Checkout Countdown for WooCommerce – Boost Conversions & Reduce Cart Abandonment


Checkout Countdown for WooCommerce increases cart conversion by adding a countdown timer as soon as any product is added to the cart. Reduce cart abandonment by letting your customers know exactly how long their order can be reserved. Easy to set up and customize. It’s the perfect cart timer solution, beyond just a product timer!

Checkout Countdown for WooCommerce Features

  • Compatible with WordPress 5.9+ and WooCommerce.
  • Top bar and banner. Display the countdown across your site. The bar only appears once a product has been added to the customer’s cart.
  • Set up a separate banner message for sales marketing that appears before any products have been added to the cart.
  • Multiple styles, e.g., WooCommerce cart/checkout notice countdown timer (adapts to your theme style).
  • Easy shortcode for custom placement: [checkout_countdown].
  • Customize countdown text and expired cart text.
  • Customize banner background color and font color.
  • Perfect for FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) strategies & reducing cart abandonment.

Ideal for WooCommerce Ticket Sales and Bookings

A checkout or cart countdown timer can help your store speed up product sales. It’s a valuable addition to WooCommerce Event ticket sales and WooCommerce Bookings.

Upgrade to Checkout Countdown Pro for Extended Features

  • Empty and clear the WooCommerce cart as a timed event while customers are active on your site.
  • Restart and loop the countdown after it’s finished.
  • Reset the countdown when another product is added to the cart.
  • Recalculate the cart and checkout totals with every timer loop. Totals reload live without the page refreshing, so customers don’t lose any details at the checkout. Useful for WooCommerce stores with live market rates.
  • AJAX Support for starting the timer when a product is added to the cart without reloading the page.
  • Custom redirect after the countdown timer has finished.
  • Change the display duration of the expiry message.

Discover the benefits of Checkout Countdown Pro

Configuring Ideal Countdown Duration

Choosing the right duration for your checkout countdown timer can have a significant impact on your store’s performance. You should strike a balance between creating urgency without pressuring the customer. Too short a duration may annoy customers and lead to abandoned carts, while too long a duration may fail to instill a sense of urgency. We recommend analyzing your average customer’s time spent on your store and experimenting with different timer durations to find the sweet spot that optimizes conversions and overall customer experience.

Expiry Message Customization Tips

The expiry message displayed when the countdown timer reaches zero is crucial for effectively managing customer expectations and maintaining a positive relationship with them. Customize the message to ensure clear communication, politeness, and assurance that the customer can still purchase the product even after the timer expires. Offering assistance, suggesting alternative products, or presenting the option to restart the countdown can help retain customers and prevent them from leaving your site disappointed. Testing different expiry messages and monitoring their impact on customer behavior will help you find the most effective approach for your store.

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  • WooCommerce Countdown Banner for a sale
  • WooCommerce clear cart when timer expired
  • Countdown displayed a WooCommerce notice on checkout and cart
  • Checkout Countdown Settings page
  • Matches your theme, Divi Theme in this case.


Follow these steps to install the Checkout Countdown for WooCommerce plugin:

Note: This plugin requires WooCommerce to be installed.

  1. Upload the Checkout Countdown for WooCommerce plugin to your /wp-content/plugin/ directory or through the plugin admin section under «add new».
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. Configure your settings by going to WooCommerce settings, then the Checkout countdown tab.
  4. That’s it!


Can Checkout Countdown clear the customer’s cart?

The Pro version allows you to clear the customer’s cart once the countdown has finished. Please note that the cart will only be cleared while the customer is active on your site. If you require the cart to be cleared regardless of customer activity, you can read more about how to automatically clear the cart here.

How do I place the Checkout Countdown in a custom location?

We’ve made a super simple shortcode for you that you can place anywhere in your template files. Check out an example of the custom placement of Checkout Countdown here.

The top bar doesn’t appear on my site

The Checkout Countdown top bar works with any theme that doesn’t use a fixed header. The fixed header takes over the space. If you have a fixed header, you can use the shortcode [checkout_countdown] or Checkout and Cart Notices. You can read more about customizing the checkout countdown design.

How does the countdown timer impact my site’s performance?

Our Checkout Countdown for WooCommerce plugin is designed to have minimal impact on your site’s performance. However, it is always a good practice to monitor your site’s speed and performance after installing any new plugin. You can use tools such as Google PageSpeed Insights to track your site’s loading time and identify any bottlenecks.

Can I change the position of the countdown timer on my website?

Yes, you can change the position of the countdown timer on your website using the easy-to-use shortcode [checkout_countdown]. You can place this shortcode in your template files or using page builders to display the timer in custom locations, providing you the flexibility to design your site as per your requirements.

Does the plugin work with limited-time promotions and sale events?

Absolutely! Checkout Countdown for WooCommerce is perfect for limited-time promotions, flash sales, and other timed events. The plugin allows you to set the countdown duration as per your promotional schedules, ensuring that your customers are aware of the remaining time left to avail of the discounts or special deals. This strategy can create urgency and encourage impulse purchases during your sale events.

Can I customize the appearance of the countdown timer to match my site’s design?

Yes, you can customize the appearance of the countdown timer, including the timer text, background color, and font color, to align with your site’s branding and design. The plugin comes with several built-in styles that adapt to your theme for seamless integration. If you need further customization, you can apply custom CSS to modify the look and feel of the countdown timer.

