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How to Display the Last Updated Date of Your Posts in WordPress

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Do you want to display the last updated date for your posts in WordPress?

Some websites update their posts regularly. Showing when each post was updated makes sure your readers don’t miss any content, helps build trust, and builds authority to boost SEO rankings.

In this article, we will show you how to display the last updated date of your posts in WordPress.

How to Display the Last Updated Date of Your Posts in WordPress

Why Display the Last Updated Date of Your Posts in WordPress?

When visitors view a post or page on your WordPress blog, your WordPress theme will show the date when the post was published. This is fine for most blogs and static websites.

However, WordPress is also used by websites where old articles are regularly updated. In these publications, it is important to display the date and time the post was last modified.

For example, on WPBeginner, we regularly update our tutorials and show the ‘last updated’ date on each post. If we only displayed the published date, our readers would skip the post, assuming the information is out of date.

Example of Showing the Update Date of a Post

Another example is news websites. They often update old stories to show new developments, add corrections, or insert media files. If they only showed the published date, then their users would miss those updates.

Additionally, Google and other search engines like to rank the most up-to-date information. Displaying your updated date helps Googlebot and others know when the post was last touched.

Having said that, let’s take a look at how you can easily display the last updated date for your posts in WordPress.

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How to Display the Last Updated Date of Your Posts in WordPress

This tutorial requires you to add code to your WordPress files. If you haven’t done this before, then we recommend you take a look at our guide on how to copy and paste code in WordPress.

Method 1: Showing Last Updated Date Before Post Content

We are going to be using WPCode for this tutorial, as it is the safest and easiest way to add custom code to WordPress.

Editing your site’s core WordPress files can be dangerous because even small mistakes or typos can break your site. So, we recommend you use WPCode to add any code snippets.

First, you will need to install and activate the free WPCode plugin. For more information, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Once the plugin is activated, navigate to Code Snippets » Add Snippet in your WordPress dashboard. Search for ‘last updated date,’ and hover your mouse over the result titled ‘Display the Last Updated Date.’

The code checks to see if a post’s published date and last modified dates are different. If they are, then it displays the last modified date before the post content. (This is the way we do it here at WPBeginner.)

Next, you can just click the ‘Use Snippet’ button.

WPCode searching for a snippet by name

Next, you will see the ‘Edit Snippet’ screen. WPCode has already configured the snippet for you.

All you have to do is toggle the switch to ‘Active’ and click ‘Update’ when you’re ready.

WPCode edit snippet page and activate code

Because the code snippet will display the updated date using your site’s body text styles, you can add custom CSS to style the appearance of the last updated date. Here is a little CSS snippet that you can use as a starting point:

.last-updated {
    font-size: small;
    text-transform: uppercase;
    background-color: #fffdd4;

This is how it looks on our demo WordPress website.

Additionally, if you’re an advanced user and feel comfortable doing so, you can add the following to your theme’s functions.php file.

Just connect to your website via FTP or through your WordPress hosting file manager and find the file in your site’s /wp-content/themes/yourthemename/ folder.

$u_time          = get_the_time( 'U' );
$u_modified_time = get_the_modified_time( 'U' );
// Only display modified date if 24hrs have passed since the post was published.
if ( $u_modified_time >= $u_time + 86400 ) {

	$updated_date = get_the_modified_time( 'F jS, Y' );
	$updated_time = get_the_modified_time( 'h:i a' );

	$updated = '<p class="last-updated">';

	$updated .= sprintf(
	// Translators: Placeholders get replaced with the date and time when the post was modified.
		esc_html__( 'Last updated on %1$s at %2$s' ),
	$updated .= '</p>';

	echo wp_kses_post( $updated );

Method 2: Adding Last Updated Date in Theme Templates

You can also display the updated date in place of the published date, or just below it.

This method requires you to edit specific WordPress theme files. The files you need to edit will depend on the theme you are using.

Many WordPress themes use their own template tags to show post metadata like date and time. Other themes use content templates or template parts. Simpler themes will use single.php, archive.php and other template files to show content and meta information.

You need to look for the file that contains the code responsible for displaying the date and time. You can then either replace that code with the following code or add it right after your theme’s date and time code.

$u_time = get_the_time('U'); 
$u_modified_time = get_the_modified_time('U'); 
if ($u_modified_time >= $u_time + 86400) { 
echo "<p>Last modified on "; 
the_modified_time('F jS, Y'); 
echo " at "; 
echo "</p> "; } 

You can delete lines 6 and 7 if you don’t want to display the time the post was updated.

