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wyndwoman

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  1. If I add an email address through the Subscribe link, the address shows up in the Distribution list for the calendar email. But if I then unsubscribe through the email unsubscribe link, the address remains in the distribution list. Further experimentations shows that even though the address is in the distribution list, it doesn't receive any email from that particular calendar. This is not making sense to me. Shouldn't the address be removed from the distribution list when a person unsubscribes? How can I tell who's actually getting the calendar email? When my church decided to use the email function, we decided to simply add all of the members' email addresses that we have to the distribution list, with directions in the email and in our paper newsletter about how to unsubscribe if they don't want to get the email. We figured we would monitor the number of addresses in the distribution list to see how many people have unsubscribed. This will be important information to have as we assess the efficacy of the calendar and email. However, I can't see any way to actually know who's receiving the email. Have I missed something?
  2. I checked the preview and it looks like it's working. Keep your fingers crossed!
  3. Do you have this situation come up often? If so, one possible solution is to change your calendar structure a bit. Instead of mixing in all of the 10 school-specific calendars into the district calendar, try this when you're setting up events and do not have that calendar mix-in to your District calendar. If an event on a school calendar should also show on the district calendar, click the "Also shows on" box next to District Calendar. If it should not show on the district calendar, don't click that box. If you have a lot of events and few of them fall into this category, it's probably not worth it to make this structural change. You'd have to go through each event that's already posted and change each one. On the other hand, if most of your school events should NOT be on the District Calendar, this may be the way to go. I thought of one other possibility if you've only got a few events to handle differently. Under the individual school calendar, create a sub-calendar for shool-specific events. Put the school-specific event on it. For the mix-in settings on the school calendar, mix in the school-specific sub-calendar. On the District calendar, mix in the school calendar, but NOT the school-specific sub calendar. I have not tested this, but I think it might work.
  4. I checked the email preview version and see that clicking on an event now gives a full description. However, I still have the problem with the event name being linked to the "More Info" URL, when that field is filled. Is it a two-part fix, perhaps?
  5. Boy, that's mean and of questionable ethics, but I don't think there's a way to do it at the software level. I think the only way you could do it is if your site were hosted on your own network. Then your administrator could set some address blocking at the router level, but it wouldn't be very effective. The thief would just have to change computers and would be right back at it. What about copyrighting your material? Then at least you'd have some basis upon which to bring legal action. Depending on the sophistication of your competitor, sometimes all it takes is a letter written in legalese on an attorney's letterhead. Good luck. And remember, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
  6. I'm sorry to report that it's now worse than before. If a calendar event has a link in the "more info" field, when you click on the name of the event in the email, you go to the page indicated in the "more info" field. I'm not sure if this was intended, but it's a change from how it was handled before, and I'm not sure it's appropriate. Most people are going to give users a nice summary in the calendar event, with a link to more information, which may not be specifically about the event. So hijacking visitors off to the More Info site is not great. The other (new) problem is that for the events without a More Info link, when you click on the event name, a local folder opens with a title of "locate link browser" and it's looking for an executable file. Sometimes, it opens a "file not found" page. Can't find a pattern. This is causing confusion and anxious emails from my users, thining there's something wrong with their computers.
  7. Any update? Our next mailing is scheduled for tonight and I'm wondering how to answer the questions that are sure to come in.
  8. I already reported this as a bug, but it's important enough to me that I'm posting it here too, in hopes of quicker action: Since the new version was rolled out, there's a changed to the way events are handled in emails. In the past, the descriptions were abbreviated to maximize space, but when you clicked on an event name, the resulting pop-up would show the full description. Now, when you click on the event name, you get a different-looking pop-up, and the description is still abbreviated. The "return to calendar" link is no longer there, so you can't even go to the full calendar and click on the event there. There's no way to see the whole description!
  9. If you accidentally delete events on a calendar, contact support@corp.trumba.com and they may be able to restore these for you, otherwise you will have to manually re-enter the events.
  10. Is there a way to prevent hyperlinks in either the Description or the Web link field from opening a new window? I'd like to be able to send visitors to another page in my website, and there's no need to open a new window for that. (In fact is too confusing when a new window opens.)
  11. You may be able to get away with posting "no time" if you check the "all day event" box. I haven't looked at it's effect in all templates, but in the standard "month" calendar, it just shows as an event with no time. It doesn't say "all day" anywhere.
