Business Hours Indicator


  • Highly customizable shortcodes to display your opening times in any format
  • Shortcodes to indicate if you are currently open or closed
  • Alternate message when you’re almost opening or closing
  • Shortcodes to display something only when you are open or closed
  • Easily style everything
  • 4 widgets (does the same as the shortcodes)
  • Supports Vacations
  • Supports ‘special dates’ with different opening times (e.g: holidays)
  • Supports countdown until your next opening/closing time
  • Supports multiple locations
  • Developer API (more info below)
  • Frontend translated in: Dutch, German, English, Greek, Spanish, Italian, French, Bulgarian, Swedish, Danish,
    Slovakian, Slovenian, Lithuanian, Croatian, Russian, Czech, Norwegian, Finnish, Icelandic
  • beautiful & user-friendly settings screens for you, or your client, to work in

Check out a complete list of features below.

Quick links


  • PHP 5.6 or higher
  • WordPress 3.7 or higher

General features

  • Shortcode to display business hours
  • Widget to display business hours
  • Shortcode to display if you’re currently open/closed
  • Widget to display if you’re currently open/closed
  • Shortcode to display content only when you’re open
  • Shortcode to display content only when you’re closed
  • Choose your prefered time zone
  • Display times in 12 or 24 hour format
  • Enter multiple locations for more businesses (up to 3 in the free version)
  • Include special hours such as holidays
  • Include vacation hours
  • Highlight the current day
  • Frontend translated in: Dutch, German, English, Greek, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, French, Bulgarian, Swedish, Danish,
    Slovakian, Slovenian, Lithuanian, Croatian, Russian, Czech, Norwegian, Finnish, Icelandic, Latvian, Hungarian.

Displaying opening times

  • Show the opening hours in a table
  • Show the opening hours inline
  • Consolidate the output: group days with the same opening hours
  • Show/hide holiday hours
  • Show/hide vacation hours
  • Highlight the current day

Currently open/closed Indication

  • Edit the “we’re currently open” message
  • Edit the “we’re currently closed” message
  • Include the current time in the output
  • Include the current day in the output
  • Add an opening/closing soon warning like “hurry, we’re closing in 35 minutes”


The free version has some limitations you should be aware of. Our pro version (features below) fixes those.

  • The free version does not work with caching mechanisms.
  • It’s not possible to add a break in opening hours.
  • You can add up to 3 locations in the free version.

Developer API

Use the plugin anywhere in WordPress by using the following calls:

  • MBHILITE()->is_open('location name') returns true if the location is currently open. False otherwise.
  • MBHILITE()->is_closed('location name') returns true if the location is currently closed. False otherwise.
  • MBHILITE()->get_opening_hours('location name') returns an array of objects containing the location’s opening hours.
  • MBHILITE()->get_specials('location name') returns an array of objects containing the location’s special opening hours.
  • MBHILITE()->get_vacations('location name') returns an array of objects containing the location’s vacations.

More documentation coming soon.


  • Supports caching
  • SEO features
  • Enter unlimited multiple locations for more businesses
  • Multiple time slots/day for when you close at noon
  • Woocommerce support: disable orders + hide “add to cart” buttons when you are closed.
  • ‘Message builder’ allows you to add dynamic codes to build any message you like. A few examples:
    • Today is March 8, we’re open from 9AM to 5PM.
    • It’s 7:12PM, we’re closed. We open again on Thursday, in 7 hours and 45 minutes.
    • Hurry, we’re closing in 13 minutes!
    • ..And much more!
  • Only show today’s opening times
  • Set how many minutes or hours in advance to show “opening/closing soon” message.
  • Customize output with line breaks & separators
  • Premium support
  • Receive updates & bugfixes
  • Show abbreviated days in outputs
  • More flexibility
  • Priority feauture requests
  • And more..!

Find out more about the pro version here


  • Various examples of what this plugin can do.
  • Settings screen.
  • Enter opening times for a location.
  • Example of how it could look like on the frontend.


Installing the Business Hours Indicator plugin is very easy:

  1. Install from the WordPress Dashboard > Plugin page
  2. Or manually download the plugin and extract to wp-content/plugins/
  3. Activate the plugin
  4. Go to WordPress Dashboard > Settings > Business Hours Indicator
  5. Enter your location, daily opening hours, and fiddle with more settings if you want
  6. Use the shortcode [mbhi location="my location"] to display the output on pages or posts
  7. Or use the PHP code do_shortcode('[mbhi location="my location"]') to display the output anywhere in your theme


Does these shortcodes need extra options?

Yes, at least 1. You should give it a ‘location’ attribute. If you don’t, the first location is used.

How can I style the business hours overview?

The code exposes enough CSS classes to give you many styling options. You can
find all classes here.


16 de novembre de 2021
I was looking for a plugin to display a business opening hours, in a particular style. I downloaded and paid for the Pro version of this plugin and within a few minutes (and some amazing help form the author) was able to achieve the exact look I wanted. I am using the plugin in the footer block of a wordpress site using Elementor. Highly recommended!
14 de juliol de 2021
Great job, this is a very useful plugin that I'll probably use on many projects going forward. Thanks!
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version 2.3.9

  • Other: verify compatibility with WordPress 6.1.
  • Other: update internal links.
  • Other: readme changes.

version 2.3.8

  • Other: verify compatibility with WordPress 6.0.

version 2.3.7

  • Fix: fixed a few minor styling issues on the admin settings page.
  • Other: verify new WordPress version.

version 2.3.6

  • Other: verify new WordPress version.
  • Other: update documentation links.

version 2.3.5

  • Update: secured the indicator HTML output.

version 2.3.4

  • Update: Added Polish translations.

