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Customizing the Countdown Timer

Murray Gray in Course Content

Dec 09, 2020 - 3 min read. Available on all plans.

Customizing the Countdown Timer

First, read about how to customize a core page on your site, or how to create a custom page.

Why Include a Countdown in your Course?

According to the American Psychological Association, a full 20% of the population are chronic procrastinators who put off decisions and tasks in all areas of their life.

That's why we've built urgency-building features like custom countdowns into Xperiencify -- to encourage students to take action and consume your content within the timeframe of your program.

We've proven that adding a countdown timer to your Course will help powerfully motivate students to take the action they need to take.

When you add one, you'll be amazed at how much more will get done, and we always include a countdown in our in-house membership sites so the student always know much time is left in the course they purchased.

IMPORTANT: When the countdown hits zero, they don't lose access to the course. The countdown simply gets hidden.

Here's an example of what a countdown looks like:

The 2 Kinds of Countdowns

If you choose to use a countdown in your Course, we have 2 types: "Evergreen" and "Live".

  • "Evergreen" -- if you have a course students are able to join at any time. In cases like this, you may want to give your students a fixed amount of time to complete your course, and it should start counting down from the moment they join
  • "Live" - when you want to count down to one specific, common point in the future for all students. This works well if you have a cohort of students joining at the same time, or around the same time

How to Customize the Countdown Timer

From the page that you're customizing -- in the left-hand sidebar, find the "Countdowns"

Click on the Countdown Timer, and drag it to the right to drop it onto your page.

Hover over the Block, and click on "Content" to open the Editor window.

Click the "Data" dropdown menu.

You can customize the text for "Your Mission Ends In" here...

To update the Countdown Timer, click here...

Choose "Live" or "Evergreen"

If it's Live, click to choose the date for your countdown to end

Or for an Evergreen course, fill in the length of time that you want the course to run

Make sure to save your settings!

You can also customize the visibility for any Block on your page -- here's how.

Saving Your Blocks

Remember that once you customize a block, you can save it to use again on another page

You can access your Saved Blocks at anytime right here: