WebCalendar (Opens in a new tab) It is an open source application that you can use to create a private online calendar, a multi-user calendar for collaboration, or a public event calendar that everyone can see. It supports email reminders, multiple calendar views, and 30 languages.
The latest stable version of WebCalendar, version 1.3.0, was released in 2019. It’s the mainstream version of WebCalendar that you’ll find on web hosting at the time of this writing, but it has a somewhat outdated user interface. A new version of WebCalendar is currently being produced with an updated user interface.
In this guide, we will show you how to set up WebCalendar on your web hosting (Opens in a new tab) From Hostinger (Opens in a new tab).
Step 1: Install WebCalendar using the automatic installer
Hostinger includes an automatic installation wizard for WebCalendar, which you will find in the Hostinger site admin panel. This saves you from having to download and upload the program yourself to your hosting.
Choose Auto Installer, and click the button with a check mark (under Other). From the dropdown box that appears, choose WebCalendar and hit Select to start the installation process.
Step 2: Set administrator credentials and installation path
The first step is asking the wizard for some basic details about your calendar. Set an administrator email and calendar address, and a login username and password.
Click Advanced if you want to change the subdirectory to which the calendar will be installed, which will affect the URL in which the calendar will be available. You can also select an existing database to install a WebCalendar on, or create a database of all WebCalendar data. If possible, choose a new database, as this will keep the WebCalendar data separate from other applications.
Step 3: Choose the version of WebCalendar and update schedule
The last step of the wizard is to choose the version of the WebCalendar app, and when updates should be installed automatically. Since you most likely want the latest minor version of WebCalendar and not the beta versions, you can leave these options set to their defaults, and hit install.
Step 4: Log in to WebCalendar
The installation process will take a few seconds, and then you will be taken back to the automatic installer page. Listed under Installed Applications, you will see the URL of your new WebCalendar. Click this and enter your administrator login details to log into your calendar for the first time.
Step 5: Add categories
You may want to categorize your calendar events into categories such as work, school, and personal events. Categorizing your events allows you to filter them into your calendars, so you only see the ones you’re interested in right now.
To add a new category for your events, tap Settings and choose Categories. Choose Create New Category to give your category a name. You can also select a color for each category, and apply icons.
You can choose to make the category global. If your category is global, it will not only be available on your calendar, but also on publicly accessible calendars, as well as other users’ calendars.
Step Six: Add new users
If your calendar is for collaboration between multiple team members, set them all up with a username and password in WebCalendar. Choose Settings from the main menu and select User Manager.
Each user you add will have their own calendar by default. Add a username, email address, and password for each team member, and decide whether they will have unfettered access to all WebCalendar settings.
Step 7: Add Events
Add events to the WebCalendar by clicking Events and choosing Add New Events. Most of the details are optional, and you can include things like event description, location, time, data, and priority.
You can set who participates in each event, and whether events should be repeated periodically. Finally, you can choose to have a reminder emailed to you at a specific date or time before each event you add.
Step 7: Add Layers
With the Layers feature, you can view the events of multiple users in one calendar. You can use it as a team monitoring solution, or as a user collaboration tool.
To use layers, click Settings, choose Layers, and select Enable. Click Add Layer, and choose all the calendars you want to appear together in one calendar. Each layer can be assigned a color to make it stand out.
In this guide, you learned how to set up WebCalendar on Hostinger web hosting. The application has many other options to customize the calendars according to your needs. WebCalendar has a particularly simple interface and uses very few server resources, so it may be the best choice for your basic calendar needs.
For other ways to manage your calendar, we’ve rounded up the best calendar apps (Opens in a new tab). If you plan to use WebCalendar as a team, there are many other useful team collaboration tools (Opens in a new tab) To get the most out of remote work (Opens in a new tab).
Read more in this series: