It’s 2016 – How To Auto Update Your Blog Copyright Notice

Happy New Year everyone! It addition to the tips I gave you to make 2016 your best year ever, I’m going to add one more tip, and that is to update your blog copyright notice to say 2016.

If your blog doesn’t have a copyright notice, you should add one right away. Many bloggers may consider this a relatively minor issue. However, from a professional and branding standpoint, making sure your blog has a copyright notice with the correct information is very important.

For most bloggers, this is a simple task of logging into the WordPress admin panel and editing the footer.php file in the themes editor. Find the part that says Copyright 2015 and change it to say Copyright 2016. Because this is done only once a year, many bloggers will forget to update the copyright notice until someone points it out to them.

How To Auto Update The Copyright Notice

Instead of manually updating the copyright notice once a year, there is a simple way to make WordPress do it automatically. Start by Logging into your WordPress themes editor and open the file that holds your copyright information. For most WordPress themes, this will be the footer.php file. Keep in mind that you can only edit a file from the WordPress editor if the file permission is set to writable. If the file is not writable, you will have to FTP in to change the permission, or update the file using FTP.

Find the part with the copyright notice and replace it with the following.

Copyright &copy; <?php echo date(‘Y’); ?> Blog Name

Instead of hard coding 2016 into the copyright notice, you replace it with <?php echo date(‘Y’); ?>, which will automatically pull in the year from your web server calendar (the “&copy;” creates the copyright C logo). This only works if your server is set to the correct year. If it’s not, you’ll have to contact your web host and get them to adjust the date. In my case, I like to do my copyright from the year the blog started. The code will look like this.

Copyright &copy; 2005 – <?php echo date(‘Y’); ?> John Chow, Inc.


Now, instead of trying to remember to update the copyright notice at the beginning of a new year, the blog will do it for you automatically. That is, as long as the clock on the server is correct. 🙂

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15 thoughts on “It’s 2016 – How To Auto Update Your Blog Copyright Notice”

  1. Another informative post. Learn lots of new things from the post. Thanks for the awesome share.

  2. David Hunter says:

    Thanks for the great tip, John!

    I updated my copyright and noticed we don’t need the single quotations around the Y. If you keep them there then the single quotation will show up. So, if you don’t want the single quotation, like me, it would just be:

    1. David Hunter says:

      Looks like the code can’t be show here, so the Y would just be (Y) instead of (‘Y’).

      Oh, and thanks for the reminder! ha

  3. Saint Jose says:

    Great post,really i like this helpful post for every blogger…Thanks for giving knowledge about this post.

  4. Sergio says:

    Thank you John for this information. I added just the year when I started my blog, because it was already set up for 2016.

  5. Rudy says:

    Thanks for the trick, very useful!

  6. faisal says:

    Every year John has this post.

    1. John Chow says:

      And it always works great. 🙂

  7. Alexander says:

    Thank You John Chow, your blog is a great inspiration to me. As a newbie, I need your discipleship. I need your full time mentoring. Please tell me what it takes. I want my blog to be like yours this 2016

  8. Louis says:

    What if we put in 2016 – 2020, then won’t have to update. But the bigger blog, this does matter to them, preventing copyrights, but for smaller, it’s different and Auto update copyright is great do once and don’t have to do again.

  9. Marco says:

    Thanks for the help John! You’re the man.

  10. Alex Shabu says:

    Thanks fond the echo date

  11. Auto liker says:

    How to do this with this a simple html website ?

    1. John Chow says:

      You don’t. Get WordPress.

  12. James A says:

    This is really helpful post to update copyright notice on blog site

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