View Full Version : help please with configuring WebCalendar

12-13-2008, 03:39 PM
I downloaded a webcalendar via Fantastico and received this message:

We only offer auto-installation and auto-configuration of WebCalendar but do not offer any kind of support.
The full URL to this installation of WebCalendar: url

[url = new BV site I'm working on and would rather not be SEOed]

The support I need now is BV help I think. How do I bring the calendar up on the website? I'm sure it's something simple and hope someone can help.

I clicked on the support site given on Fantastico, below, and was redirected to k5n, which has demos and no help.

12-13-2008, 04:44 PM
Hi, I downloaded a webcalendar via Fantastico. When you say downloaded? do you mean installed via fantasico. As it will auto install from this area.

12-13-2008, 05:04 PM
Hi Chris,

Always pleased when you respond. Yes, I mean installed via Fantastico.

The installation seems to have worked because I got the message
DO NOT REMOVE the file named fantastico_fileslist.txt from the installation directory. It is used for uninstalling this application.

Perhaps I just need to go to the installation directory if there is one. I see Install on the BlueFTP page but don't think that's it.

One thing that puzzled me was when I installed the webcalendar. I was told to enter the url but leave the second field open. Fantastico would fill that in. So the wc went to the root and not to to www...... . org/events

Now what?

12-13-2008, 07:46 PM
Hi, you should get a link in your cpanel/fantasico to take you to your calendar page after instalation, & from the calendar you will be able to see an admin link for the calendar.

12-14-2008, 09:33 AM
I found Installation at the bottom of the Fantastico list and clicked on the link.

The home page of my site came up on my browser but I don't see the calendar on any of the pages.

I looked in the FTP yesterday and see all the pages. What's the next step?

Also, when I installed the webcalendar, Fantastico said I had to remove the favicon code from Start of Page on the HTML page to complete installation. Can I put that back when I finally get the calendar on the site?

Thanks for your help, Chris.

12-14-2008, 10:03 AM
Hi, your 1st page on the calendar will be something like http://metestsite.co.uk/webcalendar/week.php (http://metestsite.co.uk/webcalendar/week.php) The only thing is i don't know the name of the directory you have placed the calendar in. It will of asked you this when you set up the install with your pass words to the calendar. I said to call my directory webcalendar. When you 1st go to this page, it will quite likely ask you to loginas it is set as a private calendar by default. This can be easily changed via the admin area to make it public so all can see.

12-14-2008, 10:31 AM
I tried www.myurl/webcalendar.org and .../calendar.org but got a 404 on both. Fantastico told me not to enter anything in the directory box; they would enter the appropriate term.

Maybe it would be simplest for me to uninstall and reinstall with webcalendar
as the directory.

Can I imbed the calendar on the Events page?

It will be a public read-only calendar. Can I remove the words 'public access' when I get that far?

Any thoughts on whether I can reload the favicon code after the calendar is safely installed?

12-14-2008, 10:58 AM
Reinstalled successfully!

Can it be embedded on a site page?

12-14-2008, 01:31 PM
Hi, to embed on a web page you will have to pop the calendars url it in an iframe on the page.

12-14-2008, 02:31 PM
Thanks Chris for hanging in there until I get this right.

I'm almost there. I've been looking at what I think is the user's manual


but don't see how to change the text under Week 51 [public access on your metesite and my name on my site] to the name of the organisation.

How did you get current user to be Public Access?
I changed Private to Public Access and now get in the iFrame on my webpage Events
Current User: Sarah King (Logout (http://peninsularwar200.org/calendar/login.php))
Manage calendar of: Public Access (http://peninsularwar200.org/calendar/week.php?date=20081214&user=__public__)

And lastly, how did you get rid of
| Admin (http://peninsularwar200.org/calendar/adminhome.php) | Unapproved Events (http://peninsularwar200.org/calendar/list_unapproved.php) | Another User's Calendar (http://peninsularwar200.org/calendar/select_user.php) | Search (http://peninsularwar200.org/calendar/search.php) | Import (http://peninsularwar200.org/calendar/import.php) | Export (http://peninsularwar200.org/calendar/export.php) | Add New Entry (http://peninsularwar200.org/calendar/edit_entry.php?year=2008&month=12&day=14) | Help (http://peninsularwar200.org/calendar/week.php#)
and just keep Search

I really appreciate your help!

12-14-2008, 03:10 PM
Hi, to change the head details from Public Access to something else, you need to login & go to userís & you will see a tabbed box with Public Access written inside. Click on this text & it will open up so you can edit the user to a different name & will the show up differently at the head of the page.
(Must admit that you donít realize that a lot of the text is actually links in this program).
With the public access, click on System Settings>then the public access tab & choose from the radio buttons. When you have selected a choice, it is worth login out to see the true screen that the public will see. Otherwise it may give a false impression.

I think its one of Vasili's site that is using this calendar with very nice looks, but cant remember which one.

12-14-2008, 03:56 PM
Which version of WebCalendar do you use? Fantastico installs 1.0.5 but they're up to 1.2 now, which is quite different from 1.05 according to the forum.

