Let’s begin with the Time & Date settings for your event. This applies whether you’re converting an existing single event into an event series or creating a new event series from scratch.
With recurring events, the first occurrence of your event series will reflect the options chosen for Start/End under this heading. That is the same as creating a single event. Be sure that you’ve specified the correct start date, end date, and start and end times for the first event in your series before proceeding.
After making your selections for the first event in your series, you’ll see an Event Series option. This option is located just below the Start/End options for your event.
Click the Schedule multiple events button to display the first set of options for your event series. You’ll see a row of buttons denoting the available recurrence types for your event series.
For event series that conform to a regular pattern, select the option that applies to your event series (Daily, Weekly, Monthly, or Yearly). If your event occurs on specific dates without following an established pattern, select the Once option for your event. We’ll go over the options for both pattern-based and non-pattern-based recurrences below.
Pattern-Based Event Series
Once you’ve picked the option that works best for your event, more fields will appear, as shown below:
Let’s use the Daily event recurrence options as an example. All pattern-based recurrence types will default to the most basic type of recurrence. In this case, that’s an event that recurs daily, at the same time as the original event. You can tailor this pattern even further, if needed. For example, you might wish to have:
- An event that recurs every three days
- A weekly event that recurs every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays
- A monthly event that always falls on the first Friday of the month.
Each of these patterns can be made with Events Calendar PRO’s recurring events features.
Setting the pattern to end on a given date lets you specify the last possible date an event from the sequence can take place on. Example:
- You create an event starting Wednesday, October 4, 2017
- It recurs every week ending on Wednesday, October 25, 2017
- That final date is when the last event in the sequence will take place, not to be confused with the end date of the event itself
- If you selected Tuesday, October 24, 2017, then the last instance of the event would take place on the preceding Wednesday (October 18) instead
By contrast, if you set the pattern to end after a certain date, the next logical date will be used as the final date. To extend our previous example, that means setting the pattern to end after October 25 would mean the last date in the pattern would be October 25.
In other words, the on and after options let you distinguish between inclusive and exclusive date ranges. Selecting the never option means that events will be created indefinitely as dictated by your Recurrence Settings.
⚠ It is possible to create a recurring event with no end date for the event to stop recurring. Please note that doing so will set the event to recur indefinitely. This will create an indefinitely growing number of events posts in the calendar. Indefinitely growing events can have a negative effect on the calendar’s performance. Your calendar may load or react slowly based on the number of events that are present in the calendar.
If you’re setting up a regular recurrence pattern, such as an event that occurs on a monthly pattern without exceptions, then you are all done! Scroll up until the Publish pane is visible on the right side of the page, then click the blue Publish or Update button to save your event.
If you want a more complicated recurring event, read on! And remember, you can set as many recurrence rules as you need. Click the Add more events button once you’re finished with a set of recurrence rules to expand the next set of options. You can remove a set of recurrence rules at any time by clicking the trash can icon to the right of the desired row.
You can exclude specific dates or ranges within a recurring series. An Add Exclusion button will appear as soon as you add any other recurrence rules. Clicking this will display a row of buttons matching those that appear when adding a new recurrence rule. You can use the Daily, Weekly, Monthly, or Yearly exclusion options to exclude events in a pattern-based series. You can use the Once exclusion option to exclude a single event on a specific date.
Add as many exclusions as you need to fine-tune your event series. You can delete exclusions by clicking the trash can icon to the right of any row.