Have you ever wanted to change your WordPress site’s date and time format?
There are various ways to express date and time. A date and time format that works for one might not necessarily work for the other. You may prefer writing the month and then the date, or vice versa. Perhaps you’re a fan of abbreviated months or prefer expressing the months as numbers.
The same goes for time. Some prefer to utilize 12-hour clocks, while others only use 24-hour time. However, understanding how to format the date and time comes in handy. It gives you the freedom to make a date more readable for users.
For example, “On Monday the 4th of Apr, 2023” is more readable than minimal date displays like “04.04.2023”. However, the latter does have its place. The same goes for formatting the current time on a website. Some sites may benefit from a 12hr display like “9:30 pm” while others (like military or medical sites) would rather have a 24hr display like “21:30”.
Whatever your preferred format is, you’ll be delighted to hear that it’s possible (and very easy) to change the date and time format from your WordPress dashboard.
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1 Change the Date and Time Settings in WordPress
WordPress has built-in functions allowing users and developers to format dates and times. You can change the date and time format by navigating to Settings > General page from your WordPress dashboard.
Scroll down to find Timezone, Date Format & Time Format sections. You can then change the date and time format as per your preferences. Let’s look at each of the sections in detail.
You can start by typing in the city’s name and then choosing from the results in the dropdown menu.
Alternatively, you can set the UTC time zone, as shown below.
1.2 Date Format
You’ll notice the Date Format settings just below the Timezone settings. You can select the date format per your preference or even set a custom date.
To set a custom date, click the Custom radio button and enter the format you wish to set. For instance, we set a custom date as shown below.
Check the preview to ensure you chose the correct format. If you use punctuation marks like commas or dashes, note that they’ll be used everywhere.
1.3 Time Format
Next, you can set the time format located just under the date format settings.
Again, you can choose from one of the existing options or click on the Custom option to define your own. You can preview the selected format below.
You can also set the starting day of the week by selecting the day from the drop-down menu, as shown below.
Once you’ve made changes, click on the Save Changes button. And that’s how you can quickly change the date and time format in your WordPress site.
2 WordPress Time and Date Formats
There is a string of characters known as the format string next to each option for Date Format and Time Format on the Settings’ General page.
These format characters represent different elements of the date and time structure. Here is an illustration of what each character in the m/d/Y format string denotes:
- m – the numeric month with a leading zero.
- d – the numeric day of the month with a leading zero.
- Y – the four-digit year.
Therefore, this string will output:
You can also create your own custom structure string using the following date and time format characters.
|F||The month’s full name||January – December|
|M||The month’s three-letter abbreviation||Jan – Dec|
|m||The numeric month with leading zeros||01 – 12|
|n||The numeric month without leading zeros||1 – 12|
|Day of the month|
|d||The numeric day of the month with leading zeros||01 – 31|
|j||The numeric day of the month without leading zeros||1 – 31|
|S||The English suffix for the numeric day of the month||st (in 1st), nd (in 2nd)|
|Day of the week|
|l (lower-case letter L)||The day of the week’s full name||Monday – Sunday|
|D||The day of the week’s three-letter abbreviation||Mon – Sun|
|Y||The four-digit year||2023|
|y||The two-digit year||22|
|a||Lowercase am or pm||am, pm|
|A||Uppercase AM or PM||AM, PM|
|g||The hour in a 12-hour format without leading zeros||1 – 12|
|h||The hour in a 12-hour format with leading zeros||01 – 12|
|G||The hour in a 24-hour format without leading zeros||0 – 23|
|H||The hour in a 24-hour format with leading zeros||0 – 23|
|i||Minutes with leading zeros||00 – 59|
|s||Seconds with leading zeros||00 – 59|
|T||The timezone abbreviation||PST, EDT|
|Full date and time|
|c||ISO 8601 format||2022-10-29T18:56:24+00:00|
|r||RFC 2822 format||Mon, 04 April 2023 18:56:24+0200|
|U||Unix Timestamp (seconds since the Unix epoch, January 1, 1970 00:00:00 GMT)||1661842310|
3 Examples of Time and Date Format Strings
Some examples of commonly used date and time format characters are as follows:
M d, Y– will output – Apr 04, 2023
d M, Y– will output – 04 Apr, 2023
F jS, Y– will output – April 4th, 2023
l, F jS, Y– will output – Monday, April 4th, 2023
H:i:s– will output – 21:24:12
F j, Y g: i a– will output – April 4, 2023 10:45 am
As you’ve seen, you can easily change the date and time formats based on your preference. It takes a few simple steps in your WordPress dashboard, and the best part is you can always change the date and time or even create custom formats. Not only this, but WordPress also allows you to change the date and time of your posts/pages.
The Date and Time format may vary in the different time zones, so ensure you have proper knowledge about these zones before you get your hands dirty in customizing date and time zones in WordPress.
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