How to Add a Countdown Timer Widget in WordPress [UPDATED]

How to Add a Countdown Timer Widget in WordPress [UPDATED]

Are you wanting to add a milestone countdown in WordPress? Countdown timers help bring attention to important achievements, anniversaries, upcoming events, and more. In this video, we'll show you a few easy ways to add a countdown timer in WordPress.


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For the first method in this guide, we will be using the Countdown Timer Ultimate plugin found here:

Once installed and activated you can go to Countdown Timer, Add Timer to set up your timer's options. Set a name, when the timer should expire, and customize the display to how you want the timer styled. Save your changes and you should now be able to get a shortcode from your Countdown timer area that you can place in a shortcode block or a widget depending on your preference.

For the second option, we are using OptinMonster to create the timer, you can find OptinMonster here:

For those using OptinMonster, we will create a new optin, for this example, we are using the popup style and limiting to a Time Sensitive design. Assign the optin to the site you're wanting and customize the optin, the style chosen should have automatically added a timer for you. Don't forget to install and activate the OptinMonster plugin to have it display on your WordPress site.

For the last method, we will be using SeedProd found here:

The site will give you a zip file to install under Plugins, Add New, and click Upload at the top of the page. Activate the plugin and add your license key for the plugin to begin working with it under Settings, Coming Soon Pro. You will be given the option to customize the page as well as decide if you want it to be visible or not.

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00:00 Intro
00:40 Add a countdown timer using Countdown Timer Ultimate plugin
03:15 How to add a countdown timer to your WordPress website using OptinMonster
06:38 How to use SeedProd to add a countdown timer to your website

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  1. Pratik Rathod on August 23, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Thanks ?

    • WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials on August 23, 2021 at 1:17 pm

      You’re welcome 🙂

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    • WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials on August 25, 2021 at 12:39 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  4. Dimitri Ulianov on August 25, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Hey, yesterday I tried to migrate a website to another domain that I had just bought, but the backup file turned out waaay too big (actually bigger than the 256mb that Hostinger accepts). Is there a way to see the files’ sizes? I mean, I tried deleting some content that was useless, but it didn’t make much a difference. I have no clue what is causing it to be so “heavy”, if it is a theme… maybe the backup I had done before (DB and files to my Dropbox account)… etc.
    (sorry the off-topic, but you have been helpful since I started this “journey”) 😉

    • WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials on August 25, 2021 at 12:49 pm

      If you are staying on the same hosting provider, you would want to reach out to your host and they can normally assist with the domain change without the need for a backup file.

      If you are changing hosts, we would still recommend reaching out to your hosting provider and they can normally increase your upload limit for the transfer of your site.

  5. AL ASR MEDICAL INFO on September 1, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    I have just bought two domians. But when I go to the cPanel and install the one-click WordPress on that domain, it demands the directory option to be filled at one occasion and on another occasion when I try it again, it saying that your directory option is not empty…. In short, I am unable to install WordPress in both the cases.
    Moreover, when I installed WordPress two to three times, it gets installed but it is not redirecting me to the next step of account creation i.e username, password and all that..
    What should I do???
    Your guidance would be great kindness

    • WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials on September 7, 2021 at 12:33 pm

      We would recommend reaching out to your hosting provider, it sounds like their systems may be having trouble

  6. Sumon Sarker on October 6, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    I am facing one problem after finishing countdown there is showing countdown code. I want to show time over or any text after finishing countdown. How i will do?

    • WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials on October 7, 2021 at 12:26 pm

      You would want to check with the support for the plugin you are using for the countdown with your specific want and they should be able to assist.

    • Sumon Sarker on October 7, 2021 at 3:28 pm

      @WPBeginner – WordPress Tutorials Thank you for your valuable reply.

  7. WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials on October 22, 2021 at 8:03 pm

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