How to Integrate WordPress with Google Calendar

Google Calendar is a very useful app that allows you to organize your schedule, manage and share events, and be more productive. That’s why so many people around the world use it and you should too. And what if you could integrate it with your site? Wouldn’t that be amazing? In this guide, we’ll show you how to integrate WordPress with Google Calendar step by step.

To give you an idea of how useful this tool can be, let’s take me as an example. Long before working with WordPress, I was a university student with a hectic life schedule. It was fun, but I fail to keep up with lots of things since I had so many deadlines to meet and so little memory to remember them all. Then, Google Calendar was launched, and it has saved me since then – not me but many others as well. Nowadays, there are over 250,000 websites that are categorized as Google Calendar customers and nearly 100,000 of them using Google Calendar.

If you’re not familiar with Google Calendar you may be wondering what does it do to get so much recognition? Google Calendar helps you schedule meetings, create reminders, manage and respond to meeting invitations, share and view calendars, and many other things. However, as we are talking about Google Calendar for WordPress websites, there is more to it than you’ve ever known.

In this guide, we will show you how to integrate WordPress with Google Calendar and how you can make the most of this excellent tool.

Introduction to Google Calendar

Everyone is familiar with the tech giant Google. Among Google’s various applications, Calendar stands out as one of the most effective tools for everyday tasks and activities. In short, it helps organize users’ life, both by working alone and by cooperating with other Google apps like Gmail.

For businesses, Google Calendar is useful because it allows you to create events, send invitations to guests, create recurring events, manage who participates, and set optional attendants among other things. Additionally, there are many other functionalities of Google Calendar for G Suite premium users, such as setting up video conferences as well as adding and managing venues.

Now that we understand why individuals, groups and businesses use this tool, let’s we move on to why you as WordPress website owner should integrate WordPress with Google Calendar:

  1. Let your customers know about future events: Using Google Calendar for your website gives you the ability to inform your customers about upcoming events so that they can make time to participate. This way, you can ensure that everyone is aware in advance and join the events.
  2. Manage personal appointments: If the above is for the sake of users, this purpose is solely for you. You can manage all of your activities by listing them here, adding notes, reminders, and everything needed to simplify your working hours. This is the primary purpose of Google Calendar for personal use, but now as it is integrated with your website, the advantages will be multifold.

Why integrate Google Calendar?

Integrating Google Calendar with your WordPress site is an excellent way to keep your users informed about important upcoming events. Additionally, it’s an amazing tool to create events and recurring meetings, manage who participates and arrange video calls among other things.

There are indeed many other plugins that have similar functionalities. So then, why should you stick to Google Calendar? Even though Google hasn’t been the only brand that saw the importance of developing a schedule and management tools for WordPress businesses, Google Calendar has remained on top since the start because its features are undefeatable. Additionally, it’s Google so everyone trusts them. Other plugins have different functionalities but the truth is that usually, they’re not very helpful.

Also, although most of the plugins require you to pay for premium features, those functionalities are no match for Google Calendar. So, if you have to pay, you better use your money to expand Google Calendar’s functions.

How to Integrate WordPress with Google Calendar: A Step-by-Step Guide

Now, let’s have a look at how you can make this integration happen in three easy steps.

Several support plugins help you add Google Calendar to your WordPress site. However, in this tutorial, we’ll be using the highest-recommended plugin: Simple Calendar. This plugin helps you display Google Calendar in WordPress in a very easy way. Besides showing events by week or month or under a list format, it also syncs with your Google Calendar, meaning you won’t have to add anything to WordPress. What is more, you can also customize its look and go further by making use of its many add-ons or connecting with other plugins.

Step 1: Add Simple Calendar to WordPress

The first step to integrating WordPress with Google Calendar is to add Simple Calendar to your site. To do this, simply:

  • In your WordPress dashboard, go to the Plugins section
  • Click Add New and then type “Simple Calendar” in the search box
  • There you’ll see the “Simple Calendar – Google Calendar Plugin”. Click Install Now and wait a few moments until it finishes.

  • Go to the Installed Plugins section, and activate it

After you’ve done that, look at your sidebar and you should see a Calendars section with a little calendar icon. That means that you have successfully installed Simple Calendar!

