Event categories

Categories make it easy to group together your various events, courses and programmes; and for a busy calendar, it's then easy to filter by category to see just the information you need. Let's see what you can do with Categories.

Overview of categories

Every event added to the Calendar module must be assigned to a category. An event can only be assigned to one category. There's no limit to the number of categories you can have. Events display on the calendar in the category's colour. You can also assign a brand to a category so that all event pages and communications for events within that category sport your chosen brand logo, emblem and styling - ideal for giving your youth ministry events a common branding. It's not possible to delete a category that contains events (past or future); however you can re-assign those events to another category first and then delete the empty category.

Edit the colour of a category

Ordinarily you'll set the category colour when first creating the category. The category colour affects how the event is displayed on your ChurchSuite calendar, and on the embedded calendar, if you are using it . To set a brand colour for your category, see the "Brands" section within the related support article on "Personalising your ChurchSuite account".

To change a category's colour, navigate to the Categories section of the Calendar module. Select Edit from the cog actions menu on the right hand side of a category in the list.

Select the Colour option - as you click the box, a number of preset colour options will appear - select as desired, or type your own hex colour code.

Click Save when you are finished - all the events in this category will appear on your calendar in this colour.

Can't find the colour you want?

You don't actually have to select one of the preset colour options - you can type any hex colour code into the box. A great way to find the right colour code for the colour you want is Adobe's "Kuler" tool.

Assigning a brand to an event category

See the related support article for how to create a brand. Once created, you can easily assign a brand to an event category so that the public-facing event pages, event check-in pages, event communications and sign-up confirmation emails of all events in that category sport the brand.

To change a category's brand, navigate to the Categories section of the Calendar module. Select Edit from the cog actions menu on the right hand side of a category in the list. Notice in the screenshot below how the current Brand is shown in your list of categories.

Use the Brand drop-down selector to select the appropriate brand from the list. Remember to Save your changes before navigating away from the page.

Deleting an event category

Since your church's Calendar module's events (past, present and future) are always linked to a Category, deleting a Category would ordinarily delete all events associated with that category. Consequently, events must be reassigned to an alternative category before deletion is possible. We make that process easy to do - here's how.

From the Categories section of the Calendar module, select Delete from the cog actions menu of a category in the list.

...or press the Delete button in the top right corner of the category's "View" page.

To avoid loss of event data - including event sign-ups, tickets, ticket payments, sign-up question responses, check-in data, etc - when deleting a category, the user is prompted to select (or create) an alternative category for associated events, past and future, to be transferred to - perhaps an "Archived Events" category.

A series of warnings prevent accidental deletion of Categories without reassignment of associated events...

Once you have confirmed, click Delete. ChurchSuite will re-assign all associated events, past and future, to the new category before finally deleting the old category and briefly displaying a success message.

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