GigPress

Live performance listings for WordPress.

Version 1.3.4

Posted by Derek on Thursday, July 17th, 2008 | 36

Non-English users of GigPress running WordPress 2.6 will definitely want to upgrade to version 1.3.4, as there was a bug under WP 2.6 that prevented the language files from loading. This release also fixes some XHTML validation issues in the output that somehow went completely unnoticed all this time. (Thanks Martin!)

36 comments

  1. Alex
    July 19th, 2008
    3:39 am #

    Hello, thank you so much for this plugin, it almost fulfills the exact requirements of a site I’m working on now!

    There is one small caveat that is preventing our adoption at this point, and it comes down to the ability to choose between members of the band performing their own shows versus the band as a whole!

    It would be perfect to be able to have an option to add an extra field to the input ‘Who:’ and either specify the band’s name or the name of a member! This way, the upcoming show would say ‘Robert in Denver’ or “Led Zeppelin in Madison Square Gardens’. Apart from that this plugin seems well crafted and very good for our purposes!

    Thank you so much,

    sincerely, Alexandros

  2. Alex
    July 19th, 2008
    3:56 am #

    In other words, it would be a life-saver to add an extra optional field: show_name

    So we could place some data before the listing: show name in city at venue!

    I am looking through the code at present, but I wouldn’t want to risk breaking something.

    Thanks again,

    Alexandros

  3. Derek
    July 19th, 2008
    3:18 pm #

    @ Alexandros – I think this will be sorted out for you once I get the multi-band version happening. Just don’t ask me when that might be, hehe. In the meantime, why not make each performer variation a “tour,” and group them like that? Not ideal, but it will distinguish them for you.

  4. Karl Bedford
    July 20th, 2008
    8:14 am #

    Hi there,

    I have just added gigpress to my site and added my gigs. I was surprised to see how many queries that this plugin generated – 67 to be precise – is this normal as it is more than the other 20 odd plugins I have combined.

    All the best
    Karl

  5. Derek
    July 20th, 2008
    10:23 am #

    @Karl – Well, I wouldn’t exactly proclaim that I’m exceedingly efficient when it comes to writing slim and fast PHP. However, this does seem very strange. Take a peek at the source of either my example pages on this site, and you’ll see the total number of queries echoed in the footer: 23. On the home page of this site, where no GigPress data is displayed, that number is 21.

  6. Karl Bedford
    July 20th, 2008
    12:04 pm #

    Hi Derek,

    Can’t work it out myself although I wonder if my recent upgrade to WP 2.6 may be to blame? When I deactivate your plugin my queries go down to a respectable 46 (which is ok considering the plugins I use).

    Not sure how I can check any more to see what is causing this.

    Thanks anyway :)
    Karl

  7. Derek
    July 20th, 2008
    12:23 pm #

    @Karl – strange indeed. I just checked on a test site with a fresh 2.6 install. With GigPress deactivated: 15 queries. With GigPress activated, using 2 tours and about a dozen shows: 27 queries. Maybe you’ve got lots of tours and shows? Each tour will generate a new query, for both the main display and the sidebar.

    FYI, the reason in general that a plugin like GigPress will make more queries is that it maintains its own database tables. It’s like it’s own little application running by itself within WordPress. Most plugins simply manipulate output that WordPress is already creating.

  8. Karl Bedford
    July 20th, 2008
    1:25 pm #

    Hey Derek,

    I display upcoming & past events on same page. Past events are currently at 30 gigs.

    Its a darn shame I can’t use this plugin but I think my hosting company will suspend me with 100+ queries per page view.

    Thanks for the replies :)

    Karl

  9. Morgan
    July 23rd, 2008
    5:50 pm #

    Great plugin! But some cool features are still missing…

    – Add an ‘Event’ field (for Jazz or open-air Festival, anniversary, etc.)
    – Add the set-list of the show (text or image.jpg)
    – Add the flyer/ad of the tour/show (image.jpg)
    – Add a phone number to buy tickets (box office)
    – Add links to pictures/videos of the concert (youtube, flickr, etc.)
    – Manage gig reviews from fans/press

    Thanks!

