Getting Started with the Calendar Module

Published July 11, 2009

The Calendar module is one of those modules that seems like it should be dead-simple to use, but often overwhelms site admins once they get their first look at it (actually, it is pretty easy to use).

The Calendar module is basically just a great big Views add-on. It requires the Date module as well, but all of its user interface is done via Views.

Assuming you already have a content type set up for events (this is a "Quick" tip, after all), you really only need to change three things in the default display of the "calendar" view.

  • First, change the field "Node: updated date" to the relevant date field in your "event" content type. The calendar module doesn't have ESP and doesn't know in advance what you're going to call your date field, so it defaults to the node's "updated date".
  • Next, click to edit the "Date: Date (node) Node: Updated date" and change the "Date field(s)" to your date field from your event content type.
  • Finally, you're probably going to want to filter the entire view by your event content type.

That's basically it! You don't need to touch any of the other displays, just save the view and then go to /calendar and check out your big bad self! Still confused? The Calendar module page has some links to some great tutorials.

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