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WiscWeb - WordPress UW Theme - Using The Events Calendar Plugin
WiscWeb uses the The Events Calendar plugin to allow users to create and display events on their pages. This document will walk you through inserting the calendar on a page, adding events, and using shortcodes to change the display of your events lists. If you would like to request this plugin to be activated on your site, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The "The Events Calendar" plugin is a useful tool to use to schedule and display events that you want to make your audience aware of. You can use categories and tags to differentiate your events, and use shortcodes to have those events displayed in different ways.
Please note that by default, this plugin will post an events calendar on a page that has been given the slug (file name) /events. This means that if you were to create a page and title it Events, your calendar items will be displayed there. Later on in this document, the shortcodes will show you how to display events in different ways and on different pages.
- Click on the Events menu option on the left.
- You are presented with a list of all of the events that you have created. From this list you can edit any of those events, or click on the Add New button at the top to create a new event.
- On the Add New Event page, you should add an event Title, the general event information, the event date and time, set recurrence, create a venue / location or use a saved one, create an organizer or use a saved one, enter an event website, enter event costs, and enter an excerpt (displayed summary) of the event.
- Once you have that information entered, scroll up to the top and in the right side of the screen you have several more setup options. At the top, you can Publish, Save Draft, or Preview the event. You can also add tags and categories to further differentiate an event.
- Once you are ready for this event to be active, click Publish.
Displaying Events In-Page
Events built using the Events Calendar plugin can be displayed in a Text Block by using shortcodes. Again, by default your events will display in a monthly calendar view on a page that has the title Events.
To view a list of the various shortcodes available for this plugin, you can visit this page. A few examples are displayed below, and you can learn how to display an individual event on a page by following these steps.
To insert a short code, go to an already created page (or create a new page) and within the Text Area, insert the shortcode that you'd like to use:
This shortcode will post the events that were created in a list view (tribe_events_list), remove the top bar of the calendar (tribe-bar="false"), and limit the items displayed to only this with the Category value set to training (category="training").
Below you will find the most popular shortcodes for this plugin. For a full list of available shortcodes, please visit the vender website.
Calendar View: [tribe_events]
Mini Calendar View: [tribe_mini_calendar]
List View: [tribe_events_list]
List Restricted to Specific Number of Items: [tribe_events_list limit="3"] *change the number to whatever number you need*
List Restricted by Category: [tribe_events_list limit="5" category="category"] *for multi-word categories, use dashes (-) to separate words
For accessibility information, please see the Events Calendar vendor information.
From The Events Calendar's news update regarding changes to Google Maps and event map displays: