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Countdown Clock


Display an animated countdown clock for an event of your choice. Select from a choice of countdown designs, colors and sizes.

  • Choice of colors for texts and background,
  • Choice of clock layouts, e.g. vertical or horizontal,
  • Choice of animations and pictures, e.g. falling confetti background,
  • Set the texts, date, time and timezone of your choice,
  • Or use the list of preset events like Christmas, Summer, Olympics and World Cup countdown
  • HTML5 responsive countdown, detects device and serves flash, html5, javascript progressively
  • See the full range of events and designs at


  • Compact layout
  • Horizontal layout
  • Vertical layout with animation
  • Compact layout with animation
  • Square layout with animation
  • Vertical Large layout with animation
  • Fireworks
  • Admin Panel
  • Summer countdown
  • Olympics countdown


  1. Download the zip file and extract the contents,
  2. Upload the countdown-clock folder to your WP plugin folder /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  3. Go to Plugins > Plugins, and activate the plugin
  4. Go to Appearance > Widgets, and drag the widget to a sidebar,
  5. Open countdown clock’s settings menu and customize the clock,
  6. Select the “Type of Event”; either predefined events like “Holiday” – “Christmas”
  7. Or personalized events, e.g. “Celebration” – “Birthday”,
  8. Save the selection,
  9. Select your event from “List of Events”.
  10. Type in the pre-event text, and the event time text message,
  11. For a full CUSTOM EVENT: (a) select the “My Countdown” event type, then (b) from “List of Events” dropdown choose “My Countdown”
  12. Please Email us on widgets(at) with any problems. We appreciate the help in improving the plugin.
  13. If you are happy with the widget, we would appreciate if you take the time to give us a positive rating. Thanks.


I am getting a “Fatal error: Cannot instantiate non-existent class: datetimezone”

Versions 1.2+ of the plugin requires at least version 5.x of PHP. To run the plugin with PHP4 servers, design the widget directly in, take the widget code and paste it into a WordPress “Text” widget on the sidebar. Alternatively use version 1.1 of the plugin, which does not have timezone support.

My wordpress is older than 2.8

Download version 1.3 of the countdown-clock, which is compatible with 1.5 or higher

I cannot find the event I want

Have a quick look in, and search for your event, e.g. halloween, christmas, birthday, wedding, or pregnancy. Then go to “Event Type” dropdown, choose and save your selection. Then go to countdown drop-down and find your countdown, save the selection.

I want my own event

Select “My Countdown” event type and save, then choose from the “list of events” drop-down, and save again. A date and text input boxes will appear for your messages.

Can I paste the countdown onto my page on a post, rather than a sidebar

Yes, the javascript code is available directly from You must paste the javascript into the post in HTML mode.

I cannot input my chosen message

Some events are preset e.g. Christmas, and the dates have been preset for you. Some events are customizable e.g. Birthday. Go to “Event type” dropdown, choose “My countdown”, save settings. Text boxes will appear for your event and the message on the day of the event.

How do I customize the colours?

Go to the Appearance->Widgets tab in your wordpress admin panel, and choose click on settings for the countdown clock, select text, border and background colors from the drop downs

Why do I need to choose the event type and countdown type ?

Choosing the event type will provide the best selection of background pictures and animations

Can I set the time of day and world timezone for the event ?

Yes, select from the timezone dropdown select the time zone in your area.

Can I set the time of day for the event ?

Yes, select the hour of your event

Can I have multiple widgets on the sidebar ?

Yes, versions 1.4 upwards allow multiple widgets on the sidebar and page.

Is there support ?

Further support is available at,

Email & Twitter

Any problems please email me, email is widgets at Or send a message on


3 Meán Fómhair, 2016
How desperate can someone be for clicks that they force uninterested people to go to their site? Enforced clicks make this an awful plugin - uninstalled
8 Feabhra, 2017
I've got the countdown displayed on in the content's sidebar. On my PC desktop, it displays fine. When viewed on a Kindle or iPhone 5, there's no styling and everything crunched together, while on an iPad Air it displays properly. Do you have any resolve for issues with mobile devices?
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  • Released 10/06/2011
  • Upgraded plugin internals with WordPress Widget Class for (i) improved admin panel, (ii) multiple countdowns on the sidebar, and (iii) compatibility with future WordPress releases


  • Released 07/06/2011
  • Added time of day option


  • Released 08/03/2011
  • Added timezone option


  • Released 03/09/2010
  • Added popular Fireworks design


  • Released 08/02/2010
  • First release includes most layouts