Getting your Events Calendar Set Up
If you signed up for Digital PTO prior to 8/1/14, you may have an older version of our calendars installed, or possibly no calendar at all. This tutorial will briefly explain how to get your Events Calendar set up and how to adjust some of the main settings.
Step 1: Disable Any Older Events Calendars
Take a look at your side bar in your admin editor. If you see any other Events Calendars besides the one with the number “3” in the date, you will need to deactivate those. You can deactivate plugins by going to PLUGINS > CALENDARS and then click the DEACTIVATE link under the calendars you need to disable. You can disable ALL calendar plugins, the new one is built into the system.
Step 2: Go to Events Calendar > Settings
After you ensure you have deactivated the older calendar plugins, head to EVENTS CALENDAR > SETTINGS. This is the main settings area and from here you can select individual settings.
Step 3: Go to Viewing Events
Click on VIEWING EVENTS and then again on VIEWING EVENTS in the Drop down. This will take you to the main settings page.
Step 4: Select your Calendar Page
The first option you will see is the selection of your calendar page. This is the page you want your calendar added to. If you already have a calendar page, select that page from the drop down list, if you do not have a calendar page set up yet, you can select Auto Create New Page and it will create a Calendar Page for you.
Step 5: Set the Week Starts On Setting
The Week Starts On Setting allows you to determine which day of the week is the “start” of the week. Typically you’ll want to set this to SUNDAY, but it’s totally up to you and your needs.
Step 6: Set Your Default View
Under the Available Views section, you’ll want to set your DEFAULT View. It is set to Agenda by default and in most cases you are going to want to change the detault to MONTH. Again, totally up to you, but this is the view of your calendar visitors will see first when they click on the calendar page on your website.
Step 7: Determine Additional View Options
Under the Available Views section, you will also see the ability to select which views will be available to your viewers. You can change these settings as you would prefer.
Step 8: Verify or Set your Time Zone
If you see the ability to select your time zone, this means that you have not yet set up a time zone. Go ahead and select the correct time zone for your site. If you scroll down the list you will see listings of American Cities for reference.
IMPORTANT: If you have already added events to your calendar, changing the time zone settings will change the time of those events. Please be sure to review existing events after making a time zone change as they may need adjustments.
Step 9: Adjust Other Settings
There are a number of other settings that you can adjust at the end of this page. Feel free to play with those. Two settings of note: Default Calendar Start Date: If you enter a date here, this is the date that visitors will be taken to when they open your calendar (vs the current date). Also, if your theme is displaying the Featured Images strangely, you can hide them from the detail page by checking the HIDE FEATURED IMAGE BOX.
Step 10: Save Settings
Don’t forget to save this pages’ settings when you are finished.
Step 11: Go to Adding/Editing Events Tab
At the top of the Calendar settings page, click the ADDING / EDITING EVENTS Tab
Step 12: Change Input Dates if Desired
By default, the dates are set up to International Standards (Day / Month / Year). If you would like to switch to traditional USA dates, you can select the US in the INPUT DATES IN THIS FORMAT drop down.
Step 13: Finish Up and Save Settings
If there are other adjustments you would like to make, go ahead and do that, and then be sure to save your changes by clicking the SAVE SETTINGS button.