What's Going on? Using Google Calendar on Your Church Website
There is a feature that almost every church has on their website, is difficult to navigate and doesn’t integrate into other services easily. This feature is a calendar or listing of events. Usually using the features built into a CMS or other platform on your website integrate well and provide an adequate user experience, however most calendars do not. Services like Google Calendar allow you to embed a calendar easily into your website.
On a church website the calendar is the most updated page. With a Google Calendar embedded on your page, staff do not need to learn how to update calendars in your CMS, but can use the very user friendly interface of Google Calendar. In fact, if your church uses Google Apps then they will be used to using the calendar since they update it the same as their calendar and anyone can be delegated to make changes to the calendar. Allow, it’s easy to print the calendar, and can be subscribed to through Microsoft Exchange and all smart phones.
To embed it in your website, create a calendar in GC and then click the calendar name in the list on the left side and click on Calendar Settings. Here you can grab the code to embed on your site or customize the color and other settings. Below the Embed section on the settings page is the address for the ICAL
feed which allows users to subscribe to it all smart phones, or any Microsoft Exchange compatible platform. Would having your church’s calendar of events on your phone or computer next to your own calendar cause more involvement? It definitely would for me!
If you're church is using Google Calendar, provide a link in the comments so others can see how this works!
This is blog post in the continuing Feature Focus series. This series provides you with quick tips on how to refine your church’s website and online presence. Look for these posts about every other week and visit this Topic for a list of past Feature Focus
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