If you have author access, you will see a “Content” item on the top menu. Click on Content>Events>Add Event. This will bring you to the new event page which looks like the following:
- You first need to add a title. This is an easy description of the event and used as the header on the event page. I find that something simple like “January General Meeting” or “Back-to-back WRGRC Specialties” is succinct and to the point
- The permalink (the website address where the event will be found) is automatically generated from the title you input. Unfortunately, “January General Meeting” is a bit confusing because one doesn’t know what year. I find it helps to put the YYYYMM year and month (e.g. “January General Meeting” would have a permalink of “202001-general-meeting”). Likewise, the 2020 back to back specialties might simply be “2020-specialty”.
- After adjusting the title and permalink, you need to add some information about the event. This is done in the description section of the input. You can add pictures, etc., but at a minimum, put some text that describes the event.
- The date/time information puts the information on the website in the appropriate chronological order and identifies to visitors when the event is. You can type the date/time or use the drop-down boxes. Although our club meetings typically show a start time but not an end time, I often make club meetings approximately 4-5 hours.
- The venue/location is where the map will show on the website. For public venues, they might already be entered — use the drop-down box to select the location. For events at someone’s home, if they are unwilling to make their address public (safety concerns), select “Contact Us” in the venue location and it will provide a contact form for people to get more information.
- The categories identify how the website lists the event (For example meetings, or events, field, etc.). At a minimum, meetings should have “meeting” checked and events like a show or a tracking test should have “events” checked. The more information, the better!
- If you want to highlight this event on the front-page of the website, please select “Feature Event” to assure there is more information shown on the website.
- Set the organizer — this will almost always be WRGRC.
- If there is a cost associated with the event (e.g. entry fee), enter it here. For events with a variety of fees, I typically choose the lowest first fee, but use your judgement.
- Featured images are used especially with “Featured Events” on the homepage, giving the event a header image. These also show at the top of the page. There is a category I have created called “header” that you can select to filter out images that work well for featured images (good proportions, etc.).
- When you are happy with these results, select “publish” which will make the item go live. You can view the event using the “view event” link a the top, click on the permalink, or return to the homepage to see how it looks.
I hope this update helps. Good luck, and happy posting!