Import KinoTickets Online films into The Events Calendar

Jeero makes it very easy to import your KinoTickets Online films into The Events Calendar. No more copy-pasting but always up-to-date information on your website, including full descriptions, images, start times and ticket prices.

KinoTickets Online is the online ticketing solution of MARS EDV for cinemas in Germany.

The Events Calendar is the most popular calendar plugin for WordPress with over 800,000 active users.

In this guide, you will connect your WordPress website to KinoTickets Online. Next, you will sync your films with the The Events Calendar plugin. When completed, you will have a website for your cinema with an always up-to-date overview of your films, including full descriptions, images, start times and ticket prices.

Prerequisites

  1. Make sure you have a working WordPress website.
  2. Ask MARS EDV to setup the ‘Programm-XML-Export’ inside ProWin.

Step 1 – Install The Events Calendar

  1. Go to PluginsAdd new in the WordPress admin.
  2. Look for ‘the events calendar’.
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  3. Install and activate The Events Calendar plugin.

You now have a new Events menu-item in the WordPress admin:

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Step 2 – Install Jeero

  1. Go to Plugins → Add new in the WordPress admin.
  2. Look for ‘jeero’.
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  3. Install and activate the Jeero plugin.

Step 3 – Start the sync

  1. Go to Jeero in the WordPress admin.
  2. Select KinoTickets Online in the Ticketing solution field:

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  3. Click on Save Changes.

  4. Enter the URL of your KinoTickets Online Programm-XML-Export file:

  5. Click on Save Changes.

  6. Click on the The Events Calendar tab.

  7. Tick the Enable The Events Calendar import checkbox:

    DashboardPostsMediaPagesCommentsAppearancePluginsJeero Edit import GeneralGeneral The Events CalendarThe Events Calendar Enable import Enable The Events Calendar import Save Changes
  8. Click on Save Changes.

The sync is now active. Your films will be visible in The Events Calendar within 5 minutes:

Step 4 – Show your events on your website

The Events Calendar automatically adds a page to your website with an overview of all your films. The exact URL of this page can be found like this:

  1. Go to EventsSettings in the WordPress admin.
  2. Stay on the General tab and scroll down to the Events URL slug field.
  3. In the instruction below the field you can find the URL:
  4. Click on the link.

You now see a beautiful overview with films, including a datepicker, keyword search and different view options:

The list view of the default events page

Clicking on the tickets link automatically leads visitors to the corresponding KinoTickets Online ticketing page:

Step 5 – Choose the right plan

The free plan for Jeero lets you sync up to 10 upcoming films at any given time. Perfect for small organisations and testing purposes.

Does your cinema have more films?

Paid plans start at € 25/mo or € 240/yr. Please contact me for information about one of the paid plans.

Conclusion

In this tutorial you learned how to connect The Events Calendar to KinoTickets Online and automatically publish all your films on your WordPress website. Jeero takes care of the sync between the two and keeps you from manually copy-pasting all the film-details after every update.

Please check out the Getting Started Guide of The Events Calendar to get an in-depth view of all the settings and features.

I hope this guide was useful to you. If you need any more information, don't hesitate to contact me . I am also curious to know if there are any ticketing solutions or calendar plugins that I should add.