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Why You Should NOT Remove Dates from Your WordPress Blog Posts

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When I started WPBeginner back in 2009, I made a decision to not include dates on any of my blog posts. I did that because I thought I was clever than the rest. My theory was that WPBeginner is NOT a blog. It is a resource like the WordPress codex or Wikipedia neither of which have dates on their articles. Besides my thought was that removing the dates from blog posts would trick the users into thinking that my content is evergreen. Boy was I dead wrong. In the recent months, I’m noticing a trend that more and more internet marketers and self-proclaimed “SEO experts” are advising their users to remove dates from their WordPress blog posts. In this article, I will provide in-depth details on why I chose not to include dates at first and what changed my mind later. I will also cover if/what are the SEO impacts of having dates on your blog posts (post-penguin and panda). Lastly, my goal is that after reading this entire posts you would understand that your problem is not with dates, rather it is with published date. I have found a solution that would please you, your users, and search engines.

Reasons Behind Removing or Not Including Dates

When I first started WPBeginner in 2009, I always saw it as a resource site similar to the WordPress Codex or Wikipedia. If you have used either of the two, then you know that they do not have time-stamp or dates on their entries. You are probably wondering what could be the possible advantage of that? Well, as users we have a built-in prejudice towards outdated content. The moment we see a date, we are programmed to classify it in one of the two categories: outdated OR relevant. In theory just because the content is old doesn’t mean it is not relevant, but users make that assumption. As a blogger that thought was disturbing for me because I wanted everyone to read my content. So what did I do? I decided not to include dates on my blog posts. My thought was that people read Wikipedia even when it has relevant information which may or may not be up to date. Since the user never know the original published date, they give it a benefit of doubt.

Wrong Way

In the past few months, I have seen numerous internet marketers and SEO’s giving out their verdict against having dates on blog posts. Each have their own reasons, but all follow along the same buzz-word evergreen content. When popular blogs like CopyBlogger decide to remove dates, it sets an example for others to follow.

I have gone down this road already, and I can tell you why it is a wrong path.

Why I Would Never Remove Dates Again

I don’t make the same mistake twice. Not having dates at first was a mistake, and I don’t think I would be repeating that mistake. My hope is that after reading this, you would do the same. When starting WPBeginner, my main priority was to help users with my WordPress tutorials. Like other bloggers, I wanted to think that my content was evergreen. But in reality it is NOT. Even though I go back and update articles, it is just not possible to keep everything up to date all the time.

In the beginning, I had no issues or complaints regarding the date. However, 6 months down the road I started receiving emails from users complaining about an older article. At first, I would simply go and update the article right away. However as the site grew, updating all articles seemed to become more and more unlikely. It came to a point where I would receive several emails, tweets, or facebook messages regarding the dates on a regular basis. It took me a year and half to give up on my stubbornness and add the dates in the post.


In hindsight, I realized how big of a disservice I was doing to my users and the larger WordPress community by not having dates on the site. I wanted to help WordPress beginners, but sometimes I ended up misguiding them or causing more confusion because they didn’t know that they were looking at an older screenshot or tutorial.

Overtime, I have also learnt that very few posts are evergreen. You always learn something new and your methods change. It hits you when someone quotes your own words at a session where you are speaking and contradicting an older post. Guess what, if that post doesn’t have a date on it, then you can’t say well that article is old.

Bottomline is if you truly value your readers, then you would not remove dates. Blogs by the very definition are meant to be outdated. Whether you have dates or not, you still show your posts in a reverse chronological order. If you truly believe that your content is evergreen, then why don’t you change that order and display posts in a random order (yup now that’s a challenge).

Wait, how could I be satisfied by knowing that my blog posts are outdated? Doesn’t google penalize outdated content? Am I missing out on readers because of user prejudice towards older posts? Well I’m satisfied because I have found an alternative way to display dates that keep me and my readers happy. I suppose it keeps the search engines happy too.

