How to: Configure Milestone Widgets

It can be exciting to display the days until a big event. An online holiday retailer may want to highlight the shopping days before Christmas. To inspire urgency, a candidate website may post a countdown to election day. Both these tasked can be automated with the Milestone Widget found on WordPress.com sites or added with a WordPress Plugin.

Listed below is a process for adding a Milestone Widget to a website. In this example, the traditional user interface is used. The fields are similar in the new UI.

Adding the Milestone Widget to WordPress.com Sites

Go to Appearance Widgets and scroll down to Milestone. Expand the Milestone Widget to present the sidebar and footer options.

A copied image for showing the selection of Milestone Widget and the assignment to the Main Sidebar

  1. Expand the Milestone Widget
  2. Select the sidebar or footer location option
  3. When complete, execute the Add Widget button

Customize the Milestone Widget with text and termination date.

A Screen shot of the Milestone Widget test field for configuring the widget

  1. Title is a short title for the milestone.
  2. Event is the text displayed in the message box along with the target date.
  3. Time and Date sets the expiration date and time.
  4. Message is the text presented in the display box after the target date expires.

This is a screen shot of the Visibility options for configuring a Widget.

  1. Visibility Button will drop down the configuration options for Showing or Hiding the Widget.
  2. Save the configurations and Close

Milestone Widget Configurations

A Milestone Widget image included a Holiday Milestone Title, a black box with Days until Christmas December 25, 2015 written in it and abox containing 1 month to goThere are a variety of ways to configure the Milestone Widget. Here are some examples:

  • Title: Holiday Milestone
  • Event: Days until Christmas
  • Date and Time: 12-Dec, 25,2015,0,00
  • Message: Merry Christmas

With only a handful of steps, a Milestone Widget can be added to a website and bring awareness to an important date.

Additional Information on Milestone Widgets

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