Displaying the current year in a copyright in Joomla

By TJ • on September 30, 2010 • Filed under: Joomla, Website Design
Labels: Dates and timesTemplates

If you are anything like me and maintain a few web sites, sometimes you forget to update the copyright year that you typically put in a footer module or embed in the template itself.  A tiny line of PHP code can fix this so you never have to worry about it again.

If you have your copyright notice in a “footer” module, you are going to have to take it out and embed it directly in main template file.

Open up the main template index.php file for your active template.  It will be something like:


All you need to do is add something similar to the following lines of code to your template (change HTML code and names as appropriate):

<div id="footer">
    <jdoc:include type="modules" name="footer" style="raw" />
    <div id="copyright">
        Copyright &copy; 2005 - <?php echo date('Y');?> New Life in IT Pty Ltd

The magic is all done by the  simple PHP statement <?php echo date('Y');?> which displays the 4-digit year based on the current server time (around New Year it might be slightly wrong for a day, but hey, it’s close).  I’ve used this code in the footer of the template of www.newlifeinit.com (so now I don’t have to worry about forgetting to change it).

For more information on what you can do with the PHP date function, see the PHP manual at http://php.net/date.  You can also use it to display different variations of the current date and time.

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