It packs built-in widgets to help you quickly put upcoming events, today’s events, compact calendar, and event search modules.
#4 Simple Calendar
My next recommendation is all about mobile friendliness. The design of the calendar this plugin offers is totally responsive, and it’s the prime focus. It packs advanced add-ons (paid) which can be implemented to bring advanced functionalities quickly, and the plugin can display any public event available on the Google Calendar. The developers behind this product are known in their specific niches, and thus, you can totally trust on it.
- It offers a proper management of the events without dealing anything related to WordPress.
- It can combine multiple calendars and allows putting the details as per categories.
- Admin settings are also present which allows the webmaster to bring quick visual and functional changes.
#5 Sugar Events Calendar Lite
This is my last recommendation which is an extremely lightweight plugin, bringing only the required features to the table, and keeping every advanced one aside. The calendar views it offers is powered by AJAX, enabling the quick loading functionality and everything is easy to use. It is also compatible with some premium add-ons which you can grab by paying a price.
- The plugin is available in five internationally known languages.
- The source code is available on Github, which allows every developer to improve its codebase.
- It packs built-in event configuration options which can help you setup things much easier.
As I mentioned above, if a plugin isn’t updated to work with the exact WordPress version then it might give some issues. So, you better check it all before beginning. Let us know which exact plugin you are finally moving with and exactly why. Your feedback in the discussion section will not only help this source but will also help other visitors to come to a better decision. Peace!