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Magic Dates


If you are like me, you are probably responsible for updating content in (some) of your clients’ sites. Have you ever had pieces of content like these:

  1. “This is my 8th year in this industry […]”
  2. “Our little shop is up and running for 11 years […]”
  3. “9 years ago we decided to open our shop […]”

Then, at some point next year your client calls and tells you to update the “11 years” to “12 years”. Wouldn’t be great if these number could be auto-increased?
And that’s where “Magic Dates” comes to play.

How to use it:

Whenever you find yourself writing content in the editor, at the moment that you need an auto-increased number of years use the plugin like this:

[magicdate]2005[/magicdate] => This will produce 6

If you want an ordinal number (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc) use it like this:

[magicdate ordinalize=’true’]2008[/magicdate] => This will produce 3rd

use the [magicdays]YYYY-mm-dd[/magicdays] shortcode to calcumate the number
of days between today and the given date

Easy eh?


To install Magic Dates:

  1. Upload the ‘magic_dates.php’ file into the ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Use the shortcode [magicdate][/magicdate] in the editor to calculate the interval in years
  4. Use the shortcode [magicdays][/magicdays] in the editor to calculate the interval in days


Excellent Software

I’ve been looking for this plugin for a few months now. It’s works exactly as advertised. What I’m going to do is apply text over a background div. The end result will look like a graphic but it will update automatically. It’s a Years in business graphic.


Does what it says, and does it perfectly!
Thank you so much for this plugin and providing it for free! You sir (dev) are a gentleman!


Question, can this be used for auto changing the copyright year?
IE: 2016 (auto makes it 2017 next year)

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Add days interval calculations between today and a given date


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