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Setting up the Public Events Page / Website

Public Events Site Overview

Coursedog makes it easy to publicize events to the University and broader community through a public events website that is automatically generated based on the events in your Coursedog platform. 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. 

Note: refer to this article 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.  

WCAG 2.0 compliance: 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

The public website contains cards for each event containing 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. 

Navigating the website is easy with filtering, search and a customized navigation bar.  Search (in the top right) allows users to directly search for specific events. Additionally, 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 i) event type, ii) organization, and iii) include or exclude Academic Events. 

If you wish to disable viewing Academic Events in the public site, you may do so in Settings > Website > ‘Show Academic Event Filter’ checkbox should be un-checked:

Additionally, if you wish to disable form submissions in the public Events site, you may do so in Settings > Website > 'Allow Public Form Submissions' should be 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 set to true.


Setting up the Public Events Site Navigation

The settings page in events contains a tab called "Navigation" - this is where you can edit the public events top navigation bar. 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 (pre-built link)
  2. Featured (pre-built link)
  3. Upcoming (pre-built link)
  4. New External Link

Note that, for an event to appear as a Featured Event on the public site, the 'Featured Event' pre-built question in the Event Form must equal true/Yes. 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 will remain so.

The navigation list that is displayed on the public events site is set on the "Website" Settings page (Settings > Website), under ‘Navigation List’.

Public Events Site Settings

Any public website representing your institution should match your branding and themes. Coursedog makes this easy. Under Settings > Website, scroll to the bottom of the page to find the Website Colors section. Here you can easily upload images for your header and footer and also set the colors for different aspects of your public events website.

If you wish for an Event Type’s Default Image (as specified in Settings > Event Types) to be the default image displayed in the public site for events of that type, make sure the checkbox that reads ‘Use the default event image when an event has not specified it’s own cover image’ is checked:

To add custom HTML to be displayed on your public site’s header and footer, you may 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 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) no Javascript

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

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