Feed Subscriptions

Localist platforms offer a variety of out-of-the-box options for exporting event content or subscribing to event feeds.

In this article you’ll find:

  • Where to Find Feed Subscriptions
  • Feed Formats
  • Data Included in Feeds
  • Subscribing to an Outlook Feed
  • Subscribing to a Google Feed
  • Subscribing to an ICS Feed

Where to Find Feed Subscriptions

1. Filtered Results: All Localist platform has a built-in subscription box on every  filtered  results page (this is not available on the homepage). It is located to the right of the event listings and underneath the filters.

2. Per-event basis

3. My Plans: A user can subscribe to only events that they’ve RSVP’d to via the I’m Going button.

4. Group or Place Landing Pages: When on the landing page, select View Full Calendar… then use the subscribe box displayed under the filters on the right side.


FEED FORMATS

ICS/iCal (Outlook, Google Calendar): All Localist iCal feeds are valid and adhere to the iCalendar standard. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICalendar for more info.

RSS: All Localist RSS feeds adhere to the hCalendar standard.


DATA INCLUDED IN FEEDS

ICS/iCal

Subscribed feeds cover 13 months: from 1 month ago to 1 year from now.

OR

The first 1,000 events in that date range. For example, if there are 1,000 events in the first 6 months then the feed’s initial pull will only cover that date range.

  • Title
  • Date
  • Start and end time
  • Description
  • Localist
  • Room Number
  • Event Type

RSS

Subscribed feeds cover 13 months: from 1 month ago to 1 year from now.

OR

The first 1,000 events in that date range. For example, if there are 1,000 events in the first 6 months then the feed’s initial pull will only cover that date range.

  • Title
  • Date
  • Start time
  • Description
  • Category  (Event Types in Localist)

Subscribing to an Outlook Feed

There are some limitations placed on Outlook’s end that force exports to behave differently than iCal or RSS exports:

  1. Outlook doesn’t allow subscribing to an ICS file with multiple events, such as a the filter results. Events will be added, but they will not be connected so the events won’t update to reflect future changes. If you copy the link to the ICS file and manually subscribe to it in Outlook then the events will be added and updated accordingly.
  2. Windows Outlook handles importing an ICS file with one event in the ICS adds a single event to a calendar, but multiple events in the ICS as a new calendar. The ICS we generate for a single event always contains all instances of the event so it’s up to the calendar program how it’s imported.

Subscribing to a Google Feed

After selecting the Google icon, your Gmail calendar will automatically open.

1.Exporting Multiple EventsIf exporting a filtered results page, Gmail will prompt you to add a new calendar.

Once added you will see it listed on the left under Other Calendars.

2. Exporting Individual EventsIf exporting from an individual event landing page, Gmail will open a regular Create form pre-populated with the available data. Note: If the event is recurring and includes several instances then Google will only add the first instance.


SUBSCRIBING TO AN ICAL FEED

After selecting the ICS icon, your browser should open another tab with a prompt to launch your system’s default calendar application. If you wish to use another application or need to manually subscribe to the feed then use the URL of the page. For example, the All Eventspage ICS button would produce webcal://your.platform.com/calendar.ics