When you sign up for a WebStarts Pro Plus account, WebStarts will create a Google Apps account for you. Included in that software is Google calendar. Google calendar is a great, easy way to organize events while sharing them on the web and embedding them on your website. Follow these easy steps to get started:
1. Sign up for Gmail or a WebStarts Pro account
In order to use the Google Calendar, you must either have a Gmail account or be signed up to use Google’s hosted solutions. If you sign up for a WebStarts Pro account you’ll automatically be setup with Google’s hosted solutions.
2. Create your calendar.
Click on the calendar link in the upper left hand corner after logging into your Gmail account. On the left side of your screen below your monthly calendar preview pane you’ll see an area labeled ‘My calendars’. Click on the link labled ‘Create’ just below that pane to create a new calendar. You will then be able to give the calendar a name as well as choose whether you want the calendar to be public or private along with several other options.
3. Enter your events.
Now that you have created your calendar go ahead and begin scheduling your events. To schedule an event click on the day and time you would like to schedule the event. Click on the ‘edit event details’ link to provide a detailed description of the event, setup event reminders, and invite guests to the event. You can even schedule event reminders to be sent via email and as a text message to your cell phone. Please note you’ll have to confirm your phone number in order to use the text message feature.
4. Copy and paste your calendar onto your webpage.
After scheduling your events you’ll want to publish your public calendar on your website. To do this you click on the ‘Settings’ link in the upper right hand corner of your calendar view. Next you’ll want to click on the ‘Calendars’ tab and choose which calendar you would like to publish to your website. Click on the name of the calendar you want to publish and you’ll notice some HTML code under the section labled ‘Embed This Calendar’. Select the code, right click, and choose to ‘copy’ from the drop down menu. Navigate your way back to your WebStarts page editor view and click ‘Insert’ and then ‘HTML Code’. Paste the code provided in the Paste Code window and click ‘OK’. Your calendar should now appear on your web page. You can drag and drop it to the exact location you want it to be placed on the page. Click save and you’ve successfully added a calendar that is fully editable to your website.
You can make changes to your calendar by logging into your Gmail account and make direct changes to that calendar. The changes will automatically appear on your website.