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Setting Your WordPress Blog Clock

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 and their time is set for the Philippines. On this blog, , the time was set for US East Coast Time as that was where I was living at the time I started it. On , 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. :D

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.

  1. On your WordPress Administration Panels, go to Options > General.
  2. Scroll down to Date and Time.
  3. 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.
  4. Adjust the hours under Times in the blog should differ by to the correct hours difference, plus or minus, from UTC to your time.
  5. 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.

WordPress date and time panel

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 , 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.

The World Clock Time and Date, The World Time Server, and Time zone from the Wikipedia are helpful time zone references.

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



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16 Comments

  1. Posted January 22, 2008 at 5:17 am | Permalink

    Your blog’s clock wouldn’t be more than 23 hrs 45 minutes off due to time change (there are some weirdo time zones out there!) as then the actual day would be incorrect, not the time.

  2. Posted January 22, 2008 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Since the date and time can be set by humans on WordPress blogs, all things are possible. :D

  3. Posted January 22, 2008 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Personally, I use a reader and don’t really concern myself on when people post. I also tend to post for my local readers versus my international readers. Recently, I added on the Fox Clocks into my browers with key times listed from cities where I tend to have participants or with whom I conduct business. Works out well, and since I have my clock set in my Word Press panel–I don’t worry about it much.

  4. Barkybree
    Posted January 23, 2008 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    What about the blog stats (“dashboard”). I find it maddening that the stats are in GMT, not EST (where I’ve set my blog). What gives?

  5. Posted January 23, 2008 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    @ Barkybree:

    Good point. You would think that those would be monitored with WordPress template tags, too. Hmm. I don’t pay attention to stats so I didn’t notice. Might want to whine about that on the WordPress Ideas list.

  6. Posted January 24, 2008 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    clock + blog + wordpress = things magnified ,
    do you know the houe of madagascar please?
    thanks a lot

  7. Posted January 24, 2008 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    The link you have to Geek’s End no longer works, as I changed the blog to jasonboom.com shortly after opening the doors. The post still exists, just with the http://www.jasonboom.com address.

  8. Posted January 25, 2008 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    It’s all so much easier to calculate living in England, especially at this time of year when we’re on GMT. I can’t say as I’m too worried about the date and time of posts on my blog — the content isn’t especially time-sensitive. I don’t necessarily post every day; the main content is on a weekly schedule, so anything else is extras extras really. But I do appreciate that for some people it will be incredibly important to be able to say they broke a story first.

  9. Posted March 14, 2008 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    I have recently been introduced to blogging and am hooked.However I need help in expanding my ideas and structuring the blog. Can someone help? I have also heard of people making money through Adsense, how does this work and can a wordpress.com blog host google adverts? how do you embed the code – where? As u can see I am still very green in this field.

  10. Posted July 5, 2008 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    I’m new to this so please be patient. Are you saying:
    1. When you set up wordpress it defaults to your time zone or GMT?
    2. When you write several posts and schedule the posts, the posting clock is set to your default time or GMT?

    John Chow explained how he would write several posts and schedule them which I thought was a great way to stay on top of your blog. I’m trying to schedule my blogs to post at 6:30 AM EST without regard to daylight savings time. So my settings in my dashboards should be what? Then when I schedule a post, is my posting clock synchronized with my settings clock?

  11. Posted July 5, 2008 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    @ Heavens:

    Daylight savings time is something to worry about only once a year, so don’t worry about that, and one hour on or off isn’t a big deal. I’ve been using feature posts for years and love it.

    You’ve asked two questions. One, about how WordPress sets the clock. You set the time zone manually, compared to GMT. There is a link next to the time zone feature to help you calculate that number. You may have to play with it a bit if you are in a time zone sensitive area.

    The other is about future posts, which I adore. While the interface is different in the latest versions of WordPress, the instructions for using future posts can be found in Working Ahead – Future Posts with WordPress – in new versions you change it under the Publish Status Edit link.

  12. prakash
    Posted February 16, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    iam unable to put clock inmy blog.i dont know the href html,so can you write doen the detail porcess including process with html..please..iam new blogger so i dont know much.help me to put clock in my blog,

    • Posted February 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

      First, this article is not about putting a clock in your blog.
      Second, clocks in blogs only help you, not the reader, so reconsider adding one.
      Third, adding a clock to your blog means putting code in for a Widget, Gadget, JavaScript, or otherwise and if you are unfamiliar with HTML and web code, take the advice I give in reason two. :D

  13. Posted February 16, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    hi,so you mean me only to ask about the post above right?i thought you know something and share something about clocks,ya i know that this article is not for putting clock.so sorry..for my comment.i will never comment you again.sorry sir….infact i havent commmented you but i have asked you for some help about clock coz iam new to wordpress.

    • Posted February 16, 2009 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

      That’s an over reaction. In blogging, you ask about the post. For WordPress, you ask for help in the WordPress Support Forums, not just any blog that talks about WordPress or WordPress.com. That’s the etiquette.

      I wasn’t being mean, those are the answers I can give you. Because you are using WordPress.com, you are limited as to what you can put in the blog content area and the sidebar Widgets. There might be a clock but none I’ve heard of will work. Ask on the WordPress.com Forum for specific help on things like this. They are the source.

  14. Posted February 18, 2009 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    hi bro thanks,thanks for the suggestion and i will do the same.i will keep writting thanks.As for reaction”iam highly reactive and follow the newtons third law fast then newton thought to ”so any way thanks bro.


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