WordPress Countdown Widget comes with a handy shortcode functionality, allowing you to embed count down timers anywhere in your posts or pages. On this page, you can find various usage scenarios for the countdown widget shortcode.
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Shortest Option with Default Display
[countdown date="6 August 2021"]
[countup date="29 October 1923"]
Showing Only Weeks and Days instead of Hours
The format string is used to display or hide certain elements of the countdown. You can find more information about format string here.
[countdown date="12 August 2022" format="wD"]
Adding an Event Title below the Countdown
If you want to display an event title below countdown you can use event attribute of the shortcode tag:
[countdown date="4 July 2021" format="d" event="Until Independence Day!"]
Adding Hours and Minutes
If no time is added countdown uses midnight as a base. If you want to countdown to or count up from a specific time you can add an hour and minutes to your shortcode as you can see in the sample below. Hours in the dropdown are 24 hours based.
[countdown date="5 June 2021" format="dHMS" hour="18" minutes="54"]
All Possible Attributes for the Shortcode
title="Widget Title": Adds widget title before countdown widget
event="Event Title": Event title that we are counting down
date="12 June": This is a shorthand function for month, day and year. It depends on PHP strtotime function so it doesn’t work with every human readible format. Basic date format should be like
12 June 2020.
direction="down": You can count down or up using this option.
timezone="+2": Timezone of the countdown. This is required if you are creating a global countdown!
month="10": Month of the countdown date
day="12": Day of the countdown date
year="2020": Year of the countdown date
hour="12": Hour part of the countdown time
minutes="00": Minutes part of the countdown time
seconds="00": Seconds part of the countdown time
format="yowdHMS": A key to hide/show certain digits on countdown. Check explanation here.
color="#900": Text color of the countdown
bgcolor="#000": Background color of the widget
width="200": Width of the widget in pixels
height="200": Height of the widget in pixels
radius="8": Border radius of the widget in pixels
link="false": Hides support link from the widget