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Since0.71
Deprecatedn/a
the_date ( $format = '', $before = '', $after = '', $echo = true )
Parameters: (4)
  • (string) $format Optional. PHP date format. Defaults to the 'date_format' option.
    Required: No
    Default: (empty)
  • (string) $before Optional. Output before the date. Default empty.
    Required: No
    Default: (empty)
  • (string) $after Optional. Output after the date. Default empty.
    Required: No
    Default: (empty)
  • (bool) $echo Optional. Whether to echo the date or return it. Default true.
    Required: No
    Default: true
Returns:
  • (string|void) String if retrieving.
Defined at:
Codex:

Display or Retrieve the date the current post was written (once per date)

Will only output the date if the current post's date is different from the previous one output. i.e. Only one date listing will show per day worth of posts shown in the loop, even if the function is called several times for each post. HTML output can be filtered with 'the_date'. Date string output can be filtered with 'get_the_date'.


Source

function the_date( $format = '', $before = '', $after = '', $echo = true ) {
	global $currentday, $previousday;

	$the_date = '';

	if ( is_new_day() ) {
		$the_date    = $before . get_the_date( $format ) . $after;
		$previousday = $currentday;
	}

	/**
	 * Filters the date a post was published for display.
	 *
	 * @since 0.71
	 *
	 * @param string $the_date The formatted date string.
	 * @param string $format   PHP date format.
	 * @param string $before   HTML output before the date.
	 * @param string $after    HTML output after the date.
	 */
	$the_date = apply_filters( 'the_date', $the_date, $format, $before, $after );

	if ( $echo ) {
		echo $the_date;
	} else {
		return $the_date;
	}
}