Using the new %this year% and %this_easter% placeholders introduced with T(-) Countdown Control version 1.8.0, it’s easy to calculate holidays such as labor day like so:
Launch Strtotime: september %this_year% first monday
As of version 1.8.2, using these shortcodes will automatically recalculate for next year’s date after the holiday has past. Holidays should be set as recurring ‘Yearly’ and they will automatically be rescheduled for next year.
Other Holidays can be calculated in the same manner:
- New Years: first day of january %this_year%
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: january %this_year% third monday
- President’s Day: february %this_year% third monday
- Easter: %this_easter%
- Ascension Day: %this_easter% + 40 days
- Pentecost: %this_easter% + 50 days
- Memorial Day: last monday of may
- Independence Day: july 4 %this_year%
- Labor Day: september %this_year% first monday
- Columbus Day: october %this_year% second monday
- Veteran’s Day: november 11 %this_year%
- Thanksgiving Day: november %this_year% fourth thursday
- Christmas Day: december 25 %this_year%
Eight Days before Thanksgiving
november %this_year% fourth thursday + 14 hours 30 minutes – 8 days
Test of a faster redirect when a countdown is already expired.
T(-) Countdown Control already has the ability to store a visitors calculated launch time to a cookie. As of version 1.7.7 we have added integration of a new add-on plugin T(-) Countdown Tracking. This new premium plugin adds the ability to save the visitors IP address in the database. More details to follow.
Test using Schedule:
Test using basic shortcode:
[tminus t="+2 minutes" id="test_counter" track_id="2571" /]
This is a test of the cloud-city style for T(-) Countdown to adjust the spacing issue on lower viewports.
This countdown should launch Monday-Friday at 09:00 and 12:00 and certainly NOT on the weekend.
What happens when we display two of the exact same T(-) Countdown Control shortcodes on the same page?
Here is the first countdown:
and Here is the second:
[tminus cid="2022" id="secondcountdown"]
Way to omit weeks from the countdown:
a) Add the omitweeks=”true” attribute to your shortcode (if using a shortcode)
b) tick the omitweeks box in the widget settings (if using a sidebar widget)
c) tick the omitweeks box in the T(-) Countdown Control options page.
This is a test of a countdown that only launches Monday to Friday… excluding Weekends.