WordPress Local Date/Time
If you get hosting from a provider half way around the world, you'll find that their server time may not be the same as your local time. You've got a few options:
Update the php.ini file
Some hosts will give you access to this, some will not. Some may allow you to create a php.ini override file in your hosting directory, some will not.
If you do have the ability to do this then, you'll want to add the following line into a file called php.ini located in your main web root folder (htdocs, public_html, or something along those lines):
date.timezone = "Europe/London";
You can find a list of supported timezones here: https://www.php.net/manual/en/timezones.php
Once you set this you may need to restart your web server or PHP-FPM service. If this does not work, try and contact your hosting provider as they will be able to help you.
Set your timezone on the fly
If you can't do the above then you can always add the following line at the top of your php files:
<?php date_default_timezone_set('Europe/London'); ?>
Again, get your timezone from here: https://www.php.net/manual/en/timezones.php
Let WordPress do the heavy lifting
Probably the easiest solution here is to go into the general settings section in your wordpress admin and set the Timezone option. Then instead of using the date() function to get a formatted version of the current date and time you can use the current_time() function from wordpress. You can pass in 'mysql', 'timestamp', or any valid format string you would normally use for the date() function.
- PHP Timezones: https://www.php.net/manual/en/timezones.php
- PHP Date Function: https://www.php.net/manual/en/function.date.php
- WordPress Timezone Settings: https://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/time-settings/
- WordPress current_time Function: https://developer.wordpress.org/reference/functions/current_time/