Alright, I fixed the widget side nave problem myself! =B
The trick was to grab the code out of php file my version referenced instead of what you have there. ...doy...
It still doesn't look exactly how I want it to...if anyone has any thoughts on how to make it shrink and center a bit? I'd be all ears.
@vayu & SebAston, dear god thank you for this so much! This was a gem of information!
@idavila: I'm not a code guru either...when I'm changing wp code I back up my original files before I start in case I make a mistake, I suggest everyone do the same, 'specially if you are following all my other advice. IF, like me, you are running the most current versions of both wp & event calendar this is how I did what I did~
Step One: Make a new Page Template
- with your ftp server download the page.php file from your wp sites selected theme. YOURSITE/wp-content/themes/YOURTHEMENAME/page.php
- change the name of this page to something like "calendar-page.php" on your computer, make sure it stays a php file if you use an editing program
- upload the file to YOURSITE/wp-content/themes/YOURTHEMENAME/ folder on your wp site via ftp
- in your online wp admin panel go to appearances menu, "editor" then find the file that has "calendar-page.php" as it's file name
- Highlight all of the text in this file and paste:
Template Name: Calendar
You can also replace the code in your new template php in a code editor like dreamweaver or whatever before you upload it...if you do that you can skip to step 2 right after checking that it appears in your editor.
Either way, you should now have a template that can be selected when you make a new page, but it is completely blank to be filled in with your calendar code when you grab it! Save "calendar-page.php" in your online editor, if that is what you used, and continue~
Step 2: Go to your plug in panel, find the event calendar in the list. See where it says "deactivate | edit"? Click edit. You will now be in a browser that looks like your regular theme editor, but it is specific to your calendar widget.
Decide if you want the list (like your main page but only event entries) or grid view (traditional calendar) of your calendar on your page.
- List: click the-events-calendar/views/list.php
- Grid: click the-events-calendar/views/gridview.php
Open your chosen file in the editor, Select All, copy and then return to your main appearances editor and click on your "calendar-page.php" again.
Underneath the small bit of code it contains paste everything you just copied. Save.
Step 3: Use the trick presented here in this thread to make it display~
Find the line in your file that reads:
<div id="tec-content" class="upcoming">
in list view
<div id="tec-content" class="grid">
in grid view
altering none of this code, place your cursor at the end of that line and hit enter, then paste:
<?php query_posts('category_name=events'); ?>
Step 4: Link this to your page.
Go to the page publishing section of your wp user panels. You can convert an old one or make a new page. While you are editing/creating your page there should be an area denoting "Page Attributes" with a drop menu for template...select Calendar. Make sure you have no text on your page and save.
You should end up with something like What I Have!
I don't know how to make it not take up all of the page, but frankly I don't care, it will link to your regular event calendar functions just fine and I chose the list view since it looks better sprawled out, of course right now it's lipstick on a pig for my new site, but functionality comes first.
I'm a little apprehensive about updates to this widget in the future making me have to reup my template, but I suppose it is a necessary evil to get what I want, I like how smart finally figuring this out made me feel, but...short code ftw please!
thanks again SebAshton and Vayu, I cannot stress how helpful you were!