  10. Morgan
    July 23rd, 2008
    8:32 pm #

    One more.

    – Add tickets (images or links) from the shows.

  11. Derek
    July 24th, 2008
    8:36 am #

    @Morgan – thanks for the requests. A lot of these can be taken care of easily using the “related post” feature. Set lists, flyers, pictures, videos, reviews, etc could all be placed in a regular WP post and linked directly to the show this way.

    A few people have been requesting a “title” field, and phone numbers for both the venue and box office. I’m taking these into consideration.

  12. Morgan
    July 26th, 2008
    6:09 am #

    I tried to add some old shows (from the eighties) but the oldest year is 2000. Next update?

  13. Morgan
    July 28th, 2008
    3:47 pm #

    It’s me again :D

    Please check it out.
    http://duranduranmusic.com/newindex.php?page=tour

    Event
    Related Info (Set List, Road Notes)
    Photos (The Band, Fans and Meet and Greet)
    Etc.

    Cool no?

  14. ignacio
    August 1st, 2008
    8:03 pm #

    Hi, there is really no documentation on how to use the translation files. It may be obvious, but not to me at least.
    If you could clarify in this matter… Thanks!

  15. Derek
    August 1st, 2008
    8:08 pm #

    @ignacio – GigPress will display in whatever language you are using in WordPress (provided it’s a language that GigPress has been translated into).

    For more see: http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_in_Your_Language

  16. Frank Patterson
    August 4th, 2008
    2:24 pm #

    I posted this to the formal WordPress forums a week ago – to no avail. I didn’t realize you responded to comments in this site, however – so I’m hoping you might have an answer for me!

    Here’s the original post:

    GigPress is this phenomenal WP Plugin that helps manage/display “gigs” for bands. It’s awesome, if you find this post and you can use it, check it out & donate $$ to the developer. It’s really great.

    Unfortunately, I can’t use it. I’m looking for some advice. I need something just like that, but for a travel baseball team – Date of Game, Where/Directions, Time, Opponent. Is there something out there, or can someone help me manipulate GigPress to get it where I want it?

    Here’s my website: v2.neruffnecks.org

    Any help or advice on how to manipulate that plugin would be greatly appreciated.

  17. Alex
    August 11th, 2008
    3:24 pm #

    Hello. Just a quick question. Is there any way that I can keep GigPress from generating blog posts every time i add a new show? I want just the calendar, not blog posts about it. :)
    Thank you.

  18. Derek
    August 13th, 2008
    6:18 pm #

    @Alex – GigPress does not generate a blog post for each show, and never has (though it may in the future, if you ask it to.) Perhaps you’re thinking of Gigs Calendar?

  19. Fabio
    August 18th, 2008
    3:05 pm #

    Hi Derek, i wanna use GigPress for multiple band, in a music web site. Do you think you’ll do a version of your script with this options? I think it’s easy to make some modify in the original code, no? Please tell me i can contribute for you if you realize my dream :-)

  20. Derek
    August 20th, 2008
    9:03 am #

    @Fabio – multi-band is in the plans, but I’m just not sure when. Soon I hope!

  21. DeeMo
    August 24th, 2008
    2:26 pm #

    First of all: great plug, great job. I mean, it’s evident.
    One can tell it’s been thought out from “behind the trenches” with a knowledge of the field.

    That’s why I wonder: does it ever happen to you that a show is first booked and therefore advertised on gigpress, then for some reason it gets cancelled? Fans from that area are probably going to be very disappointed, but you NEED to let them know its not going to happen. Probably with some kind of *alert* sign too, some highlight of sorts.

    Like, an extra checkbox would do. I wouldn’t even go as far as providing a “reason-why” text field.
    (One could write a quick related post if really necessary)

    There goes my feature req.

    Keep up the good work

  22. Derek
    August 24th, 2008
    3:31 pm #

    @Deemo – thanks for the kind words. I plan on adding a “cancelled” flag in the next release.

