New Features

A few important changes in ICS Calendar 10.7.1 and ICS Calendar Pro 4.4.3

Today ICS Calendar version 10.7.1 and ICS Calendar Pro version 4.4.3 are available. I strongly encourage users to upgrade both. (If you are running Pro, be sure to also get the 10.7.1 upgrade to the free version.) The recently introduced Load JS and CSS files on wp_enqueue_scripts action option has been removed, replaced with more…

ICS Calendar Pro v.4.4.2 adds numerous “missing” features to Full view

When ICS Calendar Pro version 4.0 rolled out at the end of December, it introduced the new Full view, based on the FullCalendar library. It was a huge new feature, but it was, necessarily, incomplete. In web development terms, we talk about a Minimum Viable Product (MVP). It’s a good way of approaching a project…

ICS Calendar 10.6 and ICS Calendar Pro 4.3 released

Wrapping up our big late December-early January development push, ICS Calendar version 10.6 and ICS Calendar Pro version 4.3 are now available! These versions include a wide ranging number of “under-the-hood” changes as well as some improvements you’ll notice on the page. Some of these were detailed in “teaser” blog posts earlier this week. The…

Updated parameter defaults coming in ICS Calendar 10.6

ICS Calendar has grown and changed significantly since its inception nearly 6 years ago. The number of sites using it continues to grow, and the ways they commonly use it are quite different from what it was even capable of doing when it first launched. As new parameters have been added, the default has always…

Deprecation notice: Grid view is deprecated as of ICS Calendar Pro v.4.2.0

Deprecation is a funny word. Outside of the context of programming, it is generally only heard as part of the phrase “self-deprecating.” To be modest or critical of oneself, often in a humorous way. So what is deprecation in the programming sense? Basically it just means, “this still works, but you should stop using it.”…

On the futility of naming colors

This is certainly a “low priority” task, but sometimes my brain gets burned out on the high priority stuff, and I want to just have a bit of fun, while still improving the product. (And, the details do matter.) When I designed the basic CSS for ICS Calendar, I very deliberately chose absolutely neutral colors…

ICS Calendar Pro version 4.0 released!

Thank you for checking out ICS Calendar Pro version 4.0! In addition to some “under the hood” changes that are setting up some future updates, the big change with this version is the introduction of the new Full view. This is an integrated layout with month/week/day/list tabs, that uses the popular open source FullCalendar.io library.…

New in 10.3: AJAX loading

ICS Calendar has been working well for most of its users, but one frequent problem I’ve encountered is caching. If users have a caching plugin installed on their site, especially LiteSpeed, it can be very difficult to get the calendar to update. ICS Calendar has never used AJAX before now, deliberately. AJAX isn’t bad. After…

ICS Calendar Pro version 3.16 introduces the ICS Calendar Block

Up to now, sites that make use of the Block Editor (a.k.a. Gutenberg) only had one option for adding an ICS Calendar to the content of a page or a post: using a shortcode, either manually entering all of the options, or copy-pasting the ID-based shortcode of a Calendar Builder saved calendar. Now ICS Calendar…

ICS Calendar Pro version 3.15 introduces Widget Availability view

Big things are still underway for version 4.0 of ICS Calendar Pro, which will introduce an integration of the FullCalendar.io library for a whole new way of displaying an integrated, interactive multi-view calendar. But don’t worry… the current set of views aren’t going anywhere! In fact, today’s release of version 3.15 introduces a new view,…