Google Calendar Set Up
How to set up Google Calendar
I had to set up Google Calendar for a client who want to have Events publicized for a membership site.
The calendar needs to be posted on a primary website and on the blog.
It needs to have live links to the events page of the author of the event and has to be easy to manage.
So I figured we’d give Google Calendar a try and made a video to show how to set up Google Calendar.
Take a look and see if you can use Google Calendar for your bsuiness.
Stay with it, stay well and talk soon.
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For a transcript of the video read on.
Hey, Claude Pelanne here, Affiliate Starting Line. Welcome. This is going to be a video about Google Calendars. There might be more than one, depending on what we get done here.
Google Calendars is an offering by Google. It’s free and you can create calendars. In this case, I have some folks who want a community calendar, an events calendar, to put up across a couple of sites. They were wondering how you could do that using Google Calendars. Let’s take a look and see how you find it and to it.
First you have to be logged in to your Google account so if you want to use Google Calendars, log in through your Gmail account. If you don’t have one, get one, and then you’ll have a Google account. Once you’re in and you go to Google.com, you’re going to come up to your Nav bar up here. Click ‘More’ and you’ll find ‘Calendar’ right here. Click on calendar and it will take you to the Google Calendar home page.
The Google Calendar home page consists of a couple of areas. There’s a left-hand sidebar, just like in WordPress, where you do all the functions that you need to do. The right-hand area here is your Calendar area. There are selections up here on these Nav bars where you can choose whether you want to see days, weeks, months, four days, or agenda. I take the week. You can print and refresh. You can pick different types of themes that you want for it. Let’s stick with the default.
On the left-hand sidebar you have the mini calendar. If you select that, it displays the calendar for the month that you’re in. Below it is your ‘My Calendars’ dropdown, where it will display all the calendars you’ve created. On the right-hand side of ‘My Calendars’ there’s another dropdown. Click it and you can create a new calendar or go into Settings.
‘Settings’ is where you manage your calendars. You can come in here and delete them or create a new calendar. You can do all sorts of stuff from this screen right here. Let’s create a new calendar. We’re going to call it Affiliate . . . it helps to spell it . . . hard to type when you have a band-aid on your finger. Affiliate Calendar of Events. Then you can fill in a description. You want to pick your country, your time zone. If you want to share it with somebody, you can put their email address in there. If you want to share it with coworkers, there’s ways of doing that. We’ll talk about that in another video.
Come back down here and you can create your calendar. We’re calling this Affiliate Calendar of Events. Create it. Now we’re going back to our main . . . ‘There was a problem saving your settings. Please try again in a few minutes’. That’s interesting. So we’re going to come back into ‘My Calendars’ and create a new calendar. We’re going to create Affiliate Calendar. Let’s go into the description. You can be much more, thing about the description. You come down to your settings, setting your events. You create the calendar. It’s going to create the calendar and you’ll see now in the left-hand sidebar it’s popped in. You’ve got ‘Create Calendar’.
The thing I want to show you is this. If you come here to this right-hand dropdown for the calendar you just created and click it, you’re going to get a bunch of options here which we’ll go over in another video, for setting the different colors and schemes. You can play with those. If you click ‘Calendar Settings’ you’re back with a similar box. You’re going to come down to ‘Embed This Calendar’. Right here will be the code that you’re going to want to embed your calendar.
You do all your setups and your colors and all that. Then you take this embed code and bring it to a notepad and drop it in. And of course, it didn’t do that. So let’s go back here, and Control C, bring it into your notepad, Control V, and now you have your embed code ready to go.
I want to point something out. It has a default width of 800 by a default height of 600. So, it’s 800 x 600. That’s going to be too big. You can customize that and we’ll see how we do that in a minute.
Let’s come to a website. I’ve got a website here. It’s a WordPress blog. I’m going to come to ‘My Appearance’, I’m going to go down to ‘Widgets’ and select it. It’s going to display my widgets screen. I’m going to come here and take a text and put it into my sidebar. I’ll put it into this particular sidebar. Then I’m going to come in here and do a Control V and there is my embed code. I’m going to change this width to 350 and I’m going to change the height to 400. So I’m going to make this a little bit different. I’m going to save it and I want to title this ‘Affiliate Calendar’ and I’m going to save it.
Then I’m going to refresh. Now this is the bottom widget. You know what? Let’s do something. Let’s put it at the top, right up here. I’ve just put the calendar at the top and we’re going to refresh that. Take a look, and there’s the calendar sitting here, right here. You can see it’s fitting in. It’s got the couple of things here off-setting, missing, that I would adjust. That has more to do with the theme than it has to do with your code.
You can also, if you want – and I’ll do this quickly – put your calendar into a page. Again, this is going to be too wide, so I’m going to make it 500 x 500. Let’s make it a square and see if it fits into this. Then you want to title it, ‘Affiliate Calendar’, and save the draft. Let’s preview the page. You can put it into a page, and there it is in a page. Then you can put that page in a menu, etc. So there you go. That’s how you embed your calendar into a page.
When you want to add events to it, you come up here and create an event. Let’s say ‘Affiliate Lunch’, or whatever the name of the event is. We’re going to go from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. The thing you want to do is type in ‘Joe’s Restaurant’, for example. You’re going to want to come down to this dropdown if you have several calendars and pick the right one. I’m going to pick Affiliate Calendar. That’s going to put this event . . . I want to make sure it’s a one-hour event. Let’s come down here and make it on the 9th. So you’ve picked your date, you’ve got the time, you’ve picked your place and you selected the calendar. The event color: you can assign a color to it. You can put reminders. There are other capabilities here, but for the purpose of time, I’m going to click ‘Save’.
Now I’ve created this lunch. This will now embed itself into this calendar. It’s going to take a little while to populate. It’s not going to populate right away. Well, there it is, it just went in. This calendar is displaying this lunch. Somebody can click on it and they can see what time it is and where it is. You can have more details and fill in stuff as you need. When you create the event, there’s a little box where you can add more information.
The point behind this was to show you how to find the embed code. To get the embed code for a calendar, you go to the right and click here. You go to ‘Calendar Settings’ and then you come down to the embed. This is the embed code for my other calendar. I would pick this and go and embed it in a different site. This would be a different calendar for a different site. I control what goes on those calendars from inside my Google Calendar account.
So that’s it. That’s how Google Calendars works. I hope this has been helpful. This is Claude Pelanne at Affiliate Starting Line. Stay with it, stay well, and we’ll talk to you soon.