WordPress allows you to customize the date and time format settings to display timestamps in a way that suits your preferences or matches your website’s style.
In this beginner’s tutorial, I’ll walk you through the process of configuring the date and time format settings in WordPress.
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Accessing the Settings Page
To navigate to the WordPress date and time settings you need to log in to your WordPress dashboard.
Go to the “Settings” option in the left menu and click on “General.”
Configuring the Date Format in WordPress
After the page has loaded you need to scroll down and there you will see the options for the “Date Format”.
For the “Date Format” WordPress provides a set of predefined date formats that you can choose from. You can select another date format by selecting it. Don’t forget to click on the blue save button to save the settings.
Configuring the Time Format in WordPress
Below the “Date Format” you will find the “Time Format” options as well.
Like the date format, WordPress provides predefined time formats. To change the date format, you can select one of the options and click on the blue save button to save the settings.
If none of the predefined formats meet your requirements, WordPress allows you to create a custom format.
To create a custom date format, use the following placeholders:
- “d” represents the day of the month (01-31).
- “m” represents the numeric month (01-12).
- “Y” represents the full year (e.g., 2023).
- You can also use other characters like “/”, “-“, or “.” for separators.
For example, if you want the date format to display as “DD-MM-YYYY,” you would enter “d-m-Y” in the “Date Format” field.
To create a custom time format, use the following placeholders:
- “h” represents the hour in 12-hour format (01-12).
- “H” represents the hour in 24-hour format (00-23).
- “i” represents minutes (00-59).
- “s” represents seconds (00-59).
- You can also include other characters like “:” or “.” for separators.
For instance, if you want the time format to display as “HH:MM:SS,” you would enter “H:i:s” in the “Time Format” field.
WordPress automatically uses the configured formats for displaying dates and times now that you have configured the date and time formats. Configuring the date and time format settings in WordPress allows you to personalize how timestamps are displayed on your website.
By following this beginner’s guide, you can easily set up the date and time formats to align with your preferences and enhance the user experience on your WordPress site.
Also check out this tutorial to learn the WordPress general settings after a new install.