How to Add a Dynamic Copyright Date in WordPress Footer

Simple PHP Solution for Dynamic Copyright Date

You would paste something like this in your theme’s functions.php file

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The problem with this issue is that you would have to add this once your site is at least one year old.

Elegant WordPress Solution for Dynamic Copyright Date

While surfing the web, we saw a more elegant solution suggested by @frumph of CompicPress Theme. They are using this function on their excellent ComicPress theme. This function will generate a dynamic copyright date based on the published date of your oldest post and your newest post. If it is the first year of your site, then this function will only display the current year.

To implement this dynamic copyright date in your WordPress footer, open your theme’s functions.php file and add the following code:

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Then open your theme’s footer.php file and add the following code where you want to display the date:

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This function will add the following text:

© 2009 – 2016

Don’t keep your copyright dates outdated. Take advantage of this technique in your current and future WordPress sites.