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New shortcode options in ICS Calendar 8.7.0: compact and nomonthheaders

Much of our recent development attention has been on translations, bug fixes, and updates to ICS Calendar Pro, but today I have two brand new features to announce in the free ICS Calendar plugin, version 8.7.0. First, there’s compact=”true”, which you can add to your shortcode to apply a more “compact” view to your calendar.…

Just how hard is it to adjust for timezones, anyway?

A big part of writing a calendar plugin is addressing the complicated (understatement!) nature of timezones. It’s definitely been the largest ongoing challenge I’ve faced with ICS Calendar. Today I was having an email exchange with a user of the plugin who is developing some customizations, and he shared this YouTube video with me. Oh…

More control over the Month with Sidebar view

Just a quick update today, concerning the quick update to the plugin introduced in version 3.6.0. Previously the Month with Sidebar view was hardcoded to show only 3 events per day in the main month table, with the day’s full list of events only showing in the sidebar, when you click on a date. Realizing…

Incremental improvements

My approach with development on ICS Calendar is to release often. Making only minor changes and making them available quickly helps to keep things moving forward and also makes it easy to identify any problems that arise. If a new release brings dozens of changes, and users discover that something is suddenly not working right…

New features and language lessons

ICS Calendar and ICS Calendar Pro are constantly evolving: adding new features, fixing the occasional bug that those new features introduce or that has been lurking quietly in the shadows, adding polish where possible. The goal is always to make the plugin as useful to as many people as possible, while also keeping its trademark…

Unexpected side effects of the “Let’s Encrypt Apocalypse”

As a web generalist, I have my hands on just about everything involved in building and managing websites… including server administration. So while I’m not a dedicated sysadmin, I deal with the Linux command line for my clients often enough that I have been aware for a few weeks of the impending “Let’s Encrypt Apocalypse.”…

The trouble with, and magic of, namespaces

Yesterday an ICS Calendar user started a new topic on the WordPress Support Forums, around strange timezone behavior they were observing on their website. I set up a test scenario using one of my own calendars, and I verified that, yes indeed, if the site had both ICS Calendar and another calendar plugin — Modern Events…

Introducing the ICS Calendar Blog

It’s funny… WordPress originated as blog software, even though many people — including me — rarely use it specifically for that purpose anymore. So just the other day, I was lamenting that I didn’t have a great way to talk about newly released features or the development roadmap for ICS Calendar and ICS Calendar Pro. Then…