📺 5 Signs You Need to Use a Channel 📺

Channels can be thought of as “Topical Homepages” for subsets of events. Below are the most popular use-cases with examples below each.

1. Do you have a group of temporary events?

Example: A month/week/weekend event series, Seasonal events, Holidays

If you have these types of events you can create a Channel based on a Tag or Keyword. Channels allow you to add context using an HTML component and you can easily turn this Channel’s visibility to hidden once the series ends. 

2. Do you have a collection of events under the same umbrella?

Example: Campus/College/Department events, Athletics calendar

A subset of your org might want to collect all of their events on one page. As long as these folks have their own individual landing pages and/or other Classification set up in Localist, then a Channel can curate event lists.

3. Do you have events with evergreen topics of importance?

Example: Academic calendar, Important dates & deadlines, or Sustainability

Do you have existing Classification that would benefit from curated event lists, extra content, and/or layout customizations? You can set up a Channel to pull those events in and showcase them all in one place.

4. Do you have a collection of private events?

Example: Internal faculty & staff calendar

If you want to keep subsets of events private from the general public or students, you can use Visibility options to create a private Channel. Here’s how it’ll work:

  • Events: Set the Visibility to Restricted > Channels so the event will only appear in the Channel and nowhere else on the Calendar.
  • Channel: Set the Channel Visibility to Hidden so you need a direct URL to access the Channel.
  • Share: Send the URL to the Channel to folks who should see those events. A good place to put this URL is in an email to folks, or in a staff intranet

5. Do you have events that reflect a unique brand?

Example: Branded festival, Branded non-profit initiative  

If you have an event series that includes its own unique brand elements such as colors & fonts that differ from the main brand identity, you can use a Channel to isolate those changes. These extra elements can include Featured Carousels, HTML components, flipped displays, website links, and more.