View last edited instead of published date in dashboard for posts (3 posts)

  1. sophiavancouver
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I have a blog with about 40 posts in one particular category that relate to recurring events. Every four months I go in and update all the posts with some new information to make them show up for another four months in the event calendar 3 plugin I'm using.
    What would help to make sure I don't miss any, is if I could view the 'last edited' date in the post from the dashboard.

    I've dismissed the following options:
    1) viewing the RSS feed directly, which shows the information I need to see. It only shows the last 15 posts, so is no good for older ones, and I can't find anything to force it to show more... Anyone know a way to force a particular category's rss feed to show all the items in that category, rather than the most recent? I seem to recall it used to do this...
    2) Customizing the archive page for that category to show the last modified date or the event calendar schedule. I know how to do this, but I need the archive page for that category to display a certain way already. Is there any way to make a second archive page for a particular category?
    3) changing the publish date of the post every time I update. I can't do this because it changes the URL (drat) and I need people I've sent links to to still be able to follow them. I'm using custom permalinks.

    What I need is a way to iether get around one of the blocks above, or find another way to see at a glance which items in this category are getting stale and need a refresh. The blog itself has hundreds of entries, so I also need to see it by category, not all the items.

    Thanks for your help,

  2. ezeewp
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Hi Sophia

    Sorry, just came across this anyhow this code will tell you the last time a post was modified - sorry not category - but it is a standard WP function - no need to change the published date i.e. the_time()

    <?php the_modified_time('jS F Y') ?>

    With this it would not be too difficult to write a small back end function that lists the categories & posts that need updating. If you need any help with this just shout.

  3. groomedmonkey
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Oh this is just what I was looking for but I have no idea how to make a back end function to make it work. @ezeewp would you be able to point me in the direction of doing this?

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