This plugin for WordPress adds a widget that displays a static or animated odometer style counter that can display a set value or can animate between a starting and ending value. Unfortunately this plugin does not count jellyfish for you but it is a great visual effect for travel blogs or any website that wants to display a running total of anything.
By popular request the counter widget can now run in a “persistent” continuous mode, that will quietly keep track of the elapsed time even when it’s not visible on the blog. Ideal for using in situations where you want to count events over time, for example: your product is sold every 27 seconds.
You can see a counter in action on this page or in context here at http://sharkaroo.net/map Using an animated counter adds visual and narrative impact to an otherwise static value.
Either install directly from the plugins page on your WordPress dashboard or extract the zip file and just drop the contents in the wp-content/plugins/ directory of your WordPress installation and then activate the Plugin from the Plugins page.
Add a counter widget to your sidebar and adjust the settings to suit your requirements.
There are three basic modes of operation:
Static - If you only give a Start Value and no End Value the counter will display a static number (useful if you just want to show a total and update it manually as necessary)
Animated – If you supply both start value and end value in the widget, when it is displayed the counter will increment upwards until it reaches the end value. Speed of the count is controlled by the Animation Speed option. Note, this counter has no memory, it will reset when a page is reloaded or changed. Good for visual effect where start and end values are very close together.
Continuous – If you want to count over a long period of time and need your counter to continue to count irrespective of page loads and then just select the continuous option in the widget. Then select the interval between the counter increments, in seconds. As soon as you save the widget the counter will “start” and will continue to tick away even if nobody is viewing your blog. You can of course still use the start values and end values in this mode however animation speed and display tenths have no effect.
You can also configure the digit height, width and font as “bustedness” effect (misalignment of the digits).
Frequently Asked Questions
Why does the counter reset when a page is reloaded?
The counter is primarily intended to display a predefined static value that you update in the widget admin whenever you like. It does have the ability to animate to add focus to the end value, BUT if your start and end value are very different then it’s unlikely that anybody will ever see the end value. If displaying the end value is very important either ignore the animation option and have it as a static value or set the start value a few numbers below the end value to add some final count up drama. If you want the counter to “remember” it’s value between pages or visits then use the “continuous counter” option.
The plugin can be downloaded from the main WordPress plugin respository here: