Countdown timers are a great way to inform your visitors of when an event will take place. They’re great for showing when something will be available, go on sale, or when a website will be ready for all to see. They’re also great for adding urgency to a sale, which is a popular marketing technique. Fortunately, there are several great choices for anyone looking for a WordPress countdown plugin. In this article, we’ll look at the 8 best countdown timer plugins for WordPress.
Types of WordPress Countdown Plugin Timers
There are multiple types of countdown timers. They have different purposes and work in different ways.
First, we have the standard countdown timer. This timer counts down to a specific date or time. It remains the same regardless of who or where the visitors are. The timer shows the same time for everyone.
Second, we have what is known as an evergreen timer. Evergreen countdown timers provide a specific countdown for each visitor. They’re used for marketing and are great for creating scarcity and urgency to drive sales.
The WordPress countdown plugin you choose will depend on the type of features you need. I’ve included both types of countdown timers in this article.
1. Countdown Timer Ultimate
Countdown Timer Ultimate makes it easy to create circle countdown timers and add them anywhere within your content using shortcodes. You have control over the design, the expiry date, and the animation.
The timer is built with an editor that includes sliders and selectors. Change the size of the circle counter and backgrounds with sliders. Set the animation to Smooth or Tick.
Create multiple timers and get a shortcode for each one.
Price: Free, pro version starts at $119 | More Information
HurryTimer provides several settings to create a schedulable countdown, a recurring countdown, or an evergreen countdown. It provides a cookie for your evergreen campaigns. A customizable CTA button provides a link to your sales pages. It integrates with WooCommerce.
The editor includes settings for the schedule, actions, and appearance. Some of the features, such as recurring countdowns and actions, require the pro version, but the others are available in the free version. For the schedule, choose between one-time, recurring, or evergreen.
Appearance shows the timer in real-time and provides multiple settings including general, digits, label, headline, CTA, and several pro features.
Price: Free, pro version starts at $39 | More Information
3. Countdown Builder
The countdown editor provides the general and advanced options with a live preview of the timer. The advanced options require the pro version. Settings include fields for custom CSS and JS.
Once you create a countdown timer, you’re provided with a shortcode that you can place anywhere within your content.
Choose between multiple countdown types that include a countdown, clock, timer, popup, and more. The free version includes 7 types.
Price: Free, pro version starts at $19.98 | More Information
4. Sales Countdown Timer
Sales Countdown Timer was designed specifically for sales countdowns. It’s designed to build urgency for the sale. It also integrates with WooCommerce to create countdowns for products, to show upcoming sales, and more. Choose the types of product pages where it will display, make it sticky, and adjust the positioning.
The editor includes the general settings, design settings, and WooCommerce settings. The general settings include the scheduling options. It includes the shortcode.
The design settings are extensive and include live previews. Adjust the color, background, padding, radius, and more for the timer and the DateTime values.
It also includes settings specifically for WooCommerce products. Create a custom message, add the product photo, show an upcoming sale and lots more. Show the countdown on shop pages and category pages. Adjust the position, make it sticky, and more.
Price: Free, pro version starts at $19 | More Information
5. Evergreen Countdown Timer
Evergreen Countdown Timer lets you create unlimited evergreen timers for your website. Create unlimited countdown timers and add them to your content with shortcodes. You can also disable the evergreen option and set a date for the countdown timer to count to.
The editor is simple. It lets you choose the date, enable evergreen, choose the detection method, and set the redirect URL. You can also change the colors, labels, and sizes.
The manager provides the shortcode for each countdown timer. You can clone a timer from this screen.
Price: Free, pro version starts at $47 | More Information
6. Waiting: One-click countdowns
Waiting: One-click countdowns let you create unlimited countdown timers and place them in your content with shortcodes. A live preview shows your customizations as you build the timer. You have control over the units it can display. Select the fonts, style each element with sliders, and determine what happens on finish.
The editor includes a live preview. Set the to and from countdown times. Choose the time zone to use, units, labels, fonts, styles, and finish actions. The On Finish actions include nothing, hide the countdown, redirect, and trigger events.
Once you create a countdown timer it provides the shortcode. You can edit or duplicate the timer.
The widget lets you choose which countdown timer to display in your sidebars. Add a title and select the timer from the dropdown list.
Price: Free, pro version starts at $19 | More Information
7. Countdown Timer – Widget Countdown
Countdown Timer – Widget Countdown adds a countdown timer builder to the WordPress editor and provides the same tools in a widget. Set up a countdown timer in a few seconds and built it within the content itself. You have control over the placement, and you can choose which devices to show or hide. You can also choose what happens after the timer expires.
The Gutenberg block opens to show all the settings available. Set the date and time by entering the values into the fields. Choose what happens after the time expires from the dropdown box. Provide a message, redirect URL, select the timer position, and adjust the size. It also includes lots of pro features.
A button is added to the classic editor that opens the same settings.
The widget includes all the same settings as the WordPress editor.
Price: Free, pro version starts at $13 | More Information
8. Divi Countdown Timer Module
Divi Countdown Timer Module is available in both the Divi theme and the Divi plugin. The Divi theme has the Divi Builder with all the modules built in. The plugin adds the Divi Builder to any WordPress theme.
Adjust the counter visually with the calendar and slider controls. Click the date for the day the counter will end. Adjust the sliders for the hour and minute. You can also add a title, background, clickable URL, etc.
Adjust the text, numbers, separators, colors, borders, size, box shadow, and more. All the controls are intuitive. Make selections, use sliders, click elements, etc.
Adjust the timer even further with CSS. Each element of the timer has a targeted field where you can enter the CSS. Also adjust visibility, transitions, position, and scroll effects.
Price: $89 | More Information
That’s our look at the 8 best countdown timer plugins for WordPress. This list includes multiple types of countdown timers in various price ranges and feature sets. No matter what type of WordPress countdown plugin you need, you’re sure to find something on this list to meet those needs.
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