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Automatically adjust for daylight saving time

  1. marky
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    It would be nice if it were possible for WordPress to automatically adjust the UTC offset for daylight saving time.

    Currently, one has to adjust this value manually as soon as the time switch occurs or risk having inaccurate publish times. (This is actually quite problematic for my blog, which has a strict posting schedule.)

    I understand it's prohibitively complicated for WordPress to keep preset options for every possible region on the planet, but a set of conditions such as "second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November" could be used. Or, at the very least, include the option only for the most popular regions.

    Posted: 8 years ago #
  2. ttech5593
    Member

    This would be a good idea. Quite useful too.

    Posted: 8 years ago #
  3. eleni2
    Member

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    Already addressed by plugin, quite well too. Come on let's suggest things that haven't been solved by plugins. We need the developers to spend more time on things that can't be done with plugins.

    http://kimmo.suominen.com/sw/timezone/

    Posted: 8 years ago #
  4. marky
    Member

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    eleni2,

    The plugin you've cited relies on the time zone of the server, requires UNIX-specific commands, permissions, and server settings, and thus doesn't work correctly on my installation.

    Please understand that just because a plugin will suffice for your situation, there's no reason to condemn suggestions for improvement. This topic's suggestion is something I would very much like to see incorporated natively into future versions.

    Posted: 8 years ago #
  5. eleni2
    Member

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    Should I care mr marky? We rate what WE, the users, find to be high priority for WP developers. I rate it SUPER LOW because I do not think it's high priority. We are all allowed to rate accordingly and comment accordingly.

    Posted: 8 years ago #
  6. tamar
    Member

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    I'm with marky here. A plugin that doesn't work on all installations should not be cited as "the" solution. eleni2, I'm disappointed in the harshness of your reply.

    Given the timezone change last night and the confusion it caused me, I think this should go on the priority list. I really just want something that knows what the server time is and acts upon that.

    Posted: 8 years ago #
  7. c0y0te
    Member

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    It seems a bit crazy to me that I have to manually enter in a +1 or -1 hour on the timezone settings for WP (which of course I always forget when the clocks go forward/backward). I'm also not convinced a plugin is required - this should be core functionality.

    Why not just introduce automatic time sync (via a public NTP server) and provide an option to auto-adjust time based on the date (e.g. +/- for daylight savings etc.)

    Just a thought.

    c0y0te
    http://www.avalon5.com
    "Howl @ The Moon!"

    Posted: 8 years ago #
  8. pokerpac
    Member

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    i agree. this should be a simple thing. why not knock it out. every other computer time clock on the planet has adjusted for daylight savings for years.

    it's not a big enough deal to make me leave wordpress by any means ... but it's clearly an oversight that i would think they'd want to fix by 2.3

    Posted: 8 years ago #
  9. Naim
    Member

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    This gets my vote. I honestly only very recently realized it /wasn't/ correcting for daylight savings time. It would be a feature of only moderate complexity to implement but would probably benefit a great number of users.

    Either NTP sync or rule-based automatic adjustment are good options, configurations based on region are far less elegant for something like this.

    Posted: 8 years ago #
  10. elforesto
    Member

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    Managing to keep time is basic functionality. Imagine if your OS didn't adjust your time zone automagically. Considering that a large number of bloggers use WP for commercial purposes, it becomes even more critical.

    I echo that since this is such a small thing to do, it's better to knock it out quickly than leave it hanging.

    Posted: 8 years ago #

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