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How to add a countdown to your WordPress blog

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Would you like to add a countdown on WordPress?

Whether for a event, the product launch or just a timer, a countdown allows you to visualize the emergency and leads users to anticipate the event.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to add an animated timer for an event on WordPress.

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add a countdown timer on WordPress

The first thing you need to do is to install and activate the plugin " Ultimate Countdown Timer ". For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Once the plugin is activated, you must go to the page " Countdown Timer> Add Timer To create your first countdown.


The first thing you need to provide is the title of your countdown. This title will help you identify the timer internally.

Then you have to click on the "expiration date»To select the date and time when your timer will expire.

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After that, you need to choose the type of animation and the size of the timer circles. You can also change the background color of the circle and the colors of the days, hours, minutes and seconds.


If you want, you can uncheck an item in the foreground menu, and it will not be displayed as a circle. For example, you can uncheck the days and your countdown will not display a day counter.

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View your countdown on WordPress

Now that you have created your countdown, we will post it on your website.

First you need to click on the " Countdown ". You will see the timer you just created.


Next to your countdown, you will see a shortcode that you have to copy. Now, you just have to stick simply this shortcode in an article or in a page.

Click on the button Save ou publish to store your changes.

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That's it, you can now visit your website to see how your countdown works.


Discover also some premium WordPress plugins additional 

You can use other plugins to display countdowns on your WordPress blog. In what follows, I propose some of them.

1. Coming Soon CountDown

Coming Soon CountDown is one of the most popular premium WordPress countdown plugins on the WordPress platform. It has 2 countdown templates, as well as 10 kinds of wallpapers to make them more beautiful and attractive.

Coming soon countdown responsive wordpress plugin

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Indeed, Coming Soon CountDown allows you to continue your work on your website While your Visitors see displayed the 'Coming Soon' page. When you're done, you can get your website back online with just the push of a single button.

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It is also possible to decide which users may or may not see the website depending on their statuses. If only part of the website is to be submitted to the "Coming Soon" page, then you can also define which pages are available to your visitors and which are not.

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2. WooCommerce Sales Countdown

WooCommerce Sales Countdown is a fantastic premium WordPress plugin designed to promote sales campaigns on your e-commerce website. 

Woocommerce sales countdown

It sets up a dedicated countdown area with the product on sale, and tells your customers how much time is left to purchase said product at a low price. This plugin also gives you the option to add a countdown to the upcoming balance period.

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3. Offer CountDown Timer Pro

The WordPress premium Offer Countdown Timer Pro plugin allows you to create countdowns for the offers you offer on your website. Packed with handy features to intelligently adapt to e-commerce websites, this plugin is sure to get the most out of your offerings.

Offer countdown timer pro wordpress plugin for events products offers

The most interesting thing about it is the fact that it is very easy to set up and use. You can easily set the timer for the different offers on each page of your website, create a widget, set different time zones, set the expiration time for the offers, etc.

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This premium WordPress plugin also gives you the ability to customize the look of your countdown timer.

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Here is ! That's it for this tutorial. We hope it helps you add a countdown timer to your WordPress blog. Do not hesitate to share with your friends on your favorite social networks

However, you will also be able to consult our resources, if you need more elements to carry out your projects of creation of Internet sites, by consulting our guide on the WordPress blog creation.

But, in the meantime, tell us about your Comments and suggestions in the dedicated section.



This article features 4 comments

  1. I like this plugin too… Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be translated into FRENCH yet!
    Anyone know how to "HACKED" to display:
    Days = Days
    Hours = Hours
    Seconds = Seconds

    1. Hello Nitram,

      Sorry for the late response. You can always look for a good translator on the internet. If you want to do it yourself, try using the PRO version of Poedit.

  2. Hello,

    Is it possible to put "Countdown Timer Ultimate" in a widget to have the counter sidebar?
    Thank you for your reply.

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