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Message ticker

Want to announce something or want to post some message to your visitors? How will you do that? It’s a nice idea to show your announcement or message with scroller right?

This plug-in will display the announcement or message with simple scroller or ticker. It gradually reveals each message into view from left to right. We can add more message, this will display 1 by 1 with horizontal scroller.

Features of this plugin

  • Easy to customize.
  • Support all browsers.
  • We can add message in any language.

Plugin live demo available on sidebar. You can find lots of scroller plugin in this website. if you want to scroll the text vertically use news announcement scroll WordPress plugin.

Installation instruction

Method 1

  • Download the plugin message-ticker.zip from download location.
  • Unpack the *.zip file and extract the /message-ticker/ folder.
  • Drop the message-ticker folder into your ‘wp-content/plugins’ folder.
  • In word press administration panels, click on plug-in from the menu.
  • You should see your new message ticker plug-in listed under Inactive plug-in tab.
  • To turn the word presses plug-in on, click activate.

Method 2

  • Go to ‘add new’ menu under ‘plugins’ tab in your word-press admin.
  • Search message ticker plugin using search option.
  • Find the plugin and click ‘Install Now’ link.
  • Finally click activate plug-in link to activate the plug-in.

Method 3

  • Download the plugin message-ticker.zip from download location.
  • Go to ‘add new’ menu under ‘plugins’ tab in your word-press admin.
  • Select upload link (top link menu).
  • Upload the available message-ticker.zip file and click install now
  • Finally click activate plug-in link to activate the plug-in.

Plugin configuration

Drag and Drop the Widget : Go to widget page under Appearance tab, Drag and drop message ticker widget into your side bar.

Add directly in the theme :

Use the below code to add the message ticker to your theme files.

PHP code from the plugin version 1.0 to 7.0

<?php if (function_exists (mt_show)) mt_show(); ?>

PHP code from the plugin version 7.1 onwards

<?php mt_show_new($group = "GROUP1", $width = "300", $height = "150"); ?>

Add the message ticker in the posts or pages : Copy and paste the given short code into pages or posts.

Short code from the plugin version 1.0 to 5.0


Short code from the plugin version 6.0 to 7.0

[message-ticker type=”plugin”]

Short code from the plugin version 7.1 onwards

[message-ticker group="group1" width="300" height="150"]

In the admin we have new option called Group, this is used to group the messages.

Frequently asked questions

Q1. How to add the message to this plugin?

We have separate “Text management page” to add/update the messages.

Dashboard → Settings → Message ticker

Q2. How to arrange scroll speed?

1. Go to ‘message ticker’ link under setting menu.

2. Click ‘setting page’ link on message ticker page.

Q3. How to display announcement in front end?

Option 1. Go to widget menu and drag and drop the “message ticker” widget to your sidebar location.

Option 2. Copy and past the below mentioned code to your desired template location.
<?php if (function_exists (mt_show)) mt_show(); ?>

Q4. How to add the style to this ticker message?

In the text management page in the message text area we can add the HTML content.
Example : <div style=”background-color:#FF0″>Sample text</div>

Download link


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  1. Hi,

    You’ve got some great plugin’s here that I’d like to use however I only want an EDITOR, not ADMIN, to edit the message (i.e. they don’t see the SETTINGS section).

    Can any of the plugin’s (e.g. message ticker) be modified to allow an EDITOR to modify the message?

  2. The height option does nothing for me, so the messages cut off if I use the widget in the sidebar. So I have to put this way down in the bottom sidebar where I have more room horizontally. Any idea on how I get get the height to adjust properly so I can use it in the sidebar at the top?

  3. Is there any way to add another language, i.e. bilingual content? It doesn’t look like I can use two instances of the plug-in, hmm. Any ideas?

  4. it would be great if the order could be random-ised. the order is fine, but if someone is only going to be on each page for 10 seconds, they’ll only ever see the same ticker information.

    Is this something you’re working on developing?

  5. Is the a way to place plugin in the content area – like under a photo for example? (rather then to place it under or over the content in the template code)

  6. Hi,
    About customization of colour you say «All CSS for this plug-in is depends in theme CSS.» I searched this everywhere and didn’t find it. Would you please tell us the name of the file where it is? I am trying to change the backgroud colour…

  7. Hi
    This plugin is what I am looking for thanks.
    I have installed and set up the Message Ticker and it is showing as Done with error on IE and Safari.
    I am a novice at WordPress / php so would appreciate if you could advise what template and where (using the Atahualpa theme) I should insert the code:


  8. Would be great if only it worked on multilingual sites, but doesn’t seem to understand any language tags I’ve tried so far. As it is, it isn’t much use on sites that use more than one language, of which there are a quite a few around I shoudl say…

  9. Hi! Thanks for this plugin. I have a problem/question though. It is working fine in Firefox, but for me it’s not showing up in IE at all!

