We are very excited to announce that two of the most requested features are now available and ready for you to use. These features are a monthly events calendar and event categories. Let’s take a look at them.
Here is a full look at the monthly events calendar page template.
All you need to do to use this is create a page that uses the Events – Calendar page template. It will automatically show your church’s events for the current month. The visitor to your site can hover over an event for a summary and click an event to view its details page. There are controls for navigating between months and filtering the display of events by a particular category.
And yes, this calendar is mobile-friendly. Give it a try on your phone!
You can now organize events by category similar to how you can organize blog posts by category or sermons by topic.
There are three ways to show events in a category to your visitors.
- Each event category has its own archive showing upcoming events (demo)
- The monthly calendar can show events for a particular category (demo)
- The CT Categories widget has been updated to support listing event categories in the sidebar
Several other improvements are included with these updates.
- An event recurrence note (e.g. “Every Week”) now shows on single event details (demo)
- Download buttons are more reliable across various hosting environments and caching systems
How to Update
To gain these new features, you will need to update both your theme and the Church Theme Content plugin to the latest versions.
Updating can be done with just a few clicks by going to Dashboard > Updates. Your license key must be active in order for theme updates to show. Read the Updates guide for more information.
That’s a Wrap
This concludes the push we have been making over the last few months to improve event features. We now have a monthly calendar template, event categories, custom recurrence options and improved time fields. Developing these features was a direct response to churches letting us know what they need, so keep the requests coming. We’re listening!
Please let us know your thoughts on these new features by posting a comment. Oh, and keep your eyes peeled for a fresh new theme…