Do you want to add a calendar of events to your WordPress website?
There are many different plugins and calendar apps that can do this, but some are way too complicated or don’t work very well with WordPress.
In this article, we are going to show you how to easily create a simple events calendar in WordPress using Sugar Calendar.
How to Create a Simple Events Calendar Using Sugar Calendar
Sugar Calendar is a simple and lightweight event calendar plugin for WordPress that was developed by Pippin Williamson and the team behind Easy Digital Downloads.
Since we were looking for a lightweight event calendar plugin, we decided to give Sugar Calendar a try and found it quite easy to use.
How to create an event calendar in WordPress with Sugar Calendar.
The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Sugar Calendar plugin on your website. For more information, see our step-by-step guide on installing a WordPress plugin.
After activation, go to Calendar »Settings Page in your WordPress administrator. Here you have to enter your license key. You can find this in your account area on the Sugar Calendar website.
When you’re done, click the Save Changes button to make sure your license key is saved.
Create a calendar in the sugar calendar
Sugar Calendar divides the functionality into two main sections: Calendar and Events.
You can create multiple calendars and then add different events or activities to each calendar.
First, click the Calendar menu item page in your WordPress admin sidebar. After that, you need to select the Calendar tab and then click the ‘Add New Calendar’ button to create a new calendar.
You will then see a pop-up box for adding your new calendar.
You need to give your calendar a name and a “slug” which will be the end part of the calendar’s URL (web address).
You can describe your calendar in a field. The description is optional and can be left blank if necessary.
Below the description you can choose a color for your calendar. This is very useful when you are creating multiple calendars as it makes it easier to identify different calendars on your WordPress website.
If you’re just creating a calendar, you don’t need to set a color.
When you’re done, click the “Add New Calendar” button to create your calendar.
Adding events in the sugar calendar
Now it’s time to add some events to your calendar. Just click the Events tab, then click the Add Event button to create your first event.
The Add New Event screen has space for all of the information about your event. Enter the name for your event above.
Below you can set the start and end time of your event.
Your event can take place on one day or on several days. If it’s an all day event, just check the All Day check box.
Next, add more information about your event in the Details field. If you want to insert pictures or photos here, add them using the “Add media” buttons.
On the right side of the screen you need to click on the calendar that you want to add your event to. You can also create a calendar here if you haven’t already.
When you’re done, click the Publish button.
You can repeat this process to add more events to your calendar.
Place your event calendar on your website
You can add your calendar to any page or post on your website. You can even use the Sugar Calendar widget to add it to your sidebar.
We will add our calendar to a new page on our demo site.
Go to first Pages »Add New. Then enter a title for your page and add a shortcode field to your page.
Next, copy the shortcode [sc_events_calendar] in the shortcode block.
Now is the time to preview or publish your page. You will then see the events calendar on your website.
Visitors to your website can click an event to view all the details.
Note: This event page uses the fonts, colors, etc. of your topic. That means it is consistent with the posts and pages on your blog.
We hope this article has helped you learn how to make a simple events calendar using Sugar Calendar. You might also like our article on the best email marketing services and push notification software so you can keep your users informed of new events and activity.
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