A useful tip I picked up when I started blogging was to put a clock to any task at hand. If you’re anything like me and keep putting things off until the last minute, you should give it a try.
Whether you’re starting a new website or going into maintenance mode with your existing website, put a clock to it. Not just on your table, but as a countdown timer on the website for visitors to track. That way, you will keep visitors informed, as well as commit yourself to a deadline. You can use a countdown timer on your website to:
- Launch a new website.
- Inform visitors that the website is in maintenance mode.
- Generate interest for a new product launch.
- Run a contest.
- Mark an important milestone.
- Register for a webinar/ seminar / social gathering.
- Make special offers for a particular period of time.
- Build up excitement for any event.
- Create a sense of urgency or scarcity.
If you are running a WordPress website, there are many nifty plugins that can add a timer to the website. Countdown timer plugins are commonly used in Coming Soon or Maintenance Mode pages to keep visitors informed when the site will be back up.
You can often find countdown timers on the landing pages of a soon-to-be-launched app or product, or on the pre-launch pages of a website. These pages are designed not only for the sole purpose of keeping time, but also to collect email addresses and capture leads. These pages promote the brand and help to spread the word through social media.
The plugins intended for landing pages are usually comprehensive and are geared towards increasing conversion rates. You can find out more about landing page plugins in our previous guide on how to create a landing page. Or if it is landing page themes that you are looking for, read up this post that covers some of the best landing page WordPress Themes.
In this post, I will stick to plugins that seek to harness the chief function of a timer – keeping time.
1. Countdown WordPress plugin
Countdown WordPress plugin will help to add a perfectly functional countdown timer to a widget or to any post / page in just a few minutes. The user friendly backend and the fully responsive design ensure that you can have a timer on your website without any coding on your part.
I was able to add a simple timer in my sidebar near the Comments Section without a hitch.
You can add any number of timers, so you can have multiple campaigns or contests running together at the same time. The day and time, right down to seconds can be keyed in, and you get to pick the action to be taken after expiry of the countdown.
With the premium version of the plugin, the background color, buttons for timers and 39 animation effects are available.
2. CountDown Pro WP Plugin
CountDown Pro WP Plugin allows you to change the colors, fonts, transparency, borders and dimensions of the timer, so that it is in line with the branding of any website. The timer can be set to the computer time or server time.
Two versions – Electronic and Circular are available. Multiple timers can be set up on the same page and a logo can be added. Auto reset option and CallBack option (to be executed at expiry) can also be configured.
3. Soon Countdown Pack
Soon Countdown Pack, is another plugin that counts up from a date or counts down to a date. 15 preset templates and an embedded Visual Builder help you get the look you want for your counter.
Choose from 3 clock faces – Flip, Matrix and Text – each with its own animations and customization options.
If you have no need for a countdown at any time, the counter will set itself in clock mode. The timer can be synchronized with the server time.
4. EventOn Countdown
Seamlessly adding real time countdowns to your events couldn’t be easier. Just install the EventOn plugin and the add-on to have options for custom countdown times with options for custom text, timer expirations actions (such as hide the event, or blackout), custom colors and more. The Countdown add-on also works great with lightbox event views (displaying a static version of the timer).
5. Evergreen Countdown Timer
Evergreen Countdown Timer also personalizes the countdown timer for each and every visitor. It integrates well into your email marketing funnel. It works on the principle that scarcity drives the demand for a product.
The premium version offers countdown for spots / seats / tickets alongside the timer and tracks visitors using cookies and IP addresses. Unlimited evergreen countdowns with automatic time reset is also part of the premium version.
6. WooCommerce Sales Countdown
If you want to kick start a sales campaign, you’ll be glad you stumbled upon WooCommerce Sales Countdown, an add-on for WooCommerce. Multiple timers can be added, so you can show each product with its own timer. Users can then see how much time they have left to buy that product.
This add-on can show the time left for a campaign to start. The timer can be inserted in the WooCommerce product or category page, or in the sidebar widget area. You can figure the options for this plugin from within WooCommerce and it works well with WooCommerce compatible themes.
Coupons and Flash Sales: Coupons for single products and flash sales is a part of the sales strategy of most online stores. WooCommerce Coupons Countdown can help to add countdown to individual coupons in a WooCommerce powered store. This extension for WooCommerce will show customers when the coupons will expire. Try out Woo Sale Revolution: Flash Sale+Dynamic Discounts for setting up flash sales with countdown timer. It is possible to attach various sale conditions and rules to the sales.
Countdown timers deliver the necessary impact with minimum effort. They allow the webmasters to guide the visitors’ attention directly to where they want it to be focussed. They can make a difference to any time bound activity on your website.
Try them out on your website and let us know in the comments below if they worked for you.