Why the need for a new plugin?
- Unzip the file and upload the
simple-text-only-countdownfolder to your
- Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in your WordPress installation.
When you’re done installing the plugin, just put, for example, a:
[cntdwn todate="9 January 2019 08:00" timeoff="0"]
shortcode into your content. Make sure to change the
todate parameter to your target date, and
timeoff to the GMT offset (in hours) of the time indicated in the
Anything that can be parsed by the
strtotime() php function can be used in the
todate parameter. But in order to avoid confusion, it’s better to stick with the format as the example above.
Other Parameters Available
The complete parameters that you may use in the shortcode, and their default values, are:
todate→ target date to where we’re counting down to;
timeoff→ GMT offset time. Default is 0 or UTC;
sep→ the separator to use in between days, hours, etc. Default is
', '. Feel free to change it to
<br />or otherwise.
showhours→ Show number of hours remaining? Default is
1for true. The
todatemay be too far in the future that render hours irrelevant.
showmins→ Show number of minutes remaining? Default is
1for true. See
showsecs→ Show number of seconds remaining? Default is
0for false. Seconds may only be relevant for countdowns with live timers.
pretext→ The text before the countdown text. Default is
'The event starts in ';
posttext→ The text following the countdown text. Default is
donemsg→ The text message when the countdown is done. Default is
'The countdown is done.'.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to put the countdown in my theme files?
do_shortcode() PHP Function can do that for you.
Is there a widget available for the sidebar?
No. But this article can show you how to use a shortcode in the sidebar widget.
Do you have a working demonstration of this plugin?
Probably. If the target date has not yet come, you can check this working demo.
Why isn’t this in WordPress plugins repository?
It is now, actually. Kindly click on the download link below.