Does the plugin work on mobile devices?

Yes, Checkout Countdown for WooCommerce is built with a responsive design, which means it works seamlessly across all devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. Ensuring a smooth customer experience, no matter the device they use to browse and shop on your site.


3 de marzo de 2023
Great Plugin - highly recommend it. The free version is very useful and has basic controls, and will look at upgrading it. Very useful for anyone with time sensitive products in the shop.
21 de abril de 2022
Seems to be working smoothly. Nice plugin to have a FOMO notification in the cart and checkout page (also an option for a notice in whole site, but i think this is too much of CTA).
5 de octubre de 2019
Hi, I was searching a plugin for cart countdown for our online shop and honesty - only one good plugin I found was this one. Except for appropriate (good) work, it has effective and quick support, that can help in timely manner! Thank you!
25 de enero de 2019
This plugin is working great for me, many thanks to Extra Woo team.
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Registro de cambios


  • Tested and ready for WooCommerce 7.5+
  • Tested and ready for WordPress 6.2+
  • Improvement: Automatically use the newer wp_body_open hook to place the html at the top of the body.
  • Fixed: Redirection now supports redirecting to homepage as well (Pro)


  • Tested and ready for WooCommerce 6.6+
  • Tested and ready for WordPress 6.0+


  • Tested and ready for WooCommerce 6.2+
  • Tested and ready for WordPress 5.9+


  • Tested and ready for WooCommerce 4.8+
  • Tested and ready for WordPress 5.6+


  • Improvement: Get the correct cart url when the cart page is something other than /cart/, when using the redirect feature.


  • New: Pro option to change the amount of time the expiry message appears.
  • Update: The countdown banner won’t hide while showing the expired the message if no default message is set.
  • Update: Ready and tested with WooCommerce 4.3
  • Update: Ready and tested with WordPress 5.5


  • Ready and tested with WooCommerce 4.2
  • Added WPML support for translating the countdown strings. Look for the context «Frontend:» on the strings.


  • Ready and tested with WooCommerce 4.1


  • Added new tags for the countdown. You can now use {days} and {hours} as well.
  • Updated coding style.
  • Ready and tested with WooCommerce 4.0
  • Ready and tested with WordPress 5.4


  • Ready and tested with WooCommerce 3.9


  • Ensures all enqueued scripts are loading in the footer.
  • Updated Translation files.
  • Pro – Fixed reset time when adding to cart while using add to cart redirection.
  • Pro – Fixed bug that prevented the cart from clearing time when customers returned, after their cart expired.


  • Added developer function for restarting the countdown via the ccfwooController.

Checkout Countdown Pro support:
* Clearing WooCommerce Bookings in cart.
* Reset counter when a product is added to cart.


  • Speed of starting/loading the frontend countdown is much faster.
  • Ready for WordPress 5.3+
  • Ready for WooCommerce 3.8+


Important! Big update to both Checkout Countdown Free & Pro 3.0
We highly recommend that you check your site if you’ve done custom integrations and read more about the 3.0 release!

Read Release Notes


  • Added option to remove all settings from the database when uninstalling.


  • Tested with WooCommerce 3.7
  • Added Minified Javascript files.


  • Added version control to JS to fix aggressive browser caching. We still recommend that your clear any cache from caching plugins!


You must install this 2.4.0 plugin to use Checkout Countdown Pro 2.40!

  • Improved setting explanations and design.
  • Improved checking of cart contents.
  • Improved settings performance.
  • Improved performance with Checkout Countdown Pro.
  • Added support for translations via Loco Translate and WPML.
  • Removed Unused code.


Updated author details and support links.


Fixed initial loading height of the banner and shortcode be consistent.
Improved shortcode handling. Now works with correctly with Gutenberg.
Improved checking of products in cart.

We recommend switching to new [cc_countdown] rather than the old [cc-countdown].


Fixed the console error «innerHTML of undefined» when using the checkout notices or shortcode setting.


Tested and ready for WordPress 5.2


Tested and ready for WordPress 5.1


Fixed an issues which causes the countdown ‘expired’ message to disappear instantly.
Minor clean up of unused code.


Added support the new Ajax feature for the Checkout Countdown Pro Add-on feature. AJAX support starts the timer without reloading the page. It uses AJAX events, such as when adding a product to cart or removing the last item.


Tested with WordPress 5.0 and Gutenberg


Updated – Assets and minor cleanup.


Tested with the latest WooCommerce 3.5.


Improved – The countdown now works even if the browser/tab is closed, instead of the countdown not counting when closed.


Added – «minutes» and «seconds» are now translatable into anything.
Improved – array_merge
Fixed – Some Users experienced undefined innerHTML


  • Added – Automatically cleans up the database when plugin is uninstalled.
  • Fixed – a typo


  • Improved – Cleaned up code


  • Fixed – A bug that could cause issues when saving timer settings.


  • Checkout Countdown now uses it’s own setting API.
  • Complete redesign and rework of the plugin.
  • Settings moved from WooCommerce settings to it’s own Countdown menu in the WordPress sidebar.
  • Added Banner Message feature to the free Version.
  • Complete integration with Checkout Countdown for WooCommerce Pro Addon.


  • Improved cart and counter checks for better stability
  • Added a few descriptions


  • Initial release on