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Jellyfish Counter Widget


The Jellyfish Counter plugin provides a widget and shortcode enabling you to
easily add animated counters to your WordPress site.

Counters can be used as a manually updated total, an automatic counter that
updates over time or just as an animated visual effect.
Each counter can count upwards or downwards making them suitable for both
incrementing totals or countdown situations. A great visual effect for travel
blogs or any website that wants to display a running total or countdown of anything.

Jellyfish Counters are highly configurable through the widget interface, and
being generated using CSS and JavaScript, they require no external graphics
files. You may have as many counters as you wish on a page, all can have
individual settings for totals and appearance.

Shortcode support allows you to generate a counter directly within any
post or page content making counters no longer limited to your sidebar or
other widgetable area.

Advanced users will find that Jellyfish Counter objects are fully accessible
via JavaScript and may be controlled and reconfigured as desired though your
own custom scripting.


Check out the plugin homepage for demos and further information:



Simply drag a counter widget to your sidebar and adjust the settings to suit
your needs.

There are three basic modes of operation:

  • Static – If you want the counter to simply display a non animated number
    just set a Start Value to the desired number for the counter and set the
    Counter Type to ‘static’

  • Animated – If you supply both start value and end value in the widget, the
    counter will increment upwards or downwards depending on the chosen Counter
    Type 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 but it is great for a visual effect where start and
    end values are relatively 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 then just select the
    continuous option in the widget. Then choose 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. Changing the
    setting on an active continuous counter will not effect the count value and it
    will keep count, if you wish to reset an active continuous counter just change
    the start value and save the widget and the counter will restart from the new
    starting value.
    Note: In continuous mode, animation speed and display tenths have no effect.

The counters are very configurable through the widget panel. You can define
the digit height, width and font as well as animation speed (animated mode only)
and “bustedness” (odometer style misalignment of the digits).

You can further customise the appearance of an individual counter via the
“Digit Style” input that will accept a valid CSS style attributes such as
font-family, colour, background etc.

Note: the size of the font here as is automatically calculated
from the height, width and padding settings.

Need a flat looking counter?
“Disable 3D effect” removes the CSS shading effect.

If you want to display a prefix on the counter or include separating
characters, use the Format input. Just enter a string here representing your
desired counter appearance, a 0 represents a counter digit, any other
character will be displayed as it is. The Format option overrides the number
of digits option, if a format string exists then the counter will use the
total number of 0 characters as the number of digits.

Example Formats:



0000 km


You can generate a counter directly within page or post content using the
[jellyfish_counter] shortcode. The shortcode accepts a full range of
parameters to provide identical functionality to the widget version.

The following parameters may be used within a shortcode:

  • digits : a number, Number of digits in the counter
  • format : a string, representing any fancy display format
  • tenths : true/false, display tenths digit or not
  • digit_height : number, pixel height of digits
  • digit_width : number, pixel width of digits
  • digit_padding : number, pixel padding for digits
  • digit_style : a string, custom css styles for the digits
  • alignment : ‘left’, ‘center’, ‘right’, ‘inline’ overall counter alignment
  • bustedness : a number, misalignment of digits
  • flat : true/false, don’t show 3d effect, show 3d effect
  • speed : a number, 0 – 100, animation speed
  • start : a number, starting value for the counter
  • end : a number, ending value for the counter
  • direction : a, string ‘up’ or ‘down’
  • interval : The number of seconds between updates of a continuous counter
  • tick_multiplier : the number of units the counter will increment every interval (defaults to 1)
  • timestamp : false or a string representing the starting time for the counter

If you don’t specify a parameter it’s default value will be used.


[jellyfish_counter end=100]

The above shortcode translates as:
Display a counter that animates upwards from 0 to 100

[jellyfish_counter start=999 end=0 direction=”down”
digit_style=”background: transparent; color: red;” flat=true;
timestamp=”2014-09-28 9:20:21″ interval=300 ]

The above shortcode translates as:
Display a counter that starts at 999 and ends at 0, counting downwards.
It has red digits on a transparent background with no 3D shading effect.
It is a persistent counter that started counting at 9:20:21 on 2014-09-28 and
has been decrementing by one every 300 seconds (5 minutes) since then.


