Want to add an event calendar to your WordPress site?
A calendar is a great way to share in-person and virtual events with your visitors. You can use one to promote your upcoming events, get more people to attend, and help build brand awareness.
In this article, we’ll show you how to easily create a simple event calendar in WordPress with Sugar Calendar.
Why create a simple event calendar for your WordPress site?
By adding a calendar to WordPress, you can show your visitors upcoming events.
This makes it easy for people to find out about your upcoming webinars, virtual retreats, online sermons, coaching calls, and more. This way, the calendar can promote your events and encourage more people to attend.
If you have a membership site or forum, you can even accept user-submitted events. It’s a great way to build community, attract new visitors, and update your calendar with the latest events. You’ll also save time because you don’t need to research upcoming events and add them to the calendar yourself.
With that being said, let’s see how you can add a simple events calendar to your website.
How to Create a Simple Events Calendar in WordPress
The easiest way to add an event calendar to WordPress is to use Sugar Calendar. It’s the best WordPress calendar plugin and has everything you need to create multiple calendars, set start and end times for your events, sync with Google Calendar, and more.
The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Sugar Calendar app. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.
After activation, go to Calendar » Settings p. Here you can enter your license key in the “License Key” field.
You will find this key by logging into your Sugar Calendar account. It’s also listed in the email you received when you purchased the Sugar Calendar.
After that, click the “Verify” button to verify that your license key is valid. Finally, you can click Save Changes to save your settings.
Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to create a calendar on the go Calendar » Calendar.
Here, click on the Calendars tab.
You can now click the Add Calendar button.
This opens a pop-up window where you can enter a title in the Name field. Sugar Calendar allows you to create multiple calendars, but it only adds one calendar view to your site. Visitors can switch between different views of the calendar using the drop-down menu.
That being said, the “Name” should help visitors distinguish between the different calendars.
Similar to child pages, you can organize calendars in a parent-child relationship.
Children appear below their parents in the WordPress dashboard, so this can be a useful way to organize your calendars. This is especially true if you have many different calendars.
All calendars are parent calendars by default. To create a child calendar, you need to open the Parent drop-down list and select the calendar you want to use as a parent.
Next, you can add an optional description. Depending on your WordPress theme, this may appear next to your site’s calendar, but not all themes show a description of the calendar. If you add a description, always check that it appears on your WordPress site.
Finally, you can add a color that will appear next to your WordPress dashboard calendar. This color coding can help you group related calendars or easily identify a particular calendar.
To add a color, simply click the “Select Color” switch and select your choice using the controls that appear.
When you’re happy with the information you’ve entered, click Add New Calendar to continue and create your first Sugar Calendar.
You can create multiple calendars by simply repeating the same process described above.
Adding events to the sugar calendar
Once you’ve created a calendar, you’re ready to add events to that calendar.
To get started, select the Events tab and click the Add Event button.
You can now add all the information about your event, such as date and time, duration, and whether or not it’s recurring.
First, you’ll want to go ahead and give the event a name.
Then add the start time and end date. If the event will last all day, you can simply check the “All day” box.
Another option is to set a start and end time, as you can see in the following image.
By default, Sugar Calendar creates all events as one-time events. However, some events repeat themselves. For example, you could host a webinar every Monday morning or have a monthly meeting for all of your nonprofit’s volunteers.
To create a recurring event, simply select the Recurrence tab, then select an option from the Repeat drop-down list, such as Daily, Weekly, or Monthly.
You can also set an optional “Repeat End” date when the event stops repeating. For example, you might only schedule webinars until the end of the year.
If you are organizing an event in person, you can also select the Location tab and enter where the event will take place.
Next, enter some information about the event in the Details box.
This works just like the classic WordPress editor so you can add images, videos and formatting.
You can also add a custom image that will appear on the event page. This can make the page more attractive and can also be used in search results and social media news feeds.
To add a featured image, simply click “Set Featured Image” and then either select an image from your media library or upload a new file.
Under Calendars, find the calendar you want to add this event to.
You can then click to select its radio button.
You can also create a new calendar in this section by simply clicking the Add New Calendar button.
This adds some settings where you can give the new calendar a name and assign it an optional parent calendar.
After entering all the information, just click the “Publish” button.
You can repeat this process to add more events to the calendar.
Posting your event calendar on your website
You can add a calendar to any post or page using a shortcode. If you have created multiple calendars, visitors can switch between these different calendars using a pop-up window.
We’ll add the calendar to a new WordPress page, but the steps will be similar regardless of where you add the calendar.
First, go Pages » Add New in your admin panel. If you want to add it to an existing page, just click “Edit” under its name Pages » All pages.
Then give your page a title and add any categories and tags you want to use.
Then you can click the “+” icon to create a new block and enter “Shortcode”. When the correct block appears, click on it to add it to the page.
Next, copy the shortcode
[sc_events_calendar] in a shortcode block. For more details, see our guide on how to add a shortcode to WordPress.
You can now publish or update the page to make the calendar live on your website.
To see more information about an event in the calendar, simply click on it.
This will open the event page showing the time, date and any other details.
Sugar Calendar also has a widget that you can add to any widget-ready area of your WordPress theme. This is an easy way to add a calendar to every page of your website or WordPress blog.
The widget also allows you to set a default calendar that will be selected from the dropdown menu. This gives you more control over which events visitors see.
To add a widget to WordPress, just go External view “ Widgets. Click the blue “+” button here.
Then you can enter Sugar Calendar.
There are several different Sugar Calendar widgets, so make sure you select the Events Calendar widget.
Now just drag and drop the widget onto the area where you want to display the calendar.
At this point you can add an optional title and change the size of the calendar.
To change the default calendar, open the Calendar drop-down list and select an option from the list.
By default, Sugar Calendar will show the current month when the page loads, but you can choose to show a different month instead. To make this change, simply enter a new date in the Default Month and Year field.
Don’t forget to click the “Refresh” button when you’re done. Your Sugar Calendar widget will now appear on your website.
We hope this article helped you learn how to create a simple event calendar with Sugar Calendar. You might also like our article on the best email marketing services and the best push notification software to keep your users updated on new events and activities.
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