In this article, we will walk you through the process of installing, configuring, and implementing the Opening Hours plugin for WordPress.
What is the Opening Hours plugin for WordPress?
The Opening Hours WordPress plugin is something that brick and mortar stores may use to show their customers the hours that they are open. This simple plugin enables a widget on your site to show your hours as well as provide a notification that you are open or closed.
Installing the Opening Hours plugin for WordPress
Installation of the Opening Hours plugin is quite simple and can be installed directly through the WordPress dashboard.
First, begin by searching for the Opening Hours plugin by clicking on Plugins to the lest menu bar, then clicking on Add New to the top of the page. Here, you will see a search box. Searching for “Opening Hours” should show this plugin as the first result.
Next, click on Install Now. After doing so, the plugin will begin installing. After the installation of the Opening Hours plugin is completed, click on Activate Plugin. The plugin is now installed and activated in which we will continue with setup in the next section.
Configuring the Opening Hours plugin for WordPress
Configuring the Opening Hours plugin for WordPress is very simple. So simple, in fact, that you will be done with setup in just a few minutes. Any configuration is done within a single section. To get started, just click on Settings, then Opening Hours. From here, you will be presented with several options to add varying periods.
Next, you will just need to add different periods that you are open. For example, if your store is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm, you would select 09 in the section, then 17 in the second section. After you have selected the time that you want for all days, just click on Save Changes to make them active.
Adding your Opening Hours plugin to your WordPress site
Once you have all of the times configured for your opening hours, its time to add it to your WordPress site. Opening hours comes with an attractive widget that you can add to proudly display your hours of operation to all customers. To configure the widget, click on Appearance, then Widgets in your WordPress dashboard. To add the widget, drag and drop the Opening Hours Overview to your desired widget area. Here, you can define the title, highlight the current day, show the days that are closed, and even add a custom caption for days that you are closed. Once you have configured it, just click Save.
In addition to the Opening Hours Overview widget, the Opening Hours plugin also has a second widget labeled as Opening Hours Status. This status widget will display to your customers if you are open or closed based on their time. To add it, you will just need to drag it over to the desired widget area just as you did with the Opening Hours Overview widget. In this example, I have placed this widget right below the overview so that customers can see everything in the same place.
What the Opening Hours plugin looks like
After you have added the Opening Hours widget to your WordPress site, you will see it then within the widget area that you previously defined. In this example, I am using the default WordPress theme and have added the widget to widget area 2 so that is displays on my right sidebar. As you can see, it attractively displays the hours of operation as well as the current operational status.