This is how it looked on our demo site. With the Twenty Twenty-One theme, we added the code snippet to the template-tags.php file inside the inc folder.

Preview of Displaying Update Date by Editing Template

How to Manage the Last Updated Date of Your Posts in WordPress

Now that we have added the last updated date for each post, it will automatically update every time you make a change to any post. But what if you’re only making a small correction rather than a full update, such as fixing a spelling mistake or adding a tag?

For small changes, it is usually best to leave the modified date unchanged from an SEO perspective. Your readers will then see the date when the last major update was made to the post.

Here are a few plugins that let you update a post without changing the modified date.

Method 1: Using the Limit Modified Date Plugin

First, you need to install and activate the Limit Modified Date plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Note: This plugin has not been updated recently. However, we tested it with the latest version of WordPress and it is still working.

Upon activation, you will see a new checkbox when editing posts. It is labeled ‘Don’t update the modified date’.

Checkbox Added by Last Updated Date

When you do a minor update to a post, simply check that box and the modified date will not be changed.

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If you’re already using AIOSEO to improve your search engine rankings, then you can use it to manage the modified date of your posts as well.

Upon activation, you will find a new checkbox when editing posts, labeled ‘Don’t update the modified date’. You can check the box when making minor changes to a post.

This is useful when simply fixing typos or simple mistakes, and you can uncheck the box when making changes that you want your readers and search engines to know about.

Checkbox Added by AIOSEO

We hope this tutorial helped you learn how to display the last updated date of your posts in WordPress. You may also want to learn how to speed up WordPress performance or check out our list of proven tips to increase your blog traffic.

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  2. Jiří Vaněk says

    Thanks for the snippet. It works perfectly. I have a bilingual website and I edited the snippet using AI so that it was in the correct language mutation on both the CZ and EN versions. But I used your snippet as a basis and it works great.

  3. Bobbi says

    How do you get Bing to pull the updated date as opposed to the original published date? I have it set up so that Google does, but Bing doesn’t seem to want to

    • WPBeginner Support says

      If you just recently added this then you would need to give Bing time to recrawl your site’s content.


    • WPBeginner Support says

      That is better used within the WordPress loop if you want to use it, we recommend the second method in this guide if you wanted something similar.


  4. Ajit Kumar says

    Hey, I am using WordPress Twenty Twenty-Three Theme I have used the above code which you provide in my Function.php Now the latest update date showing on all posts, I was waiting for Google crawling, and after Google crawled the data showed the Published date instead of Updated date.

    How to get an Updated date on my Google Rich Snippet Please help I am very Thank full to you! :)

    Thank You So Much!

    • WPBeginner Support says

      If you remove the published date from your posts that can help have Google show the updated date instead but there is not a guarantee of the date that Google will show as Google determines which one it decides to show.


  5. Imran says

    I tried this but it shows both original published date and last updated date.
    I want to show
    if the post is update- show updated date
    if not
    just show original date.
    How to do this.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      For what you’re wanting you would want to add an else statement that had your theme’s original option to display the date using the method to edit your theme template from this article. An example of what you would add is the code below:

      else {
      // Theme's code


  6. Adam Baney says

    The code to insert into a theme file worked perfectly! I added it as a function in my functions.php file, and called it on the page. The allows me to update the code in 1 place, and it will update across my site, in case I want to show the last modified date for multiple post types or in custom templates. Thank you!


    I have a question, for example, if I now display the date of the last update of the article and I have 800 articles and all the dates have changed for all articles at once, will this affect or harm the search engines

    • WPBeginner Support says

      It should not cause an issue, you would mainly need to give time for Google to recrawl your updated dates.


  8. Raphael says

    Thank you so much for this tutorial!
    I used the first method and it perfectly works for me but I am having one issue, the post is still showing the published date on google search instead of the latest update date.
    How can I do away with this?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      It would depend on how recently it has changed, if you just added the updated date you would need to wait for Google to recrawl your post.


  9. Masrafi says

    Hello, this was a very helpful blog and video. But when I apply, it shows the end of the content. please tell me the solution

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You may need to check with the support for your specific theme to check the placement of your code in case your theme has a different method for displaying the publish date.


  10. Laura says

    Just a quick question, the updated date shows at the bottom of my posts, as opposed to the top.

    Is there a solution to ensure the new updated date is at the beginning of the posts?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      It would depend on how your theme is designed. If you reach out to your theme’s support they should be able to help you place it in the correct location :)


  11. Raman says

    Hi Team,

    I am able to print updated date but it’s getting rendered below the featured image, can you advise how can print the udpated date on the top of the featured image, means right below the title.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would want to reach out to the support for your specific theme and they should be able to assist with that placement.


