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New PCS Feature – Events Manager (and why serial authors might want to use it)

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m (Jeff) the primary web developer/programmer/lackey for the PenandCapeSociety.com website.

Last weekend, I added the ability to see upcoming events on the website. You can see it in the footer. This tool will be very handy when scheduling updates for so many authors but it will also be handy for any web serial author on their own site. In fact, I’m planning on adding it to ThePenintheStone.com soon to visually display my posting schedule.

The first thing to know about the Calendar and Upcoming Events plugin is everything is free. There are some pay plugins out there that offer the features I wanted, but I’m not paid enough (correction – not at all), so I do not want to buy anything for the website.

If you watched the website on Friday 3/28/2014, you would have noticed that the Event and Calendar plugin went up and down several times. I tried five different event plugins before I found one that worked properly and did not completely break the WordPress Theme we are using (Avada).

The biggest feature I wanted was reoccurring events. I needed the ability to add pre-planned events (basically serial chapter postings) during a specific date range for specific dates. I needed this for Portal, but Drew Hayes needed it for Super Powered Year 3 and Corpies. It would be very inefficient to add every event when a new chapter would be posted on our website. We don’t have enough time to write already.

I won’t go over the list of rejected plugins (they might work well for others), but I settled on Events Manager (v. 5.5.2) by Marcus Sykes. Most of these Events plugins are designed for live public events (bands, plays, etc.) so there are a lot of features I did not need. I shut off the bookings and ticketing settings but they are available in the future if someone does have a ticketed live event.

One of the biggest problem I had with other plugins, and Events Manager to some degree, was the title bar on the event page. The plugins were not sure how to categorize the events correctly and displayed every category and page on the top header and right sidebar. Event Manager only had the title problem so I turned off the title bar for the event pages; not the neatest solution but it worked.

I stylized the calendar so it matched our theme styling using CSS. Here is the code I used. I had to fight not only the default plugin styling but the theme style that used !important. If you do not know what that means, I would recommend the W3 website for an explanation.

Anyways, here is how I stylized the calendar (attached to the .em-calendar class for CSS):

.em-calendar {
width: 100%;
}

.em-calendar tbody tr td.eventful a {
color: #FD7E29 !important;
}

.em-calendar tbody tr td.eventless, .em-calendar tbody tr td.eventful-today {
color: #CCCCCC !important;
}

.em-calendar tbody tr td.eventless-post, .em-calendar tbody tr td.eventless-pre {
color: #444444 !important;
}

.em-calendar tbody tr td.eventful-post a, .em-calendar tbody tr td.eventful-pre a {
color: #3F1A00 !important;
text-decoration: none;
}

.em-calendar tbody tr td.eventless-today {
color: #CCCCCC !important;
background-color: transparent;
border: 1px solid #CCCCCC;
}

.em-calendar tbody tr td.eventful-today {
background-color: transparent;
border: 1px solid #FD7E29;
}

.em-calendar tbody tr td.eventful-today a {
color: #FD7E29 !important;
}

By | 2014-04-01T19:42:56+00:00 April 1st, 2014|Jeffrey Allen, Serial, WordPress|1 Comment

About the Author:

Jeff is a multimedia specialist and a serial writer on his website, The Pen in the Stone.

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