Formatting Date and Time
Customizing the Time and Date
Certain WordPress tag functions are used to display or return date and time information; the_date() and the_time() are examples of this. Some of these functions accept a parameter called a format string that allows you to determine how the date is going to be displayed. The format string is a template in which various parts of the date are combined (using format characters) to generate a date in the format specified.
For example, the format string:
l, F j, Y
creates a date that look like this:
Friday, September 24, 2004
Here is what each format character in the string above represents:
- codel/code = Full name for day of the week (lower-case L).
- codeF/code = Full name for the month.
- codej/code = The day of the month.
- codeS/code = The English suffix for the day of the month (e.g st, nd or th in the 1st, 2nd or 15th.)
- codeY/code = The year in 4 digits. (lower-case y gives the year's last 2 digits)
- (Commas are read literally.)
WordPress is written in the programming language PHP. Therefore, the date formatting functions in WordPress use PHP's built-in date formatting functions. You can use the table of date format characters on the PHP website as a reference for building date format strings for use in WordPress.
p class=postmetadata altsmallThis entry was posted on ?php the_time('l, F jS, Y') ? and is filed under ?php the_category(', ') ?./small/p
p class=postmetadata altsmallThis entry was posted on Friday, September 24, 2004 and is filed under uWordPress/u and uWordPress Tips/u./small/p
You might want to display the date in your own language:
?php setlocale(LC_ALL, 'nl_NL.ISO-8859-15@euro'); echo strftime('%A %d %B, %Y',strtotime(get_the_time('m/d/Y'))); ?
For this to work, your server has to be configured properly. The locale you are using (nl_NL.ISO-8859-15@euro) must be available.