A Unique way to Auto Add Dynamic Year in WordPress Post Titles

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This article is all about Adding a Dynamic Year in Selected Post Titles. I will share why you should Add Current Year in WP Post title using the shortcode. Along with that, I will also explain A Unique way to Auto Add Dynamic Year in WordPress Post Titles.

Using the same method, you can not only add a year, but you can also add month/date and/or day to WordPress Title. So that you can change the WordPress page title dynamically.

But before digging into the details, I would like to ask a very simple question about your behavior on the internet.

Have you ever observed your behavior to click on the Google Search Results Page?

Did you notice any pattern for choosing a particular link or post?

Hmm?? Any Guesses..??? Think about it for a second.

Okay, let me explain why I asked you to think about your behavior.

How to Auto Add Dynamic Year in WordPress Post Titles
How to Auto Add Dynamic Year in WordPress Post Titles

Why you should Add Dynamic Year in WordPress Post Titles

According to a study, humans’ eyes don’t read all the letters one by one, especially on the internet. Human eyes scan text for Highlighted Words, Numbers and Bullet Points.

Out of these three; Numbers made the most impact on the human brain. Digits or figures easily slides into your mind and hit it hard. After that, our mind says ‘this message is important’. And this is how we choose to discover the same.

Now, let’s assume that you have searched ‘fastest WordPress themes’ on Google. And you get results as per the following image.

Google Search Result Page for Fastest WordPress Themes Keyword
Google Search Result Page for Fastest WordPress Themes Keyword

Experts say that there are high chances that you will click on the Second (2nd) Search Result instead of First (1st).

Though, both the search results’ title start with digits.

But, the 2nd result also highlighted the Current Year and everybody wants to read newer information first. That’s why most of us would likely to click on the 2nd Search result.

At this point, you may argue that I’ll also read the date on which the article gets published and then choose the link.

I would say, Yes, this could be one of the deciding factors in this case, but most of the times there will be only one or two results with the current year or any kind of digit in the result titles.

And the study further reveals that Article Titles with Digits or Years got more clicks in comparison to the Titles without Digits.

I am hoping that now you have agreed with my point.

How you should Add Dynamic Year in WordPress Post Titles

So, we have learned that Digits and Figures are important and we should use the same in our Article Title. But how… what is the correct way out???

One can simply Add Current Year i.e. 2019 in the article title while writing it. Like I have added Year in this blog post related to Best Free CDN Providers for WordPress in 2019, Go check that out.

But what about after one year?

Suppose, you will get a Search Result in Jan 2019 with the Post Title mentioned 2018. Will you click on that search result?

Well, for me, it depends. My first preference would be any other latest search result instead of last year’s result. And, if I am not wrong, most of us will do the same.

People tend to give less importance to older information instead of new information.

So, next year, I have to update the post title manually to stay in the race. Right??

What if, your post title change automatically, and displays the current year instead of the old year.

How about adding a Dynamic Year in Post Title…??? or Add Current Year in WP Post title using shortcode..??  or change WordPress page title dynamically..?? That would be awesome… no…??

Hence, here I am sharing How to Auto Add Dynamic Year in WordPress post title using the WordPress post title shortcode method. These steps will help you to change WordPress page title dynamically.

  1. First, you need to Activate shortcode for Post Title in WordPress,
  2. Also, Activate shortcode for Yoast SEO Title and Meta Description (optional, if you are using the Yoast plugin).
  3. And then create a shortcode, which dynamically displays current year,
  4. Now, add Current Year in WP Post title using the shortcode.

How to Activate shortcode in WordPress Post Title

You need to add the following code into the functions.php file to activate WordPress post title shortcode:

//* Activate shortcode function in Post Title
add_filter( 'the_title', 'do_shortcode' );

The above-given code adds a filter to the_title WordPress Function, which allows you to use the shortcode in WordPress Title. Now, we’ll create a shortcode to display the current year dynamically.

How to Activate shortcode in Yoast Title and Meta Description

The process to use the shortcode in Yoast Title and Meta Description is similar to the use of shortcode in WordPress Post Title. Add the following code in function.php to do the same.