version 2.3.3

  • Update: verify WP compatibility and bump version tags.

version 2.3.2

  • Added: Estonian translations.
  • Update: bumped minimum PHP version to 5.6.

version 2.3.1

  • Fix: fixed a bug with “output” and “display” settings in the shortcode.
  • Update: verified WP 5.6 compatibility.

version 2.3.0

  • Update: Verified WordPress 5.5 compatibility.
  • Fix: minor code cleanup.

version 2.2.9

  • Added: Hungarian translations.

version 2.2.8

  • Added: Catalan translations.
  • Update: verified WP 5.4.1.

version 2.2.7

  • Added: Latvian language.
  • Update: changes to Lithuanian translation of abbreviated months.
  • Update: PHP improvement removed deprecated function create_function.

version 2.2.6

  • Update: Opening times are now selectable with 5 minute intervals instead of 15-minute intervals.

version 2.2.5

  • Fix: fixed a bug in the admin settings screen when location names are numbers.
  • Fix: Italian translation typo.

version 2.2.4

  • Added: New translations for Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese.

version 2.2.3

  • Added: Icelandic language.

version 2.2.2

  • Fix: fixed a bug with wrong “open” indication for holidays going past midnight.

version 2.2.1

  • Update: better translation compatibility.
  • Added: Swiss High German language.

version 2.2.0

  • Added: Finnish translations.

version 2.1.9

  • Added: Norwegian translations.

version 2.1.8

  • Added: Croation translations.
  • Added: Lithuanian translations.

version 2.1.7

  • Added: added NL_BE language.
  • Update: fixed warning for create_function in PHP 7.2.

version 2.1.6

  • Enhancements: added a filter ‘mbhi_capability’ allowing you to change who can edit hours.

version 2.1.5

  • Fix: fixed a bug when deleting one or more holidays within the same month.

version 2.1.4

  • CSS changes in the backend to support plugins that override WordPress’ default style.

version 2.1.3

  • Added: added Slovenian language.

version 2.1.2

  • Added: added Canadian French and Belgian French language.

version 2.1.1

  • Added: Czech language.
  • Fix: bugfix in conversion service.

version 2.1.0

  • Fix: fixed a bug with is_open and holidays.

version 2.0.9

  • Fix: fixed a bug with is_open.

version 2.0.8

  • Update: Lists with vacations and specials are now ordered by ascending date.
  • Update: Added Danish translations.

version 2.0.7

  • Update: added Russian translations.
  • Fix: fixed a bug with the indicator and vacations.

version 2.0.6

  • New feature: added widget to display content only when closed.
  • New feature: added widget to display content only when open.
  • Changes: minor style changes.
  • Testing: verified the plugin on WP 4.7.5

version 2.0.5

  • New feature: easily accessible API for developers.
  • New feature: select quartes of an hour.
  • Testing: verified the plugin on WP 4.7.4

version 2.0.4

  • Fix: if a vacation was today, it wasn’t denoted as the current day.

version 2.0.3

  • Fix notice: wrap loops to check for arrays.

version 2.0.2

  • Fix admin screen bug with dependency fields.

version 2.0.1

  • Fixed a bug where some translations weren’t working
  • Fixed a bug where a vacation was displayed even though the setting was set to false.

version 2.0.0

  • Rewritten the core of the plugin to implement features faster.
  • Fixed a few edge-case bugs.

Version 1.8.8

  • Added Slovak language to translations
  • Verified WP 4.7.1 compatibility

Version 1.8.7

  • Getting rid of closure in favor of normal function. This disables warnings for some versions of WP.

Version 1.8.6

  • Finally added 2 widgets to display (a) your business hours and (b) indication of being currently open/closed.
  • UI changes.

Version 1.8.5

  • Fixed php warning ‘invalid foreach’.

Version 1.8.4

  • Added Bulgarian language (special thanks to D. Stoykow)

Version 1.8.3

  • Addition upon 1.8.2

Version 1.8.2

  • Fixed an issue with PHP 5.3/5.4 versions.

Version 1.8.1

  • Fixed an issue where some WooCommerce websites had a faulty system status.

Version 1.8.0

  • Bugfixes
  • Rewritten frontend
  • Updated languages
  • Added Swedish language

Version 1.7.4

  • Bugfix: when you aren’t open for a few days, the frontend gave a silent error.

Version 1.7.3

  • Small bugfix in admin javascript where users weren’t able to add multiple locations without refreshing the page.

version 1.7.2

  • Proper support for the shortcodes in widgets.
  • Remove array literals to support php version 5.3.
  • Update documentation.
  • Fix bug with ifopen/ifclosed shortcodes for multiple locations.

version 1.7.1

  • Fixed a bug where do_shortcode() doesn’t show content.

version 1.7

  • Added a help tab with shortcodes info.
  • shortcodes can now override dashboard settings via attributes.
  • Added various new functionality for displaying opening hours.

Version 1.6

  • Bugfix where holidays couldn’t be denoted as ‘closed’.

Version 1.5.1

  • Bugfix between Woocommerce and this plugin.

Version 1.5

  • Added more CSS classes for your styling needs.
  • Ability to print a consolidated (= shortened) opening hours table.
  • Reorganized and added some settings.

Version 1.4

  • Small bugfixes

Version 1.3

  • Added [mbhi_ifclosed] shortcode
  • Added [mbhi_ifopen] shortcode

Version 1.2

MAJOR CHANGE — You’ll have to re-enter your settings!

  • Added locations
  • Added vacation/holiday exception
  • Changed settings screen
  • Added more settings
  • Added a new shortcode to display a location’s business hours table

Version 1.1

  • Code enhancements
  • Approximation: include a different sentence when your business is almost opening/closing.

Version 1.0

  • Initial version