20 Jun, 2004

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Today in weeks/months/years past

Posted by: Jennifer In: WordPress Plugins

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The idea of this plugin was to create a version of this for WordPress. I am aware that there is another similar script – but I didn't want the actual posts pulled in – just the link to go see the posts for that day in the past. As well – I wanted to use it outside the WP Loop.

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Current Version: v 2.0
Last updated: 11/17/04 10:37pm

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So here's the plugin – installation and use are pretty simple:

1) Download and install this plugin (right-click save as.. with a .php extension) – upload to your wordpress plugins folder (wp-content/plugins/ ). Activate through the admin interface.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT DOWNLOAD: Make sure you do NOT have any extra spaces after the last ?> in your copy of the file. Extra spaces will give you various "header already sent" type errors.

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2) This plugin has the following three functions you can call:

<?php showYearsAgo(); ?>
<?php showWeeksAgo(); ?>
<?php showMonthsAgo(); ?>

All three functions take the following (optional) parameters:

-first parameter (number) is number of years/weeks/months the script should display in history.
default is 3 for years, and 1 for weeks and months.

-second parameter (string – enclose in single quotes) – text/html to show before each link.

-third parameter (string – enclose in single quotes) – text/html to show after each link.

-fourth parameter (boolean – true/false) should it show the date. If so it will display like this:
This day 1 week ago: 06/05/2004
Otherwise it will display just this:
This day 1 week ago

-fifth parameter (string – enclose in single quotes) is only used if the second parameter is true. This is what should be used as the seperator when displaying the date. Default is a slash: /

-sixth parameter (boolean true/false) should it display the titles from that date. Default is false.

-seventh parameter (string – enclose in single quotes) text/html to show before the group of titles. Default is '<ul>'

-eigth parameter (string – enclose in single quotes) text/html to show after the group of titles. Default is '</ul>'

-ninth parameter (string – enclose in single quotes) text/html to show before each title. Default is '<li>'

-tenth parameter (string – enclose in single quotes) text/html to show after each title. Default is '</li>'

So here's an example:

<?php showYearsAgo(2,",'<br />',true,'.'); ?>

If today's date was 3/10/2004 and there WERE posts on these days – it would show the following:

This day 1 year ago: 3.10.2003
This day 2 years ago: 3.10.2002

(except instead of the blank link – it will actually go to an archive page with all the posts from that day.

To display the link with the posts from that date (we'll use the showWeeksAgo() and showMonthsAgo() functions):

showWeeksAgo('1', '<li>', '</li>', true, '/', true, '<ul>', '</ul>', '<li>', '</li>');
showMonthsAgo('3', '<li>', '</li>', true, '/', true, '<ul>', '</ul>', '<li>', '</li>');

I'm sure some people may want to change the way the date is displayed (ie. day first then month then year, or something else…) – to do that you can just modify one line. Look for the variable $forDisplay in each function. That is the one that will display the date.

Current Ver: v 2.0
new in v. 2.0
Added support for up2date plugin
Many updates thanks to JABecker:
Added ability to display post title(s) from archive page, cleaned up some code, added before after group and title code

new in v. 1.1
Bug fix error when not displaying date.

new in v 1.0
Fixed MAJOR bugs with showWeeksAgo and showMonthsAgo. – logic was breaking.

35 Responses to "Today in weeks/months/years past"

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5 | kristal

June 20th, 2004 at 9:49 pm


this works beautifully – thank you!

6 | Blogging Pro - Blog News, Tools and Hacks

June 20th, 2004 at 10:55 pm


WordPress Plugin: This Day In…
This plugin lets WP bloggers add a link to posts from any number of weeks, months, pr years ago. Kind of a this day in history…

7 | Shelagh

June 21st, 2004 at 3:32 am


What does the plugin do if there is no post – does it not display anything at all or does it find the nearest date it can?

