A Walkthrough of the Settings Panel
UPDATE: While the post below is accurate for version 2.0.4 and earlier, the release of The Events Calendar & Events Calendar PRO 2.0.5 brought sweeping changes to the Settings page. As such the screencast and walkthrough below are not current. If you’re on 2.0.5 or a newer release, please see this post instead.
There’s a lot you can take advantage of on the Settings page, in both The Events Calendar 2.0 and Events Calendar PRO 2.0. We walk through what those are and how to use them for making the most of this plugin in the screencast below.
As the video shows, there is a lot that can be configured on the settings page. We’ll skip over the license key information since that has been covered elsewhere — and jump into the meat of it starting with…
Default View For Events: Lets you configure whether your events appear on the frontend in grid or list view. Both views remain accessible to users viewing your calendar and they can toggle back and forth between them using easily labeled buttons.
Show Comments: A simple checkbox for enabling and disabling comments on your events. If enabled, comments will behave the same as any other WordPress comment, and their behaviors dictated by what you’ve set under Settings –> Discussion on your site’s backend.
Multiday Event Cutoff: Sometimes you have an event that, while technically spanning over the course of two days, isn’t quite appropriate to have displayed that way. A good example is a party: while you may have rented the bar out from 9 p.m. Friday until 4 a.m. Saturday, it wouldn’t make sense to have that event displayed as a Friday-Saturday party. (What if people showed up the second night hoping for a rager?!). By using this setting, the final day for any event that ends on or before the time specified in the dropdown will not appear in grid view.
Enable Google Maps: Check this box if you want to enable the ability to display an embedded Google Map within your event listings. The map can be controlled on a post-by-post by basis, and will display the venue location using the Google Maps API.
Events URL slug/Single Event URL slug: These control where on your site the event calendar lives. The first is the broader calendar; if it shows /events (which is what it defaults to with pretty permalinks enabled), this means that visiting /events on the frontend of your site will bring up the calendar. Change this to whatever you desire but note that it cannot conflict with the Single Event URL slug. Examples of the slug as it’ll appear with relation to your site’s full URL is presented for each.
Debug: When this box is checked, debug information will be logged to your server PHP error log.
Events Template: Provides a dropdown from which you can adjust the calendar’s appearance on the frontend. The plugin comes with template options of it’s own, and most plugins bring their own as well. Select a template from the dropdown, save and review the frontend of your site to see which works best for your layout.
Add HTML before/after calendar: Any information — text or HTML — that you’d like to display above or below the calendar can generally be added right here. Make sure to check your work on the frontend after saving, since there is a chance to make your calendar ugly if using this without being careful.
Customize defaults: After the box to enable these has been checked, customized defaults can save time on the event creation side by keeping you from having to manually re-enter venue/organizer details. Configure as many or as few details as you wish and upon saving, any new event created will have those fields pre-populated until you say otherwise.
Additional fields: We’ve covered this elsewhere, so I won’t go into it here.
Any of the information above unclear? Let us know in the comments and we’ll do what we can to clarify.