The Ultimate Guide To Date And Time Formatting In PHP

This is the major issue I have seen many developers face that how to deal with the Date and Time format at the time of website development. For example, you might need to show the last date when the User visits your website or how long ago the website visitor wrote a comment. As a developer, this is very frustrating that instead of focusing on your logic, you are busy setting the format of date and time.

Formatting in PHP

We are lucky that PHP has built-in functions of Date() and Time() which will help us to show all formate of Date and Time in an easy way.

This blog will make you comfortable while dealing with Date and Time along with different Date and Time Format. You will also learn the addition and subtraction of Date and Time in PHP.

Starting with String format of Date and Time in PHP

One of the most commonly used dates and time functions in PHP is the date($format, $timestamp) as you can see here two parameters are given in date function. Firstly we will understand these parameters.

  • $format is the format of the date which we will set as the desired result. It will contain a different set of characters that represents the format of date and time. For example, If you want to show a date in the given format like 27 Jun 2018. Then the value of $formate will be $formate=’ d F Y ‘. Where the character shows the general meaning, ‘d’ represents ‘day’, ‘F’ represents ‘Months’ and ‘Y’ represents the ‘Year’.
  • $timestap which contains the string formate of date. For example, $timestamp=’2018–06–27 00:00:00'.
  • For more details, you can visit PHP Documentation.

Here is your ultimate guide on formatting in PHP.

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