Shortcode to show any current, past, and future date or time. Display this, previous, or…
Shortcode to show any current, past, and future date or time. Display this, previous, or next year, month, day, etc. in your posts and pages.
This is probably the last date and time shortcode plugin you will ever need for your websites since it is very rich in features.
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Just put one of these shortcodes in your post or page and they will work out of the box. If you need more detailed features please use the attributes. If you need to use the shortcodes in other places (like titles, navigation menus, footers, widgets, etc.) additional code or plugins may be needed to turn them on in your theme if they are not supported by default.
[wpdts]– the main shortcode which works with all attributes; equals to
[wpdts-date-time]– default date and time format from WordPress general settings
[wpdts-date]– default date format from WordPress general settings
[wpdts-time]– default time format from WordPress general settings
[wpdts-custom]– custom format using the PHP date and time formatting characters
[wpdts-year]– 4-digit year e.g. 1999 or 2134
[wpdts-year-short]– 2-digit year e.g. 99 or 34
[wpdts-month]– month as number (1-12)
[wpdts-month-name]– month as name (January-December)
[wpdts-month-name-short]– month as 3-letter name (Jan-Dec)
[wpdts-day]– day of month (1-31)
[wpdts-hour]– hours (0-24)
[wpdts-minute]– minutes (0-60)
[wpdts-second]– seconds (0-60)
[wpdts-day-of-year]– day of the year as number (1-366)
[wpdts-days-in-month]– number of days in the month (28-31)
[wpdts-days-in-february]– number of days in the month of February for the year (28-29)
[wpdts-days-in-year]– number of days in the year (365 or 366)
[wpdts-weekday]– day of the week as number (1-7)
[wpdts-weekday-name]– day of the week as full name (Monday-Sunday)
[wpdts-weekday-name-short]– day of the week as short 3-letter name (Mon-Sun)
[wpdts-week-of-year]– week of year, since first Monday of the year (1-52)
[wpdts-am-pm]– shows am/pm or AM/PM according to the am_pm attribute (“L” or “U”)
[wpdts-timezone]– timezone if included in the
startattribute e.g. GMT, UTC, America/New_York, Europe/London, etc.
[wpdts-timezone-abbreviation]– show the timezone abbreviation if included in the
startattribute e.g. EST, MDT, EET.
You can add the following attributes to
[wpdts] to show the date and time that you need:
item– what date and time information to show. The used values are:
date-time– default WP date and time format (default value)
custom– custom format using the PHP date and time formatting characters
date– default WP date format
time– default WP time format
years– 4-digit year
years-short– 2-digit year
months– month as number (1-12)
month-name– month as name (January-December)
month-name-short– month as 3-letter name (Jan-Dec)
days– day of month (1-31)
hours– hours (0-24)
minutes– minutes (0-60)
seconds– seconds (0-60)
day-of-year– day of the year as number (1-366)
days-in-month– number of days in the month (28-31)
days-in-february– number of days in the month of February for the year (28-29)
weekday– day of the week as number (1-7)
weekday-name– day of the week as full name (Monday-Sunday)
weekday-name-short– day of the week as short 3-letter name (Mon-Sun)
week-of-year– week of year, since first Monday of the year (1-52)
am-pm– shows am/pm or AM/PM according to the am_pm attribute (“L” or “U”)
timezone– show the timezone
timezone-abbreviation– show the timezone abbreviation
format– date format used with the PHP date and time formatting characters only when
itemis set to
start– set the basic date and time for the shortcode; defaults to the WordPress time in the current timezone.
now– the default initial current date and time based on the WordPress General settings timezone
post-created– gets the post/page creation date and time
post-created-gmt– gets the post/page creation date and time GMT
post-modified– gets the post/page last modification date and time
post-modified-gmt– gets the post/page last modification date and time GMT
next– move the start date and time to the next coming selected (can have more than one value separated by comma)
sun– weekday shortname (and with first letter in uppercase)
31– day of month
last-day-of-month– the last day of month – 28, 29, 30, or 31
i18n– set months and weeks names to be displayed in the current language (‘yes’ by default)
days_suffix– set suffix st, nd, rd, th for the
daysitem e.g. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.
hours_24– set 12 or 24 hours format for the
am_pm– used with the
am-pmitem when 12 hours format is preferred: “L” for lowercase (am, pm) or “U” for uppercase (AM, PM)
years– change in years e.g.
months– change in months e.g.
days– change in days e.g.
hours– change in hours e.g.
minutes_change– change in minutes e.g.
seconds_change– change in seconds e.g.
zero– show loading zero when months, days, hours, minutes and seconds are displayed. Old ones ‘x-zero’ for each separate item are still supported for compatibility.
