WordPress Countdown Widget Help

, Last Updated on November 15, 2014

WordPress countdown widget is a simple widget to add countdown and countup timers to your site. It has both widget and shortcode support and It is so easy to use. If you haven’t downloaded this plugin yet download it here.


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

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.

Note; you can use html in this field to add links.


Timers can count up OR down. Using this selection, you can select either this is a count up (eg. days since my bday) or a count down (eg. days left for new year).


This is the date we are counting down or up to. Date should be in format MMDDYY meaning month number days and years. (eg. 01/01/2015 for new year)


Hours, Minutes and seconds of countdown. Any problems with that?


Timezone is the zone that you give your date for. For example if your server is on America, but you want to display countdown for your local time zone, you need to set this field to your zone.


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 yowdHMS 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 container. Countdown auto-size its contents to fit this width. If no width is entered it will expand to full width of your theme sidebar.

Border Radius

If you like your countdown to have rounded corners, you need to enter a radius pixel value in this field. 6 is a good size for small rounded corners.

If you check this checkbox, countdown widget won’t display a “Get this” link on the bottom.

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38 thoughts on “WordPress Countdown Widget Help”

  1. DiĆ³genes says:

    The countdown is appearing in english at my site, but my site is in portuguese.

    What do I have to do to translate the plugin?


    1. Countdown uses wordpress interface language by default.

  2. I cannot find the Plug-in option in my WP Admin to upload this?

    1. Download the widget and upload it to your server through `WP Admin -> Plugins -> Add New -> Upload`

  3. joy says:

    Hi there i have just installed the plugin and configured it. I can see the countdown timer working the in the preview, but when i put the plugin in the top widget area it wont display. If i put it in the primairy widget area it will only displat the title. How can i get the widget working the the top widget area ?
    WP version 4.0
    Hope to hear soon.
    Gr joy

    1. Can you give me a link to the site, so i can see what’s wrong. Thanks.

      1. Joy says:

        Hi there the url of the site is : http://www.sv-dhl.nl. thanks in advance

        1. Hello, There is another countdown plugin (T- Countdown plugin) loaded on your site. This may be the problem that prevents it to work. Please remove the other countdown plugin and see if this works.

          1. Joy says:

            Hi There, i have removed the T countdown plugin but still no countdown clock.

          2. Hello Joy, just noticed your theme adds jQuery on header in an incorrect way. That is why it removes previous loaded plugins. You can preview it here:


            If you can edit php files, you can remove second highlighted part from your header.php.

    2. Joy says:

      Hi There, I have removed the Jquery line and the countdown timer is working. Think the reason for the older jquery was the use of ACF field repeater. Thanks for the help. Just another question : i have tried to install the dropdown menu widget. i can download it from the wp admin but it wont install, saying insuffient rights ? I’m logged in as admin and have full access to the server and the database am i missing something ?

  4. Mojisola says:

    I have done all and the preview looks good but the countdown timer is nowhere on my website.

    1. Probably there is something wrong with jquery on your theme. Or it can be another plugin that is changing your jquery version. Please give me a link to your site.

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  7. KTDL says:

    Absolutely love this countdown. Is there any way you can abbreviate minutes and seconds to min and sec Looks a little crowded. Thank you

  8. vernon says:

    I am new to working on my wordpress site. I am not skilled but determined to get it right. I submitted the counter and it worked but the counter didn’t display everything. I saw it was in two places. I eliminated one place, cleared the cache, and rebooted the site. The counter still doesn’t come up although your link on my site with the arrow does. I don’t know what else to do.

  9. online.myemails@googlemail.com says:

    Hi, Its there a way to change the hours – to hrs, seconds to secs, minutes to mins please

    1. Sunny says:

      in the field ‘FORMAT’ just erase and put in M instead of ‘yomdh’ etc.

      1. vernon says:

        if you are answering me, I have already eliminated the “Y”. Isn’t that enough?

        1. Matt Say says:

          Hello Vernon, Seems like plugin needs to check for quote signs. Your js doesn’t work because of a syntax error: