[PRO] Adding a Calendar - NOT Google?

Since my last query here was never answered, I had to figure it out for myself (getting SimpleViewer to work for a gallery in Freeway). That was empowering, but a massive timewaster.

Similarly, Google Calendar is unreliable & has consumed too many hours of my time already. Hyperlinks sometimes work, then other times, the exact same code renders nothing. Without rhyme or reason, inconsistencies abound, a typical trait I’ve encountered with Windoze software.

So, my question is - please tell me there’s another way to post a calendar on my Freeway page. Something that I can update with various events, relatively easily.

hoping…
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If you look at a site like hotscripts.com you will find all sorts of calendar implementations - some are free. There are hundreds!

http://www.hotscripts.com/search/javascript/calendar - for a Javascript selection and http://www.hotscripts.com/search/php/calendar for PHP

Once you have found one that you like the look of then we will do our best to get you up and running with it.

David


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I made a mini calendar that loads and navigates through Ajax calls, so
no page refresh. It uses a very simple data format, stored in a text
file, and it’s all outlined here: MiniCal Test Page

The only caveats are you need PHP on your server, and you need to have
a text editor and an FTP application to change the highlighted dates.
Also, it looks like this and won’t look like anything else without
some hard-core CSS styling work on your part. So opinionated software:
check. Fast and browser-agnostic: check. Geek-friendly: check.

Walter

On Apr 26, 2011, at 3:04 PM, DeltaDave wrote:

If you look at a site like hotscripts.com you will find all sorts of
calendar implementations - some are free. There are hundreds!

http://www.hotscripts.com/search/javascript/calendar - for a
Javascript selection and http://www.hotscripts.com/search/php/
calendar for PHP

Once you have found one that you like the look of then we will do
our best to get you up and running with it.

David


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Tanya,

I haven’t encountered the issues you have had with google calendar, which is neither windows or osx.

Once you have copied the code for your google calendar [sign-in to your google calendar, click settings (calendar settings) at the top right of page; click on the calendar tab, click on the calendar that you want to upload ( left side under Calendar title); go to the section “Embed this Calendar” and copy all of the code in the box on the right side of the section], in the page in Freeway that you want the calendar displayed, select Insert>Markup Item and paste the google code into the dialog box, click ok.

You will have to position and size the box according to your needs. Then your can preview it in a browser or save/publish/upload and go live with it.

You add/amend/delete items to the calendar by going into your google calendar. These inputs are reflected into your website calendar as soon as it is refreshed. You needn’t do anything else in Freeway.

If you want to give it another go, let me know.

Bryan


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Thank you for all your help. I’ve now spent close to 10 hours on this. wow

I currently have the Google calendar on the site, it’s not all that beautiful, but it works… sort of.

http://2studiob.ca/calendar.html

I need to have live links that can be clicked either in the rollovers or in the text box that opens when a date is clicked on. And that’s where the Google problems begin.

Right now, there is a weird code you have to surround your link in, to make it work in the Google calendar, however, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Yes the exact same code, no changes, works in some dates, & not in others. THAT is the type of inconsistency that I was referring to with Windows. Something that worked perfectly one day, will for some reason not the next. If you look on my calendar page posted above, you will see next month there are a couple of dates confirmed, one has links working. But that same code in two other dates posted, produces no links. Extremely frustrating and time gobbling.

I’ve looked at some php code calendars, though I’ve never tried that yet. There are millions of them on the free hotcode pages. If the Google calendar was reliable, I’d use it. But it’s not just me having problems, do a search for Google calendar problems and see how many.


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When I visit your link I am asked for a log in?

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see? That’s another change, last night it was free for all to see. Yet I’ve changed nothing…

let me fix it


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ok, back for all to see… if you look at the May events, you’ll see there are links appearing in the text for the 16th, but the same embed code produces no links in the text for the 25th, but the code disappears & only shows the names of the artists, but there should be 3 links there.


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Hi Tanya,

Is this the code used for the poster in the May 16th event?

Click here to see the poster

If not, what is the code you are using.

Bryan


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Hi Tanya

Have a look at http://www.calendars.net/ it’s FREE and it works in Freeway. Have a look at http://www.brutontown.co.uk/community/diary.html

Regards

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Thank you gentlemen for all your assistance, sorry I’m so helpless with much of this.

First - to Bryan - the poster link is a bit different from the others, as it’s an internal link within the site, pretty much entirely done within Freeway. However, I did have to wrap the link in some code so it can appear the way it does in the Google Calendar text. Like this…

http://www.2studiob.ca/posterj99.html

Click here to see the poster (ok, I see what’s happening here… you don’t get to see the code, you just see the link, so I will add some spaces in the code so you can see what I’m talking about…

Ok, it doesn’t work, it makes the entire body of this complete post into an underlined link… so instead, here’s the link to the page where I first got the code…

http://groups.google.com/group/google-calendar-help-howto/browse_thread/thread/32fde5f9debdc97b/56c7fe5d106a04fd?lnk=gst&q&pli=1

You will see the code in the second post on that page. Basically I just inserted my link, into the middle of the code between the two “quotes,” and it works… some of the time, but not all.

