I blog on many different blogs, some of them mine. Each seems to be on it’s own time clock, including some of my blogs. For instance, I write for the Blog Herald and their time is set for the Philippines. On this blog, Lorelle on WordPress, the time was set for US East Coast Time as that was where I was living at the time I started it. On Taking Your Camera on the Road, until recently, the clock was still set for Israel time even though I moved from there three years ago.
Okay, so I’m a little slow in keeping up with little details on my blog, but the timestamp on my blog posts really doesn’t matter much to me or my readers. The date, maybe, but if it was published at 4 AM or midnight, does it change anything? For some bloggers it does.
Recently, Jason Boom published “Sunday: The Blogging Game”, an article about hunting for bloggers who’d posted on Sunday to see what their Sunday thoughts were. The author mentioned a few who had posted, and then slapped a few of his favorites who hadn’t. One particular tender slap was directed to Darren Rowse of ProBlogger:
Daniel Rowse, however, has posted on Monday. His exact time of posting?
Written on January 14th, 2008 at 12:01 am by Darren Rowse
That’s right. He posted at 12:01, thus making that a post for Monday, not Sunday. I cannot accept his post as a sign of the Sundays. But, of course, there was a post on the 13th, which does qualify as the Sunday post for his blog. This, even though, I read it clearly on Saturday afternoon.
I commented that Darren lived in Australia, so his Monday could be your Sunday. So would he be technically right and “on time”, wouldn’t he? Dates and time zones can be so subjective.
Setting your blog’s clock can impact the future posts feature of WordPress. You might want to publish a day ahead, according to your clock, but your blog’s clock is set 24 hours off, which means the post will publish according to its clock, not yours.
If the date and time are critical to your blog’s performance and WordPress Theme design, then make sure your blog’s clock is set right.
Setting Your Blog’s Clock
For those to whom time and date on a blog post is critical, you need to set your blog’s clock to correlate with your date and time zone. It helps if you know how many hours your time zone is from GMT/UTC time.
- On your WordPress Administration Panels, go to Options > General.
- Scroll down to Date and Time.
- The current UTC time is shown. Don’t know your UTC time reference? WordPress will help, as will the table below.
- Under the Date format you will see Output. The date there is what the date would be if the clock was set right.
- Under the Time format you will see Output The time is what the time would be if the clock was set right.
- Adjust the hours under Times in the blog should differ by to the correct hours difference, plus or minus, from UTC to your time.
- Save the changes and when the panel reloads, check the Outputs to see if they match. If they don’t, add or subtract an hour from your UTC time accordingly.
You can also set the starting day of the week on the calendar, if you use a calendar option on your blog.
If you don’t like the way the times are displayed on your blog, preferring European or other date time form, see Formatting Date and Time in the WordPress Codex, the online manual for WordPress Users.
WordPress doesn’t account for daylight savings time as the rules are so different around the world, so you have to manually change it in accordance with those rules for your time zone. Make a note on your calendar for the next daylight savings time change to change your blog’s time.
Here are some time zone examples for the number of hours a location is from GMT/UTC:
|Location||UTC Hours Difference|
|Auckland, New Zealand||+13 hours|
|Beijing, China||+8 hours|
|Berlin, Germany||+1 hour|
|Dallas, Texas U.S.A.||-6 hours|
|Hanoi, Vietnam||+7 hours|
|Istanbul, Turkey||+2 hours|
|Kabul, Afghanistan||+4:30 hours|
|Karachi, Pakistan||+5 hours|
|Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||+8 hours|
|London, U.K. – England||0 hours|
|Manila, Philippines||+8 hours|
|Melbourne, Australia||+11 hours|
|Moscow, Russia||+3 hours|
|New Delhi, India||+5:30 hours|
|New York City, New York U.S.A.||-5 hours|
|Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||-2 hours|
|San Francisco, California U.S.A.||-8 hours|
|Taipei, Taiwan||+8 hours|
|Toronto, Canada – Ontario||-5 hours|