Up until now, we've paid little attention to Calendar suites, an important abstraction in Bedework. Calendar suites are full-blown Bedework public events web sites that share a single database of events (and administrative and submissions clients). Each suite has an independent look and feel (skin) and an independent set of managers. Each suite also filters events in its own way. For example, you might have a calendar suite
Bedework ships with a default calendar suite called MainCampus (and a second suite called SoEDepartmental which serves as a model for additional suites). Some sites will never need to add others. Others choose to develop many, perhaps dozens. More on that later. For now, we'll assume you have one: MainCampus.
Earlier you created categories and used them to set up your hierarchy of folders and calendars (aliases which filter on categories). While the hierarchy you created is visible in the public calendar in certain places (View All Calendars and Advanced Search), much of the work you've done up to now isn't available to your calendar users or to your calendar managers. Why? The public client operates in the context of the MainCampus calendar suite and the MainCampus calendar suite isn't aware of the additions. In other words, you must explicitly select those parts of the hierarchy you want to reveal in the public client by adding them to MainCampus. You do this in the administrative client by working in the context of MainCampus (which is the default) and creating calendar suite subscriptions and views under the Calendar Suites tab.
Subscriptions define what events are pulled into the suite to be viewed. When assigned as a topical area, subscriptions are used to tag events with one or many categories.
To get you started, create a subscription for any new top-level alias or folder you created in your hierarchy by:
In Add Subscription form, fill in the System Name and the Display Name. Set them both to whatever they will reference, unless the name you've chosen contains certain special characters. For example, if you'd like to display "Arts & Entertainment", set the System Name to "Arts and Entertainment" and the Display Name to something like "Arts and Entertainment".
Subscriptions are aggregated into views for display in the public web client. In the Bedework theme, the views are presented along the left hand side of the page. By default, users start with the All view selected. All generally includes most if not all of the calendar suite subscriptions. The other views usually contain one or two subscriptions, depending on how you choose to aggregate your calendar suite subscriptions.
To get you started, add a view for each subscription you created in the previous step and add that subscription to the All view: