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The calendar template allows you to display upcoming (and past) events on your website by creating events and setting their start and end dates. The calendar page always displays the current month and allows visitors to view different months, the whole year, etc.

Different Layouts
There are currently three different layouts you can use for calendar pages. This doesn't affect the way events look, just the calendar page itself.

To change the layout, click Edit on the calendar page. Scroll to the bottom. You will see four different icons representing your layout choices.

The Large Calendar layout looks like a typical calendar that you would hang on your wall. It has 7 columns for each week and shows a single month. Each day has its events listed. If an event spans more than one day, it will be listed more than once. The current day is also highlighted in a slightly different color.

Note, if you use this layout, you'll probably want to use short event names so the calendar doesn't grow too long.

The Calendar and List layout option has proven to be quite popular. It has a tiny calendar on the top left, and a list on the right. Each event in the list includes a description. This layout option handles a small number of events (10 or less) for a single month quite well.

It also includes a tool on the bottom left for choosing the month, year, or category.

The Current Month List layout simply lists the events for the current month and their descriptions. It is simple and seems to work quite well for longer lists of events. (for example 20-100 events)

The Upcoming 14 Days layout is just like the current month list, except it displays only the next 14 days. This tends to work well for a website that has many events. The problem with the current month list is that people need to scroll down to the bottom of the page at the end of the month. With the upcoming 14 days, the next few events are right at the top.

Every event can have a single category. For example, you may want to list meetings, holidays, etc. on your calendar. The visitor will then have the option of only displaying one category at a time.

Set the categories by clicking Edit on the calendar page. Scroll down to the bottom and type one category per line.

Note: Be careful to choose the right spelling and name. If you change the spelling later, it won't automatically update all of the events with the new category name.

Once you set a list of categories for the calendar, every new event you add will include a category list to choose from.

Creating Events
Create new events by clicking on the NEW EVENT button on the calendar page. You must be logged in as an administrator or have "Create Children" rights on the page.)

Events have a name and a description. The name is what shows up on the calendar. The description is what shows up on the list of events under the name.

Each event also has a start day and an option to span more than one day (duration). If you choose 'custom end date,' there will be an option to also choose the end date.

The category option lets you group events so visitors can view one category at a time if they choose to. The category shows up in the list layouts for the calendar in bold.

Once you save an event, you also have the option to click NEW and create subpages. This can be useful for creating signup sheets (products or custom templates), or add photos (slideshow) from a past event.

Deleting Past Events
The calendar also has an option to automatically or manually delete past events. This speeds up your website by deleting events that have an end date before today.

To make deletion automatic, click Edit on the calendar page and scroll to the bottom. Check the box for automatically deleting past events and click save. Every day after midnight, past events will be deleted.

To manually delete past events, simply click the red button DELETE PAST EVENTS. They will be deleted immediately.

Special Options
A calendar also has some special options that allow it to integrate further into your website. For example, you can set the security to allow a specific user (or all visitors) to submit events to the calendar. You do this by setting the "CAN CREATE CHILDREN" option to YES under SECURITY.

Another option is to display calendar events automatically on other parts of the site. For more information talk to your website designer or visit the authoring section of this manual.

On the right is an example of a calendar event. The upcoming 10 days of events are shown in the right side of every page of this website. The layout of the right side navigation bar has been compressed to fit the small space.

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