I’ve covered extensively how WordPress is a fantastic alternative for creating a fully functional, cutting edge website for your event when on a limited budget.
A common mistake is that when you have decided to opt for WordPress as your event Content Management System (CMS) you rely on free themes to handle the look and feel of the website.
While this can be a good practice for a personal blog, I feel it is not what you should do for your event for a number of reasons:
- Your website will look like thousands using the same theme. You will end up losing that wow factor that captures attention and converts in ticket sales.
- You won’t get any support whatsoever. You will end up searching on forums for the answer to usually straightforward problems. Some premium themes providers offer fantastic support.
- You won’t get 100% integration. The beauty of premium themes is that you can buy themes that perform specific functions (eg eCommerce). Having a specific function in mind when designing a theme makes integration seamless and delivers 100% control. On the other hand going with free themes will force you to add specific functions on top of the theme (as plugins) and that does not always work out the way you planned it.
Now that I have your attention, I will present you with some beautiful WordPress options for your event website. Bear in mind that you do need to have some knowledge of HTML, CSS and WordPress and also that the links are affiliates, mostly because I use all of the mentioned providers myself.
Best of Breed WordPress Themes
Thousands of clients have joined us on Showthemes, the first dedicated store for event WordPress themes. Here are our top sellers:
Tyler is Showthemes’ latest conference and event WordPress theme. It is probably the most advanced theme you will find on the market.
Other than the slick, responsive design and integration with major event registration providers such as Eventbrite and Event Espresso, Tyler boosts an advanced performers and schedule management. That alone is worth a plugin.
Tyler has dedicated pages to view the full schedule. You can filter session by track or venue. Concurrent sessions are not a problem and everything is optimized for mobile.
Speakers have their own beautiful profile pages and you can decide to feature them on the homepage. You can add videos or sideshares on individual profile pages, that act like regular WordPress pages.
Social media is prominent on Tyler. You have integration with Twitter and Facebook. You can also display a Twitter Wall at the event – all free of charge.
Other features include, maps, countdown, easy sponsor management with Gold, Silver and Bronze tiers capabilities.
Tyler is definitely the most advanced and beautiful WordPress event theme you will find out there.
Fudge is an amazing WordPress Conference Theme you will probably have seen around. Hundreds of cool events around the world have used this beautiful one page, responsive WordPress Theme to showcase their event in a simple interface.
Fudge comes with performing schedule and speakers management. You can display your sessions and speakers all in one page. One page websites are believed to convert ticket sales better and Fudge is the prime example of that.
If you are looking for an easy to set up site that strongly conveys your brand, look no further than Fudge. The theme includes maps, social media integration, countdown, Eventbrite and EventEspresso integration, media management.
Januas remains to date one of the few multiple event management event WordPress theme. Januas is a great solution if you manage several events a year and want to collect them all under one roof.
Januas offers a functional home page where you can display all your featured events. Events can be searched by date or type.
Each event boasts all the features you may find in Fudge or Tyler such as speakers management, scheduling with multiple tracks and locations and concurrent sessions.
Each page has default Facebook integration and you can easily display Youtube videos. Januas is responsive. It works on tablets and mobiles.
Event Manager Theme
One of the first real event WordPress Themes. Event Manager Theme is a Genesis child theme. It features a simple schedule, a beautiful picture slider and the flexibility to add your registration page.
Smashing Event Capabilities
Entertainment & Festivals Friendly
Corporate Event Planning and Conferences
Less is More
12. Showtime Theme [Themeforest]
14. Awake Theme [Themeforest]
Hip and Cool
Attendees Community & Backnetwork
Tourism and Location Based
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