Date - Dynamic Shortcodes

Explore the functionality of the Date Dynamic Shortcode, a versatile tool for date manipulation and formatting.

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The date shortcode will return a formatted date. You can specify the date using an English string that is in the same format as PHP's strtotime function.

For example,


will display the current date.

The format of the outputted date can be specified by passing a format as a keyarg. The format used must match the format used in the PHP's date function, for example


For a full list of supported formats refer to the PHP date reference page.

Adding and subtracting from a date

If you are getting the date dynamically for example from a meta field, you may need the date for the day before it, our a few hours later. You can do this simply by specifying it in the second argument to the shortcode:

The last day for registrations is {date:{acf:start_date} '-1 day'}

You can also specify more than one interval by separating them with a command:
​{date:{acf:start_date} '-1 day, -1 hour'}

Adding and subtracting from a date (advanced)

If you want more precision or use dynamic values, you can do it with the timedelta shortcode, with the sub and add keyargs:

{date:{acf:start_date} @ sub={timedelta:@days=1 hours=2}}

The timedelta accepted keyargs are: weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds.

Date Comparisons

You can compare dates using the comparison shortcodes, for all dates that needs to be compared you should use a format that can be ordered, for example U. Example.

{if: {gt: {date:{acf:start_date}@fmt=U} {date:now@fmt=U}}
[Registration opens on {acf:start_date}]

On any day before ACF start_date the message in the second line will be displayed.

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