New Dates Method, Readers, and Search Engines

I realized that my problem was not with dates. It was with “published date” feature because it didn’t accurately reflect the amount of work I put into the site. Published date feature is relevant for books because book authors don’t go an update the original book. They come out with version 2 instead. As a blogger, I personally go back to update one or two posts every day on WPBeginner yet that post still shows published on older date. Well luckily, WordPress also has the ability to show “last updated date” which in my opinion was the solution I needed all along.

Working Time

In the post mete data of WPBeginner, we have decided to replace published date with the last updated date. The code looks like this:

Last updated on <time datetime="<?php the_modified_time('Y-m-d'); ?>"><?php the_modified_time('F jS, Y'); ?></time>

The modified time function in WordPress checks for the last time you went an updated the post. If the last time you updated the post was the time you published it, then it shows the date you published it on. However, if you went back to update that post six months later, then it will show the last updated date.

I believe that in today’s world, last updated date is more valuable to readers than the actual published date. The published date is irrelevant when you have gone ahead and rewritten the whole article.

Now as for search engines, if you think that removing dates from your design would trick them, then you are very naive. Your WordPress sitemap contains the last modified date of each article, and chances are that you probably have submitted your sitemap into Google Webmaster Tools. I personally write for my users, and I value their thoughts a lot more than some search engine. However, the code above follows proper schema markup that tells search engines the last updated time of the post. Yes that means that Google will show the last updated date next to your entry rather than the original published date.

Lastly, the modified time feature satisfies me as a blogger. I hold myself to a pretty high standard, and I know that my users don’t let me slip either (Thank you everyone for being hard on me). Even though all blogs are meant to be outdated, WPBeginner audience do not allow for that. We get regular reports on outdated articles, and we do our best to update them as soon as we can. If you see an outdated article, then please let us know by tweeting at us @wpbeginner or by using the contact form.

Yup this solution keeps everyone happy.

Everyone is Happy

Today, I still see WPBeginner as more than a blog. I see it as the best WordPress resource site, and by adding date I think I have made it even better. Having time relevance doesn’t make us a bad resource rather it makes us a more helpful resource site. My hope is that with my opinion, I have convinced you to not remove dates from your WordPress blog posts. I am always open to feedback and criticism. Please share your thoughts on this topic in the comments below.

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  1. Syed Balkhi says

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  2. Liz says

    This was excellent information. I was serious going to remove the published dates from my blog. After reading this I think I will let them stay as is. Thanks.

  3. Jake says

    Would sorting posts by date updated on the blog index be an edit inside the loop? Also, can this be applied to the RSS feed? Also, if you simply updated a typo and barely any text, would this be bad practice?

  4. Personia says

    I like the idea of “Last Updated … “, yet I use “Released on … ” . What are your thoughts on such a phrase?

  5. Roselle says

    It’s funny, I was just telling my husband today about the inner war going on in my head about date stamps on my blog…

    My niche is relatively new to Internet marketing and such techniques as this, so I thought that maybe I could get away with deleting the published date.

    But I had this persistent, nagging thought that if I were to truly believe that I publish great content, then the date stamp would be a non-issue. The content would attract visitors no matter how old because its still good relevant content.

    Thanks for this post, it really made me get off the fence. :)

  6. Gretchen Louise says

    Great post. I’ve chosen to remove the dates from my post permalinks but leave them within each post itself, so the date is there to be seen and referenced but it’s not in the url.

      • Personia says

        That’s what I’ve always done with my site. The URLs are just the title of the article following the domain. The actual article contains the date.

        I was contemplating about removing my dates, though I’m glad I found your article. It’s not the first time your advice has helped.

  7. gmornob says

    hello syed,Now i am going to remove post from my blog but when read your post i decide that it is not important for better SEO . thx for share your tip

  8. David says

    Interesting concept. At the moment I am using relative dates. I have always wondered who users would perceive some of my more outdated content. Thank You for sharing this point of view. Personally I couldn’t agree more. And is especially true with content that applies to technology.