//* Activate shortcode function in Yoast Title and Meta Description 
add_filter( 'wpseo_title', 'do_shortcode' );
add_filter( 'wpseo_metadesc', 'do_shortcode' );

Now, let’s learn how to add dynamic Year/Month/Date/Day in WordPress post/page title.

How to Auto Add Dynamic Year in WordPress Post Titles

Again, add the given below code in the functions.php file of your WordPress theme:

//* Shortcode to display the current year in WordPress
//* shortcode: [year]
add_shortcode( 'year' , 'current_year' );
    function current_year() {
    $year = date("Y");
    return "$year";
}

Alright, now add this shortcode [year] in your post title and it will auto add Dynamic Year in WordPress Post/Page Titles.

At the backend, in WordPress post editor, your post title would look like…

Fastest WordPress Theme of [year]

And at the front end, your post title would look like…

Fastest WordPress Theme of 2019

If you want to add the day and month along with the year, please use the modified code below.

//* Shortcode to display the current date, month and year in WordPress
//* shortcode: [date_month_year]
add_shortcode( 'date_month_year' , 'current_date_month_year' );
function current_date_month_year() {
$year = date("Y");
$month = date("M");
$date = date("D");
return "$date, $month, $year";
}

Final Code to add in function.php

Let’s compile all the code here… to auto add dynamic yeat in WordPress

//* Shortcode to display the current date, month and year in WordPress
//* shortcode: [date_month_year]
add_shortcode( 'date_month_year' , 'current_date_month_year' );
function current_date_month_year() {
$year = date("Y");
$month = date("M");
$date = date("D");
return "$date, $month, $year";
}
add_filter( 'the_title', 'do_shortcode' ); // activate shortcode in WP Title
add_filter( 'wpseo_title', 'do_shortcode' ); // activate shortcode in Yoast Title
add_filter( 'wpseo_metadesc', 'do_shortcode' ); // activate shortcode in Yoast Meta Description

Bonus Tip – How to Add WordPress Copyright Year via Shortcode

Similar to the above-discussed functionality, you can also add a dynamic year in WordPress Copyright. Use the following code to add WordPress copyright year via shortcode.

//* Shortcode to display the Copyright Year in WordPress 
//* shortcode: [copyright_year] 
add_shortcode( 'copyright_year' , 'add_copyright_year' ); 
function add_copyright_year() { 
$copyright_year = date("Y"); 
return '© ' . "$copyright_year"; 
}

The output of the code would be – © 2019

Use Custom Date and Time formatting

If you want to customize the formatting of date, month or year i.e. use ‘March’ (in full) instead of ‘Mar’. Here are the codes you can use for the same.

# Custom formatting for Year

  • “Y” – Capital Y to display 4 digits (Numeric) year i.e. 2019, 2020
  • “y” – Small y to display 2 digits (Numeric) year i.e. 19, 20

# Custom formatting for Month

  • “M” – Capital M to display 2 letters month i.e. Mar, Apr
  • “F” – Small M to display full word month i.e. March, April
  • “m” – Small m to display month in digits with leading zeros (Numeric) i.e. 03, 04, 11, 12
  • “n” – Small y to display month in digits without leading zeros (Numeric) i.e. 1, 2, 3, 10, 11

# Custom formatting for Day

  • “S” – Capital S to display the day of the month with the English suffix (st, nd, rd or th) i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 15th
  • “d” – Small d to display day in digits with leading zeros (Numeric) i.e. 01, 02, 25, 30
  • “j” – Small j to display day in digits without leading zeros (Numeric) i.e. 1, 2, 3, 20, 31

By default, WordPress offers a couple of other Dates and Time formats, which can be used. Read more here for details.

Wrapping it Up

I do Auto Add Dynamic Year in WordPress Post Titles on various blogs using the shortcode in WordPress Post Title. Do you use this trick on your WP blog? or you might find this information useful and plan to give it a shot.

I would recommend you to go ahead and give it a try. You can also modify this code for the customized shortcode you want to use in Post Title. Because the possibilities here are endless.

Do let me know if you face any issue to Add Current Year in WP Post title using the shortcode.

Happy blogging!!!

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43 thoughts on “A Unique way to Auto Add Dynamic Year in WordPress Post Titles”

  1. Avatar of Darius

    Hi Saurabh,

    I want to be able to add, in addition to a year, also current month. Also I want to be able to append the year only to the post from certain categories. How do I do that?

