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FYI: How to make Time.ly event calendar mobile-friendly

Time.ly has developed a wonderful plugin called All in One Event Calendar for WordPress. The short description of it is:

A calendar system with month, week, day, agenda views; upcoming events widget, color-coded categories, recurrence, and import/export of .ics feeds.

A few features include:

Calendar Features For Users

  • Recurring events
  • Filtering by event category or tag
  • Easy sharing with Google Calendar, Apple iCal, MS Outlook and any other system that accepts iCalendar (.ics) feeds
  • Embedded Google Maps
  • Color-coded events based on category
  • Monthweekday and agenda views
  • Upcoming Events widget
  • Direct links to filtered calendar views

Features for Website and Blog Owners

  • Import other calendars automatically to display in your calendar
  • Categorize and tag imported calendar feeds automatically
  • Events from The Events Calendar plugin can also be easily imported
  • Create a Calendar administration role to allow for a dedicated calendar application

Here’s a short video recap, too:


Squished mobile calendar

Squished mobile calendar

Anyway, now down to the actual “mobile” part of things. After creating a wonderfully responsive website for Tahlequah Public Schools and installing this awesome calendar plugin, I found I had an issue with the site being mobile-friendly still… My calendar looked awful on mobile: it displayed the month calendar by default and everything would be very compacted and illegible.

AI1EC doesn’t come with any options for mobile viewing just yet, but I found a work-around!

Work-around

With the help of really small plugin called WP Mobile Detect:

“WP Mobile Detect by Jesse Friedman creates an easy way for the User Admin to control when content is shown or [hidden] based on visitor device or operating”

This plugin adds a. lot. of shortcodes for you to use to display/hide content based on devices:

[phone], [tablet], [device], [notphone], [nottab], [notdevice], [ios], [iPhone], [iPad], [android], [windowsmobile]

So, by installing this little gem, I was able to utilize the [device][notdevice] shortcodes and create a dynamic calendar displayed based on device type (phones/tablets vs desktops/laptops). The next issue to tackle was how to make the change between calendar views (month vs agenda). Well, AI1EC includes shortcodes for this, too!

Using the following, I was able to decide which calendar view to use:

[notdevice] [ai1ec view=”month”] [/notdevice]
[device] [ai1ec view=”agenda”] [/device]

This gives me an agenda view on all mobile devices regardless of operating system or device type and the normal month view on all other traditional computers.

Speedbump

I ran into a problem though, in the AI1EC settings, you have to choose which page to display your calendar automatically. Like most people I chose the “Calendar” page; however, this is also the page on which shortcodes were located. For some reason, this removed the toolbar from above the calendar. I’m not sure if this is a bug or a plugin conflict just yet, but I found a work-around for it, too…

Unpublished, private page to hide Time.ly calendar.

Unpublished, private page to hide Time.ly calendar.

Time.ly settings: calendar page

Time.ly settings: calendar page

Now it's set to "Auto-create new page." Do NOT press the "Update" button!!!!

Now it’s set to “Auto-create new page.” Do NOT press the “Update” button!!!!

I created  a private page called “DO NOT PUBLISH.” Unfortunately, you cannot set the calendar page to an unpublished or private page in the AI1EC  settings: double whammy! Sooo, I published the page publicly temporarily, then set the calendar page in the AI1EC settings to my “DO NOT PUBLISH” page.

Afterwards, I went back to my “DO NOT PUBLISH” page and set it as privately published.

Once this was finished, I went back to the AI1EC settings page and saw that the “calendar page” wasn’t set to any particular page any more. The first time I did this I made the mistake of clicking the “update” button. This executes the “Auto-create new page” for the calendar. Anyway, I doubled back, deleted the newly created page and followed my previous steps.

Now, my non-mobile devices look normal AND my mobile devices look good, too!

So, if you’re looking for a great calendar plugin for your WordPress website, give Time.ly’s  All in One Event Calendar a try! I’m hopeful that they will figure out a way to have a feature to set a certain calendar view for mobile devices (agenda or posterboard most likely).


