GCE Version 2.0 to be Released
late August September 2014
Update 9/9/2014: 2.0.0 final release is out!
The final release of Google Calendar Events 2.0 is here!
Thanks for your patience on this release. We wanted to make sure the plugin was well-tested and had all the existing features folks were using. A special thanks to beta testers too!
First, we’d love a short review from you if you haven’t submitted one already. It’s the best way you can support us right now.
Second, we just published our public roadmap and are taking feature requests and votes. Help shape the future of GCal Events!
Update 9/2/2014: 2.0.0-beta1 is ready for testing.
Yes, it includes the Event Display Builder, and it would be helpful if you could beta test it.
Click here to download the latest beta
Update 8/23/2014: 2.0 Release date postponed. Event Builder Display to be included in GCE 2.0.
Well, we underestimated how many folks were using the Event Display Builder. We appreciate everyone’s feedback, and because of that we’re extending the release date a little longer.
We’re doing our best to integrate the Event Display Builder into 2.0 and still release an update by the end of the month.
Google Calendar Events version 0.7.3 is a very small update simply to warn plugin users of the big version 2 update coming next week. Version 0.7.3 itself doesn’t change anything from 0.7.2 except for displaying a message, providing a way to save settings, and linking to this post.
The next version of GCE has been re-written from the ground up by Nick Young and I. The code base goes back several years, but the last update was in late 2012. GCE has been solid for a long time, but WordPress and Google Calendar have changed quite a bit since then, so a rewrite was in order.
In GCE 2.0, some features have been improved, some features are coming, and others had to be temporarily removed while we rethink and rebuild improved versions of old features.
The planned update for Google Calendar Events version 2.0 is August 23, 2014.
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Below is a summary of what’s changing in version 2.0.
Shortcodes will continue to function using the existing 0.7 syntax, but in 2.0 going forward, you can opt to use the shortcode
[gcal] instead of
Bottom line: Your site won’t break after updating, but we recommend using the new shortcode syntax going forward when you get a chance to modify it.
Feed IDs are also different as they will now be saved using custom post types. During the upgrade process, version 2.0 will make sure to transfer your old feed IDs to the new structure.
You may notice your old feed IDs have a low number (1, 2, 3, etc.), while the new feed IDs are a higher number (837, 1520, etc.). This is normal and is because custom post type IDs are shared across all posts, pages and other custom post types in your WordPress install.
Complete GCE 2.0 shortcode documentation will be ready by the time GCE version 2.0 is released.
Some widget settings have changed, but the upgrade process should handle widget upgrades completely.
Event Display Builder Removed If you were using the event display builder in version 0.7, be warned it will no longer be available in version 2.0 until we figure out a new architecture for it. It proved too difficult to maintain the existing structure, and we found most users of this plugin are not using this feature. However, we realize some of you were using this feature. We apologize that we have to remove it for the time being, but we plan on re-introducing this feature with an easier way to customize and save the way you want your events to appear.
Reverting back to version 0.7
In the rare case that you want to revert back to version 0.7 of the plugin instead of using version 2, note that the upgrade process to GCE 2.0 will not delete your 0.7 settings or calendar feeds unless you explicitly remove 0.7.2 or, after upgrading to 0.7.3, you uncheck the new “Save Settings” option. We added a “Save Settings” option to 0.7.3, checked by default, for this very purpose.
Thanks to Ross Hanney!
P.S. If you’re curious, thanks to Ross Hanney, I’ve now taken over ownership and further development of Google Calendar Events going forward. Ross created a fantastic plugin that folks have been using for several years, but he was ready to hand the reins to someone else. I reached out to him about adopting the plugin and he agreed.
Thanks to Ross for creating an awesome plugin. We hope to continue his great work and build some great features on top of what he started.
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