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How to show the published date as “time ago” in WordPress?

In this post, you’ll learn how you can change WordPress date to the ‘time ago’ format programmatically with the help of some filter hooks.

The script:

Add this is the script at the bottom of the functions.php file:

* depending on your theme, you may only use time or date filters. You can remove unnecessary hooks.
add_filter( 'get_the_date', 'timeAgoFormat' ); 
add_filter( 'the_date', 'timeAgoFormat' ); 
add_filter( 'get_the_time', 'timeAgoFormat' );
add_filter( 'the_time', 'timeAgoFormat' );
function timeAgoFormat( $publish_time ) {
	// convert publish date into a Unix timestamp (e.g. June 5, 2022 => 1654387200... ms)
	$publish_time = strtotime( $publish_time ); 
	 * Get the difference between the current time and the publish time ($publish_time)
	 * Return the result in a human readable format ("1 hour", "2 days", "5 mins", ...)
	return human_time_diff( $publish_time, current_time( 'timestamp' ) ).' '.__( 'ago' );


With the help of some hooks and date functions, you’ll be able to change publish date from a regular date format into the better “time ago” format. Good luck!

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