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PUBLIC WEBSITE: Setting Up & Viewing the Public Events Website

Table of Contents

Accessing the Public Events Site
Navigating the Public Events Site
Disable Viewing Academic Events on the Public Site
Disable Form Submissions on the Public Site
Setting Up the Public Events Site Navigation
Event Website Specific Settings
General Settings
Changing the Website URL


  • Coursedog makes it easy to publicize events across your institution and the broader community through a public events website that is automatically generated based on events scheduled via Coursedog.

  • This website is fully customizable, ensuring it matches the branding of your institution. With custom navigation, users can easily find the events that they are looking for, and you can easily feature your biggest events. 

  • Refer to this article on how on how to set up a school's branding / theme within the Coursedog user interface (i.e. not the public Events site).

Accessing the Public Events Site

  • To navigate to your institution’s public events site, select “View Public Event Site” from the home page. 

  • Coursedog’s External Events calendar is WCAG 2.0 compliant. Here is a reference explaining the WCAG 2.0 requirements. Note that the internal events application is currently not WCAG 2.0 compliant.

Navigating the Public Events Site

Overview | Search | Navigation Bar | Filtering


  • Navigating the website is easy with search, a customized navigation bar, and filtering.

  • The public website features cards for each event; cards contain the most important details about the event. Each card can be expanded for more information and allows users to directly add events to their digital calendar.

Search (in the top right) allows users to directly search for specific events.

The navigation bar across the top allows for easy access to the most relevant and frequently visited pages (i.e. Featured Events, Today’s Events, etc.).


Filtering allows users to filter events by event type, organization, and “include or exclude Academic Events”.

Disable Viewing Academic Events on the Public Site

  • If you wish to disable viewing Academic Events in the public site, you may do so at the following path: Events > Settings > Website. 

  • Make sure “Show Academic Event Filter” is un-checked.

Disable Form Submissions on the Public Site

  • To disable form submissions on the public Events site, navigate to Events > Settings > Website.

  • Ensure “Allow Public Form Submissions” is un-checked.

  • This setting is used to determine if the public event website will allow public form submissions and show the "Create An Event" input. By default this is checked (i.e. set to true).

Setting Up the Public Events Site Navigation

PATH: Events > Settings > Navigation


  • The settings page in events contains a tab called "Navigation" – this is where you can edit the top navigation bar shown on the public Events website.

  • You can create multiple navigation lists, but only one navigation list can be used on the public events page since there is only one site, and one top navigation bar.


After creating a navigation list, you are redirected to the navigation editor. Simply drag & drop to determine the links that will go in the top nav-bar.

There are 4 options for links:

  1. Today’s Events (pre-built link)

  2. Featured Events (pre-built link) – This will show the next 7 days’ events. 

  3. Upcoming Events (pre-built link) – This will show the next 7 days’ events. 

  4. New External Link

For an event to appear as a Featured Event on the public site, the “Featured Event” pre-built question in the Event Form must be set to Yes/True. If a user subsequently removes the field from the Event Form, their action does not modify any existing data events that were previously marked as Featured.

Event Website Specific Settings

Editing the Navigation List

PATH: Events > Settings > Website or Admin > Public Event Settings

  • The navigation list that is displayed on the public events site is set on the Event Website Settings page under “Navigation List”.

  • Select your preferred list from the dropdown.

Default Event Image

  • You have the option to add a default event image that will pre-populate for all event types at Events > Settings > Website Settings. 

  • You can also set a default image for individual Event Types at Events > Settings > Event Types.

  • If you wish for an Event Type’s Default Image to be the default image displayed in the public site for events of that type, make sure “Use the default event image when an event has not specified its own cover image” is checked.

  • If you have a default event image configured and the “Show no image when no events listed” box is NOT checked, then the public event site will show the default image and the text “No Upcoming Events”. If you have the default image configured but the “Show no image when no events listed” box IS checked, then the public event site will just show “No Upcoming Events” (without the default image).
  • The minimum suggested image size is 325x325. 

General Settings

PATH: Events > Settings > Website


  • Coursedog makes it easy to create a public website that matches your institution’s branding and themes.

  • Under the General Settings section, you can upload images for your header and footer and also set the colors for different aspects of your public events website.

Custom HTML

To add custom HTML to be displayed on your public site’s header and footer, you can use the “Custom Before Page HTML” (used for creating a custom header) and “Custom After Page HTML” (used for creating a custom footer) fields. 

There are a couple of restrictions to note in order for this functionality to work properly:

  1. It must be valid HTML.

  2. All CSS must be inline. Avoid using CSS rules that are not highly specific to the provided HTML. Otherwise it could affect the entire website.

  3. We suggest (but do not enforce) that Javascript be avoided.

  4. Once the content is saved, it will be displayed within the public Events site.

Changing the Website URL

Reach out to Coursedog for help changing the URL, but note that the steps are very similar to what is outlined for Catalog here

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