Got the header changed. Flying blind on the footer. This is what I see below the calendar

Go to: My Calendar (http://peninsularwar200.org/calendar/week.php) | Today (http://peninsularwar200.org/calendar/week.php) | Admin (http://peninsularwar200.org/calendar/adminhome.php) | Unapproved Events (http://peninsularwar200.org/calendar/list_unapproved.php) | Another User's Calendar (http://peninsularwar200.org/calendar/select_user.php) | Search (http://peninsularwar200.org/calendar/search.php) | Import (http://peninsularwar200.org/calendar/import.php) | Export (http://peninsularwar200.org/calendar/export.php) | Add New Entry (http://peninsularwar200.org/calendar/edit_entry.php?year=2008&month=12&day=14) | Help (http://peninsularwar200.org/calendar/week.php#)

I want to keep just
Go to: My Calendar (http://metestsite.co.uk/webcalendar/week.php) | Today (http://metestsite.co.uk/webcalendar/week.php) | Search (http://metestsite.co.uk/webcalendar/search.php)
Current User: Public Access (Login (http://metestsite.co.uk/webcalendar/login.php)) s
like you have and get rid of Admin... Help

When I go to Admin + Systems Settings, I can click on Custom Trailer and get a blank box Edit Custom Trailer but I don't think that's where I edit that text. So where?

Vasili said in a thread about calendars that he preferred the Fantastico calendar to Google and Yahoo's.

12-14-2008, 04:20 PM
Chris, all those links are gone now.

12-14-2008, 06:36 PM
Ah! it might of been because you wasn't logged out.

Good luck.

12-16-2008, 11:16 AM

I've also learned that it's useful to check the 'public' view of one's site through another browser. I use FF and thought my login details were visible for all to see. Checked via IE and see they're not.

Just mentioning this because someone else asked about this on another thread - where I found Vasili's site you mentioned: http://www.herodsislandtours.com/island_calendar.html

An example is often the clearest explanation and I see on this site that Public Access under the title is a fixed feature.

http://www.k5n.us/wiki/ is a useful site for learning how to use webcalendar.

Thanks again for all your help, Chris.

12-16-2008, 12:48 PM
Hi, funnily enough, he has popped his in an iframe to also help cover up the bottom controls. If you view in FF, you can see a little more of them than in IE. But a handy little trick for just showing the calendar on it own. But with this calendar there seems to be a lot of admin alternatives to play with. You could almost do with 2 machines to see what happens with some of the boxes checked.

Good luck with the venture.

12-16-2008, 01:08 PM
Do you keep the scroll bar until you've finished creating the calendar and then remove it?

How does one make 'hot buttons' like those just above the calendar to link to the other pages on the site?

12-16-2008, 02:33 PM
Hi, the scroll bars are just a personal thing, i personally would do away with the boarder & scroll bars.
The hot buttons? do you mean the main menu? If so this is outside the iframe the calendar & is in & just a normal menu.

12-16-2008, 06:43 PM
You're right about the border and scroll bar.

I thought I needed the scroll bar to reach login but if you crop the calendar to just below 'search' so 'login' isn't visible, you can click on search and 'login' appears on the screen that pops up.

01-13-2009, 07:25 AM
Whenever you install Webcalendar via Fantastico, it is EXTREMELY useful to install in in it's own Directory .... it can be automatically created for you by simply entering a name into the small little box at the top of the installation page in Fantastico. http://www.vodahost.com/vodatalk/images/icons/icon12.gif
It is also highly recommended that you get into the habit of always manually Printing the Fantastico! Installation Confirmation Page, so you have a hard copy of the links, Access, User Admin Name & Passwords to this newly installed Directory and Utility.

In this way, you can directly link to it from one of your Blue Voda pages directly, and it will 'present itself' without any disruption .... BUT it will not have any editable links or formatting BACK to your Blue Voda created site or pages UNLESS you embed it into your web page as via an iFrame as I have in the example cited above.

Chris is correct in pointing out that I chose to "chop off" some of the navigable options of WebCalendar that usually are seen at the bottom by each visitor, but I did so with complete knowledge that in doing so I prevented freedom of visitors to Login as individual Users (to create individual access and abililty to edit/configure Calendar 'Views"). In this way, having "configured" the Default View of the Calendar as PUBLIC (and not logging out as Administrator), the ability to 'mask' the Options at the bottom by defining the iFrame accordingly, keeps the Public View completely visible to visitors and ipso-facto prevents them from making entries themselves without Admin approval.

Similar to installing a Forum or other additional Utility to a website, installing WebCalendar into a separate (but seamlessly navigable) Directory makes perfect sense, and allows greater "Customization" and overall continuity if originally linked via an iFrame because you can 'place' it on your templated page design AND provide full site navigation as well as any other desirable Content or instructions.

It is not hard to understand it this way, and I would recommend uninstalling it as you have now and re-installing it into a Directory as mentioned so you can see the difference and how in doing so you can achieve greater "seamless website design continuity" as a result.

> Whether or not you prefer to sublimate options as I have by 'masking' is up to you, but certainly offering full site navigation by providing a page wrapper is an obvious improvement??

01-13-2009, 12:20 PM
Thank you for that clear explanation. I returned to your site and see that I can only look at your calendar.

Since I posted my query, the owner of the site decided he preferred a simple list of events to a webcalendar. But before I deleted it, I had put it in an iFrame. I agree that that's the best way to manage import-elements

I've since added a guestbook, in a cropped iFrame embedded on a site page.

I appreciate your help.