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Hi guys,

I need a counter that will start by "15 days left" and decrease everyday after midnight (according to the server time which will be Boston, MA)... the site well actually be hosted in Boston offices.


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8/22/2022 - Mon

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Does this need to involve a cron job, or can it simply check itself each time someone observes it?

no cron jobs..

it must check the time itself and display the proper amount of days remaining...

no matter where the individual is located in the world, as it depends only on the boston servers time...


hernst42 gave an answer that simply needs you to initialize an end date each time. If that's sufficient then great. If not, can you store a variable in a file? The answer below still requires initializing a start date for your countdown.

$countdowndays = 15;
$last_updated = strtotime('2007-10-23');

if($last_updated != strtotime(date('Y-m-d')))
     $days = ($last_updated-strtotime(date('Y-m-d'))) / 86400;
     $countdowndays -= $days;
     $file = '<?php'. chr(10).
'$countdowndays = '.$countdowndays';'. chr(10).
$last_updated = strtotime(\''.date('Y-m-d').'\');'. chr(10).
     $fp = fopen('countdown_vars.php', 'w');
     fwrite($fp, $file);
echo $countdowndays.' days remaining';
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