    Thank you!

    Reply
    • Hey Darius,

      I have modified the code as per your need… use the following code to display Current month and year (Feb, 2018).

      //* Shortcode to display the current month and year in WordPress
      //* shortcode: [month_year]
      add_shortcode( 'month_year' , 'current_month_year' );
      function current_month_year() {
      $year = date("Y");
      $month = date("M");
      return "$month, $year";
      }

      You can use the is_category to display in certain categories.
      Cheers!

      Reply
      • Avatar of Shaid Maqsood

        Hi Which shortcode will be used to show month and year as you use [year] in the above post I want to show month and year in my post title.

        Reply
        • Avatar of Saurabh K

          Hey Shaid,
          You can use the current month with the year. Here is the modified code.

          //* Shortcode to display the current month and year in WordPress
          //* shortcode: [month_year]
          add_shortcode( 'month_year' , 'current_month_year' );
          function current_month_year() {
          $month = date("M");
          $year = date("Y");
          return "$month, $year";
          }

          Reply
  2. Avatar of alaba

    I wonder that changing post tile manually affects Seo badly or not. For example I have XYZ 2017 and want to make it XYZ 2018. If I want to make it manually I will go to post in dashboard and just make 2017 => 2018, right? I want to ask you one more question. What about if I remove the year? What happens then?

    Reply
    • Hi Alaba,
      It totally depends upon what you are changing in the post title. Changing year in the post tile manually or automatically should not affect SEO.

      Reply
  3. Avatar of Robbi

    Hi, I know this is not at all what you were going for in this post, but how would you change this to show the static date that it was posted?
    I’m trying to crib together posts that name themselves using the date in the title in an automated post. I’m guessing the command to change is “current_year” but don’t know where to go from there.

    Reply
  4. Avatar of Emiliano F. V.

    Hey Saurabh!

    Thanks for the snippet, no doubt very useful =)

    I add the filter for Yoast, so it can be used in the title of the page as well:

    add_filter( ‘wpseo_title’, ‘do_shortcode’ );

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Great! Thanks for improvising the snippet.

      Reply
  5. Avatar of David

    Hello Saurabh.

    Thank you for your code.

    Is there a way to display current year also in the meta description of post/page? How will the code look like?

    Reply
  6. Avatar of David

    Hello Saurabh.

    Thank you for your code.

    Is there a way to display current year also in the meta title and meta description of post/page? How will the code look like?

    Reply
  7. Add the below code with the snippet. It will allow you to use shortcode in yoast title and meta description.
    add_filter( 'wpseo_title', 'do_shortcode' );
    add_filter( 'wpseo_metadesc', 'do_shortcode' );

    Reply
  8. Avatar of Risa

    Hi,

    Thank you for this article!

    Can I use this method for the standard page? I’d like to automatically update the year within the text on the standard page.

    Thank you for your help!

    Reply
  9. Avatar of Sushant

    Hello Alaba,
    Really cool stuff. It was very helpful.
    I had another query though. What if we wanted to add dynamic day which changes automatically from what is defined for a specific year.

    For example:
    if the year changes to 2019, my date should change to 1st May
    if the year changes to 2020, my date should change to 5th June
    if the year changes to 2021, my date should change to 12th June

    Thank you in advance 🙂

    Reply
    • Hey Sushant, You can use the current date with month and year. Here is the modified code.
      //* Shortcode to display the current date, month and year in WordPress
      //* shortcode: [date_month_year]
      add_shortcode( 'date_month_year' , 'current_date_month_year' );
      function current_date_month_year() {
      $year = date("Y");
      $month = date("M");
      $date = date("D");
      return "$date, $month, $year";
      }

      Reply
  10. Avatar of Suvankar Saha

    Nice and knowledgeable post.

    Reply
  11. Avatar of Sam

    Hi there,

    Thanks for the great code guys!