  23. Jonathan
    September 4th, 2008
    5:00 pm #

    Derek:

    I’ve said it before, great plugin. As I was adding a concert and looking at the sidebar, I thought a nice feature would be the optional ability to attach an image to the concert/event. The image would only show up on the sidebar (via widget) and link to the detailed information of the concert. Essentially, I think it’d be cool to see concert posters and logos lining the sidebar and clicking on them would take you to the main info. Anyway, for what it is worth. Take care.

  24. Michael Tysk-Andersen
    October 28th, 2008
    11:42 am #

    Gigpress is not translated into danish. Any plans for this? I would do it, if I was told how to!

  25. Derek
    October 28th, 2008
    12:15 pm #

    @Michael – a Danish translation would be most welcome! Simple grab a copy of POEdit, and make new a translation file called da_DK.po using the en-US.pot file (included in the GigPress download) as a template. Email me with any questions.

  26. Vinicius Massuchetto
    November 3rd, 2008
    9:16 pm #

    Great job! Thanks!
    I’m sending you the Brazilian Portuguese (and maybe Portugal Portuguese as well)…

  27. karen
    November 23rd, 2008
    2:58 pm #

    i’m currently running the plugin for multiple bands using the tours to differentiate between the bands.

    Two things I’m trying to do which I can’t seem to get to work are:
    1/ on the sidebar widget, show the shows sorted by date but with ‘tour’ name… this is essentially NOT segmenting by tour (so it goes ASC by date) but then the artist name (which I’m using in ‘tour’) doesn’t show.

    2/ Is there a way to show a specific tour on a page. With the above set up, I have artist pages set up but can’t seem to figure out how to put that artist’s tour on their page.

  28. Derek
    November 24th, 2008
    12:05 pm #

    @karen – both of these things currently require you to alter the plug-in source code. Drop me an email – derek at gigpress.com – if you need some guidance there. Keeping in mind of course than any changes made to the plugin source will get erased when you update the plugin to a newer version.

  29. Ivo Minchev
    December 1st, 2008
    9:01 pm #

    Hello,
    I’m form Bulgaria. I create a translation of language pack for Bulgarian, but I don’t know how to use it. I read above, that GigPress recognizes the language from your Wordpres. Mine is in Bulgarian, but GigPress is still in English. Any suggestions?
    Thanks.

  30. Ivo Minchev
    December 2nd, 2008
    1:21 am #

    I translate my GigPress to Bulgarian by editing the gigpress.php file, but I’m afraid that in the next update the changes will be lost, so I hope that there will be and possibility for Bulgarian language in it. I can send you the .mo and .po files that I translate.

  31. Derek
    December 2nd, 2008
    9:19 am #

    @Ivo – Thanks for the translations – please do send me the files at derek [at] gigpress.com.

  32. Rick
    December 5th, 2008
    6:21 pm #

    Great Plugin! But one thing I would like to do is be able to list both a beginning time and an end time. So, it would be something like Time: 10:00pm – 12:00pm. Is there and easy way to modify the code to do this? Thanks…

  33. Derek
    December 6th, 2008
    11:51 am #

    @ Rick – not a bad idea. I don’t think this will make it into version 1.4, as it’s pretty much done, and waiting on some translations. But perhaps in a subsequent version bump.

  34. Dana Whittle
    January 20th, 2009
    2:14 pm #

    Hi : I love the plugin… but Dreamhost just removed my users from 4 sites as it uses SO many db resources; if you can fix this it would be wonderful, particularly as I host all artist sites and have many many gigs to (ugh) reenter if not… please help! I’d be happy to send you copies of the query report they sent me. Thanks.

  35. Betsy
    March 27th, 2009
    11:06 am #

    Great plugin – I also would love to see two of the things already mentioned. Event name + Start/End time. I’m using the plugin to show my upcoming speaking events — and not being able to show the presentation topic is somewhat limiting (obviously I can show it on the event post for now). Adding those two features in the next release would fulfill all my needs!

  36. Betsy
    March 27th, 2009
    11:08 am #

    Oh, and and I posted that last comment on the wrong page. Am running Gigpress 1.4.6 currently

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