New Features

A busy week!

A lot has been happening this week here at ICS Calendar HQ. This is the first week where ICS Calendar has started to feel like my full-time job. (Hint: It most definitely is not. Yet.) Version 9.0.0 was just released 6 days ago, and now we’re already up to 9.3.4! That may be due in…

New features in version 9.1.0

Version 9.1.0 is out and it includes three new shortcode attributes! Individual event .ics downloads This is been a frequently requested feature, and now it’s here! Add eventdl=”true” to your shortcode to add a clickable download link to each event. This will download a customized .ics file containing only the selected event for users to…

New developer function in ICS Calendar 8.12.0

ICS Calendar is fundamentally a tool for non-developer WordPress admins to have an easy way to display their external calendars seamlessly in WordPress sites. But many developers have also found it useful as a tool they can extend for their own purposes. As its usage grows and new use cases come to my attention, I…

New feature in ICS Calendar 8.11.0: week numbers

An ICS Calendar user in the Netherlands requested a feature that apparently is quite commonly used in Europe, but is not something I’ve encountered very often (if ever!) in U.S. calendars: week numbers preceding each week in the table. Fortunately, PHP makes it pretty easy to get the week-in-year number for any given date, so…

New features and bug fixes in ICS Calendar Pro version 3.7.0

Today marks the release of ICS Calendar Pro version 3.7.0. This version includes functional enhancements that were added to ICS Calendar in versions 8.7.0 and 8.8.0 over the past month, along with a few targeted bug fixes in the Month with Sidebar view, and some general CSS tweaks. The calendar builder now includes the updated…

…and more in 8.8.0! Try the new toggle lightbox feature

It’s been a busy day. After rolling out version 8.7.0, I had more time to look at another requested feature: the ability to open the full event description in a lightbox instead of in the small hover box or toggle-in-place that have been available since early in the plugin’s lifespan. Version 8.8.0, available now, introduces…

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.…

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…