Who doesn’t need to know what day it is. Did you know there is no calendar native to WordPress? While you can add a calendar to a page (embed a Google Calendar), you can also install a variety of available free calendar plugins. How would you like a specialty calendar that tells you when Christmas or Easter is coming as well as offer the reading of the day? This article describes how to add the free calendar to WordPress. First, you should know…
Don’t try this on a WordPress.com blog, it will not work. Why? WordPress.com doesn’t support plugins, a gotcha to move you up to WordPress.org install. For this demo, I used my handy Instant WordPress site on my USB thumbdrive. It’s convenient to testdrive on my keychain and carry it with me to demo. But you can also install plugins to any WordPress.org site. How do you know the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org? If you are paying a monthly fee to a multi-site hoster like DreamHost, etc or are self hosting, you are using the Open Source version of WordPress. Otherwise, you are using the free version of WordPress.com like I do for this student site, which does not support plugins.
If you like this handy calendar, the plugin author also has a handy browser extension version, even when you’re not on WordPress. I was especially interested in this particular calendar, since I frequently need to know the liturgical day or season and have a similar app for the iphone and ipad. This plugin is particularly useful to Catholics that need a liturgical calendar.
Did you know the church year end is in November, not December? The latin calendar ends with the Solemnity of Christ the King and begins new each Advent (the preparatory season before Christmas). Many people want to know when Christmas is coming, if only to know how many shopping days are left!
Install the plugin through the admin dashboard panel. The Plugin Tab appears directly below the Appearance Tab. If you can’t find the Plugin Tab, that means you are using WordPress.com and this or any other plugin will not install. Select Plugins Add New.
Search for Calendar plugins and you will find the Catholic Liturgy Calendar and click Install. The Catholic Liturgy Calendar plugin description in Plugin Search looks like this:
Catholic Liturgy Calendar
An animation with the current date on the roman catholic liturgical year. It contains links to mass lectures and the saints calendar online.
This is a SVG (Scalable Vector Graphic) animation which shows the current Roman Catholic Liturgical year. The animation arranges the liturgical times along with the corresponding Gregorian dates. The length in days of Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time, Lent and Easter are displayed when passing the mouse over the calendar.
For more information, visit: the catholic liturgical year.
You will be directed to download and install the zip file. If you have trouble downloading it, click this icon to download the file directly.
Once installed it must be activated by clicking Activate directly below the Plugin after install. This part is a little tricky and hard to understand if you’re not familiar with WordPress core functionality….
Once installed this plugin becomes an available widget which must be configured to function. What is the difference between a widget and a plugin you ask? In WordPress, widget means any core functionality you can enable without themes or plugins. Some themes and plugins extend WordPress core functionality and can be enabled once the theme or plugin is installed. So don’t look for the calendar to work until you drag the widget into the sidebar once you have first installed the plugin.
After the plugin install and the widget is enabled in the sidebar, the calendar looks like this:
You can see by the yellow bar that I wrote this on 11/7/2013 and I’ll need a new calendar soon because Advent begins the new 2013-2014 Liturgical Calendar. The calendar also gives you links to feast days and the lectionary scripture readings for the day, Gospel etc. All very handy if you follow these kinds of things and pretty cool even if you don’t. My daughter also uses the Orthodox calendar for her Christmas and Easter, which usually follows a couple of weeks after the common observance. You got that right, she double dips both Christmas and Easter, the lucky stiff! Hope you enjoy your new calendar, if you like it, try the browser extension!
Once installed as a new plugin, the Liturgy Calendar appears as an available widget which can be configured by dragging to the admin sidebar and giving it a name. The Liturgy Calendar Plugin is now activated as a widget and appears in the sidebar. It should be noted that There is WordPress core functionality which includes widgets, followed by customizable formatting which is controlled through the Themes (function.php) followed by plugins which can be written in php. This plugin is a an animated scalable vector graphic (SVG).