  9. Mike Schinkel says

    Hi @Syed,

    Thanks so much for writing this. The trend of bloggers removing dates is very disturbing and I think what Claire Boyles said really summed it up well. I hope those advising people to do that realize the harm they are causing and just stop.

    If someone hides dates it tells me they are clearly more focused on achieving gains for themselves than being interested in creating value for their readers; I want to help the latter be a success if and when I can. But the former? No so much.

    Also, the irony is that WordPress provides a perfect mechanism for evergreen content, it’s called the “Page” (vs. a “Post”); see this site for great examples of using pages for evergreen content, follow the top menu links. BTW, most bloggers can only manage to maintain a small number of really good evergreen content pages; choose wisely.

    Finally, I like your “Last Updated” idea but I’d really rather see both “Last Updated” and “First Published.” If you really want to help the reader, it’s helpful to know both.

    P.S. BTW, nice to meet IRL in Atlanta.

      • Mike Schinkel says


        On a related note, have you considered using real names rather than _”Editorial Staff?”_ In general when I see a moniker like that I think that content was written by an intern or someone less skilled so I tend to ignore articles that don’t actually have the person’s real name.

        I think author names are a lot like using post dates; be more transparent and we’ll reward you for it. :)

        • Pamela says

          I think the same! I like to know with who I’m talking…
          using ‘Editorial Staff’ sounds really cold to me…

        • Editorial Staff says

          That is another problem. Let’s say Author X writes the post 2 years ago. To update the post, Author Y went in and updated it (which can mean entirely rewriting the post). Who should get the credit? Original author? Or the new author? Sure, we can use Co-Authors+, but that would just complicate things even further because as this site grow we might have over 5 people who worked on the same article. Using Editorial Staff is a simple solution. If you think that our articles are of low quality, then shoot us an email. But making a snap judgement just because it says Editorial Staff is your choice, and we can’t do anything to change that. We can only hope that you find value on our site regardless of who the author is.

  10. Muskie says

    I’ve always used publish date in my posts ever since I put my blog up in 2005. A lot changes in lets call it 7 years. I too go back and edit or add to posts. I also just delete crap including entire posts if it is just not valuable content.

    I may go modify my footer to use last publish date there. I use some sort of Google sitemap plugin and Google definitely notices when I upgrade old posts. The most important qualities to strive for in your writing are Timeliness and Timelessness, without a publish data how would you measure either?

    • Editorial Staff says

      Hey Muskie,

      While your sitemaps definitely show the last updated content, in Google’s search results it doesn’t. It keeps the published date which is what’s often displayed. We too delete entire old posts or redirect them to a newer/better version.


  11. jason says

    Well said. Thanks for the tips. i have the same mindset as you before i read this article. Thanks for enlightening me.

    • Trish Jones says

      @zimbrul, if you’re using something like Genesis (which is what I use), it won’t be that straightforward to just drop the code in although you could use a hook or code it within the functions.php file. However, I’m now using the Last Modified Timestamp WordPress plugin as suggested by one of the Genesis developers. It works a charm.

      • Zimbrul says

        Trish, you are a star (actually 5 stars). Yes, I use Genesis on most of my sites and your suggestion comes very handy.
        @ Editorial Staff: I think this is one of the most important article I was reading this year (not kidding) regarding WordPress posts. Giving it a little bit more thought I think this is the way to go: last updated date is more important than the published date.

        • Trish Jones says

          You’re very welcome Zimbrul. I hope this comes in useful for anyone else using Genesis or similar.

      • Zimbrul says

        Trish, I’ve tried the plugin you’ve suggested and it does not alter in any way the date when I update the article. Am I missing something?

        • Trish Jones says

          I double checked since you updated this comment and you are correct, it isn’t updating correctly. So sorry about this. See the Editorial comment much further down in this string and you’ll see that they provided the code for Genesis.

          I’ve added it to my functions.php file and it worked.

