Shared Calendars with Godaddy

Using Calendars with Godaddy

The mission:

Find a calendaring system that will allow people to share a calendar AND have it updated on their respective computers and phones.  Budget should be observed and ease of use must be present.  Reminders and alerts should be present also.  Wireless synchronization is a must.

Assumptions:

1. You have your own Godaddy account

2. You have a domain that you can apply the calendar too (i.e., garnerfamily.com)

3. You want to share your calendar across all platforms — Outlook, iCal (Mac OS), iPhones

4. You’re ok with sharing the calendar under one email versus another (i.e., under the wife’s email versus the husband’s — you can overcome the ego issues).

Benefits of a shared calendar:

1. No need to email notices if everyone is looking at the same calendar.  Notices appear as they are added.

2. Other : by having your own domain for calendar sharing, it allows you to also have a domain for email (versus using gmail, hotmail or otherwise).  Also with your own domain, and if you use a provider like Godaddy, you’ll have access to phone support (which you don’t get with Google, Hotmail/MSN and others).

Comparisons:
1. Gmail – doesn’t integrate well and requires the business version (it appears) to have the updates flow to your phone.

2. Exchange – would do the trick, but Godaddy requires an ‘all or none’ approach with Exchange email.  Thus, most people won’t go this way — especially for home use.

Godaddy has calendaring in their services and, depending on your setup, you may have free access to use the tool.  We have the calendaring option since we own so many domains and services.

Findings:

1. You need to have a Godaddy account (or email) to be setup as someone that can update the calendar.

x. Outlook isn’t cooperative with sharing calendars — you can view your calendar but not update it.  The CALDAV approach is not well integrated (if at all really) into Outlook and it’s not clear if it will ever be (just don’t understand that from Microsoft — there must be a bigger strategy at play here).

2. You can synchronize the calendar to your iPhone (not sure about a ‘group’ calendar though).

Synchronizing your iPhone to the calendar (CALDAV)

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings.
  2. Tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  3. Tap Add Account.
  4. Tap Other.
  5. Tap Add CalDAV Account.
  6. Complete the following fields, and then tap Next.
    • Server — Type caldav.secureserver.net.
    • User Name — Enter your Calendar user name, which is your email address.
    • Password — Enter your Calendar password.
    • Description — Enter a name for your Calendar to display on your phone.
  7. Tap Save (there may be a requirement to accept the server certificate — watch for this)
You must publish or share your calendar in Godaddy to allow it to be opened in Outlook.
Login to your email account (where you gain access to your Calendar) and open the Calendar.
Open SETTINGS then SHARE CALENDARS.
Click on the Action button to ‘Enable Publish URL’.
Login from the computer which has Outlook (this allows you to COPY the convoluted URL to the clipboard so that it can be pasted into Outlook).