Wordpress, which barely needs introducing (it powers 35% of the web), is one of most widely recognised and robust content management systems around. Today, it’s possible for even novices to build a website using its vast range of templates (referred to in Wordpress as ‘themes’), which make it easy to create a professional looking and feeling site with no professional help.
But where to start? First off, when it comes to creating a beautiful and practical events site, there are a few key elements you’ll want to consider:
Integration with third party ticket sellers (like us!) so you can easily make ticket sales from your site
Mobile responsiveness – most themes will be, but it’s still important to be sure your website works well on smartphones as you’ll undoubtedly be getting a huge amount of your traffic from these
Social media integration to streamline all of your marketing and outreach
A good selection of page layouts and templates that enable you to easily design a beautiful-looking and UX-friendly site
Ability to manage registrations from your site
Next, it’s time to get browsing. With than in mind, here are six beautiful Wordpress templates for events that we personally love:
The number one best-selling theme on Theme Forest, Wordpress’s Avada theme is hard to beat when it comes to versatility and functionality. It’s design-integrated with the Events Calendar plugin, which is a robust events management suite that’s scalable to your needs.
Avada has a colossal range of Design Elements, making it really easy to customise your site to your own branding, and it can be tailored to almost any event type.
This conference-friendly theme has a drag and drop interface that makes building a slick, contemporary site easy. We love the modern aesthetic of the theme, as well as elements like its schedule and session management feature. This provides an enticing way to inform users what to expect from an event, while a countdown feature helps to build anticipation.
It also allows you to integrate with Google Maps, so users can find your event easily, and has other nifty features like a pricing table that lets users compare different ticketing packages. It’s worth noting that this theme is designed primarily to display one event at a time, so may not be the best option for those looking to run multiple conferences at once.
Another modern and extremely well-designed Wordpress template for events is the always-popular Fudge. This effortlessly cool theme has a very ‘of-the-minute’ feel, with the ability to use one prominent image above the fold of the main homepage that creates instant intrigue around your event (providing you choose a powerful image!).
Again, its drag-and-drop abilities make it really easy to customise, and its simple homepage layout is both clean-cut and impactful. Crucial information like the date, time and location for the event are displayed clearly, alongside a call to action for those looking to book a ticket or sign up. We particularly like Fudge’s ability to create profiles for the various speakers at your event – great for conferences and summits.
The Gem is a popular Wordpress theme with many applications, two of which are events-specific demos. One of these caters specifically to music events, offering a really visual and impactful design that lets you make the most of photography and videos to bring your event/s alive. This provides a great way to use material of past events to entice new and repeat customers.
The other of The Gem’s event demos caters more toward IT and conference-based events, with cool features including a countdown timer, sliders for photos and other slideshow abilities to display all kinds of informative and promotional content.
We love Xpo for, among other things, the huge choice of homepage designs it offers. With nine to choose from, it’s really easy to find a layout that suits your needs down to a tee (as the name suggests – the theme is designed for conventions). Once you’ve settled on a design and imported it, you’ll then get to choose from three different layouts within this that enable you to display the info for your event in a precise and appealing way.
Xpo also comes with really impressive infographic elements, meaning you can create high-spec infographics that capture your audience’s attention.
Evently is another incredibly comprehensive events template for Wordpress, and can be tailored towards most events types, including conferences, summits and music festivals. It offers a huge range of different demos, so you can pick one that has the look, feel and functionality needed to suit your event.
Every demo has a bold, modern aesthetic and makes use of imaginative page layouts for a dynamic and slick experience for users. All are also jam-packed full of useful features, like countdown timers, pricing tables, speaker profiles and events scheduling capabilities. We particularly like the broad range of pay layouts available for each demo, which come in very handy for building a properly robust site that engages users – great for longer term events strategies.
So there you have it – five of our favourite events-specific website templates for Wordpress. Of course, there are so many more out there, and choosing the right one will take time and diligence. But by putting the effort in now, you’ll be much better positioned to reap the rewards of an excited and engaged customer base later down the line.
Not sure if Wordpress is the right choice for you? Check out our favourite Squarespace templates for events sites.