  12. Trish Jones says

    I was surprised to see that Copyblogger had gone down the route of removing posts and hence the reason I decided to research more into why a blogger would do this and my research led me to your site.

    Your post is 100% spot on and your emphasis on the user is premium. I have ignored articles in the past which have no dates and I’m sure users would do the same to me. Your solution makes logical, SEO and user sense. Thanks!

    • Zimbrul says

      I think the Copybloger stuff is pretty much “timeless” as I cannot see what could change in the next 10 years let’s say in the way writers write a good piece of content.

      • Editorial Staff says

        They have plenty of articles that uses words like today or contain timely content (i.e news of theme releases or product launches). So yes while a lot of those articles retain value overtime… it’s still good to know when it was last updated.


  13. Charnita Fance says

    I totally agree that you should NOT remove the dates from your blog. The first thing I look at when reading a blog post is the date. I want to know how recent it is. I’d never deprive my readers of that because I know how much it annoys me.

    Great article. Thanks.

  14. Chris Rouse says

    A cleaner string for this (that should work with the latest version of WordPress) is:

    This method is about as simple as it gets and pulls the formatting from the user’s WP admin settings. It’s a lot fewer options to worry about and doesn’t require any additional configuration other than wrapping it in the proper tags and adding “Last modified” to it.

    • Chris Rouse says

      Apparently php gets stripped from comments. Makes sense, I guess.

      So, the part that is missing is the follow, wrapped in php tags:


  15. Stijn Vogels says

    Interesting concept. At the moment I am using relative dates. I have always wondered who users would perceive some of my more outdated content. I would love to ability to run an A/B test on something like this. A simple CSS modification should do the trick. Do you know of any tool that can provide this ability?

  16. John Smith says

    Yes! Thank you! I’ve never liked the idea of tricking users. I run a technology blog and I also put the version of software I’m doing a tutorial for! As a reader, it’s super annoying to read half a page of text only to find that the tutorial is only for version 1 of software X when the latest version is 18.

    Thanks for posting this!

  17. Read says

    You read my mind.
    I was thinking like you that removing the date will make users think the article is still relevant. I know I was wrong. WordPress is very dynamics, it grows pretty fast. Some functions get deprecated. Some code just don’t work or just get better on latest version of WordPress.

    Well, in the case of Copybloggers, that’s all depends on the type of content. If you’re in news related blog or something that often change like WordPress, date is a MUST.

    Thanks for the tips for having last updated date. Never think of that before. Now I see why I need to add that.

  18. Dave says

    You’ve a reply threading issue here BTW. After 4 replies the reply button becomes to small to use.

    What’s you opinion on showing the two dates? One for original published date, the other for updated?

    Side by side, else where in the post eg the bottom or just show updated?

    Not sure how the Schema for time/date would work in a wordress post as opposed to static.

    • Editorial Staff says

      Hey Dave,

      We have disabled threading after 4 replies to keep the styling intact. You can always show two dates. Just have the schema tags on the last updated date, and show the published date as plain text. Don’t think that there is a schema for last updated date yet.


        • Dave says

          Interestingly if you use both both codes (date published & updated) and schedule your post into the future then date updated will be newer than date published. A little confusing for some readers I imagine.

        • Editorial Staff says

          Don’t think that would be. Because your published date is the date which you schedule the post for.

          You can even code it with a script that says only show last updated date if it is newer than the published date.

  19. Thorir Vidar says

    I’ve lost count on how many times I’ve been reading an article, especially on tech related matters, only to halfway into it gotten the feeling that perhaps this isn’t very recent. And rarely a date to be found. Which is daft, cause the content might be relevant even if a few years old, but it can be difficult to value without knowing the timeframe in which it was written.

    I don’t think the author is deliberately trying to hide anyting from me though, just didn’t realize the effect of not giving their readers this valuable piece of context.

  20. Adnan Shahid says

    As a newbie in the field of blogging, i always get guidance from your blog and this article also helps me a lot. But dear i could not understand that where and how to add the code mentioned in your article. Please guide me how can i replace post date with Last updated on?


