As an event organizer, you probably manage all kinds of events. Some events are public and need to be seen and accessed by the largest possible audience, while others may be completely private, locked down and not visible to anyone except invited participants or VIPs. Others still may be in between, meaning that they’re not meant for the entire world, but they require limited visibility and you don’t want them all over Google and other search engines.
Grenadine offers 3 three kinds of event “visibilities”:
- Public event
- Unlisted event
- Private event
After selecting the screen above will be shown, this is where you can choose your event visibility, the details of which are outlined below.
As the name implies, public event websites will be visible by anyone. They can be indexed by search engines and no special URL or password is needed to access public event websites.
An unlisted event is not quite public, but not really a big secret either. It’s similar to what you might remember as an unlisted phone number (if you’re old enough to remember what a phone book looks like!). When you mark your event as unlisted, Grenadine will no longer include your event links in event directories. This means that you will need to send out a link to your event to the audiences that need to see it.
Unlisted event links in Grenadine look like this:
Anyone to whom you send your event link can see information about your event. If you post your link on your Facebook page, everyone who sees the link can see the event information. Once people access the event website, they can see general information, browse the schedule, see the list of speakers, etc. If you’ve opened registration, people who have your link can also see the registration section, and they’ll be able to register.
No search engine indexing for unlisted events
If your event is unlisted, Grenadine tries to limit the presence of your data on search engines. For this, our system inserts a special HTML meta tag (the
noindex nofollow meta tag) on each page of your event website. This meta tag instructs Google, Bing and other search engines to refrain from indeinserts axing your site’s contents, which means that your Grenadine event website will not appear in Google or Bing search results.
This can be useful when you’re trying to keep your event schedule and lists of speakers out of the public domain, at least until you’re ready to send it out.
A private event is more exclusive and more “hidden” than an unlisted event. When you create a private event, Grenadine will give your event a special link that contains a secret token as part of the link. For example, a private event could have the following website URL:
That last part of the URL (the token) makes it harder for curious people to guess what your website URL might be, and so it keeps non-invited people off your event page.
Private events are reserved for registered guests
If you send out a link to your private event, what can people do with the link?
- They can see the home page (including the date, location and description of your event)
- Then can see the registration section (so they can register)
- They can see the login page (to allow them to log in if they are registered)
- They can see your contact email, so they can contact you if need be
Anything else is off-limits until they register and log in. Once they log in, they gain full access to all your event details, schedules, etc., same as for all other events.