  12. Sanaullah Farooq says


    I want to show only post update date on page and in search results instead of publish date. How can I achieve that? I have tried everything.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      If you are unable to remove the published date then we would recommend reaching out to your specific theme’s support and they would be able to help you remove that.


    • WPBeginner Support says

      If the change is recent, you would need to wait for Google’s cache to clear. Otherwise, you would want to check with your theme’s support to ensure they are not setting the specific publish date elsewhere


  13. Shubham Davey says

    What if I want to show only the updated date & not the published date? The method shown here displays both published & updated date, I don’t want that, just updated date, that’s it.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      It would depend on your theme but you would use method 2 to replace the display of the last edited date. The location of that code varies from theme to theme.


  14. John says

    The PHP code worked great, but how do I limit it to post pages only. Once I added the code to functions.php it displayed last updated on both pages and posts. What do I need to add to limit it to just posts?



    • WPBeginner Support says

      To limit it to posts you would use an if statement after the function:

      function wpb_last_updated_date( $content ) {
      if ( is_single() ) {

      and add a closing } above the add_filter line


      • John says

        Thank you for the quick response!

        I tried the code, but it prevents my blog pages from rendering. However, my blog post pages continue to work and display last updated date.

        Do you have any idea why that is?

        • WPBeginner Support says

          You may want to reach out to your theme’s support, this code shouldn’t prevent the rendering of content unless something theme-specific is conflicting with it.

  15. Romeo says

    Still worked in September 2019 for one of my sites. For my Genesis based site, I needed to use the Genesis Simple Edits plugin to easily modify the post info since they put the post info in an array, instead of in a function.

  16. Kirsty says

    Hi there,

    I’m having the opposite problem – I have a new website and have backdated my posts to the date that they were originally created, but my site is showing the dates that they were last updated.

    Any advice on how to fix this, or if there is a link to another tutorial for that somewhere would be greatly appreciated, I can’t find one!


    • WPBeginner Support says

      By default, WordPress should work like this, you may want to reach out to the support for the specific theme you’re using to see if they have a setting for this.


    • WPBeginner Support says

      Unless I hear otherwise, we haven’t tested the SEO impact of having both displaying at the same time but your post’s metadata should let search engines know which date to look at.


  17. Noz says

    Thanks.. is there a way to show the Last modified field Only After certain time from date of post?
    i.e if the next day you edited a post for some reason, doesn’t have to show as modified..

  18. Bill Hogsett says

    i have a page that lists books that I have read and I update the page when I start a new book.

    On the sit’s homepage I have a menu link to the book list. I would like to have button, or maybe just text, next to the homepage link showing the last time the book list page has been updated.

    Any suggestions?


    • WPBeginner Support says

      You could either add a text widget or edit the menu item’s title manually when you update the page.


  19. Herbert says

    I am using Method 1 since Method 2 doesnt seem to work on my theme. Is there a way to have the text be displayed n the bottom of the post? Your response would mean a lot. Thank you

    • WPBeginner Support says

      For relocating the publish date you would want to reach out to the support for the theme you are currently using for how to do that with your theme.


  20. Pete says

    This is great. Quick question, I can’t seem to get it to only show on post and not pages? I tried to add method 2 to the single post template, but that didnt seem to work. It doesnt contain a bit about date or time. Even though the date is displayed in header.
    Should i be adding more to show date and time in the single post template?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Your specific theme may be pulling that information from another file. If you reach out to your specific theme’s support they should be able to assist.


  21. Alexander says

    Hi, thanks so much for this guidance freely given.

    Suppose I do not want to show the published date but only the last updated date? How can I modify the code to achieve that, please?


    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would need to modify your theme’s templates, as each theme is different you would need to check with your theme’s support for where the published date is located


  22. Melanie says


    I found your information helpful. But perhaps you can answer two more questions:

    When is it best to completely update a post aka republish it versus just provide the “last updated” information? Sometimes republishing something feels like cheating – it’s a lazy way to update my blog.

    I’ve also read that having two dates on a post can confuse Google when it is crawling your site. Of course, I would like for them to pick up the latest date so it shows next to the description in the search results. Is there a way to show one or the other?

    Right now, I have removed the entry date on posts while employing the “last updated” date (using css for both). Problem is that if I haven’t updated something, then it shows no date which is also a no-no according to the post above.

    A LOT to address here, I know! But if you would be so kind to consider a reply, I would appreciate it.


    • WPBeginner Support says

      Hi Melanie,

      It is best to simply update a post if changes are minor. However, if a post is completely outdated and a rewrite contains all new information, then you can publish it as a new article and redirect your old article.