  21. Glenn C says

    Wicked tip!

    I have managed to follow your guide to complete this task on the single.php area of my site. However, the original date still appears on the front of my blog page. I have inserted the same code into the blog.php area to no avail.

    Any ideas what else I need to do?

    My site is Orange Copywriting

    Thanks in advance,

    • Editorial Staff says

      Hey Glenn,

      I personally wouldn’t recommend changing the dates in the archive. Mainly because it would freak the user out about the order. Your archives are set in the order of new to old (by published date). Unless you are re-organizing that by last updated date, it is only best to show the published date. Perhaps show both, but don’t get rid of the published date from archives.

      This is why you will see in WPBeginner’s archive page that it shows the original published date.

      As for the code not working on your blog.php file, I don’t know why that is. It should work as long as it is inside the post loop.



  22. Gautam Doddamani says

    thanks man i had previously disabled the dates on posts page too..but now using this method to show dates..i think this is more effective than the previous one :D

    by the way wat do u think about the date exclusion seo plugin…i think if ppl see outdated content in google results they are less likely to click on it…decreasing CTR…a solution for this would be to hide dates for very old posts and show dates for new posts…this seems to be a win-win as we are maintaining our clickthrough rate as well as providing a good user experience!!

    • Editorial Staff says

      You should always show dates because by not doing so you are doing your users a disservice. Quite frankly, if I haven’t updated an older article that needs updating… then I don’t deserve to get the user’s click in the first place.

      Just my 2 cents.



  23. Jack Bastide says

    Some info really is Evergreen

    so maybe use PAGES for Evergreen and Posts for everything else?


  24. Claire Boyles says

    If I find myself at a blog post that doesn’t have a date on it, I leave very quickly, why? Because I feel that the author is deliberately trying to hide something from me, and I don’t like not knowing when the post was written.

    A blog post is not an information page on a website, those I would expect there not to be a date on, and I would expect them to be fairly up to date.

    Not having a date on a blog post is the opposite of transparency, and as a blog reader I don’t like it.

    I’ve always had dates on my blogs, and when I tweet out older blog posts, I usually include #archive in the tweet, so that people know.

    I still send people to older blog posts, as the information there is still relevant, but I let them know when I wrote it, to be transparent.

  25. Eugenio says

    Great analysis, i think a blog is like a diary and the date is the first thing we write in a diary’s note. The modified date is a solution for all perspectives
    Thank you for sharing :)

  26. arunii says

    Will you recommend any plugin for this because i am always afraid and hesitate on coding side.
    if no plugin exist at that moment then Please explain in more detail where to put the code exactly in single.php ( i am themejunkie theme )

  27. Chris Howard says

    I stand and applaud. The removal of dates is one of the most frustrating web trends ever.

    As a developer/designer, I rely a lot on articles and tutorials. Even opinion pieces lose relevance over time.

    Nothing worse than starting to read an article and then getting the feeling it might be out-dated, but then it has no date to verify. But at least I have sufficient experience to identify that, others may not, but it does waste my time.

    Thanks. I hope others listen to you.

  28. Carolina says

    Thanks for sharing this; it’s quite helpful. I just used the code you provided for Genesis and added the date after my blog posts. However, I noticed that it just shows the date but it would be helpful to have it read: “Last updated on [date].” Is it possible to do that? Also, do you know if it’s possible to view published posts in the admin dashboard by the last modified date? It would be helpful to be able to see the posts that haven’t been updated for a while so that they can be updated as necessary.

    Thanks again! This is my first comment, but I’m a regular reader of your blog. :)

  29. Robert Nelson says

    Read your “Add A Comment” and noticed that it is says “all links are nofollow”. Why?

  30. Susan Silver says

    Thi is great advice actually, especially for SEO. I was just reading some advice the other day about the importance of updating posts from your archives. Can really improve things for your visitors. I think I will make this mod today for the recently updated time function. It makes a lot of sense.

