Yesterday I wrote a post about how the Lake Wylie Friends in Business website I built took advantage of the WordPress excerpt function to create a newspaper-like appearance. I showed you how you could edit an excerpt on a WordPress page. Another feature I included while building that website was an on-line calendar. Today I am going to show you how you can put an on-line calendar on to your own website for free. Just follow the steps in this article and you will be all set!
How to Add a Monthly Calendar on WordPress
Quality, free plugins are one of the reasons I love the WordPress community. They are like getting free after-markets parts for your car. Free software that would cost thousands of dollars to build and take hundreds of hours to test are available. This is where some of the true value of having a WordPress website comes into play.
If you don’t have a WordPress website, I would suggest you review these notes from interviews I did with other small businesses on why they decided to build a website with WordPress. Don’t worry, getting a WordPress website is very easy. Check out these videos on how to auto-install WordPress yourself – no Computer Science degree ,necessary! Of course, if you’d prefer to have a professional help you, contact me and I’ll be happy to assist.
Install & Activate the following plug-in
You are going to need the following plug in:
Download that and install it through the WordPress auto-installer. No mess, no fuss, just functionality on your system without you having to code a thing. Be sure to activate them once they are installed!
Modifying the Website Event Calendar
Now that the plug-ins are installed, it’s time to configure the Event Calendar System. Navigate to the plugins section in the WordPress admin page. Once you locate the Event Calendar plugin, just click on the link.
Here’s a screen shot of the Lake Wylie Friends in Business settings. You may want to make yours different. In particular I wanted to be able to schedule events way into the future without having them show up in my article feed. However, I still wanted those items to show up in the calendar I was putting on the sidebar navigation. The solution was to create a WordPress post category titled ‘Events’ where these would live. As long as the Friends in Business website administrators only tag posts that they want to appear in the calendar as being part of the Event category, everything will work fine.
The whole system takes about 15 minutes to set up with WordPress. Give it a try and let me know how it works out.
In the next post I will show you how to create a calendar event on the WordPress website.