Events

You can add events to your website so people can find out information about upcoming events. Generally, you want to add multiple events rather than single events.

Events can be added to the main content area (most appropriate if it is the primary information on the page), or to the Content Below Main section (can be incorporated on any page).

See a sample of events added to the main content area below. Below that, you can see a sample of events added to the Content Below Main section.

  1. Find the page you want to add the Events to and click Edit.
  2. Determine where you want to add the list of events.
    1. To add events to the main Content area of your website, in the Content editor, select the Events radio button and expand Content > Events.
    2. To add events below your main Content area, make sure the Add Content Below Main box is checked off. Then in the Content Below Main editor, select the Events radio button and expand Content > Events.
  3. If adding in Content Below Main, enter a Heading for your events.

There are four ways to add events.

  1. Manual Entry
  2. Event Block
  3. Google Calendar
  4. Event Feed Block

Manual Entry

You must add two events in order to use the Manual Entry method.

Add events using the Manual Entry

For each event you will need to add:

You can add another event using the green plus ( + ) sign. You can also reorder events using the up/down arrows.

After you have added each event, on the bottom of the editor, you can decide if you want to add a button. This could be useful to link to a larger Upcoming Events page.

Event Block

Add events using the Event Block

You must add two events in order to use the Event Block method. To add a Event using the Event Block functionality, you first need to create your Event Block.

  1. Navigate to blocks > reusable. Once there, click New > Event Block. Your new block will appear, starting on the Content sub-tab. You will see two additional tabs: Metadata and System.
  2. Enter a System Name at the top of the Content screen.
    The System Name is the name that is displayed in the navigation panel in Cascade. Unlike the system name of a page, the System Name of an Event Block will not appear in a URL.

Best Practice: Keep names short; use only lowercase letters, numbers and dashes. Do not use spaces or underscores.

  1. The fields in the Event Block are the same as the fields in the Event manual entry, with four exceptions.
    1. The Image field is not applicable to a regular Event entry. The Image is only displayed when the Event Block is used with a Featured Event.
    2. The Alt Text field is not necessary since there is no image.
    3. The Heading is added when you add the block to a page.
    4. Keep the Is this a featured event? box unchecked since this is not a Featured Event. Learn how to add a Featured Event.
  2. When you have filled in all of the fields, click Submit

Then, you need to add the Event Block to your page. 

  1. Select the Event Block radio button.
  2. Enter a Heading - Large text centered at the top of the event section. Suggestions: “Upcoming Events” or “Event Calendar”.
  3. Event Block: Search or navigate to the event block you created.

Google Calendar

The Google Calendar option allows you to pull in content from an existing Google Calendar.

Add events using Google Calendar

  • Max Posts to Display: Determines how many events are displayed. The system will only display more than four events if you are adding Event content in the Content Below Main section.
  • Google Calendar ID: You can find this in your Google Calendar under Calendar Settings > Calendar Address. Your Google Calendar must be public in order to add it to your website.
  • Heading: Large text centered at the top of the event section. Suggestions: “Upcoming Events” or “Event Calendar”
  • Button Text: Include a button if you want to link to a larger Upcoming Events page.
  • Link Type: Select the Internal or External radio button. Use Internal for any page within your site that you have access to in the CMS. External is used for a link on any other website (including Brandeis sites you do not have access to, such as BrandeisNOW). The link will only display if you include Button Text.
  • Browse or Search for your internal page or type in your external URL (include http://).

Event Feed Block

The Event Feed Block option allows you to pull in a calendar feed from a source other than Google Calendar.

Add events using the Event Feed Block

RSS Block functionality is used to create an Event Feed Block.

  1. Email cmshelp@brandeis.edu to request that your Event Feed Block be set up. Then, you need to add the RSS Block to your page. 
  2. Select the Event Feed Block radio button.
  3. Max Posts to Display: Determines how many events are displayed. The system will only display more than four events if you are adding Event content in the Content Below Main section.
  4. Event Feed Block: Search or navigate to the RSS Block you created.
  5. Heading: Large text centered at the top of the event section. Suggestions: “Upcoming Events” or “Event Calendar”.
  6. Button Text: Include a button if you want to link to a larger Upcoming Events page.
  7. Link Type: Select the Internal or External radio button. Use Internal for any page within your site that you have access to in the CMS. External is used for a link on any other website (including Brandeis sites you do not have access to, such as BrandeisNOW). The link will only display if you include Button Text.
  8. Browse or Search for your internal page or type in your external URL (include http://).

Once you have added the event information to the page, click Submit and publish as usual. 

Sample Events List in Main Content Area

October 20
Shabbat Services
5:30 PM
October 20
Zumba
5:30 PM