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12) Best Calendar Plug-in for WordPress

We’ve been on the hunt for a great calendar plug-in for WordPress. The preconditions given us by our Training team were — it needed to be an easy-to-maintain calendar, with the ability to import from a CSV file onto the site, and export from the site back to a CSV file. Of course, it also needed to be attractive and affordable. It seems like, to us, those 4 factors nearly seem mutually exclusive. Now granted… there are like 2500 different calendar plug-ins for WordPress. But does anybody know of anything that fits those 4 criteria? The best we can find so far is called WP Easy Events…

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-easy-events/

It’s not PERFECT — but so far, it seems to be CLOSE. Any better options that you have found? If so, please click “Comment” following the web or app version of this item. Thanks in advance for any help.

3) 30 Days of Prayer for the Maldives: Calendar Available

maldives-childrenAn informal network of people praying for the Maldive islands has produced a prayer calendar for Ramadan (called Ramazan in the Maldives and elsewhere) called “30 Days of Prayer for the Maldives.” This full-color double-sided sheet with photos and maps is available free for direct download in two sizes of PDFs (11×17-inch and A3) from the following site:

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B68cfJhkGurGfk51TnpHb2dFWFAxRTBpbVZtRER3Z29kbmhxT0dsMk9rdWRCRkU4TkpLQnM&usp=sharing

Also check out

http://pray4maldives.org

with its vivid photos, videos, and prayer fuel. You can register to receive daily, weekly, or monthly brief prayer alerts via email or connect via Facebook and Twitter (click on “Prayer Stream”).

3) The Best of the Best Calendar

fantastical-app-e1352378308414*** Continuing our “Best of the Best” series, this is another category with no clear winner, though Fantastical 2 is giving everybody else a run for the money. You want a calendar that will let you show multiple accounts, and that will parse your clear language (if you say “lead worship at 9am Sunday,” the app should create an appointment “lead worship” and place it in your calendar at 9am this coming Sunday), and show you the month view in a style that you like. What’s your favorite?

10) Put an End to Endless Email Scheduling Threads —

doodleR_smallThere are several of these scheduling assistants making their way around the web these days. Personally, it seems to me that…

http://www.doodle.com

is one of the simplest and best. Basically, it works like this: The administrator of the meeting uses the doodle site to create a poll. Doodle then gives that administrator two links: one for an administration panel, of sorts, and another for individual users to mark their best available time slots. Every time someone responds, the administrator receives a notifier email. The administration panel becomes a graphical representation of everybody’s responses. Once everyone has had a chance to respond, all the administrator has to do is find the time slot with the best likelihood of the most participants. It’s fairly simple since the visual chart is so graphical. At that point, the links can go idle. There are other options (for pay) at Doodle. I’ve used those before and they’re good too. But Doodle is doing us all a favor by maintaining the simpler, “link” approach as a free service. And in their privacy agreement, they promise not to send spam or sell the address to any 3rd parties. Pretty cool — for free. Other similar services include TimeTrade.com, Timebridge, good ole’ Survey Monkey, and, of course, Outlook’s own “meeting invite” email. The one service I would ask that you NOT use with me is the last one. I think it’s super-creepy that Outlook gives random emailers the chance to post things on my own private calendar so I have a near-religious conviction never to answer those. I just delete them on sight. Super weird powers that they gave random emailers. Someone in Redmond was asleep at the wheel.

13) Cool Tools: The Best Online Calendar Solution

Google Calendar is a free, powerful calendaring application. You can maintain multiple calendars for work, for home appointments, for project itineraries, and more. You can make hour calendars public or private, then grant read-only access or full-on “edit” capabilities to any number of friends or groups. You can allow them to see details, or merely vanilla “blocks” of committed time. And, the sync’ing capability has become a virtual switchboard for other calendars throughout multiple platforms, including smartphones, slates, personal computers, and across multiple operating systems. And — it’s all free!

But maybe you have a different/better solution? What do you prefer?

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