What is the Events Feed Plugin?
The Events Feed feature makes it easy for you to showcase upcoming events and keep your audience informed about them by seamlessly integrating your iCal feed.
What are some use cases of Events Feed?
Some use cases of this feature include:
- Internal/Employee Apps: keep your employees up to date with company events, schedules, and deadlines.
- School Apps: keep your parents and students informed about class schedules, school holidays, events, and meetings.
- Community Apps: keep your community members informed about special events, meetings, and initiatives.
- Church Apps: engage your congregation by keeping them up to date with services, classes, Bible studies, outreach activities, and home groups.
What is the Events Feed’s primary functions and what are the steps to accomplish them?
The Events Feed's primary focus is to streamline adding events into your app. Read on to see what some of the core features are and how to set them up.
How to Add the Events Feed to Your App
Here are some simple steps get this feature live on your app, but if you’d like more detailed information, we’ve written a dedicated article about how to create and enable Marketplace features.
Step 1: In the left menu, go to “Features”
Step 2: Search the Marketplace
Step 3: Click “Add”, give it a title, and click “Add” again to confirm it
Once you've added it, you can change the feature's icon and title, which will be what your users see when they access it in your app.
How to add your iCal feed and sync your events
Step 1: Locate your iCal feed (also called an .ics file)
iCalendar (also known as iCal or .ics) is a global standard for exchanging calendar information and data. An iCal feed enables applications to synchronize date and time data with other calendar applications. Each program is slightly different as to how you access your iCal feed/url, but here are some common ones:
Note: If you can’t find your .ics file or if your program doesn’t provide one, you can use a program such as iCal Exchange to generate one.
Step 2: (Highly Recommended) Check that your iCal feed is valid
As we mentioned, iCal is an industry standard calendar feed and, therefore, the vast majority of calendars will provide you with one. If you're having trouble with your iCal feed, it’s best to run it through an iCal feed validator like this one (click here) to make sure you are using a valid feed.
Step 3: Enter your iCal feed into the Events Feed control panel
Simply copy and paste in your iCal feed and click “Validate”
How to Change Your Design/Layout
Under the Design tab, you can make aesthetic changes to the Events Feed. Change the Design Layout or background images here.
Step 1: Click on the Design Tab
Step 2: Choose a layout for your event details pages
Step 3: (Optional) Add a top image to your events
This is a great opportunity to showcase and reinforce your branding. If you include a top image, it will appear at the very top of each of your events.
How your users can add events to their calendars
The Events Feed plugin is a great way to get your events onto your users’ personal calendars. They can add events to their calendars in one of two ways by following these steps:
Step 1: Open your app and go to the Calendar
Step 2A: Swipe right on an event and click the Calendar icon
Step 2B: Go into an event and click “Add to Calendar”
How to Use Plugin Access Security Settings
The Security tab is a core component that is utilized across several features to streamline your user experience. With it, you can make exclusive content by requiring that users login to access it. You can also restrict content to specific users by requiring that they have a tag, or tags, attached to their profile.
Since this is a core component, we’ve created a dedicated article about how to restrict content using the security tab access settings.
What are some Pro Tips you should know about to take your app to the next level?
Having worked with apps for years, we’ve learned a thing or two. So, to both help your app stand out and accomplish your primary goals, here are some tips you should consider.
Pro Tip 1: Make sure you’re using a publicly accessible calendar
In order for the Events Feed plugin to pull in the events from your calendar, you will need to be sure that the iCal feed is publicly accessible. Otherwise, your calendar will block its data from being pushed out and, therefore, this feature will not be able to sync it.
Pro Tip 2: Use Folders to create categorized calendars
Using Folders is a great way to showcase multiple calendars in your app. For example, you could have a Holiday Schedule, Deadlines, and Department Meetings as separate calendars making it easy for your users to find the types of events you want.
What are some related articles?
In addition to this article, we recommend checking out the following related articles so that you have a better insight into how to use the system to its fullest advantage:
Still have questions? No problem! Reach out to us and we’d be happy to help :)