Create a Calendar for Your Site
Want to start your own Calendar? Or display listings from the People and Planet Calendar on your site?
If you're thinking of starting
your own calendar, think carefully! It takes a lot of effort to
build and sustain one. There are already thousands of calendars on the web. For a variety of
reasons, the vast majority are underused, ineffective, or are popular for a while
but soon fail.
Option 1: Get a Canned Solution
There are various prefab
calendars available, often as part of a CMS / Content Management
System. They often look neat but do a very poor job of what a calendar
supposed to do – get people to attend or participate at events. Many
prefab calendars are good at coordinating team or staff schedules. But none of them serve well as community events calendars.
Also, while prefab calendars may
be easy to install, that's just the beginning. The ongoing research,
editing, moderation and promotion required, can prove to be totally
Most importantly, is your goal to help the environment? If so, what sense does it make to
contribute to a scenario where people have to search multiple calendars
to find events? (They won't). And organizations, already pressed for time and
funding, have to post their events on yet another calendar? (They usually won't.)
Option 2: Build it Yourself
Building a functional calendar
takes a large amount of time, money and expertise. That's why so few
exist. Also, as with prefab calendars, you're reinventing the wheel and
helping create a fragmented, dysfunctional way of spreading the word
If you are thinking of building your own calendar, contact us. We've built and refined ours for over five years, and can help you avoid some pitfalls.
Option 3: Collaborate with us and the broader community
So we implore you, please don't reinvent the wheel. If you're thinking
of putting a calendar on your website, please consider the following
options. And contact us to discuss the possibilities.
· A simple
approach is to link to the People & Planet Calendar. You can link
to the entire calendar - or specify a city, province or theme to
display. If you don't want people to leave your website, you could
display the calendar within a "frame" on your site. In either case,
people can browse the calendar and post events to it, free of charge.
Another simple option is to manually copy and paste listings from our
calendar onto your site, newsletter or publication. We're fine with
this, as long as you attribute us, e.g. "Source: Planetfriendly.net". However, this approach is labour intensive and hard to sustain over time.
· Better yet,
with the help of your webmaster, you can display listings from the
Calendar right on your site, using a technique called RSS. This could
take as little as a few minute's work for your webmaster. The listings
will appear on your site, fitting into its look and feel. They will
automatically be updated every day. And as above, visitors to your site
can browse the calendar and post events to it, free of charge.
option is for us to host your calendar. This is the most customizable
approach, and will fit seamlessly into your site. A one-time setup fee
would apply. As above, visitors to your site can browse the calendar
and post events to it, free of charge.
you need to keep it simple - or have the resources to make a big splash
- we invite you to contact us and discuss the possibilities. Our goal
has always been to help the community, and we're saddened when we see
people try to reinvent the wheel, without contacting those who have
already been doing it for years. Whether you decide to collaborate with
us, or go it alone, we invite you to contact us and discuss the
options. We offer this as a free service and there is no fee.
· About the People & Planet Calendar
If you have any questions or would like to contribute to the Calendar in any way, please let us know.
– Peter Blanchard
People and Planet