Calendar Format

The appearance of your LiveWhale Calendar (or calendar widget in the LiveWhale CMS) is controlled by a number of widget settings and templates from your theme.

Calendar Basics

Your LiveWhale Calendar homepage likely starts off by including a main_template.html file:

<widget type="file">
<arg id="path">/_i/includes/calendar/main_template.html</arg>
<arg id="no_format">true</arg>

Editing this file (_i is short for _ingredients) you can start organizing and theming your calendar. main_template.html typically includes:

  • Your site header (which you could move into an include and name calendar_header.html)
  • Widget arguments for your calendar (included from calendar_settings.html)
  • the HTML that lays out your calendar’s elements
  • Your site footer (which you could move into an include and name calendar_footer.html)

(Older installations might instead include a calendar_head.html and calendar_template.html from the core theme directly into index.php, but all the same rules of Theme Inheritance still apply.)

In this main_template file (or any file includes you add), you can add/remove and rearrange the main calendar elements. You’ll need <xphp var="lw_calendar_view_menu"/> to display the day/week/month/all view selector, as well as <xphp var="lw_calendar"/> for the body of the calendar.

Beyond that, you can choose from the following sidebar elements, and customize them further with their individual components (below).

Sidebar Element Tag Required settings in calendar_settings.html
Search box <xphp var="lw_calendar_search"/> none
“Subscribe” button <xphp var="lw_calendar_subscribe"/> none
Mini-cal date picker <xphp var="lw_calendar_mini_cal"/> none
Drop-down calendar group navigation <xphp var="lw_calendar_calendars"/> none
Filter by group <xphp var="lw_calendar_groups"/> <arg id="show_groups">true</arg>
Filter by event type <xphp var="lw_calendar_categories"/> <arg id="show_categories">true</arg>
Filter by campus <xphp var="lw_calendar_categories_campus"/> <arg id="show_categories">true</arg>
Filter by audience <xphp var="lw_calendar_categories_audience"/> <arg id="show_categories">true</arg>
Filter by tags <xphp var="lw_calendar_tags"/> <arg id="show_tags">true</arg>
Filter by locations <xphp var="lw_calendar_locations"/> <arg id="show_locations">true</arg>

In general, the above filters will show all starred, global options (e.g. starred global tags, starred event types, etc.) on the front-end displays. Learn more about customizing those filters.

Customizing settings on a per-group basis

You may want to exclude a certain tag or event type from one group’s calendar, for instance. You can do this by creating a custom calendar_settings.html in the group that matches your theme name.

For example, in the “music” group, /_ingredients/themes/global/includes/calendar_settings.html will be overridden by /_ingredients/themes/music/includes/calendar_settings.html.

You can also add XPHP logic to the global calendar_settings.html include instead. More info and examples.

Calendar Components

While the above includes manage the things around your calendar, you’ll edit your calendar’s components to tweak the appearance and functionality of individual pieces of the calendar, like the event view, day view, date selector, and more.

If you copy/edit any of the following to /_ingredients/themes/global/components/calendar/, they will override the defaults from the core theme. (For some clients, we’ve copied them already to /_ingredients/themes/global/components/move_to_calendar_to_customize/ as a courtesy.)

(Note for existing clients: You may be on a legacy setup where the below components are combined into calendar.html and calendar_components.html files. Contact Support to discuss moving to this new setup in your next upgrade.)

View Components

Component Description
lw_cal_all.html The “all upcoming events” view
lw_cal_day.html The “day” view
lw_cal_event.html An individual event listing in the day/week/all views
lw_cal_event_detail.html An individual event page
lw_cal_month.html The “month” view
lw_cal_month_day.html An individual day in the month view
lw_cal_week.html The “week” view
lw_cal_list.html A list of events (used in week/all views)

Optional View Components

Component Description
lw_cal_feature.html Featured event listing <div id="lw_cal_feature"></div>
lw_cal_feature_item.html An individual event in the featured listing
lw_cal_feature_top.html The first event in the featured listing
lw_cal_feed_builder.html Tool for building subscription feeds (view/feed_builder)
lw_cal_feed_selector.html Individual selector in the feed_builder tool
lw_cal_home.html The “home” view (view/home)
lw_cal_home_event.html An individual event listing in the home view

Note: Your calendar installation might not support or have styling for the above optional views. Contact Support if you’re interested in enabling the home, featured, or feed_builder views.

