Displaying post date in WordPress

I made a discovery today that probably should have been obvious as much as I work with WordPress. I’m not going to make excuses, except that apparently I’ve never taken the time to read the documentation for “the_date()”.

Ever noticed that if you use the template tag “the_date()” when outputting a list of posts, like a “Recent News” section, that several of the posts may appear to be missing their date? You may not have noticed it if each post was published on a different day;  the_date() outputs once for each day. If you have multiple posts in your query results that have the same publish date, the date will only be output for the first.

I actually think it’s a pretty cool little trick; in my ignorance, I’ve actually implemented it myself. However, I wish you could turn it off.

You can’t turn it off, but you can use “the_time()” instead. Be default, the_time() outputs the publish time in whatever format you have selected in your site settings. You can pass in a standard PHP date format string so that it will show whatever part of the publish time you wish. Bahrain My favorite is ‘F jS, Y’, which outputs like this: ‘January 30th, 2011’.

You can also use “get_the_date()”, which takes the same formatting string parameter. The different is, it returns the string rather than echoing it. Oh, and it’s always a good idea to read the documentation.

See more

Formatting Date and Time:
http://codex.wordpress.org/Formatting_Date_and_Time

Function Reference/the_time:
http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Tags/the_time

Function Reference/the_date:
http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/the_date

And, of course, the PHP date formatting guide which I refer to all too often:
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