That makes all that text blue & a hyperlink. In that box that corresponds with that May 16th date on the calendar, there are several other hyperlinks. The one for Dave Soroka mistakenly ended in .ca, when it should be .com. No matter how many times I change it to .com and save it, upon refresh it’s back to .ca again. Total frustration!

The other dates - May 25th & June 15th both have hyperlinks that contain the exact same code wrapping the URL’s but they don’t show up in the calendar.

Next - to Lee the Gray Owl - during my going on 12 hours in this problem, I’ve done so many searches & read so many forums, during which I did come across www.calendars.net. Yes, it looked good, and some folks gave it glowing testimonies. However, as I tried to set up a calendar, when it came to changing fonts, colors etc, I kept getting error messages that the browser was unable to connect with the server. It appeared their site was too busy, or something, because I couldn’t make any changes. Their basic configuration looks pretty nasty, & as you can see the site I’m working on should be somewhat aesthetically pleasing. Not to dismiss the fine calendar you have on the Bruton Town site, but I just want it to look a bit more stylish for my friend.


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I see that in that post there is a reference to subsequent editing of entries losing the links. Have you edited without redoing the link code?

Note that if you go in and make a change to the event, you’ll
unfortunately lose the html link so will have to recreate it.

D


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On 26 Apr 2011, 11:20 pm, Tanya wrote:

Next - to Lee the Gray Owl - during my going on 12 hours in this problem, I’ve done so many searches & read so many forums, during which I did come across www.calendars.net. Yes, it looked good, and some folks gave it glowing testimonies.

Hi Again

You can infact buy the programe so you can run it on your own server. Would that help?

Regards

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Hi Tanya,

You are using the same code and as Dave pointed out, in the google link you provided, there is a reference in losing the hyeprlink when it was subsequently edited. The inference here is that you would have to recreate the entire entry - as in delete the original google calendar entry, then create a new entry. This may address the problem the .com entry. Alternatively, you may want to try clearing the browser’s cache.

Maybe it is my good fortune, but I haven’t - yet - experienced the issues you’ve detailed, either with original or edited entries, so I would ensure that the cache is cleared.

Good luck!

Bryan


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Indeed I have not been updating the code, so I will start there. The budget is tight, so I’m reluctant to buy any more things just yet. Even though the Google calendar is unwieldy, I’m hoping I can crack its awkwardness & utilize it. The idea of being able to update it “with ease,” (sorry, I had to laugh there), is appealing.

Found another typical Windoze type trait, or Microsoft, at least. Usually these programs do a thousand things you don’t want them to do, but the one simple thing you want, you can never do. Similarly, Google Calendar forces me to have some time in the title. Yet the boxes are too small to even fit my event title satisfactorily. So I click on All Day event & place the time somewhere in the body text. Sure enough, zeros keep popping up in the title now. Strangely, it updates the pesky things I don’t want, without re-pasting the code.

Thanks again everyone, each of you are so kind, I’ll keep trying. First I think I’ll delete the whole calendar & start again with fresh code, then see what happens.

If only everything was made by Apple. Hmm… perhaps the way things are going, it soon will be… (except our beloved Freeway of course… unless that’s their goal, to be bought out for millions & replace iWeb)


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Well, I deleted the whole thing, started again, got it to paste, and now ALL the links are gone, poster, everything! This must be the 20th hour I’ve wasted on this nonsense. Please someone deliver me from google garbage. I want nothing more to do with it.

All I want is a simple calendar that I can have hyperlinks in.
I could have used a photo of a real one with rollovers in the amount of time I’ve wasted. What a giant headache & loss of resources. Very sad.


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Hi Tanya

Have you looked at this: http://www.phpjabbers.com/php-event-calendar/

Regards

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Thanks Lee, that one is cute, compact & colourful, but it doesn’t look like I can do my hyperlinks in it.

I may just have to use something like that though.

thank you


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If you can manage a text file like this one:

http://scripty.walterdavisstudio.com/cal/data/data.txt

and you like the way it looks out of the box, you could just use my MiniCal implementation.

http://scripty.walterdavisstudio.com/cal

Click back to March of this year to see a couple of days with links, including one where there are multiple links.

Walter


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After 30 hours, I gave up. Google would work, then not work, for no apparent reason. Total waste of time.
Very emotionally draining & upsetting.
Instead, I just quickly posted a table, with the events, dates, links, info, etc. Total time in Freeway… 15 minutes.
Now all the links work perfectly, & I will never use Google Calendar again. Halleluyah!

Another side note - with an enterprise that is just starting out, as my friend’s, the full empty month displayed by a regular calendar, makes it look like nothing much is happening with your business. Not an image I wanted to present. Even though she has other private events throughout the month, things were looking pretty sparse on the public calendar. This table now looks a little more busy for bookings.


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