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RSS Feed Events Snippet

Use this snippet to display an events feed. You can combine multiple feeds. This snippet includes a styled heading and the option for buttons or social media links in the heading. This is an advanced function.

events-feed  events-feed-snippet

  1. Enter a title in the Heading field. This is the text that appears above the line on the left.
  2. Enter linked text for each button in the View More Links/Social field.
    1. Button text just needs to be separated by a space as each link will become a separate button.
    2. If you want to include social media icons, insert the Small Social snippet.
  3. The URL for the feed is entered in the RSS Feed Link.
    1. To get this URL from the University Events Calendar:
      1. Go to events.mtu.edu and Login.
      2. From the Admin menu, go to Content and select Widget Builder.
      3. Create the widget with the parameters needed and choose Preview Widget.
      4. Add “&format=rss” (without the quotation marks) to the end of the URL to use in this field.
      5. Be sure your URL starts with https.
  1. In the Value field next to limit, enter the number of events you want to appear in the feed.

Posting Events to the University Calendar

There are two ways to post events to our Events Calendar:

General Campus Community

Calendar Admins

  1. Login to the calendar using the link in the header
  2. Once logged in, click the “Admin” shortcut in the header
  3. Click the “Add an Event” button

Please note that calendar admins have access to additional fields that do not exist on the public event submission webpage.

If you are a calendar admin, please use the event submission form available through your Admin login, as specified above.

Tips for Posting an Event

The following is a step-by-step guide for filling out your event information:
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Events Calendar Management

Our new Events Calendar has been a huge success so far, with over 43,000 views in the past month, representing an 85% increase in calendar use compared to last year. We have learned a few things along the way and want to explain a few changes that we have made, along with some best practices, and new features.

The Problem

Consider the following scenario:

  • Career Services adds Career Fair to the calendar
  • Many different departments want to put this event on their calendar as it is a very popular event
    • Some departments use the Contact Us form to have the event properly added to their own department’s calendar
    • Some departments duplicate the event onto their calendar
  • We end up with 7 copies of the same event floating around in the system, causing user confusion
  • The original event now appears to involve several departments instead of only the originator (in this case, Career Services)

Sounds like a nightmare, doesn’t it? Luckily, we have made some adjustments and have developed some ‘best practices‘ to alleviate this common issue.
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