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Best countdown timer method for WP site

  • # June 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I’m creating a temporary page for my site, to be something professional while I develop the main site. It will all be WP based.

    I want to run a countdown timer on the temp site but don’t know which direction to go. Since it’ll be a WP site, a WP Plugin makes sense. But would it be better to hard code something with JQuery or something?

    I’m fairly competent and learning but am not a pro so any advice/guidance is great appreciated.

    So, WP Plugin vs. JQuery (or other) hard code solution?

    # June 11, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    //place function in functions.php
    function countdown_to_launch($month, $day, $year)
    {
    $today = time();
    $launch_date = mktime(0,0,0,$month,$day,$year);
    $difference = ($launch_date – $today);
    $number_of_days = (int)($difference/86400);

    echo “

    Launch in {$number_of_days} days

    “;
    }

    //call the function in your template files
    countdown_to_launch(1,21,2014);

    Simple time difference countdown. Not sure if you need it to be interactive, then you might decide to go with JavaScript.

    # June 11, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    There’s a maintenance plugin for WP.
    It allows you to put a time when the site will be live again.
    It also allows only certain people to see the entire site.
    I’ll post the link when I get home.

    # June 18, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Thanks to both FragaGeddon and AlenAbdula for the info. Big help.

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