Readers frequently inquire about how to incorporate a countdown timer into their website. On your website, countdown timers are a great way to build anticipation, excitement, and the FOMO effect.
Which countdown plugin should you use? There are numerous countdown plugins available that allow you to create a countdown timer.
We’ll go over the best countdown plugins for WordPress in this article, as well as the key features of each.
What is a Countdown Timer Plugin and When Should You Use One?
You can use a countdown timer plugin to create a timer that counts down to a specific time or date.
Countdown timers are used by smart marketers to create excitement and a sense of urgency among their customers. It enables them to capitalize on the FOMO effect to increase conversions.
Countdown timers can be added to your website using a variety of WordPress plugins. There are two types of countdown timers available:
1. Countdown Timers (Traditional)
When most people think of a timer, they think of a normal countdown timer, also known as a static or fixed countdown timer.
This timer is set to count down to a specific time. It could be the launch of a website, the conclusion of a sale, or another occasion.
The endpoint of the countdown clock is the same for everyone and does not change based on who is watching it.
Each user’s evergreen countdown timer, also known as a dynamic countdown timer, is unique.
When someone visits your website, it starts counting down. They might have four hours, for example, to take advantage of a special offer.
This can be a very effective marketing strategy because it allows you to create a sense of urgency.
It’s worth noting that the majority of WordPress plugins are designed to run standard countdown timers, with only a few allowing you to run evergreen timers.
After that, let’s take a look at some of the best WordPress countdown timer plugins.
If you want to make a standard countdown timer, Countdown Timer Ultimate is another good option to consider. It’s a basic plugin that cannot display evergreen timers tailored to individual site visitors.
You can make as many countdown timers as you want with Countdown Timer Ultimate, and you can customize their appearance to some extent.
Here’s a countdown timer we made with the Countdown Timer Ultimate plugin’s free version:
More advanced options are available with the pro plugin. The ability to show specific text when the countdown expires, as well as additional design features, are among them.
Countdown Builder is a simple countdown timer that comes in a variety of styles. Circle countdowns, flip clock countdowns, and even a coming soon page are among them.
Select the ‘Countdown’ block (under ‘Widgets’) in the WordPress block editor to add your timer to a post or page. You can also choose to have it appear automatically on specific posts or pages.
Here’s an example of a timer we made with it:
If you want, you can fine-tune the appearance of your clock by altering font size, label placement, and animation style. You don’t need to use CSS for this. A built-in editor is available.
You can add an email sign up, schedule timers in advance, show/hide timers on mobile devices, and more with the pro version. Depending on which features you want, the pro version costs anywhere from $19.99 to $49.99.
As its name suggests, the Evergreen Countdown Timer allows you to create evergreen countdowns. You can also use it to make standard countdowns.
You have the option of having the plugin detect visitors using a cookie or their IP address.
You’ll need to use a shortcode to add the timers to your page. This can be copied and pasted directly from the Manager section of your countdown timer settings.
You can automatically redirect the visitor to a URL of your choice once the timer reaches zero. If you’re counting down to the start of a new course, for example, you could send them to a registration page.
We made this timer with the Evergreen Countdown Timer plugin:
A pro version of the plugin is available, which includes a slew of additional features. It also allows you to choose from a variety of colors for your timer, rather than just black or white.
You can provide a countdown for available “spots” such as seats or tickets with the pro version. If you’re selling tickets to a paid webinar or another live event, this could be a good option.
WordPress Countdown Widget is a drag-and-drop plugin with a simple interface. It can be used to make multiple timers for your website.
Countdown timers can be added to side widgets, posts, and pages using a shortcode provided by the plugin. The shortcode is explained in detail on the plugin’s website.
Unlike other plugins, this one also includes “countup” timers, which count up from a previous point rather than counting down to a future point.
For example, you could make a plugin that shows how long it’s been since a historical event, such as someone famous’s birth.
You could even use this to show how long it’s been since your company or blog started. Here’s an example we came up with:
HurryTimer’s free version allows you to create both evergreen and regular timers. To display the right timer to each user, the evergreen timer uses both cookie and IP detection.
Timers can also be used to create a countdown between two dates. This is useful if you want to prepare ahead of time for an upcoming sale.
The timer is compatible with WooCommerce, but it is not required to use it. If you want, you can display your timer multiple times on the same page.
Here’s an example of a timer we made with HurryTimer:
You can set up a recurring timer if you have the pro version. This is a timer that operates according to the rules you set. You could, for example, have a timer that displays shipping cut-off times.
You can also create an announcement bar that sticks to the top or bottom of the screen to keep your timer visible with the pro version.
We hope you found this article useful in learning about the best WordPress countdown plugins. You may also be interested in our tips on how to disable AMP properly.