10 WordPress Time and Date Plugins to Keep Your Site Ticking
Dr. Seuss once asked, “How did it get so late so soon?”
And the answer, of course, is that you weren’t keeping on top of things with the appropriate plugin.
With the right WordPress plugin, you can do all sorts of things related to time. For example, not long ago we covered all sorts of ways to work with scheduled posts.
In this post, we have a range of plugins that let you do everything from scheduling when a new theme goes live to making content appear or disappear after a specified amount of time on the page.
Do you have a special theme you’d like to display on New Year’s Day? Will you be sleeping in instead of attending to your site?
No problem. Enter the WP Scheduled Themes plugin.
This plugin lets you schedule a change in your site’s theme on whichever day you’d like. It also lets you set an end date for the theme. One other nice function is that it lets you set up this schedule to occur yearly. So if you regularly switch to a certain theme at certain times of the year, you can set it up once and have your site change at just the right times.
This plugin adds a “Now” button to your publish screen that lets you change the publishing time of a post, page, or comment to the current time.
This is a handy plugin for anyone who does a fair amount of editing on posts, pages, or comments and would like to republish the page at the current time and date (as opposed to leaving it published at the original time and date). ]
It’s also a nice feature for re-configuring scheduled posts to be published at whatever the current time and date are.
This handy little plugin lets you use shortcodes to calculate the number of years from a certain year and insert that number into your text.
For example, let’s say you wrote something last year that read, “He has 12 years experience in his field.” That’s fine, but now it’s a year later, and so he has another year of experience. Enter the Magic Dates plugin.
The Easy Timer plugin provides you with a huge number of shortcode options for counting down to something, counting up from something, revealing hidden content when a certain date is reached, and more.
This plugin has quite a number of shortcodes you can apply. I recommend looking at some of the extensive documentation for it here.
The WP Relative Date plugin put times like “Yesterday,” “Today,” and “2 weeks ago” next to the dates on your comments. It will do this automatically once the plugin is activated.
If you’d like to do the same for the date on your posts, you can insert a bit of code into your theme’s template.
The Timed Content plugin will let you set certain content on a post of a page to appear at a certain time or to disappear at a certain time.
But this is not limited to preset times and dates. You can also set something to appear or fade away a certain amount of time after they’ve landed on a page, for example.
The Local Time Clock gives you a range of different clock interfaces which you can set for a specific time zone.
Let’s say, for example, that you had support hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. New York time. Instead of making everyone not in the New York time zome translate their time to try to figure out if your support team was on duty or not, you could simply put up a clock pegged to New York time on your site.
The WP Reading Time plugin puts a different twist on the reading time notifications you see on some site. For example, a site might have something like “Expected reading time: 4 minutes” at the top of the post.
The WP Reading Time plugin gives you a scrolling indicator that changes as you move down the page. Get half way through a post that’s estimated to take 4 minutes, and you will see the indicator off to the side change to “2 minutes left.”
The Countdown Timer plugin lets you set up dates that you can either count down to or dates that you count away from.
For example, if it is December 1, you can set up a countdown timer to New Year’s – 31 days away.
If it’s January 31, you could have a timer that tell us the year is 31 days old.
The My Calendar plugin lets you events on a calendar in a number of different ways. You can show them by daily, weekly, or monthly views. You can show both future and past events. You can also show recurring events.
The highly detailed plugin lets you display events by category, location, author or all events. It comes with a widget and shortcodes.
The plugin comes with a number of different themes and an easily accessible CSS file as well.