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Event Espresso Breaking WordPress Widgets in Appearance Section

Posted: April 1, 2016 at 3:08 pm


April 1, 2016 at 3:08 pm

Noticing a handful of related problems.

First, when we go into WP Admin Appearance>Widgets the widgets do not fully load, and error out at the Events Espresso Calendar widget.

Second, a default sidebar loads on all event espresso related pages, even when we choose a blank page, page template.

Third, we tried following the advice in this forum item
Unfortunately, since event espresso is not working with the widgets in wordpress at the moment, we are unable to use the plugin recommended in that forum topic.

We are using the Divi Theme 2.7 (same error persisted in 2.5.4 as well)

See screenshots at

Site is hosted with Godaddy managed wordpress hosting

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  • Support Staff

April 1, 2016 at 3:24 pm

Hi there,

Do the issues you report here happen if you temporarily switch away from the Divi theme?


  • Support Staff

April 1, 2016 at 3:26 pm

Also, if you navigate to Dashboard -> Plugins.

What version number does your Espresso Calendar show?


April 1, 2016 at 3:35 pm

The plugin add on for Event Espresso Calendar is Version 2.2.7.p

Deactivating this addon plugin, fixed the Widget editor and customizer from triggering errors. (searching next to see if there is a newer version)

First issue So deactivating fixes the first issue (although we do want an event calendar on the site)

With event calendar deactivated, we were able to activate and setup the custom sidebars plugin recommended above in a different forum. We then could create a custom sidebar (with nothing in the sidebar) and replace the default sidebar on event related post types. Still doesn’t show full screen, but at least it doesn’t show extra cluttered stuff from the default sidebar.

Have not yet tried turning off the theme yet… Don’t yet have a staging site to play with that, will try that next, however the plugin appears to be the culprit for part of this at the moment.


  • Support Staff

April 1, 2016 at 3:38 pm

You’ll need to install the EE4 Events Calendar Add-on v3.2.6.p version with Event Espresso 4. The version you had installed earlier, Version 2.2.7.p, is only compatible with Event Espresso 3.


April 1, 2016 at 4:01 pm

Ok ๐Ÿ™‚ that helps fix the error. (will have to purchase another add on. My hat’s off to you for keeping track of these 2 different versions and the addons that go with each. I sure can’t make heads or tails of it most of the time!)


So that leaves me with trying to figure out how to make the custom post type work with a blank page template and stop bringing in a default wordpress sidebar.

We’d really like to avoid having to custom code anything on this particular site. We were hoping to do this with event espresso out of the box.

Is there an Event Espresso short code for an event that we can simply load into a normal WordPress Page, and skip the custom post type all together?

I see the ticket selector short code in the full list

[ESPRESSO_TICKET_SELECTOR event_id=your_event_id]

But that is missing information like the Venue and date of the event and things.

Is there a short code that I might use for that? (obviously skipping the Event Espresso Event post type entirely is not ideal by any means, but uncontrollable display options that require custom coding and future manual maintenance is currently less desirable).


April 1, 2016 at 4:06 pm

This thread hints at using a ‘category shortcode’ as an alternative to a venue shortcode which was not yet available for EE4 back in 2014.

Is such a short code now available?

If not, how could a category short code be use to display the venue for a specific event?


April 1, 2016 at 4:06 pm

oops link to that thread


  • Support Staff

April 1, 2016 at 4:09 pm

Yeah I agree that it’s not ideal to skip the post type, and the folks at Elegant themes have likely solved this one before. They may be able to send you a child theme for Divi that you can install if you request it.

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