The new design of the PDD Calendar launched today. There are still a few elements to it that we will be cleaning up over the next few weeks, but it’s time to just let it rip and put it into service.
Why did we switch? When we launched the previous version of the PDD Calendar in 2011 there weren’t any good WordPress plugins for the type of event calendar we wanted. So we built our own. As the years went on, WordPress plugins surpassed our ability to innovate — or at least find the time to innovate — and our calendar was also in need of a design change to match the responsive design of our blog, adjusting to various screensizes for optimal viewing on iPhones and tablets. We decided to make this change over a year ago; finally got around to it now.
Feel free to begin complaining or complimenting the new calendar in the comments, or call/email. Mention problems if you see them, and we’ll either fix them or explain why what you think is broken is really just the best we can do.
We anticipate you will think the new calendar can’t do things the old calendar did, but once you get used to the new navigation you will see that it does. Pretty much every feature the old calendar had the new calendar has, except for the one thing we are working on and the one thing we haven’t thought of. Please tell us about that thing we haven’t thought of.
Have you submitted an event to the old calendar and now you can’t find the event listed in the new calendar? Yes, you probably have. Don’t worry, we have the data and are working on it. There is a backlog of 128 submitted events for the calendar staff to push out. We will get to them all. Probably slowly.
Why is my PDD Calendar RSS feed all screwed up? Because things have changed and we’re not sure yet if we can get it working again.
So, how many events get published in the PDD Calendar? Well, the old calendar was retired after listing 33,879 events from May 12, 2011 to April 18, 2016 (although it was in demo mode from May 12 to Sept. 12, 2011). That’s more than 6,000 per year, or slightly less than 20 per day on average. We intend to crush those numbers in the future.
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