UI Components

Component Description
lw_cal_calendars.html “Calendar:” drop-down navigation pointing to all your group calendars
lw_cal_categories.html “Show Only:” checkbox menu for filtering by Event Type
lw_cal_categories_audience.html “Show Only:” checkbox menu for filtering by Event Type: Audience
lw_cal_categories_campus.html “Show Only:” checkbox menu for filtering by Event Type: Campus
lw_cal_date_selector.html Drop-down navigation for jumping to a nearby date or date range
lw_cal_event_images.html Image, caption, and credit for all event images
lw_cal_event_related_content.html Links to all content related to an event
lw_cal_event_share_icons.html Social media sharing icons
lw_cal_groups.html “Calendar:” checkbox navigation for filtering by group
lw_cal_header.html Header containing scroll_link, date_selector, header text, and “currently showing” text
lw_cal_locations.html “Location:” checkbox menu for filtering by location
lw_cal_mini_cal.html Mini calendar
lw_cal_no_results.html Text that appears when no events are found
lw_cal_scroll_link.html Previous/next arrows
lw_cal_search.html Search header and input
lw_cal_subscribe.html Subscribe button
lw_cal_subscription_menu.html Subcribe button pop-up
lw_cal_tags.html Menu for filtering by tags
lw_cal_timezone_menu.html Pop-up menu to change your timezone
lw_cal_view_selector.html Menu for day/week/month/all views

Using variables in calendar components

When editing the above components, you can start off by rearranging the options provided in the core component. You’ll see variables being added in double-curly brackets:

{{ title_link }}

As well as some simple JavaScript logic using curly-and-square brackets, where variables are prefixed with obj.:

{[ if (obj.is_repeating) { ]}
Repeats {{ repeats }} {{ until }}
{[ } ]}

Note: In LiveWhale 2.0+, variables inside of {[ ]} must be prefixed with obj. in order to be included in your event results. This is due to performance optimizations that provide the event list and event details views with only the variables you are using in your component. See below for a list of the available variables in those components.

Variables for Event List and Details Components

These are the variables available when customizing the Event List (lw_cal_event.html) and Event Details (lw_cal_event_detail.html) components.

Event Basics

Variable Name Description Example
id Event ID 123456
href Details URL /event/123456-my-event-title
title Title My Event Title
title_link Event List Only: Title wrapped in link to event details <a href="/event/123456-my-event-title">My Event Title</a>
summary Summary <p>This is my event summary.</p>
group_title Public name of the event’s group
(use group_fullname to get the system name)
Department of Biology
add_to_google Add to Google Calendar URL
ical_download_href Add to iCal URL //
is_canceled True when event has been marked canceled 1
cost_type Event cost type (Free, Event Cost, Suggested Donation, or blank for Other) Event Cost
cost Event cost amount $15
description Event Details Only: Description <p>Full HTML of event details...</p>
contact_info Event Details Only: Contact Info John Smith,

Date and Time

Variable Name Description Example
date_title Formatted start date Mon<span>day</span>, Jun<span>e</span> 20<span>, 2022</span>
time Full HTML of time display, includes date range if event repeats or spans multiple days (the same value can be called using the date_time variable in Event Details component) <span class=\"lw_start_time\">9:00am</span> - <span class=\"lw_end_time\">10:30am</span> <span class=\"lw_start_date\">Jun<span>e</span> 20</span> - <span class=\"lw_end_date\">Jun<span>e</span> 21</span> <span class=\"lw_cal_tz_abbrv tz_editable\">EDT</span>
repeats How often does event repeat (daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, M-F, M/W/F, T/TH) weekly
repeats_start Date of first repeating event June 20
repeats_end Date of last repeating event June 29
is_all_day True when event is all day 1
is_multi_day True when event spans multiple days 1
is_first_multi_day Event List Only: True on the first encountered instance of a multi-day event 1

Date and Time (Advanced)

Variable Name Description Example
date_start Start date (MM/DD/YYYY) 06/20/2022
date_start_day Start date (day) 20
date_start_day_of_week Start date (day of week) Monday
date_start_month Start date (month) June
date_start_month_short Start date (abbreviated month) Jun
date_start_year Start date (year) 2022
datetime_start Start date (datetime) 2022-06-20T00:00
date_end End date (MM/DD/YYYY) 06/21/2022
date_end_day End date (day) 21
date_end_day_of_week End date (day of week) Tuesday
date_end_month End date (month) June
date_end_month_short End date (abbreviated month) Jun
date_end_year End date (year) 2022
datetime_end End date (datetime) 2022-06-21T10:30
ts_start Start date/time (Unix timestamp) 1655730000
ts_end End date/time (Unix timestamp) 1655730000
time_start Start time 9:00am
time_end End time 10:30am
tz Timezone area (as defined by PHP) America/New_York
tz_abbrv Timezone abbreviation EDT
tz_offset Start time timezone offset -14400
tz2_offset End time timezone offset -14400
user_abbrv Timezone abbreviation of site visitor EDT
user_offset Timezone offset of site visitor -14400


