Add an interactive calendar of events to your website - the easy way
Many websites feature a calendar as an essential tool for their regular visitors. An interactive calendar on website is very useful, in particularly for websites with a large group of regular visitors, such as a sports club, an education institution, or an online directory which require a calendar of events for listing of shows, movies, ticket sales for community luncheon, venue, conference and exhibitions, etc.
If you are an experienced HTML programmer, then you can create an online calendar of events
page manually. However an interactive and regularly updated online calendar on your website could always be helpful and save you lots of work.
For example, you might have a special gathering on the first Monday of every month. If you setup your event page manually, you would need to manually go through a calendar and mark down each date for the next few months, which is very time consuming and tedious task.
On the other hand, most website calendar system would allow you to simply entering a rule to define a repeated event. You simply need to define a repeat event once, and have it automatically displayed correctly on your website calendar for all future months.
Your web site visitors can scroll through the calendar to see events in the coming months or even years, and if additional information are entered, they can click on a date to see the full details. If you have visitors check your website often for new events, functions, parties, conference, meetings, etc, then adding an online calendar to your website will certainly give a very useful tool to all your visitors.
An website event calendar can be done in various ways. Many websites install event calendar script developed using PHP, or PERL programming language. The advantage of these script based calendar is that they are usually open source code which can be modified by experienced web programmers for seamless integration with an existing website. And once installed, website administrator can update calendar information thru a control panel.
However PHP or Perl script programming is not for everyone. Most business website owners are not programmers, and the cost would become too high to hire a web programmer just to install a website calendar.
That's why flash calendar has became more and more popular in recent years. A flash calendar often provides a high-tech look and feel, with smooth graphics and animations. And inserting a flash calendar to a website is much easier than modifying a script based calendar. User can easily add, edit or remove calendar entries without any programming --- as flash calendar usually comes with a XML file for user to update calendar data by using a simple text editor without any scripting.
There are also flash calendar creation software which comes with a full WYSIWYG windows editor. Users can easily define events, select a calendar design skin, set color theme, calendar title and headers, and then generate the HTML code automatically for copy and paste to his web page.
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