New to Channels? Start with our introductory guide: INTRO: Channels
Channels are a powerful tool for curating content, but what if stakeholders within your organization want more than just a single of page of dedicated content? With a little bit of elbow grease, you can turn a collection of Channels into a single sub-calendar complete with its own taxonomy for these stakeholders. Here’s how:
- Using the same best practices outlined in this guide, come up with 3-6 broad categories that apply to the sub-calendar’s events plus one umbrella term for the sub-calendar itself. These categories will become your sub-calendar’s taxonomy, so they can be distinct from the organization’s Landing Pages, Filters, Tags, and Keywords. Ex: an “Arts” sub-calendar might include the following event types: Film Screening, Exhibition, Outdoor Installation.
- Using the categories you outlined in the last step, Tag each event that will appear in the sub-calendar. Each event should be tagged both with the umbrella term, as well as the category it falls into.
Next, you will create Channels for each of the Tags you just created. These will Channels will serve as each page of your sub-calendar.
- From your admin dashboard, navigate to Content > Channels (Note: Only platforms on the updated theme can complete the following steps. To update your theme, see this guide)
This will take you to a list of live Channels on your platform.
- Click +Add Channel on the top right of the list–you will be creating Channels for each of the Tags you’ve created for your sub-calendar.
This will pull up a form where you can choose settings for your new calendar.
- Give the channel a descriptive Page Title and Header Text depending on the tag it will serve (i.e. “Arts”,“Arts – Film Screenings”).
- Select the appropriate visibility:
If the Channel will serve your sub-calendar’s umbrella Tag, be sure to select “Visible” in order for this Channel to show up in your platform’s “Other Calendars” box.
If the Channel will instead serve the sub-calendar’s “categories”, select “Hidden”. Since these categories only serve your sub-calendar’s navigation, they don’t need to show up anywhere else on the platform.
- Add a cover photo that suits your sub-calendar. You will want to use the same cover photo for each Channel in your sub-calendar.
- Click Save Changes. This will bring you to you a page where you can edit your Channel’s layout.
- Click on the Event List component on the left side of this page. This will open up several options under Editing Component.
- Click More Options under Included and the relevant Tag into the Tags field.
From here, you can edit each channel’s layout to taste and Save Changes.
- Repeat steps 4-10 for each of the Tags you’ve created for your sub-calendar and collect the URLs for each (Ex. calendarurl.com/vanityurl). You can quickly locate each Channel’s Vanity URL from the Channel list under Content > Channels.
- Once you have a list of all the URLs used in your sub-calendar, open up a Channel’s layout again using the Edit Layout button.
- Add an HTML block to this Channel by selecting HTML from the +Add Component dropdown.
- Add all the links you collected in step 11 to the HTML block in the HTML box under Editing Component.
This will effectively create a directory to each of the Channels within the sub-calendar. From there you can also style and pad the component to your liking using HTML and CSS.
- Once you’ve got this component looking the way you like, add an identical HTML block to each of these channels to ensure connectivity.
Voila! The result is an interconnected sub-calendar with its own taxonomy.