    Is it something I did wrong, or is it also not working for others in IE9?


  10. Is it possible to use this widget in two different areas of a word press site? I want to use it on my WordPress homepage, but would also like to use it in my general sidebar for the rest of my pages. It seems like I can only do one or the other. Any insight would be helpful. Great widget by the way!

  11. If you are having trouble running in IE, here is how I fixed this problem.

    You have to declare the variable mt_begin in the message-ticker.js file.

    Add this line under the two other variables at the top.

    var mt_begin=0

    check it out on http://www.cruizefm.co.nz

    Tested in IE8, Firefox (Mac, PC), Safari

  12. I have a solution to randomize the first message:

    Edit the file MESSAGE-TICKER.JS
    put the line

    directly after function mt_start(), so it looks like this:

    function mt_start(){

    Now it starts at a random message# each time you refresh a page.

  13. where i must paste this code Copy and past the below mentioned code to your desired template location (file.php)


  14. Great plugin, thanks
    However, if I want to add a new message every day and I want it to be first, do I have to reorder everything below it, because if I ask it to be ordered as 1, it goes after the previous 1.

  15. Hi,

    you wrote: ll CSS for this plug-in is depends in theme CSS.

    Problem: I cannot find a css file, so where I can change colors and text style??


  16. The CSS works better in all browsers when you add span#mt_spancontant{display:block;} in your css file.

    Thanks for the plugin!

  17. Hi there, I have installed this plugin, saved the settings and added the widget to my sidebar. But only the title heading of the widget seems to appear on the webpage widget location. No other messages come up. Does this have anything to do with the widget height / width at all? I cannot seem to figure out why the heading shows but not the messages. Thanks!

  18. Hi! Great Plugin!

    It would be awesome if you could add the feature to PAUSE the ticker when Mouse hovers the area…!

    Does anyone knows how?

  19. To everyone asking about the CSS and changing the look and feel of the ticker, when they say: All CSS for this plug-in is depends in theme CSS, it means: There is NO CSS file, so whatever your theme has, the ticker will grab and depend on it.
    If you want to customize the ticker, try the following:
    Open the file: message-ticker.php
    Edit the following div on line 55:

    <span id="mt_spancontant" style="position:absolute;”>

    You can play around with the div as you wish, this will get pushed throughout the theme, obviously you can add your HTML code on a “per message basis”.

    Now, question for the Author: Using the shortcode, is there a way to pull ONE message in particular out of the let’s say 5 messages active in the ticker?

  20. Sorry the code pasting didnt work properly in my previous message, bottom line, its on that line that you can customize your ticker’s alignment and width and padding or background.

  21. How do i intend the ticker to start above the college logo
    I want the ticker to start infront of the logo and scroll end before the last item on menu navigation.

    i.e. basically running ;centered; in the page

  22. Excellent job Gopi!!

    BTW the title “Annoucement” seems missing, I put the php code underneath the slider. does anybody has this problem? any help……..

  23. Is there a way to have two news tickers? I have two side bars: one in main index page and another one in posts. It seems I can only have one?

  24. How can I add the message ticker on the top. I need no banner. so I want to add the ticker on the place of banner not on left or right sidebar. Please answer quickly. Thanks.

  25. I like this feature but I would like the ability to do a quick add from my dashboard instead of having to do everything from my utilities section. thanks

  26. Thanks for all your work Gopi, I have success installation of ticker on network (wp3) with 13 subsites. Am now finalising another network of 19 subsites. Ticker has installed on all, but five are showing undefined.
    The error “No data available! use below form to create!”appears on the top of Text Management page – the new message will not save?
    Thanks for your assistance on this,

  27. wondering how to format the ticker so that is stands out more? Would like to make the background a different color so that it is more defined

  28. when i enable to plugin its removing all the formatting. how can i make it to show my formatting.
    also I only want to show post text/html nothing else.

    right now I want to simply show post text section nothing else. and if there is image in there then simply show image and text nothing else.

    please help.

  29. This plugin is working great on my live auction page. Is there anyway to get the new comments to auto load instead of waiting on a refresh of the page. We run a auction house and have live auctions on a regular basis. We are looking for a way to have messages posted to the viewers throughout the show as needed. This meets that requirement other than the loading portion. Our users won’t refresh the page, nor do I want them to.

    Thanks for the plugin and any help that you can provide.

  30. I updated my plug in and now it dose not work. The short code [MESSAGE-TICKER:TYPE=PLUGIN] is showing on the page. Please Help it was working until i updated the plugin

  31. Thank you so much for message ticker option i need your help to get it contrary (from right to left ) with frame if you can.

    Greetings to you

  32. Plugin version 7.1

    After plugin upgrade, Please Deactivate and Activate the plugin once.

    1. Added few security features.
    2. New admin layout.
    3. Slight change in the short code, Please find the new short code in the post.

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