Variable Name Description Example
image_src The Image URL https://…
image_raw Full HTML markup of image <picture class="lw_image">...
images Event Details Only: An array of images used to generate the slideshow markup […]
thumb_width The image width 200
thumb_height The image height 200
custom_remote_image_url If pulling from a Linked Calendar, the URL of the image https://…
custom_remote_image_caption If pulling from a Linked Calendar, the caption of the image My image caption


Variable Name Description Example
has_map True when a map is present 1
location Location name University Library
latitude Location Latitude 41.821943
longitude Location Longitude -71.416989

Online Events

Variable Name Description Example
is_online True when event is online 1
online_url Event web address
online_button_label Join Event button text My Button Text
online_instructions Special instructions? My special instructions
online_type Online only or Hybrid Online only


Variable Name Description Example
tags Array of starred tags [‘Humanities’, ‘Arts & Sciences’]
tag_links HTML list of links to each starred tag (called tags_calendar or tags_starred_calendar on Event Details View) <a class=\"lw_cal_app_link\" href="all/tags/Humanities">Humanities</a>, <a class="lw_cal_app_link" href="view/all/tags/Arts%20%26amp%3B%20Sciences">Arts &amp; Sciences</a>"
tag_classes All starred tags formatted as CSS class names lw_tag_humanities lw_tag_arts_sciences

Categories / Event Types

Variable Name Description Example
categories Array of event types [‘Student Events’, ‘Admissions’, ‘Arts & Performance’]
categories_audience Array of audience event types [‘Students’, ‘Faculty’, ‘Alumni’, ‘Prospective Students’]
categories_campus Array of campus event types [‘Main Campus’]
category_links HTML list of links to each event type <a href=\"all/categories/Student%20Events\">Student Events</a>, <a href=\"all/categories/Admissions\">Admissions</a>, <a href=\"all/categories/Arts%20%26amp%3B%20Performance\">Arts &amp; Performance</a>
category_audience_links HTML list of links to each audience event type <a href=\"all/categories/Students\">Students</a>, <a href=\"all/categories/Faculty\">Faculty</a>, <a href=\"all/categories/Alumni\">Alumni</a>, <a href=\"all/categories/Prospective%20Students\">Prospective Students</a>
category_campus_links HTML list of links to each campus event type <a href=\"all/categories/Main%20Campus\">Main Campus</a>
category_classes All event types formatted as CSS class names lw_category_student_events lw_category_admissions lw_category_arts_performance lw_category_students lw_category_faculty lw_category_alumni lw_category_prospective_students lw_category_main_campus

If you’d like to format the event types using your own markup, you can use code like this to loop over the array:

{[ _.each(obj.categories, function(category) { ]}
<span class="event_type">{{ category }}</strong>
{[ }); ]}

You can also link to more events of that type by linking to /all/categories/Category Name. Note, you’ll need to include class="lw_cal_app_link" anytime you create a link tag from inside of another event component that’s meant to refresh the main calendar view.

{[ _.each(obj.categories, function(category) { ]}
<a href="/all/categories/{{ category }}" class="lw_cal_app_link">{{ category }}</a>
{[ }); ]}

Calendar Styling

Your calendar page will render and load /_ingredients/themes/global/styles/calendar.less on every view by default.

If you have a different or additional theme set (say, a custom “music” theme for the “music” group), it will also load the associated /_ingredients/themes/music/styles/calendar.less, if one exists.

You’ll notice your calendar.less begins with something like this:

/* Import core calendar styles */
@import "../../../../livewhale/theme/core/styles/calendar.less";

/* Import core calendar mobile mixins */
@import "../../../../livewhale/theme/core/styles/calendar-mobile.less";

This is very important— including these styles and mobile mixins allow you to build on top of the existing core calendar styles from LiveWhale, rather than starting from scratch. It also means that the next time you are upgraded, any changes to the core theme/UI will filter down into your theme with minimal work.