  12. We need to be able to keep track of two kinds of events in the church: (1) Public events that will be advertised on the website through a calendar spud and (2) Private events such as rentals that will not be advertised on the website. I've set up a system where I've got a top level "container" calendar that has all of the public events divided up into sub calendars, like worship, religious education, committee meetings, etc. I've mixed these into the top level calendar and added spuds for that calendar to the site. It's all good. I've set up another top-level container calendar that has sub calendars for all of the private events, rentals, etc. I was planning to publish this as a "master" calendar, mixing in absolutely all of the sub calendars, so that you can see everything that's going on in the church at the same time, both public and private. (the conference template works beautifully for this, if you can divide it up by room. See my post in web developers about this subject) This calendar would be published as non-searchable and password protected so that only certain people (like the office staff, committee chairs, etc) can look at it and see everything that's going on, and all the rooms that are being used on any given day. When you're managing a resource like a room, you need to be able to schedule an event for both the actual time that the event is taking place (the public part of the event) AND the setup and cleanup time. I've added some custom fields for setup and clean up times. I want these to display when someone goes to the master calendar, so they can see when a room is actually committed. I don't want them to display in the public calendars (the public doesn't care or need to know about setup and cleanup). Is there a way of structuring the calendars that would allow me to hide these field when I mix them into one calendar, but show them when I mix them into a different calendar? In the alternative, I'm thinking that I can have a separate calendar just for setups and cleanups. I'd have to figure out a reasonably streamlined process for the secretary, who abhors any kind of duplicative effort, to use the "copy event" and perhaps the "also shows on" functions to add in the setup and cleanup time. Have any other users run into the setup/cleanup time problem? How have you handled it?
  13. Sorry if this is a dumb question - Are you sure that it's just breaking the frame, or is it taking you completely out of your site to the trumba-hosted calendar page? If that's happening, you need to change the teaser base to point to the page in your site that contains your calendar spud.
  14. It IS a great looking site. If it helps any, I don' think that the font color of the spud actually clashes with the design. You're right - it would look nicer in another color, but it's not a glaring flaw. The advantage to the blue is that blue is recognized as a hyperlink color, so it clues people in to click there. Another color might not be so obvious. Also, removing the header/footer info improves the whole look and really integrates the spud into your site. Good choice. I was wondering, however, why clicking on a spud link takes you to the entire calendar rather than directly to the event description? One last unsolicited suggestion - on the page that has the calendar, you might consider adding some padding in the right hand cell (if it's a table - I didn't look to see if you're using tables/frames/css). It looks fine on the calendar page, but when you click on an event, the text snugs right up to the edges. A little space might make it look less crowded. But overall - nice job! (Hope this wasn't off-topic?)
  15. Hit the publish button for your calendar, and select the Publish Settings tab and then select Edit Publish Settings. Under the SEARCH section, change this from Yes to No and click OK. This will prevent search engines from indexing your calendar page of events.
  16. I can't tell you how helpful this was. I had set up a calendar called "public events," which had only some of the events from the main calendar - the ones we wanted to advertise on the front page of the site. With the full upcoming spud on the front page, the title was kind of confusing and awkward, especially since I changed the teaser variable to point to the main (full) calendar. Now, without the header, it's clean and unconfusing. Way cool! http://www.concorduu.org/default2.htm (this is still a test page.)
  17. Cool. Thanks John for posting that explanation. I'd said earlier I haven't graduated to CSS layout yet, but seeing the code for your page design makes me a little braver about trying it sometime soon. Lorraine
  18. The first thing I thought of is that you may have copied and pasted your description from another source. Sometimes when you do that, the text contains returns that aren't obvious in it's original setting. This may have been responsible for your short lines. When I have to copy and paste something into a web-bound document, I often paste the text first into Notepad. This makes the "hidden" returns obvious so that I can fix them before copying and pasting back into the html document. (It also clears all the formatting so I have virgin text for my new document, and no formatting hassles.)
  19. I build my sites with tables (haven't graduated to CSS layout yet) and found that all of the spuds will adjust themselves automatically to the size (width) of the cell they are placed in. Easy!
  20. I love the News calendar template and can think of lots of great ways to use it, but it occurs to me that we could use a New promotion spud too. It would be like the "upcoming events" widget, only instead of displaying x number of future events, it would display x number of past events. I have a calendar called Social Justice Alerts, which I've formatted as news. The Social Justice Committee chair can post things whenever she wants and the page on our website will update immediately. She'll use today's date when she posts them. On the front page, I want to have an index of the social justice alerts that will list the "headlines" for the last three things that were posted. It could be called something like "Recent items from Social Justice Alerts." The upcoming events widget won't work because there won't be any future events on the social justice page, only today and things in the past.
  21. I've been very busy evaluating the calendar and I think it's an awesome product. I've also been very pleased with your quick responses to all of my questions and issues so far. I have set up a "social justice alerts" calendar in addition to the regular church calendar. The SJA calendar is published with the news template, and looks great embedded in the page. I would like people to be able to subscribe themselves to the calendar, which seems to mean that I have to set up an email schedule. However, I don't want to send out the calendar on any particular schedule. I just want emails to go out when when I update the calendar (or publish it, or some other trigger that says "I've added a new alert and I want people to know about it.")
  22. I'd like to put an upcoming events promotion spud on one page with upcoming events from just one sub calendar. When the user clicks on "view all" I want them to go to a calendar spud for the main calendar, with all of the sub-calendars mixed in. What do I need to do to set this up?
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