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Countdown timer shortcode, display content after specified date

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Adding the first snippet to the functions.php of your wordpress theme will let you use a shortcode to place a countdown timer on specific content within your post. Add the shortcode within the second snippet to your post with content you want to display after the specified date. I added a class of event so you can style the display of the message anyway you wish, enjoy!

snippet :  PHPcopy
function content_countdown($atts, $content = null){
  extract(shortcode_atts(array(
     'month' => '',
     'day'   => '',
     'year'  => ''
    ), $atts));
    $remain = ceil((mktime( 0,0,0,(int)$month,(int)$day,(int)$year) - time())/86400);
    if( $remain > 1 ){
        return $daysremain = "<div class=\"event\">Just <b>($remain)</b> days until content is available</div>";
    }else if($remain == 1 ){
	return $daysremain = "<div class=\"event\">Just <b>($remain)</b> day until content is available</div>";
    }else{
        return $content;
    }
}
add_shortcode('cdt', 'content_countdown');
snippet :  SHORTCODEcopy
[cdt month="10" day="17" year="2011"]
This is content that will only be shown after a set number of days.
[/cdt]

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  • Matt

    Hey,

    Great piece of code :)

    Is there a way to remove the content on a set date? So you can set the date to show the content and it can expire on a set date?

    MAtt

    • http://wpsnipp.com Kevin Chard

      Hi Matt I’m sure we can do something like that Ill post a snippet in the near future.

      • Matt

        Thanks Kevin :)

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