Progress has been steady on our new WordPress calendar plugin.

Tonight I packaged a simple list widget with the plugin and have it running in the sidebar on MSP WordPress.

The admin interface is looking pretty sweet.

Adie and I have decided to make this the easiest-to-use calendar plugin ever. It is going to be so easy to use that you will wonder why nobody did it before – at least that is our goal.

Our design strategy is one of minimalism with a robust API. So, out-of-the-box it will have very few features, however, plugin developers will have lots of fun adding features via hooks and filters.  We recognize that some people want an event plugin that does all sorts of crazy things out of the box.  There are already a number of plugins that cater to that crowd, and we feel that in addressing all sorts of random functionality, those plugins have sacrificed design and usability.

We have a solid wireframe and a working prototype. We are meeting on Friday to (hopefully) finalize a name for the product, and then we expect the next step will be a first design iteration with an actual artist.

Last Friday we met and came up with 100 possible names, before winnowing that list down to 15 of our favorites.

Fun times!

3 Comments

  1. Craig Gjerdingen on September 22, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Hey Toby,

    Can’t wait to see it. Funny how calendars are such a ticky topic in most publishing system.

    We use what amounts at a standard document format and dump it out in a rss feed. So basically you fill out the form (which creates a doc in the cms) and you get an event. But it’s all the little things that add up to make each implementation odd.

    Like to “all day” events start on 12:00:00 am and end on 11:59:59 pm or 12:00:00 am of the next day?

    Hope you kept yours simple! Cheers



  2. JLeuze on September 22, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    That’s awesome Toby, I can’t wait to check it out! Choosing a name is always the hardest part…



  3. toby on September 25, 2011 at 11:00 am

    @Craig – Indeed! It seems like every calendar I have ever used has weird quirks. We are going to err on the side of simplicity with this plugin.

    @Josh – Our code name right now is, “Old Brick” – as in, “Good ‘ol Brick. What a guy!” haha!