New feature: date and time format selection coming next week

Next week, we'll be launching a new CMS feature that is one of the most often-requested by our users and of particular help to our international customers. We'll be adding the ability for you to set the format for dates and times used in system-generated content across your websites.

As a part of this release, we'll be standardizing the format of date and time strings as well. Currently, there is some inconsistency in the way dates and times are formatted by different parts of the system. Next week, we'll be unifying them and giving you the ability to specify how you want dates and times formatted on your website.

The new settings

The controls for date and time formatting will appear on the website settings screen (see the screenshot below). You'll have the ability to choose from one of our pre-defined formats by simply clicking the radio buttons next to the formats you wish to use. Or, more advanced users can choose the custom format options and specify their own formats as well.

new time feature on software

Changes you will see

When we activate this feature next week, there will be some minor, visible changes you will notice on your websites. We will default all websites on the system to the following format initially: "Wed, July 15, 2010." As a result, you will notice the following changes when the feature is launched:

  •  Blogs using the "List with Summary" or "List with Body" skins will see their date formatting change from "Wednesday, July 15, 2010" to "Wed, July 15, 2010"
  • The detail screens for blog posts and calendar events will see their date formatting change from "Wednesday, July 15, 2010" to "Wed, July 15, 2010"
  • The dates / times on blog comments will change from "July 15, 2010 @ 3:54 PM" to "Wed, July 15, 2010" @ 3:54 PM"
  • Instances of the date token used on your templates will now default to "Wednesday, July 15, 2010" instead of "Wed, July 15, 2010" if you don't have a custom format specified on the token.

Once the feature is live, you will be able to go to website settings and change the formatting as desired. You'll also be able to set the formatting for each of your client websites independently.

Launch schedule

The launch of this feature is currently scheduled for Thursday, January 20th, 2011 — or perhaps I should say "Thurs, January 20, 2011." Stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook pages for any changes as the launch date approaches.