How to add a countdown ticker to your blog

This post was updated December 2012.

There are so many special occasions in our lives and they are all cause for a countdown to celebration. ~ wedding, shower, anniversary, birthday, weight loss, birthday, holidays, special events, the arrival of a new baby, adoption, vacation, cruise, reunion …

Introduction

Adding a countdown ticker to a static Page in your wordpress.com blog is an easy copy and paste job, provided that you get one that does not contain restricted code (no javascript, embeds, no flash).

* If you have a wordpress.com theme that provides an “Alert Box” or an “Information Box” on the front page of your blog like Vigilance does, the codes can also be used in these, rather than on a static Page.  However, none appear to be sized small enough to fit into a text widgets.

Third Party Providers of Free Countdown Tickers/ Banners

(1) Free countdown tickers/banners that can be used on wordpress.com blogs available at Ult-Tex All Occasion Countdown Banners.

(2) When it comes to choosing from a wide variety of free countdown tickers for any occasion check out the The Ticker Factory.

(3) Caribeanmag.com has a nice array of attractive signature images and the generator set up for you to personalize your own cruise or vacation countdown tickers.

(4) Lilypie baby ticker is a free baby due-date countdown for use on your website or in forum posts. Lilypie also offers a ticker for your child’s birthday, choose your graphics, add some text and the tool will build the code you need to enter into your Web page.

(5) You can get free countdown tickers for weddings, anniversaries and vacations at DaisyPath.

Adding a Countdown Ticker/Banner to a Static Page on a wordpress.com blog

  1. Dashboard -> Pages > Add New
  2. Type a title for your special event into the title box. Enter some text to describe what this event is all about and upload some images too, if you wish.  Click  “Save as a draft“. You have the choice of leaving this tab or window open or returning to this Page and editing it after you have created your ticker/banner and secured the  code for it.
  3. Go to one of the ticker sites and  create your countdown ticker and copy the code supplied.
  4. Dashboard ->  Pages > Edit
  5. Locate the draft Special Event Page in question and click either the Title or Edit.
  6. Click to switch the visual rich text editor over from Visual to Code.
  7. Paste in the  code and click  Publish.
  8. View your blog. Your countdown ticker ought to begin to operate a few minutes.

27 thoughts on “How to add a countdown ticker to your blog

  1. Some people sure leave some weird comments ….
    Anyway, thanks Timethief for this article. As you commented and alluded to in February of this year, the choice of countdown timers is very limited for wordpress.com users.

    • Aside form the Christmas ones, none of these countdown tickers are exactly what most bloggers want. They are simply the only choices we can make that we can use on wordpress.com blogs. If you become aware of any others please share that news with me and my readers.

  2. Hello,
    I published this in 2008 and since that time I have installed countdown tickers (plain HTML) on my blogs on several occasions.

    You have said:
    “1. I think the layout has changed because nothing you said to do is there the way you said to get there. ”

    All things are subject to changes made over time. I have no idea which “layout” you are referring to. Are you referring to my blog’s layout? The layout of your own blog? The layout of the sites offering countdown tickers? The layout of a particular countdown ticker?

    “2. My page is NEVER getting approved, you said in minutes it should be there!”

    Once again I don’t have a clue what you are talking about and see not connection between your page getting approved – approved by whom and for what? If the code you are using for a countdown ticker doesn’t appear on your blog then that may be because you aren’t entering it correctly.

    “3. With a new page and I making a new blog or something?”

    Once again I don’t know what you are trying to communicate in this paragraph. These tickers are too large to place in a text widget in a sidebar of a blog. They must be placed on a static Page or in a post.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/

  3. I am confused. 1. I think the layout has changed because nothing you said to do is there the way you said to get there. 2. My page is NEVER getting approved, you said in minutes it should be there!. 3. With a new page and I making a new blog or something? Now do I have to go to a new website to see my countdown, so I can’t just have it on the side bar of my page, or just the top of it, so it is always there? Seems silly if there is no way to have ANY ticker (which I tried both ticker factory and daisy path, both html), on my original blog. It shouldn’t be that hard to add

  4. I was looking for this kind of ticker countdown a month ago, i need it badly cuz’ i was out of town and will be missing home pretty bad… surely will use this application one day…

  5. I’m sorry to say that these are the best choices that I could find for wordpress.com blogs. There are none that I am aware of that fit into sidebars. The only way to make them smaller is to alter the code yourself and when you do that it’s not likely that they will still be readable.

  6. I need one that fits in our sidebars, counting down to a customizable event (HHHS 2008). Any tips or that one would be greatly appreciated.

  7. I’m sorry to say that these are the best choices that I could find for wordpress.com blogs. I’m afraid that the only way to make them smaller is to alter the code yourself.

  8. Hello there, i tried another of these similar HTML-tickers but it did’nt fit very well in my sidebar. Does any of these do that? I’m kinda searching for a customizable one leading up(Or down) to a sportevent of mine. th eon ei had before had a “small mode” but in that visitors had to click on it to see the numbers. :/

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