How to Embed an Online Calendar

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Professional looking calendars can be a smart addition to your blog or website, so customers, fans and employees know what’s going on with your business. Calendars can be customized, so their look and feel matches your existing site, and many well-known providers have calendars for you to use. The nature of your website will determine which calendar types are available to you.

Plug-ins for Popular Sites

  • Popular websites, such as WordPress and Blogger, support plug-ins, which are pre-built pieces of code that add functions to your site. You can download and install these calendars through plug-in or widget libraries provided by your host. Adding a plug-in will give you the chance to build a calendar and customize it without needing to do any coding. The features and colors available to you depends on the company that builds the plug-in, not your website provider.

HTML Coded Calendars

  • Many popular calendars offer HTML versions that can be directly embedded into your website, regardless of your host. After you build a calendar from a website or service, these will have a button named something along the lines of “Embed This Calendar” or “Calendar Code.” When you click these buttons, the service will generate HTML code that you can copy and paste directly into your website, making your calendar live. Some will offer you the ability to edit or add to your calendar directly, while other services require you to create a new calendar to reflect changes.

Customizing HTML Calendars

  • For HTML calendars, the build interface determines how you will be able to change its colors or other options. Some give you the ability to select colors by clicking on color swatches and add activities by typing directly into a calendar interface before generating the HTML code. This means changes require minimal to no coding on your part. If the calendar doesn’t let you change settings this way, you’ll need to go into the code and make adjustments, such as changing the height and width or choosing colors with the proper color hexadecimal notations.

Choosing Your Calendar

  • You should pick your calendar provider based on what you need it to do and what website you run. If you’re using a popular blogging site that supports plug-ins, these are recommended, since they offer full-feature support, but don’t require you to code HTML. If you are working on a personal or business website with your own domain, your Web host may support plug-ins, or you can use popular calendars that generate HTML code for you. It is recommended that you stick with well-known calendar makers (some links in Resources), since they often provide you with the ability to manage what’s on your calendar easily and free of charge.

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