    I am unable to get it the shortcode [month_year] to work with WordPress and Yoast titles. Could you please let me know if my code needs tweeking? It shows [month_year] not Mar 2019

    //* Shortcode to display the current month and year in WordPress
    //* shortcode: [month_year]
    add_shortcode( ‘month_year’ , ‘current_month_year’ );
    function current_month_year() {
    $year = date(“Y”);
    $month = date(“M”);
    return “$month, $year”;
    }
    add_filter( ‘wpseo_title’, ‘do_shortcode’ );
    add_filter( ‘wpseo_metadesc’, ‘do_shortcode’ );

    Kind regards
    Sam

    Reply
  12. Avatar of Sam

    Hi again,

    Now it works in wordpress title but not Yoast titles and descriptions 🙁

    Please help

    Thanks
    Sam

    My full code is below:

    //* Shortcode to display the current month and year in WordPress 2019 starts
    //* [month_year]
    //* Activate shortcode function in Post Title
    add_filter( ‘the_title’, ‘do_shortcode’ );

    add_filter( ‘wpseo_title’, ‘do_shortcode’ );
    add_filter( ‘wpseo_metadesc’, ‘do_shortcode’ );

    add_shortcode( ‘month_year’ , ‘current_month_year’ );
    function current_month_year() {
    $year = date(“Y”);
    $month = date(“M”);
    return “$month, $year”;
    }

    Reply
  13. Avatar of Sam

    Just to let you know that these 2 lines are creating 1000s of errors

    add_filter( ‘wpseo_title’, ‘do_shortcode’ );
    add_filter( ‘wpseo_metadesc’, ‘do_shortcode’ );

    [21-Mar-2019 20:39:18 UTC] PHP Warning: Use of undefined constant ‘do_shortcode’ – assumed ‘‘do_shortcode’’ (this will throw an Error in a future version of PHP) in /home/website/public_html/wp-content/themes/theme/functions.php on line 1182

    I hope you can help.

    Sorry for sending 3 posts.

    Thanks
    Sam

    Reply
  14. Avatar of Saurabh K

    Hey Sam, Your code seems fine and it should work.

    The only problem here is, the single inverted comma you are using in your code is incorrect. use ( ‘ ) instead of ( ‘ ).

    Copy the code from the post, it will work.

    And always use a code editor to edit any code, instead of any text editor, to avoid such mistakes.

    Reply
    • Avatar of Sam

      I forgot to ask. Would it be possible to have the full word of the month e.g. (March) instead of just short abbreviation e.g. (Mar)

      It would be great if you can adjust and repost the code here.

      Nice work, thanks for that 🙂

      Sam

      Reply
      • Avatar of Saurabh K

        Hey Sam, I have updated the post as per your request, please check.

        Reply
  15. Avatar of Sam

    Thanks Saurabh,

    I didn’t notice that. I’ve just copied and pasted the code from above.

    Amazing how a small thing can cause major issues!

    Everything is working like a charm now!

    Many thanks again 🙂
    Sam

    Reply
  16. Avatar of Kevin

    Great tips, thank you so much 🙂

    Reply
  17. Avatar of gianluca

    great post, really!

    one question, how to translate date language from english to italian?

    Reply
  18. Avatar of Luca

    hi how can translate date format from english to italian?

    Reply
  19. Avatar of Jacopo Matteuzzi

    Great post Saurabh!
    I modified your code to replace month in my language (the language of the website), hope could be useful:

    //* Shortcode to display the current date, month and year in WordPress
    //* shortcode: [date_month_year]
    add_shortcode( ‘date_month_year’ , ‘current_date_month_year’ );
    function current_date_month_year() {
    $year = date(“Y”);
    $month = date_i18n(“F”);
    $date = date(“j”);
    return “$date $month $year”;
    }
    add_filter( ‘the_title’, ‘do_shortcode’ ); // activate shortcode in WP Title
    add_filter( ‘wpseo_title’, ‘do_shortcode’ ); // activate shortcode in Yoast Title
    add_filter( ‘wpseo_metadesc’, ‘do_shortcode’ ); // activate shortcode in Yoast Meta Description

    Reply
    • Avatar of Saurabh K

      Glad you find the code useful. Thanks, Jacopo for sharing the modified code.

