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,

{date:now} 

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

{date:now@format='Y-m-d'}

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:
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​{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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