The Argument Continues on 'Last Updated'
Last Update: Feb 8, 2016
It's been a while since I've blogged about anything. :(. Hope you're all doing well! :)
Anyway, what I wanted to talk about is being able to show on your site when you last made any changes to a post or page.
Changing 'Published Date' to 'Last Updated'
Some time ago there were questions raised about changing the 'published date' of pages and posts to 'Last Updated' when major changes were carried out. Especially if you were regularly making changes and wanted the whole process to be automated.
After some researching, this question was solved by Nathanpall99. It involves adding some coding to WordPress. I have included his blog post below.
Is this Important?
It has been argued that unless your posts, pages and site contains 'Evergreen' articles it is not necessary to inform your audience when you last updated your articles.
Jay (magistudios) did a brilliant webinar on the subject of Evergreen articles. It is a 'Must Watch'. ;)
Anyway, I have got to the stage with my sites where I need to carry out some major updates and changes to old articles. As I want visitors to my sites to know that I am keeping it updated, I decided to see if there were any plugins that would do the job, rather than messing around with Coding.
Adding 'Last Updated'
What I decided to do is keep the original 'published date' and add a 'Last Updated' date to the individual pages and posts that I amend.
The plugin, ( LAST UPDATED SHORTCODE. By bitacre) allows you to add this information anywhere you desire in your post or page.
Once the plugin has been activated in the usual way, all you need to do is place the code [lastupdated] on the 'text' part of your editing screen where you want it and save your work.
It's that simple. :)
Let me know what you think.
PS: If you use this plugin, please make sure that it is compatible with your theme before installing. :)
That looks pretty easy Lis. I used a child theme so I could remove the date completely on my posts so they would look evergreen.
Hi Marion, how are you doing?
It is very easy and I like to keep things simple. LOL.
This plugin also has good reviews and works on individual pages and posts instead of the whole site. So all good. :)
I like easy and simple too Lis. Plugins are much easier to get one's head around than child themes. KISS = Keep It Simple Sweetie.
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What a great tip! Bookmarked and THANK YOU..... :)
Hi Rosie, you're very welcome. I sometimes have my uses. :D
lol.....don't EVER feel that way seriously, though ..... always know and believe that you are unique with a unique message the world must hear......luv 'ya..... :) (sorry it sounds corny, but I do mean it)
It's a bad habit I have, doubting myself........ Luv ya too.... :) and it is not corny but a good reminder to me. Same applies :)
Thank you....I forget, too....we are silly humans, ay?
We are..... :)