  23. Christie says

    How do you keep the “last updated” from appearing at the top of specific pages. I really only want it on blog posts, not my homepage, contact page, etc.? thanks.

  24. Laura says

    This code is excellent. Thanks so much. I’m following pretty much all of it, but I’m just curious what the 86400 number added to the updated time is doing.

    Thanks in advance.

  25. Sunny Mui says

    Thanks, this was helpful for implementing last updated text on my blog.

    One point, the theme specific code is actually incorrect. You forgot the “echo get_…” before the get_the_modified_time() function.

    Right now it just says:

    the_modified_time(‘F jS, Y’);
    echo ” at “;

    When it should say:

    echo get_the_modified_time(‘F jS, Y’);
    echo ” at “;
    echo get_the_modified_time();

  26. Jamie Brower says

    Can you please tell me how to post the modified date AFTER the content. I tried using a in the footer.php but then it just displays before the content AND in the footer. I would just like the footer to display.

  27. Daniele says

    Thanks guys, it works like a charm! A so so cool tip!

    If you want to add the last modified ONLY ON POSTS, that works for me (I’m Italian and I edited it not showing the hour and modified the date order):

    function wpb_last_updated_date( $content ) {
    $u_time = get_the_time(‘U’);
    $u_modified_time = get_the_modified_time(‘U’);
    if ($u_modified_time >= $u_time + 86400) {
    $updated_date = get_the_modified_time(‘d F Y’);
    $updated_time = get_the_modified_time(‘H:i’);
    $custom_content .= ‘Articolo aggiornato il ‘. $updated_date . ”;
    $custom_content .= $content;
    return $custom_content;
    return $content;
    add_filter( ‘the_content’, ‘wpb_last_updated_date’ );

  28. David says

    I have applied above all settings on my website and its working fine.

    But I have one question that when two dates shown above content then which date will be shown in google search engine result page? Please provide answer because I have done all this only for showing last update date in google search engine result page.

  29. ahmed says

    i like this it is very good and easy to install with genesis child theme function.php thank you

  30. Vishal Mukherjee says

    Added the following code to functions.php

    function wpb_last_updated_date( $content ) {
    $u_time = get_the_time(‘U’);
    $u_modified_time = get_the_modified_time(‘U’);
    if ($u_modified_time >= $u_time + 86400) {
    $updated_date = get_the_modified_time(‘F jS, Y’);
    $updated_time = get_the_modified_time(‘h:i a’);
    $custom_content .= ‘Last updated on ‘. $updated_date . ‘ at ‘. $updated_time .”;

    $custom_content .= $content;
    return $custom_content;
    add_filter( ‘the_content’, ‘wpb_last_updated_date’ );

    Works fine for posts but … the same is displayed in Pages also.
    I want it only for post. or if pages then at a different place eg End og the page article.

    Best Wishes
    Vishal Mukherjee

  31. Victor Step says

    Thank you for the code.
    However, there is a common problem that Google pulls the date of the embedded youtube video instead of the updated blog post date. In your case, I see that the search results do in fact show the correct date, and not the embedded video’s upload date. How did you achieve this? Thank you.

  32. RUWAN says

    hello, I want only show updated date like your website, not both(updated and published date), when I add your code to site then its shows that both dates, please guide me to show only that updated date. thanks

  33. Ludwig Sörmlind says

    Thank you for this post, I tried it and it works like a charm. I went for the site-specific plugin-option.

  34. Ebuka says

    Thanks a lot it worked perfectly. but for the custom CSS only the “text-transform” worked on my theme. Other CSS like; color, text-weight, background-color etc. did not work. Please is there any possible way around it?

  35. peter says

    hi syed ,am peter. the code work on my theme, but when i tried to add css style , i mean this code .last-updated {
    font-size: small;
    text-transform: uppercase;
    background-color: #fffdd4;

    my site goes blank. please what do i do to restore my website…

  36. Steve W says

    Thank you for this tip. I actually turned it into a shortcode so that it only shows up where I want it, and not on every page or post. [last_updated]

  37. Velyz Zhang says

    Actually the code is work, but the result showing some numbers before “last update”

    1494555840LAST UPDATED ON JUL 9, 2017

    Every single post that I updated showing different numbers like that. Any one can help me?

    Thank you

  38. mathhew says

    Can you please explain how to apply it for genesis framework. i tried it but it didn’t worked

  39. Adarsh Sahu says

    Hey I just tried this method it worked fine for me but the problem is that now my post is not showing any date in google search please help me i also want to show last updated date in Google search when anyone searches my content.

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