Explore Emphasis

Take a tour of the upgraded look/feel of the Emphasis Theme, explore Emphasis exclusive features, and read up on frequently asked questions.

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Emphasis Exclusive Features

Homepage & Channels

Channel Cover
A more prominent display is now available for Channel cover photos. Channel Admins also have the option to add a bold, solid background in the color of their choice.

Solid Channel Background

Channel Cover Photo

Channel Cover Photo With Color Overlay

Channel View

Users can now choose from 3 different layouts for displaying events on a Channel. Admins can now set a different display for each Channel by making a selection in the Card Size drop-down option in the Channel Layout Editor for each event list.

Small Card

Medium Card

Large Card

Card Size Field In Channel Layout Editor

Submit An Event Component

Your calendar’s homepage now comes equipped with a more prominent call to action to encourage your community to submit events. This comes in the form of a component in the Channel Layout Editor.

“New” Tag

To give users more insight on new and interesting events on your platform, a “New” Tag is now automatically included on event cards for events that have been approved within the last 30 days.

Featured Carousel Controls
The Featured Carousel component now has a play/pause button that starts and stops the slider.


Pop-Out Drawer Navigation

Platform navigation is now housed in a clickable drawer to allow more focus on event listings. Users can easily access all additional Channels, Widget Builder and Group/Department directories.

Event Filtering Options

In addition to filtering by specific event Classifiction, users can now filter events by when they are occurring. Select from Today, Next 7 Days, Next 30 Days or choose a date from the Mini-Cal.

Users can select multiple Filter items to sort by for each Filtering option by clicking on the box next to each Filter item they wish to include in their search.

Layout Editors

Global Event Layouts

The Global Event Layout Editor allows for a streamlined layout for all Event Detail Pages on your platform. Select as many components as you feel necessary to provide users with the maximum amount of event details. Just like with Channels, you can arrange these components by dragging and dropping them to the desired position on the page.

Global Event Layout

Global Event Layout Components

Per Event Layouts

Per Event Layout Editor allows Admins to set a custom layout for any single event regardless of what the Global Layout is set to. This is great for events that may not require certain components or for the addition of more complex components such as custom HTML.

Customize Layout Tab on Admin Event Form

Per Event Layout Editor

Event Layout Editor Components

Featured Speaker + Group Components

The addition of the Featured Speaker and Featured Group Components in the Event Layout Editor allows Admins to select a User and/or Group to be highlighted on the Event Details Page. For example, the Featured Speaker component can be used to highlight a set of speakers that will be presenting at an event. Just add each speaker as a User then they’ll be eligible to be selected as a Featured Speaker.

Featured Speaker

Featured Speaker on the Event Details Page

Featured Group


Previously only available on the Channel Layout Editor, the RSS component is now available for all events on your platform using the Global Event Layout Editor. This allows Admins to include an RSS feed of events to each Event Details Page.

Hero Image

The Hero Image component allows Admins to set an eye-catching photo to display alongside event details.

Social Links

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram links are now available to display on individual Event Details Pages using the Social Link Component. The prominent display allows users to easily share events on social media and spread awareness of events happening in your community.

Website Link

Add a link to an external website, like an addiitonal information page right on invididual Event Details Pages.


Public Event Submission Form Editor

The Submission Form editor allows Admins to pre-set the options they would like displayed to their users on the Public Event Submission Form.

Google Maps Quick Links

The Google Map component now includes quick links for public transit, car and walking directions. Upon clicking on these links, users will be directed to the corresponding Google Maps results page.


Conferences are a “moment in time” event spanning multiple days in a row and/or include scheduled sessions within the main “conference.” This may also apply to: festivals, workshops, orientations/trainings or special series.

Emphasis Features Frequently Asked Questions

Can we pick and choose which elements of Emphasis to adopt?

Emphasis is a platform-wide theme, and as such, it is all or nothing. To use any of the new features or styles flagged as Emphasis Exclusives, you’ll need to upgrade your platform in its entirety.

What impact does Emphasis have on my calendar’s existing content?

What you see is what you get display-wise but populated with your platform’s content such as events and Classification. Migrating to Emphasis will not remove any of your platform’s existing content, it’s just an update to how it displays the content.

Where can I see customer examples/customizations of Emphasis?

You can find examples in our Emphasis Brand resource: https://support.localist.com/emphasis-brand/.

Is Emphasis accessible?

Yes! Localist is always reviewing and improving accessibility, and we focus our efforts on the Emphasis theme.

How can we mitigate having low-quality, or few unique photos, when migrating to Emphasis?

There are a few different ways to approach this, and you can use them all in parallel:

  • Rely on the Photo Fallback Chain: The Photo Fallback Chain ensures that an event never shows up on your calendar without a photo. If an event is submitted without a unique photo, an image will be assigned to the event based on the Classification its assigned to. This includes things like Event Type Filter photos, Group/Department Page photos, Place photos, or the default organization photo.
  • Add Photos to the Photo Library: Create a selection of pre-approved images that Users and Admins can choose from if they do not have their own photo.
  • Public Submission Form Guidelines: Communicate with your Users things like photo size guidelines, or what to do if they don’t have their own photo, by adding Guidelines within the form near the Photo field.


What’s Next?

Review the Migration Process

Now that you’ve seen the upgrades included with Emphasis, review the expectations for the migration process.


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