How to Add a Calendar to Your WordPress Site with Google Calendar Events

Posted OnDec 14, 2014     CategoryPlugins     CommentsNo comment

The second step of the guide to the Google Calendar Events WordPress plugin will take you through the process of adding new calendar events to your WordPress website.

Step 1) On the Dashboard, scroll down to GCal Events on the sidebar and click on Add New from the dropdown menu.


Step 2) On the Add New Feed page, you will see a list of entries for you to fill out, including start date/time (and end), location, description and more. You can also add website links to the feed.


Step 3) If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you will find the Feed Settings. The plugin creators are in the process of adding features to the plugin, and are asking for ideas. Get in touch if you have ideas, and if you want to be notified when new features are released.


Step 4) The first section on the feed settings is the Feed Shortcode, which can be copied and pasted into any post or page.


Step 5) Use the blue link to find out how to find your Google Calendar URL, and then add it to the box provided. This will sync your site calendar with Google.


Step 6) The Search Query option will give the user a chance to find events when searching your site.


Step 7)  By ticking the box for expanding recurring events, they will appear each time they occur, whereas it will only show the event the first time if the box is unticked.


Step 8) You can change the date and time format of your calendar in the boxes provided. Leave blank to use the default.


Step 9) The cache duration is the time that goes by before the feed is cached. You might need a calculator to determine how many seconds will go by before the next cache, but you can leave it as the default shown below (12 hours) if you don’t feel the need to change it.


Step 10) Ticking the Show on Each Day box on Multiple Day Events will show events that span more than one day on every day that they run on, rather than just the first day.


Step 11) The display mode can be altered from a Grid to a List if you prefer. You can also show paging links (Next and Back) to navigate the calendar feed, and change the number of events per page. You can also change the start date offset if you want it to look forward or back to events, instead of the present day, where there may not be events.


Step 12) The display options of your feed can be changed to suit your requirements. By ticking the box at the top, you use the simple display options below instead of the event builder code in the main box. This just gives you more flexibility to add your own unique features to the feed.


Step 13) Once published, click View Feed to see what your Calendar will look like on your website.


Step 14) Below is an example of a live calendar feed (feed URL not set).


The next step of the guide will focus on How to Add Calendar Widgets with Google Calendar Events.


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