Web Development Tips: Adding Time Functions To the Mix

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When it comes to web development, there are certain tools and functions that can be a little hard to work with if you don’t know some coding and programming techniques, but they can make the user experience a whole lot better – and many of those tools and functions deal specifically with a given period of time.

So if you’re in the development process, consider topics like maintenance management, calendars and archives, JavaScript functions, timers and countdowns, and the analytics use of time when getting into the more detailed and complex coding functions.

It’s worth the extra effort to have these kinds of skills as a developer, and those possibilities inside your design as an end user.

In this article, we will talk about some of them tools and functions that any website manager or web developer needs to take into account.

Web Development: Time Fixes

Here they are:

#1 Maintenance Management

For internal use, it can be very helpful to have a website that employees can log into in order to find out maintenance management schedules or something similar. It’s known as Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) or Computerized Maintenance Management Information System (CMMIS).

These functions are often representations of 3rd party software that can track maintenance activity, often to a very specific degree, and then automatically graph what needs to happen next.

The most important aspect of this type of management is the time element, which will have to be incorporated into the code of the site itself. The maintenance management software come with varying degree of customization, setup for the particular use of the company.

Some of the often used maintenance management software are Astea Alliance, Man Win Win, Fixd, UpKeep, Rosmiman IWMS, OneSoft Connect, Net Dispatcher and Service Trade Commercials.

Check out these companies and user reviews. If you’re planning to run a big organisation or something that could escalate into a big one, a maintenance management software is necessary for web development presence.

#2 Calendars and Archives

In blogs that have regular posts, time plays a huge element as well. You can often get WordPress calendar plugins that have the time functions built in to help with this. And the simplicity of the final product makes for great ease of use.

A graphical representation of a calendar month, with clickable links on dates, is the perfect way for people to navigate to anywhere that you’ve posted information about a certain topic.

This is recommended for blogs which are hugely active, publishing 3-4 posts a day and working with a team of in-house writers and contributors. If you’re using WordPress, check out their plugin repository for a suitable plugin. If not, you can get a custom coded one.

With a calendars, the internal team and visitors remain updated with the editorial timelines of the blog/s. There are even apps like CoSchedule.com that integrates with WordPress completely and access can be provided to chosen team members. With CoSchedule.com, you can automate social media and blog content sharing within a fixed time frame.

#3 JavaScript Functions

If you want to do some hard coding yourself, you can learn JavaScript time elements that allow you to customize some parts of your website as well. Some common uses for this include a way to show the time and date on your page.

Though that sounds like something very simple and common sense, it’s actually something that many people who browse the web find useful.

Check out various tutorials on JavaScript functions to help and learn. These resources are mostly free. Once equipped with the knowledge, create your own JavaScript functions, as mentioned in point #2.

Further, if you want to learn about JavaScript debugging, you can take a look at this tutorial which talks about JavaScript debugging with console.table() showcasing the console.table() function. There is also a tutorial to measure execution times in JavaScript with console.time().

Apart from these, there are other resources which will help to learn about JavaScript and its relation to time functions in web development.

#4 Timers and Countdowns

Another few uses of time in web development would be regarding timers or countdowns. Though this might be more of use with things like advertising (“this great deal only available for another 5 days!”), there are still ways that you could creatively use tickers for professional use as well.

Often, marketers and advertisers use the timers and countdown option to promote product or service sales. There is a custom landing page built to highlight the timing and the benefits of availing the offer in a given time frame.

If you’re doing web development on the WordPress CMS, there are a lot of plugins that helps with this time function. We can recommend T(-) Countdown, Countdown WordPress Plugin, Countdown Timer, Uji Countdown and Timed Content. All you need to do is install the plugin, modify the software settings according to your requirement and setup a classy timer and countdown page for whatever you’re selling on the market.

If you don’t want to use plugins and would rather prefer to copy-paste a code into the web pages, a free tool to create a timer with animations is this. Create and copy-paste the code in the relevant web page.

#5 Analytics Uses

And, if you do understand time elements on pages, you can use them analytically as well. Some of the common ways to use this data might be to see how long people stay on your web pages, or how much time they spend watching a video, or even typing a response to a question. The more options you have to observe and analyse time, the better.

One of the core functions of marketing and analysing efforts is to use an analytic data tool, and the highest recommended tool in this category is Google Analytics.

The GA console gives minute details of what’s happening on a linked website – how many people are visiting, their visit duration, their landing page, their exit pages, time of visit, time of exit, from where they came to your site, where did they go after leaving your site and more. You can even attach Goals to the GA console for monitoring completion of an intent.

You should use Google Analytics to measure every aspect of your web development.


Web development requires time and there are various uses of using ‘time’ as a coding element. Either buy relevant software or code the requirement yourself or hire someone for the same.

by Brett Helling
Brett has been starting, growing, and monetizing websites since 2014. While in college, he began to learn about digital marketing. After graduating, he continued to build a diverse portfolio of websites while working a full time job. After years of building the portfolio on the side, he made the jump to run his websites full time.

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