Event "categories" make it easy to group together your various church events, courses and programmes. A busy church calendar can be then filtered by category to see just the information you need. Let's see what you can do with 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 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. If you have events in a category that also need to be bulk-deleted, contact ChurchSuite Support with the details and we'll take care of that for you.
Edit the colour of a category
Ordinarily you'll set the category colour when first creating the category. The category colour only affects how the event is shown on your ChurchSuite calendar - to set a brand colour for your category, see the "Brands" section within the related support article on "Personalising your ChurchSuite account".
To change the category colour on your ChurchSuit calendar, go to "Calendar" > "Categories". Select "Edit category" from the option cog on the right hand side of the screen.
Find the "Colour" option and click the box that contains the colour code.
As you click the box, a number of colour options will appear.
Select the colour you want and click "Save Changes". Now, 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 default colour options given - 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.
Set the default visibility for events in a category
For each event you add to your Calendar module you can manage where that event is to be visible - perhaps in My ChurchSuite, Connect or Embed, or any combination of these. It's may be that your event category will predominantly have events that are public-facing - for example, a "Discipleship Events" category is likely to have events that you really do want public-facing audiences to see.
Ticking the "Publicly Visible" box will mean that all new events added to the Calendar that are assigned to this category will have "Visible in My ChurchSuite", "Visible in Embed" and "Visible in Connect" selected by default - these can of course be overridden on an event-by-event basis.
Note also, that if you change an event's category, the event visibility will inherit the "Publicly Visible" settings for the new category. To avoid unexpected changes when change event categories, review your event visibility to make sure your are happy with the settings.
Select the brand for events in a category
See the related support article "How to personalise the appearance of your ChurchSuite account" for how to create a new brand. Once created, you can easily assign a brand to an event category so that all events within that category will sport your brand on public facing event pages, event check-in, sign-up confirmation emails and optionally on emails sent from the event page in your Calendar module.
To assign or change a brand on a category, "Calendar" > "Categories". Select "Edit category" from the option cog on the right hand side of the screen. 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. Remember to save your changes before navigating away from the page.