  31. Jeff says

    Great Article Syed! Just trying to add it now.

    In Genesis, the single.php page is under the parent framework, not the child theme. Do you recommend duplicating a second single.php and adding it to the child theme folder?
    Many thanks!!

    • Editorial Staff says

      No. In genesis, you would want to do it by hooking into genesis_before_post_content. Any example would be:

      add_action('genesis_before_post_content', 'add_last_modified_date');
      function add_last_modified_date() {
      if (is_single()) { ?>
      <time datetime="<?php the_modified_time('Y-m-d'); ?>"><?php the_modified_time('F jS, Y'); ?></time>
      <?php }

      Paste that code in your functions.php file. Remember to make sure that the syntax is right (i.e that you are not posting this inside another function or something).


      • Carolina says

        If I use the code provided on Genesis, the last modified date shows up underneath the byline. How can I get the last modified date to show up before the author byline as it does on the WPBeginner blog posts (“Last updated on … by …”)?

  32. Wendy Crumpler says

    Really helpful and timely. Not only did you answer the WordPress/blog date question, you also reminded writers (all writers) that what you pen today may not be your truth tomorrow. Write anyway. Thanks

  33. Dave says

    Have to say that’s the first time I’ve come across this piece of code.

    Out of interest, does the timestamp change in the Database? So if one wanted to default back to the original published date could you?

    And secondly what do people thing about having a “published date” and a “updated date” running side by side? This would come into play for things like reviews or events.

    • Dave says

      Okay I tested it. No DB change.

      Question though. If you display both Published, and Last Updated Dates, which one will Google choose to display? Or does it get this data from the timestamp?

  34. Zseller Istvan says

    Tech info is not evergreen. I would hate to go through a longer tutorial when half way I get a warning about deprecated, or non-existent functions. Not every editor can catch these kinds of errors. If some info is more than one year old I just completely disregard it. If it is about WordPress, API changes are not that frequent, so a two year old thing might work just fine. If a piece of software has been around for longer time, such as Emacs, or Vim, older tutorials are just fine.

  35. Bob Dunn says

    I totally agree. And since I do WP tutorials as well, it is a disservice to the reader if they don’t realize it’s from 2 years ago, and likely outdated :)

    So appreciate you posting about this because I come across so many sites that choose to not show their dates and don’t realize the consequences to their readers…cheers!

  36. Jennifer says

    I’ve got a few questions (just a couple months into using WP). — Where does this code go?

    And, can the code work avoiding certain posts? (I have some that will need to retain their published date, and may be updated for a while, depending on how my blog evolves.)

    • Jennifer says

      I think this recommendation applies more to coding, which becomes outdated within a few years. And perhaps other more-transient matters. On some blogs though, re other less-changing matters, it might not matter whether they -ever- have dates. IMHO

      (Thinking, relationship blogs, et al. Might matter due to the particular circumstances being blogged about, and the author’s circumstances, though the subject matter itself, well, dates seem not to matter, within decades / sociological changes. Perhaps, think about your content, may serve well within this overall recommendation.)

  37. pamela says

    When I first started to make blogs I wanted to hide dates too, to look ‘cooler’ hahaha, but I do think it’s a bad idea now. I visited copyblogger the other day and I didn’t know they deleted the dates, I almost never visit the site. I got so confused because I didn’t know how old the information was. I ended up leaving, I just assumed that the dates were old…

  38. Michael says

    I’m glad you have brought attention to this phenomenon. It’s obvious to most readers, I believe, that when the author or owner of a site doesn’t include dates on their material, they’re trying to intentionally obscure it’s “sell-by” date, and if that’s the case, it typically isn’t going to be very valuable information anymore, and a waste of the reader’s time. And as you pointed out, that will eventually result in resentment, avoidance and lost readership. Unfortunately, lots of people do this, and I often find myself halfway through an article before I begin asking myself “when was this even published?” because the further you get into it, the more obvious it is that it’s irrelevant and obsolete. Sure enough, no date or byline anywhere on it. (Same goes for many design blogs that tweet and “repurpose” their “fresh” material and icons and whatnot that feature MySpace and no Pinterest, for example. 2009 isn’t really “fresh” by internet standards.

