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creating an event list

Posted: June 25, 2012 at 3:35 pm

alex cates

June 25, 2012 at 3:35 pm


I am currently test driving the pro version and am trying to create an event list similar to what they have here
i want to be able to show events through the list, calender, and category organizations, but cant find where to do that. i want to make sure it is possible before i do purchase the full version

thank you


  • Support Staff

June 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm

That was a custom job done by Leland Zaremba. To get anything close to that, you’d need to customize the event_list_templates to display the events in a table instead of a list. The calendar is an included add-on with the basic license. Category based event list pages can be created using the event list shortcodes, but Leland put a lot of work into the on page category filtering that is on this specific site.

alex cates

June 26, 2012 at 8:16 am

How hard would it be to customize the event list to be a table? that is the main functionality I need


  • Support Staff

June 26, 2012 at 8:54 am

Not too hard if you know your way around HTML and CSS, and a little PHP.
The stock event_list_display.php template marks up each event in the event list as a <div> that contains a header and paragraphs that contain event info below. These tags can be removed and replaced with HTML table tags.
We also have a few example table templates that are included with the custom files add-on. These can be modified as well. Note that these are bundled in to be used as a starting point, so they do not have all of the features that the standard event list templates have.
If you download and install the free version from the plugin repository,
you could try experimenting with the event_list_display.php template that is included with that version.

alex cates

June 26, 2012 at 10:03 am

how substantial are the example table templates? i know my way around html, but not css or php and dont feel comfortable going for a full scale edit

  • This reply was modified 8 years, 5 months ago by  alex cates.


  • Support Staff

June 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm

I wouldn’t say they are ready to go out of the box. Since they’re examples, they typically need to be updated to use some of the newer features of Event Espresso, and often they have columns that are use case specific. One example template, as an example, has a “Check in time” and “Boat captain” column. This would be for a boat/sailing club type use case.

Some PHP programming skills are required to get these working for specific uses, and CSS skills would typically be needed, unless the WP theme in use already has nice table styling. Many WP themes are blog oriented, so displaying data tables nicely may or may not be a feature of the theme.


July 17, 2012 at 11:43 am

WOW, VERY cool plugin! Nicely done guys!

Like Alex, I have a question about turning the events_list_display.php into a table. I have decent PHP / CSS / HTML skills and have managed a basic table display:

But, I want to create a table header like

Does the code for that go in event_list.php or event_list_display.php?

Can you tell me which file it goes in and where in the code to insert it?



  • Support Staff

July 17, 2012 at 11:58 am


It would be in the event_list_display.php template, right above the table cells.

In the example site you linked to, I believe Lisa used one of the starter table templates from the custom files add-on.

In the future, can you start a new post instead of posting in the pre-sales forums? We’re trying to keep the forums organized. Thanks!


July 17, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Also, how does one create alternating row colors like ?


  • Support Staff

July 17, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I’ll take a look at the page source. Can you post your question in other forums? Thanks.


July 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm

will do, sorry!

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