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How to change the date format on WordPress

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Have you ever wanted to change the date format on WordPress? Maybe you want to shorten the month or hide the year in your website date?

If this is your case, then do not worry, because in this tutorial I will teach you how to change the date format on WordPress.

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The date and time in WordPress

By default, WordPress offers a feature that allows users as well as developers to change the date format. It is possible to modify the date format from the " Settings >> General ", On the option" Date Format "And" Time format ».

SETTINGS-chat options

This is where it is possible to modify the time and date format of your website, either by choosing a predefined format, or by directly modifying the format.

Explanation of the date and time characters in WordPress

The date and time format is based on letters of the alphabet, which represent a fraction of a time or date format. For example, the letter " Y "Reference to the year in digital form, so" 2014 ". For example for "y", "14" will be displayed.

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Here are some concrete examples on the use of time and date formats.

  • « M d, Y : Will display Nov 10, 2014
  • « D M, Y : Will display 10 Nov, 2014
  • « F jS, Y : Will display November 10, 2014
  • « l, F jS, Y : Will show Tuesday, November 10, 2014
  • « H: i: s : Will display 10: 11: 30

You can try several custom sizes in the " custom "Located at the end of the option" Date Format "And" Time format ».


Once you've added your custom size, save your settings. This format will be used everywhere on your blog, until your WordPress theme decides to use another custom format.

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Another question commonly asked about date and time is how to display the time just after dates in WordPress posts.

The most difficult solution, but certainly the best one is to change the theme by creating a " Child Theme And add the following line where you want to display the time.

<? php get_the_time ();?>

This code will retrieve the time for a page or an article.

All the time, most beginners do not want to create a child theme (child theme) and access the source code directly.

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Technically, when WordPress displays dates, it displays the full date and time format. However, most users use the format that only displays the date, which is why this short format was preferred. If you add the corresponding letters to the time in the date format, well the time will also be displayed.

For example: "D / m / Y g: i": will display 10 / 11 / 2014 11: 15

Also, you can use the date format in the time field to produce the same result.

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Depending on your needs, there are several things you can do with the date and time in WordPress. For example, you can display the last modified date of an article, instead of the published date.

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Here ! That's it for this little guide on using time and date formats in WordPress. Do not hesitate to share with your friends on your favorite social networks

However, you will also be able to consult our resources, if you need more elements to carry out your projects of creation of Internet sites, by consulting our guide on the WordPress blog creation.

If you have suggestions or remarks, leave them in our section Comments.


This article features 7 comments

  1. Hello,
    I have succeeded in updating the day and time in French format in the comments, but I cannot translate the "at" which is in the middle: November 24, 2017 at 15:34 pm.
    Does anyone have a solution? The wordpress theme used is Islene.
    Thank you very much in advance !

      1. Good evening Thierry,
        Thanks for your feedback. Unfortunately, I don't have a .pot file on this topic 🙁 nor .po in order to do a translation. I have so far translated everything in the .php files but cannot find this "at" 🙁

  2. Dear friends BlogPasCher,

    Regarding the date of the articles, I have a question for you.
    How do you do the miracle of not having the date displayed next to a result about you after a search in google?

    All other sites that date.

    Thank you for your reply.

    1. Hello,
      The date of the articles will be displayed on search engine results, if this information is part of the microdata that can be used by SEO.

      The choice to display this information varies from blog to blog.

      On blogPasCher we do not use the date.


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