What is the Events Manual 3.0 Plugin?

The Events Manual 3.0 plugin is an easy way to create and share events through your app.

Users have the ability to search for local events and RSVP to your event directly within the mobile app. They can also view events on a map, buy tickets, and take other actions on your events page.

As an admin, you can customize event details, create repeatable events, set event locations on a map, add custom buy buttons, and send push notifications to your users about the event.

How to Use the Events Manual 3.0 Plugin

Follow the steps below to create and manage your first event using the Events Manual 3.0 plugin. Note: This plugin requires a Google Cloud Platform account.

Step #1: Enable API Keys in Google Cloud Platform

When you first add the Events Manual 3.0 plugin to your app, you’ll see an error message saying that an API key is required.

To get your API key, you must sign up for a Google Cloud Platform account. Once you’re signed up, you need to create a new project in Google Cloud Platform.

Within your new project, click the hamburger menu on the top left side of your Google Cloud Platform dashboard. Navigate to “APIs & Services” and select “Dashboard” from the expanded menu. Click the button “+ Enable APIs and Services” to continue.

There are three different APIs that you need to enable:

  • Maps JavaScript API

  • Places API

  • Geocoding API

Click the “Enable” button after you click on the API. You’ll need to do this three times (once for each API).

Step #2: Create the API Keys and Add Them to Your App

Within your Google Cloud Platform account, navigate back to the same hamburger menu and select APIs & Services again. This time, select “Credentials” from the expanded list:

From the Credentials menu, click “Create Credentials” and select “API Key” from the list of options.

A pop-up will appear with your API key that’s been generated by Google Cloud Platform.

Click on “Restrict Key” to proceed.

Next, we’re going to modify your key restrictions. Look at the bottom of your screen for a section that says “API Restrictions” and check off the box that says “Restrict Key.”

In the drop-down menu directly below the “Restrict Key” option, select the three API keys that you’ve enabled in the last step (Maps JavaScript API, Places API, and Geocoding API).

Those three APIs should be listed in a section titled “Selected APIs” once this process is done. Then just click the “Save” button to continue.

Copy the API key from Google Cloud Platform and paste it into the “Settings” tab within your app editor:

Step #3: Add Your First Event

If the API key has been properly added, the error message that appeared when you first added the plugin should be gone. Navigate back to the “Content” tab to proceed.

Click the “Add New Event” button. From here, you can manage the event settings and information like:

  • Event title

  • Start date and end date

  • Start time and end time (with an option for “all day” event)

  • Time zone

  • Event image

  • Event location

  • RSVP requirements

  • Enable or disable repeat event details (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.)

Within the body section of the content editor, you can completely customize the event content with the WYSIWYG editor. Anything you type here will appear in the app emulator. You can add text and even embed a video for your event.

Step #4: Add Action Items

At the bottom of the event settings, you’ll see a section titled “Action Links.” Click the green button that says “Add Action Item” to proceed.

From here, you’ll see a pop-up window displaying the different types of actions you can add.

For example, you can set up the action links so that app users can email, call, or text someone with questions about the event. The action button is really flexible and can even support purchases. Other common actions include social media sharing and links to a website about the event.

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