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Mumford & Sons Facebook Covers

Mumford & Sons are hosting a concert tour called Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Tour. I made a Facebook cover photo for myself since I’m taking the wife to the Guthrie show. A few people asked if I’d make one for the other venues. Ta da!!

 

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AP Gravatars

Ardent Pixels’ New Gravatars is a simple plugin that adds the gravatar photo associated with the user’s email to their profile page. If they do not have a gravatar account, it displays a link to create one.

MultiSite compatable!

Requires: WordPress 2.0 or greater
Tested to: 3.3.1

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Screenshots

Installation

Single WordPress Install

1. Upload the ap-gravatars folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
2.  Activate the plugin through the Pluginsmenu in WordPress

WordPress MultiSite Install

1. Upload the ap-gravatars folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
2. Network Activate the plugin through the Network Admin > Plugins menu in WordPress
-or-
2.  Activate the plugin through the Plugins menu in WordPress on an individual site basis

Frequently Asked Questions

“Do I need to do anything else for AP Gravatars to work?”

Nope, just upload and activate. There are not options, so the code’ll do the rest.

“What in the world is a Gravatar?”

A Globally Recognized Avatar* – Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. Avatars help identify your posts on blogs and web forums, so why not on any site?

*From the Gravatar.com website

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If you run into any issues or have questions, please use the WordPress Support forums.


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AP Extended MIME Types

Ardent Pixels’ New Extended MIME Types plugin was created specifically for WPMS in mind. With it, you can allow all or only select blogs to upload a MUCH wider range of file types.

Requires: WordPress 2.0 or greater
Tested to: 3.3.1

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Included MIME Types:

  • ac3
  • ai
  • aif
  • aifc
  • aiff
  • au
  • avi
  • bmp
  • cat
  • clp
  • crd
  • css
  • csv
  • csv
  • dll
  • doc
  • docm
  • docx
  • dot
  • dotm
  • dotx
  • eps
  • flv
  • gif
  • gtar
  • gz
  • gzip
  • htm
  • html
  • ics
  • ief
  • ifb
  • jpe
  • jpeg
  • jpg
  • js
  • m13
  • m14
  • mdb
  • mid
  • midi
  • mny
  • mov
  • movie
  • mp3
  • mp4
  • mpa
  • mpe
  • mpeg
  • mpg
  • mpp
  • msg
  • mvb
  • pdf
  • pict
  • png
  • pot
  • potm
  • potx
  • ppam
  • pps
  • ppsm
  • ppsx
  • ppt
  • pptm
  • pptx
  • ps
  • pub
  • qt
  • ra
  • ram
  • rtf
  • rtx
  • scd
  • snd
  • sst
  • stl
  • swf
  • tif
  • tiff
  • trm
  • tsv
  • txt
  • w6w
  • wav
  • wmf
  • word
  • wri
  • xla
  • xlam
  • xlc
  • xlm
  • xls
  • xlsb
  • xlsm
  • xlsx
  • xlt
  • xltm
  • xltx
  • xlw
  • zip

Installation

Single WordPress Install

1. Upload the ap-extended-mime-types folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
2.  Activate the plugin through the Pluginsmenu in WordPress

WordPress MultiSite Install

1. Upload the ap-extended-mime-types folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
2. Network Activate the plugin through the Network Admin > Plugins menu in WordPress
-or-
2.  Activate the plugin through the Plugins menu in WordPress on an individual site basis

Frequently Asked Questions

“How do I add a new MIME type?”

Edit mime-types.txt to add/remove MIME types. Add your new MIME type in this format: extension content/type. For example:

  • pdf application/pdf
  • mid,midi audio/midi

For more file and formatting examples, view the mime-types.txt file. Also, A full list of mime-types is kept up on the IANA website.

“What in the world is a MIME?”

No, MIMEs are not white-faced, beret-sporting people who live in a “box”. MIMEs are Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions.

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If you run into any issues or have questions, please use the WordPress Support forums.

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