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WordPress Countdown Widget is a plugin to add count-down and count-up timers to your sidebars or blog posts/pages. It supports both widget and shortcode usage. On this page you can find general information about widget fields and plugin options.

View more information on plugin page: WordPress Countdown Widget


This is title for the widget. You can leave it blank or give your widget a title like “Final Countdown”.

Event Title

This text will be displayed at the bottom of countdown. You can leave it blank or you can enter a phrase about the event like “until my birthday!”. This will explain why you are counting down.

Bonus Tip: You can use HTML in this field to add links.


This is the date we are counting down to. If you enter a past date countdown won’t work, unless it is set up to count up of course.


Hours, Minutes and seconds of the countdown.


This is where you can change how your countdown is displayed. Here are basic elements you can use in this field:

Y : years
O : months
W : weeks
D : days
H : hours
M : minutes
S : seconds

The basic countdown format is HMS which will display, hours, minutes and seconds.

Using lower case letters will hide “0” (zero) values from the countdown. For example if you use yowdHMS as format then it will hide year, month, week and day values once they are “0”. If you want to show days only you can use D as format text.


This is the text color of countdown widget. You can use three letter hexadecimal colors as well as 6-digit colors. See a list of html colors you can use here.

Background color

This is background color of countdown area. You can leave it blank to leave it transparent. Default gray background is : #ddd


This is the width of the countdown layer. Countdown auto size contents to fit this width. If none is entered it will expand to full width of sidebar.


After version 3.1, WordPress Countdown Widget allows translation of the labels on the countdown. You can add your own translations under Settings > Countdown Widget page.

Countdown Widget Translation Settings

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