WP Date and Time Shortcode is fully FREE and contains all main features that are needed by most users. Check them out!
However, since we want to continue supporting this plugin and adding new non-basic features, we have decided to offer a Pro edition with an annual subscription plan offered at a very (very) affordable price per website. We are working hard to release the Pro edition although it took us a little bit more time to prepare it than expected in the beginnig.
Note: All users who have already donated 9 or more EUR to this plugin until June 30, 2020 will get the first year of subscription for 1 website for free. They will be contacted when it is available.
What will you get with WP Date and Time Shortcode Pro in the near future?
style– change font face, color and size;
timezone– modify the shortcode result to the visitor’s timezone (not 100% accurate since it gets the timezone by IP address);
counter– dynamically change displayed values as a ticking text clock;
IMPORTANT NOTE: Not all Pro features will be released in the first Pro version since more work and testing is needed for some of them.
Add Newfrom your WordPress dashboard.
WP Date and Time Shortcodeand install it.
wp-date-and-time-shortcodefolder to your
/wp-content/pluginsdirectory (do not rename the folder).
It will start doing it’s job as soon as you put the shortcode in your page or post. That’s all, folks!
If you are using a caching plugin you may need to exclude the page or post with the shortcode from it so the content may be generated dynamically. If you are using the
start attribute with a fixed initial value you may also block the change of the shortcode result if needed.
Please make sure that you are using only straight double quotes (
") and not curly/smart ones(
“) for the attributes. The curly ones are not recognized by the shortcode functions. If you are using the straight quotes only and you are still having issues please contact us for support.
WordPress applies the shortcodes in post’s and page’s content by default. If your theme does not apply shortcodes in other places automatically you may need to add additional code to your child theme’s functions.php to hook into those functions where you need to see the shortcodes applied.
// For the titles.
add_filter(‘wp_title’, ‘do_shortcode’, 10);
add_filter(‘the_title’, ‘do_shortcode’, 10);
// For the menu.
add_filter(‘walker_nav_menu_start_el’, ‘do_shortcode’, 10);
If you do not know how to put the correct code you may want to use additional plugin for the purpose like this one to enable any shortcodes in other places of your website pages.
As we were improving the plugin we found out the
[wpdts] shortcode will be much more recognizable and easier to use by everyone so we decided to change the old ones. We strongly recommend the use of the new
[wpdts] shortcode although backward compatibility for
[wp_dt] is supported.
We have generally completed the development of Free edition of this plugin and it has a big number of features which may cover every basic need. In future we will be mainly supporting it for WordPress version compatibility and bugs. However we will be releasing a Pro edition soon with an annual subscription plan and it will have many new features. Please send all your suggestions and ideas to our e-mail address and they may be developed and included in the paid product in future. Please note that if you have suggested a new feature and it is implemented you will get a 1-year subscription for 1 website for free.
nextattribute in some cases when the next day is in the next month. Please update!
[wp_dt]. Backward compatibility is supported and old shortcodes will still work but the use of the new one everywhere is strongly recommended.
start. Backward compatibility is supported the old
initattribute but the use of the new
startattribute everywhere is strongly recommended.
zeroattribute now for months, days, hours, minutes and seconds. Old ones ‘x_zero’ are still supported for compatibility.
days-in-monthworks even when PHP on server is complied without –enable-calendar option.
nextattribute that helps in displaying the next date from a list of weekdays, days of month, or the last day of the current month.
week-of-yearitem not showing correctly.
initattribute from page/post creation or modification time.
_changeattributes removing the