Whenever you publish a blog post on WordPress, you will see a ‘Published date’ on the top or bottom (depends on the theme) of the post. This date tells the readers when the post was first published on your blog. Also, the date will be displayed in search engine results as well.
Now, all the posts that you write will not remain relevant forever. As time goes by, to keep the posts fresh and relevant, you will have to update them. You would obviously want to keep your readers updated as well, right?
But, there’s a problem.
Let’s say you published a post on ‘Monetizing your blog’ back in 2015. You came across a lot of new and unique ways to make money in 2016, so you go ahead, edit the post and update it with the new content. You even change the post title to ‘Monetizing your blog in 2016‘.
Readers now land on this post, excited that they are going to learn about some unique ways to make money blogging.
But, they notice the published date which tells them that the post was published back in 2015!
So, what do you think would be the reaction of a reader? Would they still hang around and read the post? Or would they search for a similar but fresh content somewhere else?
The possibility of the latter happening is quite high, isn’t it?
So, what can you do in this case?
Well, you can display the ‘Last Updated Date’ instead of the published date in your posts. This makes it obvious for the readers to understand when was the post last updated. Also, the last updated date is displayed in the search results which makes it easy for users to filter fresh content.
How to display Last Updated Date for posts in WordPress
There are 2 ways to achieve this. You can either edit the functions.php file of your child theme and modify the code, or you can install the Genesis Simple Edits plugin.
Since, all of us are not good with coding, I will be using the plugin in this guide. Using the plugin is really easy and can be done within minutes.
- Install the Genesis Simple Edits plugin. Check this guide on how to install a plugin in WordPress if you are not sure.
- Go to Genesis –> Simple Edits
You need to focus on ‘Entry Meta (above content) field.Note: Generally the published date is located above the content (as in the example above). In your case if it is located below the content, you have to edit the “Entry Meta (below content)” field.
- Notice the current settings. This displays the post published date along with the Author’s name. We need to replace the post_date with another shortcode.
Don’t worry about the other shortcodes.
Click on the “show available entry meta shortcodes”. Do you notice the post_modified_date shortcode? This is what we need to use to show the last updated date in blog posts.
Replace the text in the “Entry Meta” box with the below one.
You can replace Last Updated On with Last Modified or anything else that you feel like using. Once you change this, the final result will look like this.And that’s it!
Wasn’t it simple to replace the publish date with last updated date for posts in WordPress? Do let us know your thoughts in the comment section.