Using Template Files

Events Manager was built on the principle of being as flexible as possible.

Whilst you are able to modify the look and feel of almost any output event information, it is sometimes necessary to use more complex code, or integrate some PHP from your theme or another plugin. Whatever the reason may be, it is now possible to simply insert specific files into your theme which will override certain aspects of Events Manager.

Events Manager uses templates from within the plugin folder to format things like calendars, event pages, event registration forms, etc. and therefore when it calls these templates it first checks to see whether it should use the same one from your theme instead. This folder is called templates:

To override any of these files, you should place the file you want to modify within the same folder structure in your theme folder starting from, not including the first templates folder.

If the folder doesn’t exist in your theme, create it.

Here is a common example that highlights this point and a commonly made mistake.

Example – Overriding the Calendar HTML

We’ll give you a common example, using the above folder structures,  which is overriding the large calendar. This file is located at wp-content/plugins/events-manager/templates/templates/calendar-full.php.

Rather than editing this file directly, copy it to wp-content/themes/twentyten/plugins/events-manager/templates/calendar-full.php and edit it there, as it will not be overwritten when you update Events Manager.

Common mistakes

Wrong folder path - Files within the templates folder are not put within wp-content/themes/twentyten/plugins/events-manager/templates/templates/, note the extra templates folder in this path compared to the previous one.

Don’t copy all the files – whilst we do our utmost to keep changes on the templates to a minimum, we’re regularly adding features that sometimes requires us to change the default templates slightly to allow this new functionality. If you copy files you don’t need to modify, they will unecessarily override potentially updated files in the plugin folder and cause conflicts.