The Vegan Database website provides animal rights activists with a way to easily share and promote their events and organisations, as well as to find out about activism opportunities taking place in any selected location.
The purpose of this short guide is to give a quick overview of the Activism section of the website, as well as to provide step-by-step instructions on how to create and manage events for organizers wishing to publish their events through the Vegan Database.
Navigating the Activism section on the website
You will find the list of events as well as the option for adding a new event under “Activism” in the Main Menu.
There are several ways of viewing upcoming events on the TVD website:
1. Monthly Calendar view – particularly useful for when a user would like to search for upcoming events in a specific location, via the “Locations” drop-down menu. It is also possible to search for events by keyword and by month/year.
Days on which there are scheduled events are marked by a green dot. Clicking on these dates in the calendar will show a list of the events organized for that day.
2. View on map – this page allows users to view all upcoming events on a global map, whilst also giving the option to sort events by: Location, Organizer and Keyword.
3. View all events – this section provides a grid-like view of all upcoming events. The user can choose to select a specific location as well.
Creating and managing events – a guide for event organizers
The TVD website allows for easy front-end submission of events. Please note that the only events allowed on the website are ones relating to veganism and animal rights, whether they be street activism opportunities, vegan outreach, vegan documentary screenings, vegan festivals or volunteering days at animal sanctuaries.
Only registered and logged-in users can submit events on the website, however registering is very easy – the website offers the option of logging in with your Facebook or LinkedIn profile, and you can also register using an email address.
Please only advertise events if you are one of the event organizers, or if you have consulted with the organizers and have their permission to post on their behalf.
1. Click on Add/Edit Events under Activism in the Main Menu. Create a title for the event and add the main description in the text box below the title. On the right side you can add additional links, such as to the event website or facebook event page. PLEASE add the facebook event link in the “More Info” section, and NOT in the “Event Link” section – the latter is automatically populated with the right url.
2. Add details about the start and end date/time for your event under the main event description. You can also add a “time comment” below the date and time, where you can specify the time zone. When the event is published on the website, a countdown until the start of event will be displayed.
On the right-hand side, you can upload a featured image for your event and you can select a location from the list of categories (selecting the location here will allow users to find your event when using the location filters). In case the city or country is not listed, please write to us and we will add it as an option and select it for you upon publishing the event.
An important thing to note, is that you should check the boxes for both the city and the country where the event will be held. This way when people search for events in the area or within the country, the event will come up in the search results.
3. Another option is to select “Event repeating” which will automatically create future recurring events with the same title, description and organizer on the dates selected by you. As for the “Label” section on the right side, it gives the option to advise attendees about delays or rescheduling of events by editing an existing event. Tags are optional, and can be another way to specify the type of event and orientate users, for example: “festival”, “vigil”, “outreach”, “AV”, “chalking”, “volunteering”.
4. The next step is to provide further details about the schedule and the location of the event. You can opt to add an hourly schedule for the event, supplying information about each time-frame. You can also add the exact address of the meeting point, which will be displayed on an interactive map in the main event page. In case Google Maps cannot find the address entered, you can also add the exact coordinates.
5. Next you can add the details of the organizer – this can either be an individual or a local AR organization. This section gives the option to add the name, the contact details of the organizer, the website of the organization as well as to upload a picture.
6. Before submitting the event you can add a note to the website administrator who will be reviewing the details before publishing. This note will not be visible on the event page later on and will only be used as a way to bring something relevant to the admin’s attention. Once the event has been published on the website you will be notified by email.
The event page can then easily be shared via various social media channels.
Here is what a sample event page looks like.