Understanding the Live Duration

This article covers:
  • What does the live duration mean?
  • Can I extend my live duration?
  • How do I determine the duration needed for my event?
  • I just purchased my Pigeonhole. Does that mean that my live duration starts today?
  • How can I test my Pigeonhole outside of its live duration?

What does the live duration mean?

The live duration is the period of time within which your attendees will be able to access your Pigeonhole using the event passcode. When setting up your Pigeonhole, you will be asked to set the date that your session starts (Start Date) and ends (End Date).


This also becomes the maximum date range that you can set sessions to be live. When adding sessions in your Pigeonhole, the session start and end dates/times must all fit within your live duration.

For the one-time Event plans, all Basic, Engage, and Captivate Pigeonholes have a maximum duration of 7 days. 

For the Annual subscription plans, Pro, Business, Engage and Captivate Pigeonholes have an evergreen or unlimited duration. You may thus set the End Date of the Pigeonhole up to the last day of your plan subscription.

This is what a live duration looks like on a Basic Pigeonhole:

Do note that the start and end dates indicate the duration in which your event is set to go live. You can purchase, set up and test your event before the actual day of your event at no additional cost. Just remember to set your Pigeonhole start and end date to be the actual date you intend to engage your audience and collect responses. 

Can I extend my live duration? 

If you find your live duration insufficient, you can extend the duration by upgrading your Pigeonhole or simply drop us a support ticket 

How do I determine the duration needed for my event?

In most cases, the live duration would be the same as the event duration. That is, your attendees will only be able to access the Pigeonhole when the event starts and will be unable to re-enter the Pigeonhole after they leave the event. You will not need the Pigeonhole to start in order to test the functionality, as Test Mode will allow you to try out all the features before the event begins. 

However, if you intend to have pre-event and post-event audience engagement activities on Pigeonhole Live, you need to ensure that it is within the live duration.

For example, if your event starts on 1 Aug and ends on 4 Aug, that makes a total of four days which fits well into the default seven-day live duration. However, if you wish to start collecting Q&A questions two days before the event, and also continue collecting feedback two days after the event, you will need a combined live duration of 8 days (2 + 4 + 2). This will exceed the one-week live duration of a Basic Pigeonhole. 

Note that this duration is regarded as a single continuous block of time; for instance, you will not be able to pause a Pigeonhole after three days and continue the next four days after a week's break. 

I just purchased my Pigeonhole. Does that mean that my live duration starts today?

Your live duration need not start on the day of purchase. Your Pigeonhole will only start at the designated Start Date and end on the designated End Date, which you will set when you create your Pigeonhole in your Workspace. 

As an event organiser, you can choose to purchase your Pigeonhole ahead of your event. You can access the Pigeonhole anytime from the date of purchase to set up, use Test Mode, manage interactions, and access the event insights before your live duration begins. 

How can I test my Pigeonhole outside of its Duration?

To do a tech run, brief the speakers and moderators with Pigeonhole Live, or test your Pigeonhole features before your live Duration begins, use Test Mode. Test Mode works anytime before your first session in your Pigeonhole starts, and will not be factored into your live Duration. 

Going by the example above, if the first session starts on 1 Aug, you will able to activate Test Mode and do your tech run or briefings anytime before 1 Aug. 

Tip: If you have completed setting up your agenda on Pigeonhole, and have Test Mode deactivated, you can start sharing the event agenda on Pigeonhole Live to your attendees. This can be any amount of time ahead of your Pigeonhole's first session starting date/time has no bearings on your live duration.