Using the Calendar+ plugin in NUsites

The Calendar + plugin provides tools for creating, managing and displaying events in a calendar on your site.


Activate the Calendar + Plugin

  1. Click the Plugins menu item in the left-hand dashboard menu.
  2. Use the search box in the top right corner to search for Calendar +
  3. Click the Activate button for the Calendar + plugin.

Add a New Event

To add a new event, please follow the steps below. Prior to adding the event, you should add the event location, which can be done by following the directions in the Add Event Locations section below.

  1. Select Events > Add New Event in the left dashboard menu.
  2. Populate the title and body fields just as you would a page or a post.
  3. In the Event Details section, select the type of event from the dropdown field (Regular Event selected by default), and then populate the date fields provided for that event type.
    • Regular Event: An event that lasts no longer than one day. It may occur on multiple days, but each occurrence must be limited to a single day. You can set a single date below and use the Add New Date button to add additional occurrences.
    • Recurring Event: An event that repeats based on definable patterns (such as every 5 days, or every Monday). The initial date can be set using the Date range and Time fields, and then recurrence patterns can be setup in the Recurrence field.
    • Multi-Day Event: An event that spans over multiple consecutive days. The dates can be set using the Starts on and Ends on fields.
  4. In the top of the right sidebar, select a location from the Event Location dropdown field (See Add Event Locations section below).
  5. Assign or add any relevant event categories or tags to the event using the tools provided in the right sidebar.
  6. Optionally set a featured image, just as you would for a post or page.
  7. Use the Publish section in the right sidebar, just as you would for a post or page, to configure immediate, scheduled or draft publishing of the event.

Add Event Locations

In order to assign locations to events, they must first be added to the system using the steps outlined below:

  1. Select Events > Locations from the left dashboard menu.
  2. In the top left corner of the page, to the right of the Locations page title, click the Add New Location button.
  3. Populate the title and body fields just as you would a page or a post, to define the location name and description.
  4. In the Select a Location section, populate all address fields for the location.
    This image has a screenshot of the Select a Location from, with Address, City, State/Province, Postcode, and Country fields in the form
  5. Optionally set a featured image, just as you would for a post or page.
  6. Use the Publish section in the right sidebar, just as you would for a post or page, to configure immediate, scheduled or draft publishing of the event.

Calendar + Events Settings

To configure or fine-tune settings for Calendar +, select Events > Settings in the left dashboard menu. The settings available on this page are each explained in detail below:

Location and Time Settings

  • Default Country: You may select a country to be used as the default when creating new events.
  • Display Country in Locations Address: This checkbox controls whether the country will be displayed in the event location.
  • Time Format Selector: You may select whether times are formatted in 24hr time or standard 12hr AM/PM time.

Setting Up an Events Page

This determines the page on which your events calendar will appear. Whatever page is selected here will be completely overridden by the display of the calendar. Before assigning this setting, it is recommended that you first create a new page title Events or Calendar and leave the page body empty. This page can then be used as the Events page by selecting it in the Calendar + settings form and saving the form.

Replacing a Sidebar with the Calendar + Sidebar

This setting enables you to replace a sidebar that’s displayed on your Events page with a customizable sidebar specifically for Calendar +. How this setting will work is a bit different with every theme.

After selecting a sidebar to be replaced using this setting and saving the settings form, you should follow the steps below to set up a Calendar + specific sidebar:

  1. Select Appearance > Widgets in the left dashboard menu.
  2. Locate the Calendar Plus Sidebar widget area.
    This image has a screenshot of the Calendar Plus Sidebar, with the text Widgets in this area will be displayed on all Calendar Plus pages.
  3. You can now drag and drop any available widgets into the Calendar + sidebar (which will only be displayed on Calendar + Events pages).

For additional assistance please contact the IT Support Center at 847-491-4357 (1-HELP) option 7, or consultant@northwestern.edu.




Keywords:event widget   Doc ID:76304
Owner:TSS Tier 2 .Group:Northwestern
Created:2017-09-04 16:21 CSTUpdated:2019-04-02 13:44 CST
Sites:Northwestern
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