    • Editorial Staff says

      That depends. If the article has an older date, then I would assume yes. However, if you put an article with newer date vs. something with no date… then I’d pick the newer date article. Click rate also depends on a lot of other factors as well (your title, author verification, description, etc). So it would be really hard to measure just one variable when so many are at play.


  39. PolarStar says

    Syed – you rock . this is very useful. I have been thinking now for weeks if I should be doing something about this or jot. And you summarized so many of the thopughts I had + gave a great solution.

    Thank you and congrats!

  40. Corrinda says

    Thank You for sharing this point of view. Personally I couldn’t agree more. And is especially true with content that applies to technology. I would even go so far as to say removing the date from this type of content is deceptive whether intentional or not. It also wastes time when trying to research a topic.

    I do think as with most things there are some exceptions to the general rule and there is a small amount of evergreen content. But for the most part it is not. And even if it is “evergreen” a date can help provide a context.

    Your alternative, supplying a last updated date is a great suggestion.

    This idea that removing the date will get more of your content read does not make sense. In fact, I suspect it may actually provide the reverse affect.

  41. Main Uddin says

    I am agree with author as blogger should ultimately do what she/he feels is best for own blog, and its readers, when it comes to adding or deleting the date from blog post. but better option is remain it .

  42. Edward Caissie says

    I couldn’t agree more that posts should be dated (I’d even be willing to argue the same point for pages). I spent a great deal of time with my most recent theme insuring that both the original date and, as the case may be, the modified date (and author) was included or able to be included on all posts and pages,

    As far as I see it, no date does not translate to “evergreen” content as much as it is more likely to translate into no readers.

  43. Connie says

    I always feel stupid when I search for a burning problem, find some blog posts, study them and after some time of intellectual work I notice that that special post is outdated.

    I always have the feeling that a blogger who does not publish a date either thinks he / she will not continue the blog longer than 3065 days or that she/he is not caring for her/his users

    well, do not trump your users, especially when you offer kind of support material or tutorials!

  44. John Saddington says

    well-said here. i’ve considered it myself and haven’t pulled the trigger ever on removing dates. adding the modified is a great middle-ground between the two.

    • Editorial Staff says

      Thanks for dropping by John. Yes, I put the last updated date on the single post page while keeping the published date on the archive pages to keep things organized. This way when the user is viewing the archives, they don’t confused by the dates and the reverse chronological order of posts.



  45. Michael McKean says

    As a WordPress “beginner” (less than a year) myself, I made it a point to rip out all of the post info (dates, author, etc). I had that same impression that if no one knows when or where it came from it could last forever and looked prettier. What I didn’t understand, at first anyways, was I even forgot when things were done. I was missing things that I had meant to go back and update and couldn’t remember the things that I had already updated. (I try to spend most of my time on the front end of my sites to understand the user experience and only go to the back-end when necessary.) I appreciate the last updated code you provided, I will be using that :) hope you don’t mind. I think this will definitely help me stay on top of the things I need to. Thank you.

    • Editorial Staff says

      Michael, I don’t mind if you use the code at all. As a matter of fact that was my main intention when I wrote this post. I want people to add the last updated date rather than the published date because I feel that is more helpful.

      Thank you for dropping by and commenting.



  46. Tushar says

    Having `Date Modified` sounds good to me & makes a lot of sense.

    Yes, having a date (any) on article is a good thing and there is no way one should trick users to raise complaints.

    Now, question is – What date would search engine pick – especially when Google does not rely 100% on date shown on the article because it can be tricked by many ways for various benefits.

    Thanks :)

    • Editorial Staff says

      Google already knows the last modified date of your article through the sitemap. By changing the timestamp like we did in our article, Google will display the last modified time in the results.


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