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    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?


    //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

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


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

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