Advanced Features: Introduction to the Advance Timer

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What does the advance timer do?

The advanced timer allows you to set a time limit between actions. It allows you to use common language as opposed to defined dates. 

Important Notes 

The Advanced Timer stores time in UTC or UTC-0, by default. It uses strtotime function to call the time.  

The Advanced Timer does not consider the time you have set in your local WordPress install, found under the general settings time. This means that if you have your WP time set to CST, it is not going to affect the time being set in the Advance Timer. 

This is a great tool to content your time and to help you understand the time settings. 

Common Speak Time Settings

The Advanced Time will accept the following types of settings. It is worth noting that you can see the time the funnel will run next after you save the new date. Use this to check your date/time calculations. 

  • Day of the Week
    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    • Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun
  • Days of the Week with Time
    • Friday 6:00 PM
    • Fri 6:00 am
  • Time
    • 2:00 PM (am)
      • Note that this will send out daily
  • Time Frame
    • Today
    • Yesterday
    • Next Week
      • This will run seven days from the time you create the funnel 
    • First Friday
      • IMPORTANT - this actually means the first Friday from the time you saved the funnel
      • VERY IMPORTANT - If you have a month with five weeks, and you are expecting your funnel to run on the First Friday and such, your dates will be thrown off. 

I am in CST so I set my expectations to run in CST. 

Check out this table to better help understand 

value expect gave works
last day of this month 2021-03 6:00 am 03/31/2021 12:00 am 03/31/2021 12:00 am YES
last day of this month 6:00 am 02/28/2021 12:00 am 02/28/2021 12:00 am YES
last day of fourth month 6:00 am 04/28/2021 12:00 am 06/30/2021 12:00 am NO - what this actually does is counts four months from time fun
last day of 4/2021 6:00 am 04/28/2021 12:00 am 12/31/1969 6:00 pm NO - Causes an error
last day of 2021-4 6:00 am 04/30/2021 12:00 am 04/30/2021 12:00 am YES
last day of this month 02/28/2021 10:32 am 02/28/2021 10:32 am YES
second Friday of this month 02/11/2021 6:00 pm 02/11/2021 6:00 pm YES
last Friday of this month 02/25/2021 6:00 pm 02/25/2021 6:00 pm YES
last Friday of next month 03/25/2021 6:00 pm 03/25/2021 6:00 pm YES
first Wednesday next month 03/02/2021 6:00 pm 03/02/2021 6:00 pm YES
fifth Friday 03/04/2021 6:00 pm 03/04/2021 6:00 pm YES - this use of a numerical string will count from the time the funnel is saved

Additional Resources

Conditional Logic

You can use the conditional logic feature to further customize what happens if a person is placed into a funnel and needs to be evaluated.  For instructions on using Conditional Logic please see this link.

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