If you’d rather show the times on your blog in more user-friendly way, there is a WordPress function called “Human Time Diff” that you can use.

Instead of displaying time in the usual manner of Day Month Year, it will display as “3 days ago” or “2 hours ago” etc – the same style of date that is used on Twitter and Facebook, that people have become used to.

If you’d like to display this for posts, wherever the date is displayed in your theme, replace it with this code :

<?php echo human_time_diff(get_the_time('U'), current_time('timestamp')) . ' ago'; ?>

If you’d like to do this for comments, the code is :

<?php echo human_time_diff(get_comment_time('U'), current_time('timestamp')) . ' ago'; ?>

There you have it, a simple way to change up your theme a bit.


Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, a small internet company based in the UK. Kooc Media runs several high-profile websites including WPLift, ThemeFurnace and DesignersTalk.

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  1. Anonymous

    And what page would I be looking in to find that code?

  2. Tony

    thanks for this information, i want to know how do i setup my author box like yours my site has multiple authors and i want each others have there own social links how can i show social links in author box, and recent post from authors is there an tutorial u have or suggestion thanks very much

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