Event Actions add options to your calendar which allow visitors to
- Have event info and event ics file emailed to them
- Forward emails to others (free advertising!)
- Subscribe to a list of events or the entire calendar
- Add events to their own calendars
- Receive text messages about events
- And more...
As such, these tools are very useful for engaging your calendar visitors and spreading awareness about the events occurring on your campus.
Prior to publishing your new calendar on a website, you need to take a few easy steps to configure the Event Actions to optimize them.
To Setup and Style the Event Actions
1. Click the Customize Event Actions Link
The Customize Event Actions link is located below the list of your calendars in the left content pane of the Publisher dashboard.
2. Edit the Event Actions Settings
Organization Name: Enter your Campus Name in this field.
These images replace the Event Actions header at the top of the Event Actions window with an image of your choosing. (Typically a campus logo).
Banner Image: Scales to a maximum size of 400px x 76px
Mobile Banner Image: Scales to 210px x 57px
Click the New link to open the Add an Image window
Add an Image
Browse and upload to the Images directory in 25Live Publisher
Enter the entire web address of the image. Then choose:
Copy the Image: Copies the image contained on the link you provide which would deposit it in the Images directory
Link to the Image
Display Name: This field will populate the requisite field in HTML for screen readers
Owning Calendar: Select any calendar you have already published to become the owner of this image.
Once you are satisfied with your selections, click the OK button to upload your image. You may then use it by selecting the dropdown list in the Banner image, or Mobile banner image. You may also search for the image using the magnifying glass.
This group contains settings governing how visitor accounts are available.
Visitor accounts: Selects how visitor accounts are available.
- Not available: calendar visitors may take event actions but they have no sign-in options.
- Optional (recommended): calendar visitors may opt to sign-in creating a virtual sandbox on the CollegeNET servers for their individual information and events they are interested in attending
- Required: requires calendar visitors to log in in order to perform event and calendar actions.
Sign-in methods: Select the services visitors may use to sign in to their visitor accounts.
This group contains two options to control the actions available to calendar visitors.
Hidden event actions: Contains a dropdown menu listing all of the available event actions. Checking any item in this list will remove it as an option for calendar visitors. It is a best practice to remove none of the event actions.
Hidden calendar types: Contains a dropdown menu listing all the various calendar types that will be revealed under the Add To My Calendar event action. It is a best practice to remove none of the calendars.
This group contains settings governing the label of events with repeating occurrences such as the date, day of the week, and time formats, whether or not to show the end date and time, and the time zone. These settings are exactly the same set of date/time options that have been discussed on styling of emails, feeds, and various spuds. The key factor you want to remember is to match the settings here to how you have used them throughout your calendar implementation.
3. Edit the Event Actions Styles
Background: Typically, the background will match the background color you have been using throughout your calendar implementation for backgrounds. The recommended color is white (#FFFFFF).
Title Bar Colors
Background: Typically a color from your campus's color palette. Often, this is a darker background color.
Text: Any color that will contrast the background color, for maximum contrast and readability.
Link color: contains settings for both the :link and the :hover effect. The colors you select for this should match the link and hover colors set throughout your calendar implementation.
Link text decoration: controls whether or not links are underlined when first viewed in the events in the event actions region. Best practice is to match this to the calendar settings.
Link hover text decoration: controls whether or not links are underlined when a user hovers their mouse pointer over the link. Best practice is to match this to the calendar settings.
This group contains stylistic settings for the Commit, Navigate, Delete, and Abandon buttons in the Event Actions. Best practice is to match these to your overall calendar implementation. Replicate the colors from the Base Calendar Styles for the :link, :hover, and button text color in each of these four buttons.
4. Preview and Save Your Changes
Once you are satisfied with your selection, click the OK button to save your changes. You may preview your work by clicking the Preview button which will present a list of events. Select one and perform an event action to see your newly styled event actions window open up for review.