WordPress Countdown Widget Help

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.


This is the date we are counting down to. If you enter a past date countdown won’t work.


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


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.

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  1. Maria says:

    Nice plugin. Nevertheless I have a problem configuratin the countdown. It’s for an event taking place the 28/01/2016. Today it’s the 03/11/2015. The plugin calculates that it will take place in 394 days. On the other hand, the plugin does not allow to set the event’s date (28/01/2016). Any time I try to do it, automatically sets it to 12/01/2016

    1. Jonathan Wilson says:

      My guess is you’re trying to enter dd/mm/yyyy whereas the plugin is looking for mm/dd/yyyy???

      1. James says:

        Thank you for writing this plug-in.

        I made the same error. I suggest that this control be replaced with
        [dd] [list of months “Jan(01)…Dec(12)”] [YYYY]

        this should be very clear for all users.