Side Navigation Request - Option to Remove Events or Replace with Calendar

We would like the ability to remove the "EVENTS" section on the left toolbar. Ideally in site setup it would be great if sites could select either "EVENTS" or "CALENDAR" to show in that section of the toolbar with a resulting link to whichever they want. The CALENDAR link is so much more useful for us, both events and date specific opportunities are there. And the fact that "EVENTS" on the left toolbar is fixed and can't be moved or changed is a continuing problem for us. I realize there was a similar enhancement request earlier, but I just wanted to throw this out again in case others are getting this suggestions and want to weigh in on the value of this option. 




Hi, Molly,


Thanks for sharing your ideas. Is the issue that your site doesn't use events, or do you just find that it's not helpful to have a unique link to searchable nonprofit events in the side navigation menu? I'm having a little trouble understanding your use case for this enhancement idea, and I want to make sure I have a clear understanding before I write this up for our enhancements team.


One thing you can do on your site right now is create a "Calendar" spotlight that points to your events. That way, people have easy access to it from the side navigation.


Thanks!

Nina

Hi Nina,

Here is a more detailed explanation, let me know if this makes sense.

- On our site (and I think all sites) "Events" gets top placement on the left toolbar above spotlights and we don't have a way to remove or replace or move it lower. 

- We use "events" on this site in a very limited way but want to highlight the "Calendar" where we have many date specific volunteer needs. Our site is primarily to connect volunteers with opportunities and while the "events" feature is useful, it should not have that top billing. The events show on the calendar anyway so that link will lead to BOTH events and date specific needs. In fact we only use "events" because it's there and agencies post things there. We almost always have to go back and explain that is not the place to post date-specific volunteer opportunities and we'd be fine with the feature being gone. 

- We can add a spotlight for "Calendar" below "Events" but it looks duplicative and confusing and still shows this system's definition of "Events" as a priority that we don't want on our website. 

- If I make a spotlight and give it more text to define how this calendar is different from the "Events" calendar, like if I call the spotlight "Calendar of Volunteer Opportunities",  that is erroneous because the "events" are also on that calendar so that adds to that confusion. 



Assuming many sites do use the events feature and it's a priority for them, it would be great if we could chose whether or not the events item will show on the left toolbar. 


Thanks,

Molly 

 

Hi, Molly,


Thanks so much for your clear explanation. I see a couple of possible enhancement requests here:


  • Give the site manager the option to "turn off" the Events option in the navigation.
  • If Events cannot be hidden, give the site manager the option to specify its placement (e.g., below spotlights) in the navigation.


I don't see replacing Events with Calendar since it would not be a one-to-one replacement. I do see the value in having a calendar link in the navigation, though, and it looks like if would work for you to be able to (1) hide Events and (2) add a spotlight to the calendar to "replace" it.


I will write this up for our next enhancements-team discussion. In the meantime, another option might be to override the word "events" on your site to something people will be less likely to confuse with volunteer opportunities. I don't know if "Community Events" would do the trick, but you might have a better idea that works for your site. If you do, we would be happy to add that language override for you.


I can also look into adding some help text to both the Needs and Events sections of the agency management area to help clarify the difference to agency managers who may not understand how the two are different. If you think that would help, let me know.


Thanks again for your response, Mollly!


Nina


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