What is a checkout page timer?A checkout page timer is a timer widget that you can add to your Shopify checkout page. Use an app like Fera.ai to add a timer to the checkout page and the sidebar checkout system.
How to Add a Timer to My Shopify Checkout PageWhen you are on your dashboard you’ll want to click on the ‘+’ button to add a new widget. This will open a box that shows you all of the possible widgets you can add to your eCommerce site. You'll want to expand the 'Increase Urgency' section of widgets and look for the one called “Timer in Cart/Checkout’.
How to edit and customize the holiday countdown timerNow comes the fun part-customizing your timer to look and act the way you want it to! The widget is divided into 5 tabs including location, content, design, behavior, and conditions.
Tab #1: LocationThis tab lets you decide where to show the content in your Shopify pages. You can choose the page or pages for the timer to appear on. By default, this will be on 'shopping cart' as it's a timer meant for the cart and checkout process.
The 'Location on page" selector allows you to choose where the timer will appear. You can use the drop-down to choose for them to appear: right after, right before, beginning of, end of, or replace a certain section on your site. You can select the URL to appear. Once a location is selected your widget will show up in the preview window on the right. You're also able to add page filters to your widget. This allows you to show the widget to only those who have come from a referral URL for example, or those with a certain URL param.
Tab #2: ContentThis tab lets you choose what content to show to your customers. The Content tab lets you determine the message to display on your product page(s). Check out this article for editing the timer template. You'll be able to choose a message to display when the timer is out of time. This is called the 'time-out message'. You can also set a title bar message and choose whether to enable this feature or not. What this does is add the message to their open tab if they open or are active in a different tab than your site. You can also change the emoji in the messages, check out this article for more help about adding emojis. You can enable or disable the feature to allow visitors to close the timer bar as well.
Tab #4: BehaviorThe 'Behaviour' tab lets you choose the length of time for the timer to count down until. Enable/disable the 'clear cart on timeout' option in this tab too.
Tab #5: ConditionsThis tab lets you decide when to show your countdown timer. You can set specific triggers and conditions here. This is great if you only want the timer to show on certain products (maybe only those in a specific collection are on sale) or to only customers from a certain country. You can also choose a shopper's journey or the date and time that you want the timer bar to show for. These triggers and conditions help you customize the cart timer you add to really fit your site's needs.
This section lets you decide if you want to A/B test your Shopify Countdown Timer.It’ll allow you to enable or disable testing and also determine the percentage split of who to show the content to. The default is a 50/50 split, meaning 50% of the time customers see the testimonials, and the other 50% do not see the testimonials. This data can be used to compare to each other and determine whether the widget is helping you out.
By default, this widget is turned off. You can enable it yourself and also find out more about A/B Testing through this article. We hope this article helps you navigate the Checkout timer and make more sales on your Shopify store!