There are also a few default variables you’ll inherit from the core theme, but can override in your own calendar.less should you choose:

@highlight1:  #c00; // Primary color
@highlight2: #900; // Secondary color
@white: #fff;
@dark-gray: #333;
@mid-gray: #2a3132;
@light-gray: #eee;
@accentfont: inherit;

At minimum, we recommend setting your school color(s) to the @higlight1 and @highlight2 variables in /_ingredients/themes/global/styles/calendar.less. You may want to do more hands-on styling of individual elements, but this will do a first-pass at matching the various UI elements to your chosen colors.

Using mobile mixins

The calendar-mobile.less include doesn’t generate any rendered CSS, but rather provides a few mixins that you can choose to include in your own style, to allow for custom mobile breakpoints and styling.

Mobile Mixin Description
.mobileMonthViewList() Display month view as a list of events
.mobileMonthGridList() Display month view as a grid of dots
.mobilePaymentsTable() Display RSVP form in a single column
.mobileViewSelector() Display pared-down view selector

Example usage:

 /* Import core calendar mobile mixins */
@import "../../../../livewhale/theme/core/styles/calendar-mobile.less";

// Set the mobile breakpoint
@media only screen and (max-width: 767px) {
.mobileViewSelector(); // use the mobile view selector
.mobileMonthViewGrid(); // use a grid of dots for month view
.mobilePaymentsTable(); // use the mobile RSVP form

Custom JavaScript

If you create a /_ingredients/themes/global/scripts/calendar-custom.js, it will be loaded in every view of your front-end calendar. This can be used to implement additional JavaScript or jQuery customization on top of the default calendar behavior.

The below template for calendar-custom.js aliases the livewhale.jQuery object for you to use as $. Note also, there are several JavaScript triggers you can bind to, in order to run custom code at particular times or for particular views.

(function($, LW) {

// Events:
// calBeforeInit.lwcal - fires after exported symbols exposed and before controller initialization
// calInit.lwcal - fires after first view data loads
// calBeforeChange.lwcal - fires before loading new view data
// calChange.lwcal - fires after loading new view data
// calLoad.lwcal - fires after each view finishes loading

$('body').bind('calBeforeInit.lwcal', function() {
// do something before the calendar loads

$('body').bind('calInit.lwcal', function() {
var lwcal = LW.lwCalendar;
var controller = lwcal.controller;
// do something after first data loads

$('body').bind('calLoad.lwcal', function(e, controller, data) {
var view = controller.getView();
if ('day' === view) {
// do something on day view
if ('week' === view) {
// do something else on week view
if ('event' === view) {
// do something else on event view

}(livewhale.jQuery, livewhale));

Group Calendars

When you create a new group in LiveWhale Calendar, you have the option to give it a URL. Visitors to that URL will see the “group calendar,” which uses a special template group_calendar.php. In most cases, your group_calendar.php is probably the same as your main /index.php — that is, individual group calendars look like your calendar homepage.

In LiveWhale 1.7.1 and before, the group calendar template was located at

  • /_ingredients/themes/global/components/group_calendar.php

In LiveWhale 2.0+, the new supported locations for the group calendar template are

  • /_ingredients/templates/group_calendar.php
  • /_ingredients/templates/resources/group_calendar.php
  • /_ingredients/themes/global/components/group_calendar.php (for backwards compatibility)

And if no group_calendar.php is found, LiveWhale 2.0+ will fall back to your calendar homepage /index.php.

Event Type and Tag Settings

By default, LiveWhale will display all your calendar event types and tags as front-end filters, using the following theme tags:

<xphp var="lw_calendar_categories"/>
<xphp var="lw_calendar_categories_audience"/>
<xphp var="lw_calendar_categories_campus"/>
<xphp var="lw_calendar_tags"/>

Event types will only show up after they’ve been applied to events (same with starred tags)—so, if your Athletics calendar doesn’t have any “Performance” events, that event type won’t show up in the filter list on the Athletics calendar.

However, there may be times when you want to control the front-end display of event types and tags more granularly. Since LiveWhale 1.7, you can do so by adding the following settings in /livewhale/client/public.config.php:


Each of those arrays takes the same format: first, the group ID, then a sub-array of all event types allowed to be displayed in that group. For example:

123 => ['Athletics', 'Exhibitions', 'Performances', 'Lectures'],
456 => ['Athletics', 'Performances', 'Lectures'],
789 => ['Exhibitions', 'Performances', 'Lectures']

These act as filters on top of the default behavior: so, in the example settings above, group 123 will still only show “Athletics” in the filter list if there are events with that type in the group. However, group 789 will not show the filter “Athletics,” even if there are Athletics events in the group.