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Giveaway of the Day Shortcode



The one and only requirement for this plug-in to work is that your host server supports the allow_url_fopen PHP option.

  • Some hostings allow the activation of this option by adding the line php_value allow_url_fopen On in the .htaccess file located at the root of the site.

Main Plug-in

  1. Upload the giveaway-of-the-day-shortcode folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Place [giveawayoftheday] or [gaotd] shortcodes in your posts and pages
  4. Done!


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Contributors & Developers

“Giveaway of the Day Shortcode” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Changed some CodeMirror parameters.
  • Small changes to CSS code.


  • Fixed a bug preventing options from being saved.
  • Added the option to restore default options.
  • Rewrote some parts of the core code.


  • Fixed another “unexpected output during activation” error.
  • Removed titan framework options panel because I didn’t like their translation implementation.
  • Added new options panel, now using the standard WP Settings API.
  • Added CodeMirror for CSS editing, with syntax highlight and autocomplete enabled by default.
  • Plug-in is now 100% compatible with translations, thanks to WP Settings API.
  • Plug-in native language is now Brazilian Portuguese, English translation included.


  • Implemented experimental options panel.
  • Rewrote core functions and made other changes.


  • Fixed the “unexpected output during activation” error.
  • Small changes to dynamic CSS code.


  • Added new shortcode parameters.
  • Added a new file to hold css code.
  • Fixed some shortcode subfunctions.
  • Improved documentation.


  • Plug-in core code completely rewritten.
  • Added shortcode parameters – still experimental, yet more to come.
  • Added 3 new download button color options.
  • Added 4 download button color mode – yet it’s hard to use since options panel is not implemented yet.
  • Options are stored in the DB as an array – uses only one DB entry.
  • Fixed all translation errors from the broken 1.0.10 version.


  • Broken version, removed from repository.


  • (Definitely) changed the name of the plug-in.
  • Added possibility to coexist with to pro version.
  • Fixed a small bug in Plugin URI code.
  • Added a Creative Commons license.
  • Added missing domainpath.
  • Improved translation file.


  • Small changes in the main code.
  • Fixed small bug in CSS code.


  • Changed plug-in name to it’s full name.
  • Fixed a bug in the hours/minutes separator string of the translation file.
  • Some changes in the CSS code.


  • Added option to insert your GAOTD partner ID.


  • Fixed missing “textdomain” in a string.


  • Plug-in native language changed to english.
  • Added (.po/.mo) translation support.


  • Added download button color options.


  • Added CSS code to make download link display like a button.


  • Fixed XML cache path.


  • First plug-in working version.