Step 2: Connect Your Site with Your Calendar

Once you’ve installed and activated Google Calendar, you need to connect it with your WordPress site. So to configure the plugin, click Calendars – Settings. There, you will see the tab “Event Sources”, and you will see that it asks for a Google API key. Here you can find how to get the API coming along, but if you don’t want to read the whole thing, here we will brief it for you.

  • Open Google Developers Console
  • On the top right of the screen, click Create Project. Then type the name you want, and click Create.

  • You will then be taken to the APIs and Services page. Here, click Enable APIs and Services to get through to the API Library.
  • In the next screen, you will see a search box. Type Calendar API, choose the suggested result “Google Calendar API”, and enable it.

  • After that, go to the Credentials tab, click Create Credentials and choose API Key as shown below.

  • Now you will see the API key generated for you. Click Restrict Key for safety measures.
  • You will be taken to the API key detail page where you will see several options.
    • In the Application restriction part, choose HTTP referrers (web sites)

    • In the Website restrictions section, choose “Add an item” and enter your site URL. Once you’ve done that, click done.

    • In the API restrictions section, choose “Restrict Key” and “Google Calendar API” when selecting APIs, then click Save.

Great! You have safely navigated through the hardest part. Now feel free to copy the API key, go back to the box inside Calendars Settings WordPress dashboard where it asks for a Google API key, and paste the key.

Click “Save changes”, and move on to the following step. You’re almost there.

Step 3: Display Google Calendar with WordPress

This is the final step where you’ll find out how to display Google Calendar and show it to the visitors of your WordPress website.

  • First, visit Google Calendar and click “Settings”. You will see a left sidebar, scroll it down to find “Settings for my calendars” and opt for the calendar you want to display on WordPress.

  • After clicking on the calendars you want to show, you will see a dropdown where you will click the “Access Permissions”. Tick the “Make available to public” option
  • Then, click “Integrate calendar” on the same dropdown. Here, copy the ID under the “Public address in iCal format”.
  • Now, go back to the WordPress dashboard and in the Calendars tab, choose “Add New”.
  • Type the title you want for your Calendar and then scroll down until you see the Calendar settings. There, choose the tab “Google Calendar” and you will see this:
  • Paste the ID you copied in the third step above (“Public address in iCal format”) to the Calendar ID box.
  • Click “Publish”.

Congratulations! You have just integrated WordPress with Google Calendar!

Now that you have learned display Calendar on your site, let’s have a look at how you can make the most of it.

Tips on Customizing Google Calendar on WordPress

What’s great about Simple Calendar is that it allows you to customize the styles of your calendars. To make it happen, go to your Calendars and choose the “All Calendars” tab. Then, specify the calendar whose appearance you wish to tweak and open the editor. Then, scroll the mouse to find “Calendar Settings” and click the “Appearance” tab. There the fun begins and you can customize the colors, design and so on.

All in all, some things you can do to customize your calendars are:

  • Choose among the Light and a Dark theme for your calendar
  • Decide which specific color you want to indicate your calendar’s active day as well as event-dates
  • Play with your calendar’s color scheme and find one that suits your website’s style

Shortcodes and Widgets to Add Buttons on Posts and Pages

After you’ve integrated WordPress with Google Calendar, when you create a new post or page, you’ll see an “Add Calendar” button as shown below.

This button works just like “Add Media” and lets you insert the calendar anywhere you want in the thread.

If for some reason you don’t have this button, there are other ways you can add a calendar to your posts/pages: through shortcodes and widgets.

Shortcodes

If you look carefully when adding a new calendar on the Calendars tab, you will see that a shortcode it’s given to you at the bottom right of the screen. To embed this calendar to your posts/pages, simply type this shortcode anywhere you want to display it.

Widgets

The Simple Calendar plugin provides you with a widget that you can display on your site. To activate this option, in your WordPress Dashboard go to Appearance > Widgets. Here you will see the available widgets and you have to drag and drop the Simple Calendar widget to the spot you would like it to be displayed.

These are easy ways to display your calendar in different parts of your site to make the most of the WordPress and Google Calendar integration.

Wrapping Up

All in all, Google Calendar not only will help you organize your schedule but also manage and share events so your customers can keep up with your events and important dates. If you integrate WordPress with Google Calendar, you’ll add more functionalities to your website, provide value to users, and stand out from your competitors.

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