      Reply
  20. Avatar of Shyam

    Hi, I’m using all in one seo not yoast seo, so how to use this code? Please help. Thank you

    Reply
    • Avatar of Saurabh K

      Hey Shyam, Use the following filter for All in One SEO.

      add_filter(‘aioseop_title’, ‘do_shortcode’); //activate shortcode in All in One SEO Title
      add_filter(‘aioseop_description’, ‘do_shortcode’); //activate shortcode in All in One SEO Meta Description

      Hope it helps.

      Reply
  21. Avatar of Dario Zadro

    Yoast already has a snippet for the year, so nothing extra is needed for that part. However, your tips are great and helped me quickly get the year into Post Titles. Thanks!

    Reply
    • Avatar of Saurabh K

      Yost has depreciated the year snippet. So, here is the workaround. Thanks for stopping by.

      Reply
  22. Avatar of kin

    Thank you for this post. Now that all questions and answers were provided, can you please summarize all these in a single video? That will be of further help. Thank you very much.

    Reply
    • Avatar of Saurabh K

      It’s Great you find it helpful. Thanks for the tip, will definitely look into it.
      Glad, you stopped by!

      Reply
  23. Avatar of David

    Great its work on posts but how to use it on Category, Tag and page title?

    Reply
  24. Avatar of Saurabh K

    Hey David,

    You can use the snippet at almost everywhere in WordPress.
    Just allow the use of shortcode using a filter hook. In this case, use the following hooks…

    add_filter( 'wp_title', 'do_shortcode' ); // activate shortcode in WP Title - Page or Post

    add_filter( 'term_name', 'do_shortcode' ); // activate shortcode in all category, tag and custom taxonomy title
    add_filter( 'term_description', 'do_shortcode' ); // activate shortcode in all category, tag and custom taxonomy descriptions

    add_filter( 'the_category', 'do_shortcode' ); // activate shortcode in all category title
    add_filter( 'category_description', 'do_shortcode' ); // activate shortcode in all category descriptions

    add_filter( 'the_tags', 'do_shortcode' ); // activate shortcode in all tag title
    add_filter( 'post_tag_description', 'do_shortcode' ); // activate shortcode in all tag descriptions

    Hope it help.

    Reply
  25. Avatar of herb

    i believe we need this for open graph and the schema?

    those are giving [month] and [year] outputs. I figured it out for OG:

    add_filter( ‘wpseo_opengraph_desc’, ‘do_shortcode’ );
    add_filter( ‘wpseo_opengraph_title’, ‘do_shortcode’ );

    but haven’t for schema, any ideas?

    Reply
    • Avatar of Saurabh K

      Thanks, herb.

      Please refer to the following code to use the shortcode in OG and Schema output by Yoast.

      For OpenGrap –
      add_filter( 'wpseo_opengraph_title', 'do_shortcode' );
      add_filter( 'wpseo_opengraph_desc', 'do_shortcode' );

      For Schema –
      add_filter( 'wpseo_json_ld_output', 'do_shortcode' );

      Reply
  26. Avatar of Sunanda Das

    Hello sourav, thanks for this awesome guide.
    I am using only astra theme and Yoast SEO plugin on my blog.

    But the [year] shortcode is not working in schema only.

    I already added this code to functions.php:
    add_filter( ‘wpseo_json_ld_output’, ‘do_shortcode’ );

    But it is not working with the webpage name section in the schema graph.

    “@type”: “WebPage”,
    “@id”: “http://example.com/first-post#webpage”,
    “url”: “http://example.com/first-post”,
    “name”: “How to buy best iPhone [year]”,

    Any ideas how to solve this problem?

    Reply
  27. Avatar of Rimon

    I have a question. Will post title dynamic year be automatically change after a year Or i have to change manually.

    Reply
  28. Avatar of Rufai

    What I was really looking for. However, I am using RankMath SEO plugin, so I use the following short codes:
    1)

    add_filter( ‘rank_math/frontend/title’, function( $title ) {
    return $title;
    });
    add_filter( ‘rank_math/frontend/description’, function( $description ) {
    return $description;
    });

    2)

    add_filter( ‘rank_math/frontend/title’, function( $title ) {
    //create some conditional logic here to execute the below for only certain pages/posts
    $title = do_shortcode($title);
    return $title;
    });

    Reply
  29. Avatar of John

    How to add the same hook for the site’s search results titles?

    Reply

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