Exercise 7: Configure data field and Event content type
For this exercise, we’ll provide hints - try to configure the event listing content type without looking back on the notes/previous instructions.
First, we’ll look at a simple view to filter out past events, then we’ll make a calendar entry using templates.
In this exercise we’re going to prepare the date settings and configure the event content type to get it ready for the next exercise.
Review the Event content type
Using experience from the earlier tutorials about content types and fields, go to the Manage Fields page of the Event content type. Review fields available in GovCMS.
Move to the Manage form display page and reorder the fields in the Event content type, moving all custom fields (pattern field_[field-name]) except the Components field above the Body field. Leave the Components field below the Body.
Go to Content → Add content → Event and test the form, making further adjustments to the field position if required.
Check permissions - whenever you create a new content type, you always need to check the permissions. Allow Content Authors to create events. Ensure that site visitors can leave comments (the Comment module must be activated and configured).
Configure the date settings on your site
this once-off step is required to ensure the website date and time is set in the correct way
Note: You can also add custom data formats via the Add format button.
Update the date field
Given events are in the future, we can’t use the date created date to list events. We need to add a date field. Follow instructions from earlier activities to create an event date field with these details:
Date and time range
Test and improve
Test the form by creating a new event entry. Notice the date field is in the middle of the form, but would be better placed higher up.
Change the order of fields, so the Event date is under the title.
Change the URL alias
We’d like to set up the URLs so that all events are in a /events URL path, for example a URL path could be: /events/job-fair
Hint: The Event path pattern is preconfigured in GovCMS, but if you find it different to the required pattern, then follow instructions earlier for editing URL alias patterns. Use a pattern such as
To test your changes, create another new event. Now, the date should appear under the event title and when you publish content it will have a unique URL following the /event path.
Challenge Exercise 6.8
If you have extra time, challenge yourself to extend this content type by making one or more of the following changes:
Change the content type so you can add external links to registration pages
Set up the content type so you can add multiple images
Add a related field that will show the Agency that’s sponsoring the event
Exercise 6.9: Modify an event listing for future dates
There are a variety of ways you could list events. For this exercise, we’ll create a simple view that shows all upcoming events.
Add sample content
Add in 5-10 new events (either manually or using Devel generate)
Make sure all events are published
Include events with both past dates and future dates in the Event Date field
Modify the view
Go to Structure → Views and edit the GovCMS Events Views view.