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Welcome to the LiveWhale Calendar user guide.

Our goal is to create a simple overview of our calendar product from start to finish: for event creators, marketing and communications professionals, and developers.

If you’re coming to this site as a calendar user— someone whose primarily use of LiveWhale Calendar is to post your events— then the Using LiveWhale Calendar section should contain all the information you need to get your work done.

Developers will find material of interest throughout this user guide, and if you’re going to be working with the calendar a great deal, you should probably become familiar with all of it. Don’t just skip to the “For Developers” section looking for the geek stuff. :) 

Marketing and communications staff should also be very familiar with the Using LiveWhale material— as you promote LWC around your campus, it’ll be helpful for you to have a good handle on using the product. (It’s very self-explanatory and easy to use, but there’ll always be a question or two.) The sections on Community Features and Content Strategy and Governance are tailored directly to communications staff.

What are we missing?

This user guide is intended to be a work in progress. We invite your feedback, and your suggestions for any topics that may not be covered (or covered sufficiently) in this guide. Please submit your suggestions below, and thanks for reading and using LiveWhale Calendar!

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Table of Contents
Getting Started

This section covers topics related to installation and configuration, hosting, and initial setup (adding groups and users, importing events, and more).

Using LiveWhale Calendar

An introduction to LWC for calendar users, from the basics (like creating and managing events) to the not-quite-as-basics (like adding other event feeds to your calendars).

Community Features

Basics of sharing events, receiving public submissions, internal communications (primarily via Bulletins), and options for per-group customization.

Widgets and Widgetology

An introduction to LWC widgets— what they are, how they’re used, and how to create them (with an emphasis on end users but some more advanced topics for developers).  And that’s that.

Content Strategy and Governance

Ideas for managing a LiveWhale Calendar community— including some key decisions that communicators have to make about workflow and process, and some models in use at other schools.

For Developers

The main home for LiveWhale Calendar developers tools is There, you can find in-depth and up-to-date information about calendar theming, setting up analytics , adding custom fields, working with our API, and more.