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Understanding Events and the Local Calendar / Community Calendar Features
Understanding Events and the Local Calendar / Community Calendar Features
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Written by Brian Ostrovsky
Updated over a week ago

Many businesses and nonprofits run events and scheduled activities as part of doing business. Locable's local calendaring features make it easy to add powerful calendars to any website and promote your events and/or events from others in the community that you support.

Locable's calendar supports events, classes, meetings, and deadlines as well as self-updating (automated) community calendar elements to help you cross-promote automatically.

When creating a calendar, you'll want to decide if the calendar is meant to show your events, community events from your Local Connections™, or both.

Adding a Community Calendar to your website is a great way to support local organizations and look great in the process.

If you haven't already, you'll want to be sure to post and promote your events by clicking Events > New Event - it's free and you can learn more about event promotion and registration here.

Start by Creating a Calendar

Click Events and then click New Calendar.

This procedure will create a 'Calendar Feed' which can then be embedded on your website. Any events you input into your Locable account will automatically populate this calendar and appear on your website. Additionally, you have the option to include event information from other sources in this feed if you wish to promote and endorse events organized by other local businesses!

Setting Up Your Calendar

You'll set up your calendar initially and can make adjustments after it's been installed without touching your website.

  1. Name: Give your calendar a name so you can stay organized, useful when you add multiple different calendars

  2. Header (Optional): This header will be displayed publicly as part of the embedded calendar.

  3. Choose Default View: Set your default view for how events will be displayed. Users will have the option to change their view on the front end.

  4. What Kinds of Events Do You Want to Include?- This is useful for putting events in one calendar and classes or meetings in another, for instance

  5. Only Include Events with These Categories: Optionally filter which events appear by category (requires Coordinate Plan which enables advanced moderation)

  6. Moderation Settings: You can adjust moderation settings to meet your needs (requires Coordinate Plan)

  7. Enable Embed Search: You can show or hide a keyword search and choose how many events to show by default before pagination

  8. Paid accounts can hide Locable branding

  9. Event Sources: This is where you decide whose events to include on your calendar. Once you Save your calendar settings, you can choose to add additional sources (businesses from your CRM) to your calendar, or simply have the calendar show your own events.

  10. +Add Source: You can add businesses/nonprofits as sources for your calendar one-by-one or you can group them into Local Networks to be used across different tools with a single click.

NOTE: You can always add or remove who you Support after the Calendar is installed AND new events will appear automatically when they post or import events into their Locable account!

Don't forget to invite your Local Connections™ to participate so they can post content and support you right back ;)

Once created, you can add the calendar to your website.
If you use Locable's web builder you can add it by going to the page you'd like it to appear and adding a Calendar embed.

If your website is on another platform, you can copy the embed code we create and paste it where you'd like it to appear. You can find your Calendar embed code by viewing the Calendar Settings once it has been saved.

Alternatively, many businesses with a website hosted elsewhere would prefer to create a "microsite" using Locable's technology to live alongside their primary site to get more powerful options and more search engine benefits. 

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