We’ve added some new features to the preview beta of EVDB, as well as fixed a bunch more bugs.

Probably the two most notable new features are a complete rewrite of the “Add Event” feature (now called “New Event”), and the ability to edit events you’ve created by going to the event detail page for the event you want to edit, and clicking the “Edit This Event” link.

All about the new, New Event feature

First thing you’ll notice when you go to the New Event feature is it’s all now on a single page — no more Step 1, Step 2, Step 3 stuff! We’ve tried to make it much easier to add new events into the database by compressing down the forms to only show whatever needs to be shown at any given time.(For those keeping score with the latest industry buzzwords, our new New Event form is seriously Ajax-powered!)

The two required items for any event are Event Title and When. However, we recommend that you fill out as detailed a description as possible, as well as specify a venue and tags. The richer your details for the event, the easier it will be for people to find it when they’re searching, and the more useful it will be for people who are considering going to this event.

You only need to specify a starting date and time. You can click the “All Day” checkbox if the event goes all day but you don’t know (or it isn’t important what) the time is. If you want to specify and ending date and time, click the checkbox next to “Ends” and then specify the date and time that the event ends. Note: you can now use the up-arrow and down-arrow keys to incremement the day, month, year, hour, and minute values! Try it — you may find it very handy!

Time zones are really important — remember, the whole world is watching, and an event that is happening at some specific location in the world invariably has a time zone associated with the start and end date/times. The way to specify time zone is to first click the portion of the world where the event is taking place. Then select the nearest city (or the actual city if it’s in the list) from the “Select a city” pulldown menu. For instance, if your event is in Sacramento, CA, you’d want to select “San Francisco, CA”. Then click the “Choose” button and you’re done setting time zone!

Another significant new change to adding new events is the “Where” section of the New Event form. The first tab lets you pick from a list of venues you’ve used in events you’ve recently created. This can be a hugetime saver if you are creating a bunch of events all happening at the same venue (say, a nightclub, theatre, convention center, auditorium, etc). If you’ve never mentioned this venue before when creating a new event, you should click the “Find a Venue” tab, type in some distinguishing keywords for the venue (i.e., “Radio City Music Hall”, or “Yankee Stadium”) and then search for it. Her’es what the Find a Venue tab looks like if you do a search for, say, “stanford”:

If the venue already exists in EVDB, you’ll see it, and all you need to do is select the little round “radio button” to the left of the matching item. If you don’t see it in the list, you’ll need to create it using the “New Venue” tab.

Another little feature we’ve added to the form is located right down at the bottom next to the “Save Event” button. It’s called “Repeat”. If you click the little checkbox there, you’re telling the system that you want to create another event after this one, and so the system will send you straight to a New Event for again. If “Repeat” is unchecked, you’re sent straight to the event detail page for the newly-created event.

There are additional features such as Edit Event that have come in this new release, but I’ll blog about that in a separate post as this one’s getting kinda long!
As always, we welcome your feedback. Let us know what we can do to improve the site! And we hope you’ll go create lots of events!