It is 2016. Update Your Footer.

Change your static timestamp to an automatically updating copyright year or other dynamic timestamp. Just copy a code snippet from below or read more.

What dynamic timestamp? »

JavaScript Snippets

This is pure JavaScript, meaning it will refresh the year browser-side, depending on the user's time settings. Just copy the below snippet and paste it where you want your dynamic text in the footer to appear.

<script type="text/javascript">
  document.write(new Date().getFullYear());
</script>

This will just give you:

If you want a bit more information, here's a snippet you can customize:

&copy; 2010<script>new Date().getFullYear()>2010&&document.write("-"+new Date().getFullYear());</script>, Company.

Which will give you:

© 2010, Company.

Because JavaScript works on the client (the user's browser, that is), it is dependent on the user's settings. In most cases it will likely be what you'd expect. Here's more info on the JavaScript Date Object.

PHP Snippets

Here's the same in PHP so you can do this server-side. Use Wordpress? Find the 'footer.php' in your Editor and add this there (here are videos to help you with that). The below snippet will just show the current year:

<?php echo date("Y"); ?>

This will just give you:

Or if you want more detail in your footer, use something like this:

&copy; <?php 
  $fromYear = 2008; 
  $thisYear = (int)date('Y'); 
  echo $fromYear . (($fromYear != $thisYear) ? '-' . $thisYear : '');?> Company.

Or you can go for ($fromYear < $thisYear) in the above to account for any time reversal (or a confused server, more likely). But either will give you:

© 2008 Company.

Since PHP works on the server, it will display the year the server is currently in. Thus, if you look at this from Europe in the wee hours of 2016, you still see 2015 here.

What Is A Dynamic Footer Year Or Timestamp?

Ever looked at a website and wondered if it is still in operation? Maybe a thing or two looked like they could have been updated – and then you notice the copyright notice the in the footer. "2012. Right, this site must be dead. Let's move along."

Of course, it could be that the owner just forgot to update the year in the footer. That happens a lot, especially if those years are hard-coded strings. To future-proof your footer, it's better to just let computers take care of this. Grab one of these snippets and paste that on your page (or forward this site as a friendly reminder to someone who can do it for you).

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