About the “Events” Section in WordPress

This is a post intended for clients of ClickNathan.com who have purchased an events calendar. While non-clients may find the information below useful, as it generally applies to WordPress, there may be information involving customized aspects of WordPress or the Events Plugin that aren’t out-of-the-box features. It was written for WordPress v. 3.4 and The Events Calendar plugin v. 2.0.7.

This area of the Content Management System provides you with control over the calendar on your website. You will only have this section if you specifically requested “Calendar” or “Events” functionality.

Let’s walk through the process of creating an event.

  1. Click Add New under the Events navigation link.
  2. The first field is for the Title of your event, whatever you’d like to call it.
  3. Enter any copy you’d like associated with the event in the Content Editor. You can upload photos, add links, and format text as you can with normal posts or Pages.
  4. Event Time & Date Choose whether the event is an all day kind of thing or give it a specific date and time range.
  5. Event Location Details Here you can create details about the location of the event. This information is all optional, however if you would like to show a map of where the event is, you must complete as much as possible so that the site can do its best to create the map. Make sure you check the Show Google Map if you’d like to actually display the map on the event’s page.
  6. Event Organizer Details Another optional section, complete this if you’d like to display contact information for the event’s organizer.
  7. Event Cost Complete this if you’d like to display a price for the event, in the event of an admission fee.
  8. Custom Fields including Title Tag and Description are used for SEO purposes.
  9. Excerpt can be used to create a custom short snippet describing the event for Events listings pages and for the calendar popups on the front end of the site. This is optional and one will be created for you from the first several words of the content editor if you forego this.
  10. Event Categories allow you to categorize your events.
  11. Click Publish when you’re finished creating a new event (or Update when you’re editing an existing event.

And there you have it!

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