How to make a custom Christmas countdown for your site

If you’re anything like me, you don’t want to settle for a run-of-the-mill countdown. You want a Christmas countdown to match your site, and for that you’ll need to make your own. In this tutorial, I’ll show you just how easy it is to do.

Create a WordPress Christmas box shortcode

WordPress shortcodes are a set of functions created inside functions.php, for creating macro codes for use in post content. As the name implies, a shortcode is a simple way to display complicated codes using instead, a shortened code.

Display a Read More link in WordPress Excerpts

Excerpts are the mini-descriptions of the posts shown on the main pages of most WordPress blogs, their category pages, and archive pages. You can place a filter in your functions.php file to overwrite the default.