Once you have planned events, you can use the controls in the events module to display these across your sites in a variety of formats.
The events calendar
The events calendar is a comprehensive display of your events, often used in a dedicated events page or section. The data displayed can be filtered to a particular area or event type or filtered based upon metadata.
RSS and Atom are standard, and the control provides a simple mechanism for navigating to different months and years.
The control provides iCalendar support as standard. Syndicate events or even a sub-set of your events to any iCalendar-enabled software including Microsoft Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple iCal and Apple iPhone. Read a full list of supporting software.
The events combo
The events combo control shows the main events with thumbnails, and then another set following with a simple mini-list. The numbers of items in each set can be configured.
The example shows the events combo control in use with the default simple theme.
The mini listing
The mini listing outputs a simple list of news, often filtered to a particular section of a site. The mini listing can be rendered as either an unordered list or an ordered list, and as with most other events controls, the date format is configurable.
The events record
The events record control displays the full event details, accessed when the user clicks through from a listing controls.
The events portlet
The events portlet allows users to configure the selection of events to suit their needs. Users can click the edit option which will reveal the edit panel, allowing you to configure the news categories as you wish.
Once you have chosen the categories that are of interest to you, the system will remember the selection for your next visit.
The events ticker
The event ticker shows upcoming dates in a scrolling ticker-tape. The data source is configurable, allowing you to select events from categories or with chosen metadata.
RSS and Atom feeds
The events module creates an RSS categorised by either taxonomy or tags with the body of the article present, which can be really useful for syndication.
To begin, all you need do is log into Contensis and then simply click the create new event option. You don't need any technical skills and new editors will be creating new events in minutes. As with most Contensis modules, the events module comes with a set-up wizard to make adding events easier.
We aim to keep our editing environments consistent; for example, if you have created a blog post before, you will find it easy to create an event.
Because it uses the Contensis WYSIWYG editor, we are guiding users down the path of creating accessible content without them even realising it.
As with all Contensis content, a full QA check is available and if the content does not meet the relevant criteria, then the page can be prevented from being submitted or approved, depending upon how you configure the quality assurance module.
You will have keywords and description meta data to complete. Any other metadata can be entered if configured. When entering keywords, the CMS will auto-suggest other keywords that have already been used.
It can be useful to configure a metadata element for tagging the content. When this is done the listings will then be able to be filtered by these tags.
As you can see from the screenshot of the events portlet, using categories to organise data such as events gives you the flexibility to personalise the data to meet the needs of your end-users.
Once users have selected the categories they are interested in, it will then save their choices for future visits.
Events editing overview
Provide events as:
Events is an integrated content type within Contensis. This ensures that all of the same rules apply to this as to any other type of content.
From an administrator's perspective, you will need to initially configure the module and assign workflow and permissions. Once this is done, you can sit back and let your users create the content.
All of our controls have configurable options to allow for customisations, but sometimes this may not be enough; you may have specific requirements that are not included in the standard control set.
If you are using .NET you can simply inherit from any of the standard controls and extend them to suit your needs. Alternatively you can use the same framework we use to develop new controls.
If your idea is something that would be beneficial to all Contensis customers, then just run it past us, as we often will extend the system and provide new functionality based upon user specifications and ideas.
If you attend our developer training course, then you will be able to create any extra functionality or controls you need.