For this how-to, I am going to show you how to create an online calendar so that others will know what is going on in your organization, as well as being able to provide a feed of events to others so they can include your events on their calendar. Although there are several different online calendars, for this how-to, I will be using Google Calendar.
Step 1. Getting Started
Sign up for a Google account by going to https://accounts.google.com/SignUp
Step 2. Open Calendar
You will notice that it looks like a regular calendar. On the top right-hand side of the calendar, you can change the view of the calendar to several different views including, Day, Week, Month, 4 Days, or Agenda.
Step 3. Create an event.
To create an event, simply click on the day of the month that your event will be on. A box will pop up asking you to enter what the event will be named.
Click on the “Edit event” link in the above box. This will take you to a page where you can fill out the name, date, time, location, and description of your event.
Fill out as much information as possible so that people will know as much about your event as possible. Be sure to include any contact information or website where people can find out more information, in the description section.
Repeat steps 2-3 for as many events that you have.
Google Calendar provides you with a code so that you can add your events calendar to any website. Here are the steps:
Step 1. Settings
Go to settings, by clicking the sprocket icon at the top right-hand of the screen of Google Calendar and selecting “settings”
While you are in the setting section, be sure that all the information is correct under the General tab, especially the Time Zone.
Step 2. Making your calendar public
In the settings section, click on the “calendar” tab at the top left-hand side of the screen. It will look like this:
Click on “Shared: Edit settings” on the right-hand side of the screen, next to your calendar.
Click the check box next to “Make this calendar public”, then click save.
After you click save, you will be taken back to the Calendars tab in the settings section. These next steps will show you where to get the code to embed your calendar on your website.
Step 3. Getting the Code
Click on your calendar’s name in the Calendar tab, of the settings section. In this example, our calendar name is “innovate catawba”. You will be taken to the details of your calendar. It should look like this:
You will see the section that says “Embed This Calendar”. To the right of the calendar graphic, there is a box with some code in it. That is the code you need to copy from Google, and paste into the page on your website where you would like to embed your calendar. If you would like to customize the color, size, and other options of how your calendar will look on your website, then click on “Customize the color, size, and other options” link, above the box with the code in it.
Some communities (like Catawba County, NC) that have a community calendar, are always looking for event calendar feeds that they can tap in to, to display your events on their community calendar. Google Calendar makes this very easy to do.
Step 1. Make sure you are public
Make sure that your calendar is public, so that others can see your events without having to be logged in to, or given permission to your calendar. If you followed the above steps to creating your calendar, then you should have a public calendar. If you skipped straight to this section of the how-to, then go back to the Step 2. Making your calendar public section and follow those steps.
Step 2. Get your calendar address
In your calendar details section under the Embed This Calendar section, you will see a section that says “Calendar Address”
To get the address, simply click on the button for the format that you need (XML, ICAL, HTML). Most likely it will be ICAL, but you also have XML, and HTML options if needed.
You will see a box pop up with a URL (address) in it, that you can copy and paste in to any calendar program that supports that format. This is also the address that you will need to provide to the person managing your community calendar, in order for your events to begin to show up in the community calendar. For this example, I clicked on the ICAL option:
I hope this how-to has been helpful to you. If you find yourself having difficulty with any of these steps, or have any questions, please contact me, and I will be glad to help. http://leeyount.com/contact-me/
1 bike + 1 pond = cooling off this summer. This week’s Friday Flick is from filmmaker Devin Graham (@devinsupertramp) as he captures some high flying fun…into a pond! Looking for a way to beat the heat this weekend? This just might be it!
Ready to get messy…and not even care about it? This week’s Friday Flick is from filmmaker Devin Graham (@devinsupertramp) as he, and his team captures the “World’s Biggest Color Party”! Enjoy this video and your long weekend! Cheers!
1 determined 9 year old boy + 1 creative filmmaker = Best Day Ever
It’s been a while since I have posted a Friday Flick, so I thought I would come back with a really awesome one! Meet Caine Monroy, a 9 year old boy that spent his summer building an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto parts store, and invited the world to play…he is about to have the best day of his life. Filmmaker Nirvan Mullick (@nirvan) took the time to stop and meet Caine one day, and buy a fun pass…watch this week’s Friday Flick to see the rest of the story, enjoy!
© 2014 Lee Yount.