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Easily insert progress meters into your content and/or sidebars.

ProgPress provides a simple shortcode for creating progress meters on your WordPress site. They can be used to track just about anything where you count up towards a goal: word-count, fundraising, etc. You can put them in individual posts and pages, or include them in text widgets.

To insert a meter simply use the [progpress] shortcode:

[progpress title="My Project" goal="100000" current="1234"]

The [progpress] shortcode has the following options:

  • Required:
    • title: A string containing The title for your meter.
    • goal: A number. The one you are working towards.
    • current: A number showing how far along you are.
  • Optional:
    • previous: You can put your previous value of current here if you want to highlight your most recent progress update. It's not visible using the default styling (but it doesn't hurt anything).
    • label: What it is that you're counting, like "words" for example.
    • separator: A character or string to display between current and goal. Defaults to "/".
    • class: An extra CSS class to apply to the meter container. Useful if you track different projects with different styles.
    • prefix: A character or string to display before each number (like '$'). Off by default.

ProgPress was designed to be customizable via CSS. I've provided some examples in the Screenshots section.

Author Jason Penney
Contributors jczorkmid
Tags bar, counter, donations, fundraiser, goal, graph, meter, nanowrimo, progress, thermometer, tracking, word meter, wordcount, writing
  1. progpress screenshot 1

    This meter was generated using the default styles.

    [progpress title="defaults" goal="180000" current="73023" previous="71398" label="words"]<pre><code>2. Make the meter blue and remove padding.</code></pre>div.jcp_pp_meter { padding: 0; } div.jcp_pp_prog { background-color: #22a; } div.jcp_pp_new { background-color: #22f; }

    ` [progpress tile="Test" goal="50000" current="48000"]

  2. progpress screenshot 2

    Image Based

    div.jcp_pp_meter { padding: 0; height: 33px; background-image: url(pp_bg_remain.jpg); } div.jcp_pp_prog,div.jcp_pp_new { background-image:url(pp_bg_current.jpg); }

    [progpress title="Test Also" goal="500" current="350" label="pages"]

Extract the zip file and just drop the contents in the


directory of your WordPress installation and then activate the Plugin from Plugins page.

You can configure the options from the settings page.


  • Fixed caching timeout (whoops)


  • Updated the ProgPress - NaNoWriMo Support plugin for 2011
  • Pretty printing of numbers now handled via number_format_i18n for better international support.
  • Admin JavaScript should only load on the ProgPress admin page.


  • Added the ProgPress - NaNoWriMo Support plugin
  • Added jcp_progpress_shortcode_atts filter
  • Added phpdoc


  • Added the [progpress] shortcode.
  • Pretty print large numbers (inserting commas, etc).
  • Added class, prefix, and separator options
  • Added option to enable shortcodes in text widgets.
  • Rewrote the README (hopefully it's more helpful now).
  • Added some extra tags to the markup to make it easier to style individual sections.


  • fixed bug with width calculation
  • provide production and development versions of javascript and css


  • Migrated to new WordPress admin API.
  • Moved default styles to external style sheet.
  • Added ability to view default style sheet to settings page.
  • Added a bit more content to the README.


  • Use inline styles in RSS feeds.
  • Changed filter priorities to deal with WordPress changes.


  • Added title attributes to meter sections.
  • Better path determination logic.


  • Removed try/catch in place of PHP version detection.
  • Updated styles


  • initial release

I'm seeing the shortcode source when I try and use it in a text widget.

As of this writing WordPress does not support shortcodes in text widgets. ProgPress has the ability to enable all shortcodes in text widgets (not just [progpress]), but it is turned off by default. It can be enabled on the ProgPress settings page.

The code is based on a proposed patch to WordPress core. Hopefully this feature is added to WordPress itself at some later date. I've tried to code defensively so if the feature is added to WordPress in the future, having it enabled in the plugin should not have any negative side effects.

What are the default styles? What does the markup look like?

Please check out the Examples section on the settings page. It will generate markup and display the default styles for the currently installed version of ProgPress when you click "Load Examples". I've done this rather than put a static copy here that I might forget to update in future.

What's all this about shortcodes? I've been using ProgPress in a different way for ages!

Since ProgPress pre-dates shortcodes being added to WordPress it originally used an older syntax based on HTML comments. This syntax is still supported (although newer features like label have not been back-ported). It can be enabled on the ProgPress settings page.

You add a progress meter by including the following in a post or in a text widget:


Only these five options are supported, only the first three are required.

Besides shortcodes and HTML comments, is there any other way I can use ProgPress to generate meters?

Sure. You can call the jcp_progpress_generate_meter function directly.

<?php if (function_exists('jcp_progpress_generate_meter')){  
       echo jcp_progpress_generate_meter("title", 100, 50, 25, "label");

The arguments to the function are:


, goal, current, previous, label, separator, class, and prefix (in that order).

How will the meter show up in my RSS feeds?

Inline styles (based on the default styles) are used to ensure the meters render in RSS readers.

NaNoWriMo Support

If you are participating in NaNoWriMo, ProgPress can automatically track your progress. Just enable the additional ProgPress - NaNoWriMo Support plugin (in addition to ProgPress), and set the


attribute to your NaNoWriMo username (this is a change from last year where your user id was used).

[progpress title="My NaNoWriMo Progress" nanowrimo="jczorkmid" label="words"]

So as to not overload their servers, the plugin caches your word count info, so it may not update immediately when you update your word count at

Note that as of November 10, 2011 the NaNoWriMo Word Count API is not yet officially released. At times it seems to return invalid errors saying your user doesn't exist, or you don't have a novel in progress this year. In my testing this clears itself up after a bit, and once some data has been loaded WordPress will cache it rather than continue to display errors if it keeps going up and down.

More Info


Special thanks to Kris Johnson, K. L. Kerr, Chris Miller, Debbie Ohi, and Scott Philips for their feedback and support.

Version 1.2.2

Requires WordPress version: 2.2 or higher

Compatible up to: 4.6.3

Last Updated 03 Nov 2016

Date Added: 10 Feb 2008

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