Creating My First Event(s)
You’ve downloaded, installed & activated both The Events Calendar 2.0 and Events Calendar PRO 2.0. So what’s next? Publishing your first event! Check out this walkthrough of the process.
Now that you’ve made it this far, it’s time to set up your first event. This is going to be easy. From your site’s dashboard, find “Events” in the sidebar and select “Add New.” You’ll be taken to a familiar page that looks very similar to the post creation page you’re used to from drafting regular WordPress posts.
Do all the things you’d do with any WordPress entry: add your title and your event description. Select your categories and tags in the right-hand sidebar. Add a featured image if the mood strikes you.
Now scroll down a bit to the section for The Events Calendar. This is where things change from what you’re used to, and where you’ll configure the remaining details of your event.
Event Time & Date
All day event? Check this box if you want your event to appear as an all-day event, with no start/end time indicated to frontend readers.
Start Date/Time & End Date/Time: The date and time your event starts and ends. Select the date from the calendar pop-up; select the time from the dropdowns. Note that if you have the “All day event?” box checked, no time customization options will appear here.
Recurrence: Configures the recurrence setting for PRO users, allowing you to have an event occur multiple times on dates of your choosing. We’ve covered this elsewhere so I won’t go into much more detail about how recurrence operates.
Event Location Details
You can either use a Saved Venue by selecting one from the dropdown, or add a new one by leaving the dropdown on “Use New Venue” and adding the venue name/address details appropriately below. Make sure to either show the Google Maps link or embed the map itself (both controlled by checkboxes) if you want this data to display.
Event Organizer Details
Similar to the venue, organizer details provide more on who is hosting an event. You can use a saved organizer from the dropdown or enter the details for a new one. Remember that saved venues & organizers can be viewed & edited from the “Venues” & “Organizers” admin menu items on the backend.
If your event will cost money, enter the value here. If it’s free enter a “0”, or leave it blank entirely if you don’t want any cost data to be displayed.
That’s it. Add an excerpt if you wish, make sure everything looks good and then publish or schedule the post. You’ve created your first event…you’re done!