By embedding the Location Search spud into the same page on your website where you've embedded the main calendar spud, you give site visitors the ability to search for events near their current locations or any locations they choose.
Note Events show up in Location Search spud search results only when their locations have map links. How do I define map links for event locations?
The following instructions assume that you already published a calendar and that the calendar's events have map-linked locations.
If you're placing the spud above the main calendar or using it on a mobile website, you may want to select the Single Line layout. This layout takes up less space vertically as all parts of the spud extend in a single line.
Tip If you don't have a custom button image, you can still give the default Go button a custom look using settings (as described below) on the Styles tab.
Tip For single-line layouts, it typically makes sense to leave text box rows set to 1.
Note Visitors must have location services/sharing enabled on their mobile devices and browsers for current location to work.
You can turn off current location or select the environment (mobile versus desktop) where you want it to apply. Typically, location detection accuracy isn't great on desktops so Mobile Only is often the best setting.
Tip Location Search is still useful even if you turn off current location or a visitor disables location sharing. Visitors can always type the locations on which they want to search.
If you set global styles, the spud's font and color settings reflect those styles. You can still change individual settings if you want.
Tip By changing the font, background, and border settings in the Go Button section, you can give the default Go button a custom look.
As you make style changes, click Preview at the bottom of the page to see how the changes look.
When visitors use the Location Search spud to retrieve events that occur at or near a specific location, they can search by:
Learn more about visitors' experience with the Current Location feature here.
The more specific a search is, the more successful it is likely to be. If a location search is not specific enough, visitors will be asked to choose among multiple locations.
Then, from a drop-down list in the spud, visitors select the correct location.
By default the Location Search spud is configured to automatically identify a visitor's current location if the visitor is using a mobile device to view your calendar.
If you prefer, you can turn off the Current Location feature altogether. You can also control the environment (mobile versus desktop) in which it's enabled. Typically, location detection accuracy isn't great on desktops so Mobile Only is often the best setting.
With Current Location enabled:
Or, if the visitor has location services/sharing turned off on their device or browser, they see a message that says "You aren't sharing current location. Type your location, and then click Go."
The search results bar may or may not appear at the top of the calendar depending upon your main calendar spud settings.