You can modify the appearance of an individual counters text through the
widget control panel or through shortcode parameters. This should be
sufficient for most uses.

However, if you need to globally override the default counter style or make
other CSS changes to the counter digits or container, take a look at
jellyfish-counter.css for the appropriate class names. You should override
this in you theme rather than modifying this css file as any changes made
would be lost when the plugin upgrades..


Either install and activate the plugin via your WordPress Admin


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
Plugins page.

After activation you’ll find a new Counter widget in the widgets panel of
your WordPress admin, drag as many counter widgets as you need to your sidebar
and other widgetable areas. Each counter widget has it’s own settings.

You can also use the [jellyfish_counter] shortcode with page or post content
to display a counter within your page or post. Shortcode counters can be
configured just as much as their widget counterparts. See Usage for details.


How can I make the counter adapt on responsive layouts?

The current version of the counter does not scale easily, try to make your
counter small enough to fit your smallest view. The all new future version 2.0
will be more responsive design friendly.

Can I use the counter to track visitors to my website?

No, it’s not that kind of a counter.

Can I use the counter to show my post count/comment count/user count?

Not yet, possibly down the track in version 2.0+ .

I’ve a really cool idea for a feature, can you include it?

I’m always interested in suggestions, send them on through!


January 12, 2018
The plugin hasn’t been updated in two years, but haven’t experienced any issues and it looks like the developer is actively responding to forum. Works really well and is very useful if creating a counter with unique variables! Haven’t found any other plugin that does this yet. Hope the developer will continue to support this again. Many thanks for its creation.
September 3, 2016 1 reply
Counter zählt nicht richtig, muss immer nachgestellt werden. Leider keine Redaktion vom Support, aber Spenden wollen sie haben für dieses schlechte Programm. Nicht zu empfehlen.
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Contributors & Developers

“Jellyfish Counter Widget” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Ooops: one of the obsolete things removed in previous version wasn’t as obsolete I imagined.


  • Updated WordPress tested version to 4.2.3
  • Cleanup: removed obsolete js and css files.
  • Minor Bugfix: fixed initialisation of current value.
  • New Feature: tick_multiplier parameter added to shortcode, see shortcode usage for details.


  • Updated WordPress tested version to 4.1
  • Minor bugfix: End value is no longer limited to an integer or required.


  • Minor bugfix: Persistent Interval is no longer limited to an integer
  • Minor bugfix: Counter added via the theme customiser now display when added without saving their settings first.


  • New Counter alignment option for widgets and shortcodes, easily align a
    counter to left, center or right without touching style sheets. Additionally
    a shortcode counter can be rendered inline within a line of content.


  • Shortcodes! You can now show counters directly in the post or page content
    using the [jellyfish_counter] shortcode.
  • The Odometer class has been extended further and renamed JellyfishOdometer.
  • General code cleanups and function / variable renaming
  • Added completedFunction attribute to jellyfish-odometer.js to allow defining
    a callback function that will be triggered when the counter completes
  • Continuous counter timestamps use your blogs local time instead of UTC
  • Updated Readme


  • Another major re-factoring of JavaScript. All counter functions are now part
    of the odometer class which now takes it’s configuration from data attributes
    on the counter container element. No more inline JavaScript!
  • Much of the inline CSS has now been abstracted to a base stylesheet making
    it easier to restyle counters. Individual counter can still be styled through
    their widgets.


  • No longer use widget_content filter instead of the_content filter on widget
    before/after text
  • Major reworking of odometer class to incorporate new features
  • Added format option to allow formatting the counter display to include non
    counting characters such as prefixes or separators


  • Continuous counters no longer reset when their widget is saved unless the
    start value is changed.
  • Added ability to define text to be displayed before and after the counter.
  • Added a “disable 3D effect” setting to blend with flat design themes.
  • Added a more logical “Count Up | Static | Countdown” Counter Type setting.
  • General improvements to the widget settings interface.
  • The plugin is now localized and translation ready – let me know if you’d like
    to translate the plugin into your language.


  • Added countdown feature.
  • Fixed bug where end value could not be 0


  • by request, added a non resetting continuous counter feature that can increment
    every set number of seconds until it reaches its goal


  • initial release