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You can add as many Smart Countdown 3 module instances as you like to your Joomla site. As with any other Joomla module just click "New" in Joomla Module manager and start with a new Smart Countdown module configuration. Configuration screen is organized in tabbed panes, some of them are common for all Joomla modules and are not described here. Refer to Joomla docs for details. The screenshots and instructions below are related to specific Smart Countdown options.

Basic Settings

basic

Required settings:

Event description(s):

Smart Countdown 3 supports independent event descriptions for countdown (event in future, e.g. "Our event starts in") and count up (event in past, e.g. "Our event is in progress for") modes. Also in order to provide more flexibility event descriptions are divided in two parts: one displayed before the counter block and the other - after the counter. You are free to enter text in any of the event text fields as it totally depends on your event logic and site natural language rules. You can leave any (or all) of these fields empty. If the module is connected to an external calendar enter "%imported%" (without quotes) anywhere in event description text - this placeholder will be replaced by event title imported by plugin.

"Deadline reached" message:

Layout

layout

Layout Overrides

layout overrides

Some of layout settings can be overridden. Overriding the first three settings will not behave exactly as a new layout preset because overridden values will have effect for full-width module display only (i.e. when responsive rules are not yet applied). All further layout transformations in response to template position width changes will be totally controlled by responsive rules listed in the currently selected layout preset. If none of built-in layout presets fit your needs you will have to create a custom one to get full control over the module layout on all screens.

Other settings (starting from "Labels Vertical Alignment") will have effect on all screens even after "responsive" behavior has been applied.

Starting from version 3.4.2 "Hide Highest Zeros" setting is renamed to "Hide Zeros" and now supports more options:

Redirection

redirection

The module can be associated with a Joomla menu item or a custom web page. Two actions are supported: open the selected page on click (the entire module behaves as a link) or automatically redirect when counter interval reaches zero (event time arrives). Event import plugins provide their own redirection URLs and will override module settings.

Conflicting or ambiguous redirect URLs

The module can show a countdown to more than one event at a time. This happens if there are one or more event import plugins enabled and if resulting events timeline contains events with the same start time (see JEvents Bridge sample 1). Each imported event defines its own redirect URL but if two or more simultaneous events are displayed, automatic redirection will use the URL of the first event in list (the same will happen on counter click if "counter clickable" option is active). Please, keep in mind that if an event import plugin also offers "link title" feature each event title will be linked to its own URL (usually a detailed event view in native application's interface) and will behave as expected. The "first simultaneous event wins" rule applies to redirection on countdown zero and counter clicks only.

Styles

styles

You can set additional CSS rules to be applied to different module elements. A basic CSS knowledge is required to manage these settings. If more than one rule has to be defined for an element, separate them with ";". Not all CSS rules will have effect for all elements, some may break module layout. Use these options with caution, do not hesitate to ask if you are not sure.