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Automatically Add Events To Your Desktop Calendar

There is an event published on your web page that you'd like to copy to your desktop calendar, so you download the .ics file and bookmark it. But wait! Why not just click on the event button and have the date added to iCal, Outlook etc. automatically. With AddEvent from seyDesign, you can!

AddEvent is a new stack that, with the help of some very clever PHP, will automatically generate an .ics version 2 file and add it to your calendar – and your page doesn't need to be a .php page to do so, .html works just fine.

In addition to the event title and date, AddEvent also supplies a description, location and web address. In newer calendar software such as iCal, locations are automatically presented with a map pin and optional directions. Users can set a reminder and sync the event across all their devices.
AddEvent doesn't rely on any external (and expensive) services to go about its business, and it's not necessary to register every website you wish to use the stack on. Just drop the stack into a Stacks3 page, fill in the event details and publish:

Stack Settings.
Event Title is straightforward – add the name of your event to the stacks panel. Add Start and End Dates (including the time) and add a Location. Now you can add a short Description and – if you wish – a link to the events web page.

Add the Event File Name and, if your server isn't in the same time zone as the event, add your server's time zone so that the times can be synchronised across different countries/states.

All that's left for you to do now, is set the button text (you can also add a FontAwesome icon e.g. <i class="fa fa-calendar"></i> Add To Calendar) and, if you wish to alter the button's default appearance, add a custom Button Class.

Before you publish your event, you can check that everything will be submitted correctly by taking a look at the AddEvent stack on your page.

Note: Your server needs to be running PHP 5.6 or newer. Once you've ensured that the is the case, publishing and remembering events couldn't be simpler.

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