Planning and managing events have never been easier, thanks to the smart event management sites. These days, you can plan, create and execute any event by using the online event management systems. That’s why the event management sites are so popular.
As so many people are using the event management sites every day, this is the perfect time for you to start your event directory website too. Other than building the brand, it is also possible to make money with these sites.
WordPress is the most popular website building platform right now. And if you want to build your event directory site in WordPress, you will need a professional theme. While there are lots of event management themes available, Eventum from Templatic is one of the leaders here.
Eventum is a fully featured premium child theme of Directory platform. That means, it needs its parent Directory framework to work. Developed by Templatic, one of the leading theme developers, this is the perfect WordPress theme for creating your event directory site.
In today’s post, I will introduce you to the Eventum WordPress theme. I will take close looks into the theme features, the design, monetization options, relevant options. Most importantly, we will also discuss if this theme is worth to set up a new events based website.
Eventum WordPress Theme Review
Theme Features Overview
All the latest Templatic themes are provided with an excellent featured titled ‘Easy Install‘. This feature helps you to make the site look like the demo. When using other premium themes, you have to do it yourself manually. But thanks to this awesome feature, Eventum makes it very easy.
Eventum WordPress theme comes with a very powerful theme options section. The section includes various options for personalizing the look and feel of your website. As the theme comes with unlimited color options, you can choose any color you desire.
And if you want even more content for your website, the theme package comes with additional sample data too. You can import the CSV file from the Import/Export section of the theme options page.
Eventum WordPress theme provides separate dashboards for all registered users. You can enable or disable new user registrations at your own will. The best part is that you can customize the default user registration form, creating your own fields and options for new users.
If allowed, the users can add their events too. The events come with dedicated fields for all the options. However, if you need a particular field, you can create that by using the advanced custom field feature inside your theme dashboard.
These listing must be approved by an administrator before they appear live on the public site. The visitors can rate and review the events posted on your site.
Eventum theme also comes with a powerful email notifications system. By using this feature, you can select to send email notifications for various user events and actions to your email lists. It is possible to customize the email subject and body text.
To display a list of all the registered users, the Eventum WordPress theme will automatically create a page titled People.
The users could be sorted by alphabets or the number of submissions. The individual profile pages of the users include the website, contact details, social media profiles along with a short description of the user.
How to Submit a New Event?
While site admin can submit a new event from both front-end or dashboard, your users can only use front-end to submit the new events.
You can display the link to submit a new event using the Menu options, Users can then select the particular city and proceed with the submission process. Clicking the submit event link takes you to a page like the following –
As you can see, users will have to choose a pricing plan (Customizable by Admins) before posting an event. Once you have done that, the event details page will appear.
You can include options like category, event location, title, description, schedule, registration information, fees (if you are arranging a paid event), contact information, image and/or video upload, organizer information etc for your new users.
After providing all the details, users can find two buttons at the end of the page – Continue and Preview.
With Eventum WordPress Theme, you can also create a separate ‘Events‘ page. All the events will be displayed on that page. The page will automatically display a slideshow of the featured events. You can also enable the option to view the past, current or upcoming events. Users or visitors can choose to view the events as a list, grid or on a map.
On the sidebar, widgets can be used to display event calendar. The event filter feature enables you to search for events within a particular distance from your current location.
Eventum comes with three-page layouts for you to choose from – full width and the events on the left or right sidebar. There are special designs for the blog, archive and contact us pages too.
If you want to make some money from your events directory site, that is also possible with Eventum. This event theme comes with several monetization options for your website.
As discussed earlier, You can create paid membership packages. And if you make the plans recurring, you have got yourself a reliable source of income.
It is possible to earn money from the events too. You can apply custom charges for adding extra fields into the event and to add it to special categories. Alternatively, you can offer special prices for featuring events, claiming event ownerships, etc.
And there’s always a universal way to make money with any website – display ads. Eventum comes with a native solution for that purpose. You can display text or banner ads by using the custom widget or the text widget.
To accept the listing payments on your site, there are several payment gateways available. While the theme comes with Cash and PayPal as default payment methods, you can add additional methods by purchasing the premium payment gateways plugin.
Available options include PayPal Express Checkout, 2Checkout, PayPal Pro, Stripe, Skrill, Authorize.net, MyGate, WorldPay, etc.
You can provide a search bar either on the Top menu, sidebar or the footer. You can even provide a big search box right in the middle of the slider on the homepage. And if you don’t like the default system, you can create your instant search system too.
The theme package also includes lots of custom shortcodes. These shortcodes allow you to create different types of elements including message box, buttons with different size and style, progress bars, tooltip, tabs, accordion, custom icon lists, author box, warning box, several column layouts etc. Besides the default styling, all of these elements could also be personalized by using custom CSS.
Mobile App Layout
As the usage of mobile devices is increasing compared to desktops, a significant amount of your visitors will access the site from mobile devices. Eventum theme covers this by providing a separately designed mobile APP layout for your website.
As a result, the mobile visitors can enjoy a fully optimized website with all the necessary features for them. We tested the APP layout for both mobile and tablet devices and it seems to work perfectly fine.
Besides the features mentioned above, Eventum also comes with some other excellent features.
First of all, the theme is fully compatible with the WPML plugin. It also comes with the po and mo files. That means you can easily translate the theme into other supported languages.
The theme developers seems to have taken good care to make the theme SEO-friendly. The theme works perfectly with the popular WordPress SEO plugins. Due to these innovative measures, using this theme will complement your SEO campaigns.
Although, I will still recommend you to hire a professional SEO to optimize the theme for search engines.
Additionally, the theme also works perfectly with popular WordPress plugins like WordPress WooCommerce, Contact Form 7, W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache, Gravity Forms, WordPress SEO, All In One SEO, etc.
Last but not the least, this theme also supports almost all the Google Fonts. You can easily improve the visual appearance of your site by choosing any of the freely available fonts.
By default, Eventum WordPress theme comes with lots of powerful options. However, you can still add additional features by purchasing the premium add-ons. Some interesting add-ons include paid claims, access manager, listing badges, listing statistics, category icons, list filter, duplicate post alert, ad manager, etc.
License & Cost
Like any other theme from Templatic, Eventum is also available with regular and developer license. If you already own the Directory theme, you can get the regular license of Eventum for $49 or else you can get the combined package for both Directory and Eventum at $149.
Eventum WordPress theme comes with so many features and options that it is almost impossible to cover all of them in a single blog post. However, I tried to focus on the essential features only. Besides these, there are lots of other great features too.
I think Eventum would be an excellent choice for building your event directory site. If you need any further help while setting up this theme, please let me know!