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How to set up recurring events on Squarespace (for free)

If you've ever tried setting up recurring events on a calendar on Squarespace, you know that it can be quite tricky. The platform doesn't offer a native feature for this, so you're left with the...

If you've ever tried setting up recurring events on a calendar on Squarespace, you know that it can be quite tricky. The platform doesn't offer a native feature for this, so you're left with the duplicate and edit method. However, this approach becomes quite cumbersome for events that occur every week throughout the year.

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to easily set up recurring events on Squarespace using Google Calendar. The best part? It's completely free! Not only that, but Google Calendar offers several benefits, such as the ability to set up events that run perpetually and easy integration with users' personal calendars.

However, it's important to note that Google Calendar does have a few downsides. It lacks customization options compared to paid plugins, which means you won't have as much flexibility in designing your calendar. Additionally, it doesn't directly link to Squarespace's native event page, so you'll still need to manually set up an event page on your Squarespace site and link it to your Google calendar.

While there are paid plugins available for setting up recurring events on Squarespace, they can be quite expensive and often come with limitations. For example, Calendly, one of the popular paid plugins, has a limit of recurring events of up to 60 days.

Now, let's dive into the process of setting up recurring events using Google Calendar.

Set up recurring events in Google Calendar

To begin, head over to Google Calendar (make sure you're logged in) and set up a new recurring event. Fill in the necessary details such as the title, day of the week for the event, and choose the recurrence pattern (daily, weekly, monthly, or annually). Don't forget to include the event location and description as well. Once you've set everything up, save the event.

Set up a recurring event on Google Calendar Set up a recurring event on Google Calendar

With your recurring events now set up on Google Calendar, it's time to integrate them into your Squarespace site.

Embed Google Calendar in Squarespace

Go to your Google Calendar settings page and select the calendar you want to add to your Squarespace site. Under "Settings for my calendars," choose "Integrate Calendar" from the left sidebar. Customize your Google Calendar according to your preferences, keeping in mind its limited customization options. Once you're satisfied with the settings, copy the embed code from the top right corner.

Head to the Google Calendar settings page Head to the Google Calendar settings page

In your Squarespace dashboard, select the site you want to edit and navigate to the editor. On a new page, preferably your calendar page, add a new Code block. Paste the Google Calendar embed code into the code editor, and voila! Your Google Calendar will now be displayed on your Squarespace site.

Add a new code block Add a new code block

That's it! You've successfully set up a recurring calendar on your Squarespace site with the help of Google Calendar. But what about mobile responsiveness?

Making Google Calendar mobile responsive

While this step is optional, it's recommended to ensure a seamless user experience on mobile devices. By default, the Google Calendar embed code isn't mobile responsive, and it may appear too large on smaller screens.

To make your Google Calendar mobile responsive, you can add the following code around your Google Calendar embed code:

>>Add your Google Calendar code here <<
>>Add your Google Calendar code once again here <<

After adding the code, you can preview how your Google Calendar looks on mobile screens. This will ensure that it scales appropriately based on different screen sizes.

That's it! You've now successfully set up a Google Calendar that adapts to mobile devices.

Google Calendar alternatives for recurring events on Squarespace

If you're looking for alternatives to Google Calendar or want additional features, here are some notable third-party paid apps:

  1. Elfsight ($5/month): An affordable option that offers multiple calendar templates. However, it does come with a monthly view limit of 5000, which can be upgraded for a higher limit.
  2. Event calendar app ($39/month): Provides the best user experience and design compatibility with Squarespace. It offers a seamless calendar experience at a higher cost than Squarespace's business plan.
  3. The Events Calendar ($99/month): The most feature-rich option, allowing you to sell tickets alongside your calendar.

Consider these alternatives based on your budget and specific requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions about recurring events on Squarespace

Can you create recurring events in Squarespace?

Unfortunately, Squarespace doesn't currently have a native feature for setting up recurring events. The best way to achieve this is by using third-party apps, such as Google Calendar or paid alternatives like Elfsight or Event Calendar app.

Which paid app is recommended for recurring events on Squarespace?

If you have a limited budget, Elfsight is a great option starting at $5 per month. It allows you to set up a recurring calendar with a 5000 views limit. If you're looking for a seamless calendar experience on Squarespace, check out the Event Calendar app. And if you want to sell tickets alongside your calendar, The Events Calendar is a suitable choice.

Conclusion

Setting up recurring events on Squarespace doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. By using Google Calendar, you can easily integrate a free and customizable solution into your Squarespace site. Additionally, there are paid alternatives available that offer more features and design options. Choose the option that best suits your needs and enjoy organizing your events hassle-free on Squarespace!

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