08 Feb Step 10: Adding Events to Your Band Website
In this post, I’ll cover how to add events to your website using the integrated events plugin that comes with the FWRD theme.
This post is part of a 14-step series on creating a website for your band using WordPress. Click here to go back to the main page.
Setting Up Events
To add an event, first navigate to the “Events” tab in the left-hand navigation. From there, you will be directed to the Events page. This is where all your events will be listed. You can add new events here, or click on the previously added events, to edit their details. Since, at this point, we don’t have any added, we need to add a new event. Click “Add New” in the top left area of the page:
You’ll then be directed to the new event page. Here you can add all the details for your event:
In the title area, you can add the name of your event. You may decide to just add the city you’re playing in, or you may give your event a name. If it’s a festival, you can add the name of the festival, or if you’re playing at a specific venue, you can add the name of the venue. In any case, make it clear and give your event a name.
In the above example, I just added the city, “Raleigh, NC”. Below that is a text box to add details for the event. I just added dummy text for the purpose of this tutorial. However, you may want to include important details like ticket prices, set times, other bands that are playing, bios, if it’s all ages, etc.
Finally, notice in the top right box, there is a publish date. The publish date, in this case (events only), will represent the date and time of the event. So be sure to set this value to the correct event day and time (by the way, it uses the 24-hour clock).
Scrolling further down the page, you’ll see a few more options:
First, you can decide whether you’d like to include the time of the event and a countdown timer. Simply check these boxes if you would like to include these details.
Next, you can include the city where the event is located, followed by a section for the venue name:
From there, you can decide to include a Google Map link. To add this, head over to Maps.Google.com and enter in the location of the event. Then, once the results show up, copy the URL in your browser address bar and paste this link into the “Map Link” box on the event details page.
The “Call to Action Label” is the text you’d like the button on your event page to say. So if you’re selling tickets, you can put “Tickets” or “Buy Tickets Now” in this box. Then, immediately below in the “Call to Action Link” box, you can add the link to the website page where visitors can buy tickets.
Once you have all your event details set, head back up to the top of the page and hit “Publish”. Your event page will now be live. On my website, www.alterheart.com, here’s what the individual event page looks like once added:
And here is what the Events page looks like:
The style of these pages can, of course, be adjusted in the Iron Music settings area. To get there, scroll down and find the “Iron Music” tab in the left-hand navigation menu:
From there, you will be taken to the Iron Music settings page. Here you can adjust the style settings for the Events page (and the Iron Music Player):
You can set the number of events you’d like to show up on each page, the typography, and styling like the background color of each event listing.
Mess around with the settings until you have a look that works with the overall theme of your site and band image.
So that’s all there is to it. Now you should have some events added to your band website. If you have any questions, add them to the comments sections below and I’ll do my best to answer them. Otherwise, let’s move onto Step 11: Adding a Photo Slider or Gallery