8 | Jennifer

June 21st, 2004 at 7:37 am


It won't display that line at all. (Same as the original one that was done for MT)

9 | kristal

June 21st, 2004 at 4:27 pm


actually – there is a problem. my RSS feed shows this error:

Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at /xxx/xxx/public_html/blu/wp-content/plugins/scripty_yearsago.php:140) in /xxx/xxx/public_html/blu/wp-rss2.php on line 10

10 | Jennifer

June 21st, 2004 at 4:54 pm


errors like that tend to be copy/paste error. Line 140 is actually the ending ?> in the script. Make sure you don't have any spaces before/after it…

(If you want to be on the safe side – grab the zip version)

11 | kristal

June 21st, 2004 at 5:06 pm


*feels stupid* thank you :)

12 | Jennifer

June 21st, 2004 at 9:23 pm


Kristal – don't feel stupid. That's actually been happening alot – which is why I've started to offer downloads both as phps AND zip. :\

13 | Jennifer

June 22nd, 2004 at 8:34 pm


I've discovered all sorts of bugs with this. (Nothing harmful – it's just not working) – Working on the fixes now…

14 | Jennifer

June 22nd, 2004 at 8:58 pm


Plugin has been updated to v 1.0. All known bugs should be fixed.

15 | Bryan

June 30th, 2004 at 11:03 am


How about a little exerpt from the post that was 1 year ago? That would be awesome for version 2.0

16 | Jennifer

June 30th, 2004 at 11:40 am


Bryan – This plugin doesn't show links to a specific post – just the link to the archive page for that date (which could have several posts on that page). There is actually another plugin (look for it on the wiki – plugins section) that lists the links to the posts individually – and may also include an excerpt. I'll post a link to that plugin when I find it…(I won't be able to look for it until tonight)

17 | Bryan

June 30th, 2004 at 1:49 pm


No, that's fine, It was just a suggestion. VERY nice site here Jennifer. I really love the BLOG AUTHOR image next to your name

18 | Jennifer

June 30th, 2004 at 8:01 pm


Actually – since I found it :)
Here's the plugin I was thinking of.

But there probably is a way to modify this plugin to show the specific posts too…

19 | Christine

July 5th, 2004 at 12:07 am


I just installed the plugin on my blog, and it works great with only one minor problem. The 2nd date's (of the two displayed) href tag isn't closed. The word below the last link is also a link to the text. Any thoughts on what parameter I might be missing that is causing that tag not to close?

20 | Christine

July 5th, 2004 at 12:43 am


(I added a fake close a tag to make the last line close. Otherwise my RSS links and so forth weren't working right.)

21 | Jennifer

July 5th, 2004 at 1:03 pm


Plugin updated to v. 1.1. All known bugs should be fixed.

22 | Mama Write

July 7th, 2004 at 8:01 pm


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23 | paticoflange

July 8th, 2004 at 6:25 pm


Hello, thanks for the great plugins! Question, I want to use this plugin for previous and next entry links, withOUT showing the dates. Instead something like "next entry" or just "next".

Would this be easy to implement? Ideas?

24 | Jennifer

July 8th, 2004 at 6:54 pm


I wouldn't use this plugin for next previous links. Use one of these instead:
WP built in next previous
Next Archive / Previous Archive plugin

25 | Pia

August 7th, 2004 at 3:37 am


Hey Jennifer! I think this plugin is very very interesting. I'm having some problems though, I've installed the plugin, activated it, put in the link, but the line doesn't show on my posts. Am I doing anything wrong? I used the showYearsAgo()

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27 | G'day Mate!

January 7th, 2005 at 7:55 pm


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At the moment, it only s…

28 | Tin

February 3rd, 2005 at 1:09 am


there seems to be another problem. it seems that the plugin only works if you use only one of the function calls. i tried using showyearsago AND showmonthsago at separate parts on the page. they work fine if i only use one call, but not more than one. is it possible to change this?

29 | Jennifer

February 3rd, 2005 at 9:23 am


On a seperate blog, I'm using all three just fine. So you may have another conflict in your code.

(Please note that this plugin will need to be updated for 1.5)

30 | Tin

February 3rd, 2005 at 5:24 pm


it appears that the function call of all three work fine. i know what the problem is… the calendar in WP is based on the server's time zone, regardless of what you set in WP options. this plugin uses the time and date of the calendar feature. i wonder if it's possible to get around this and for it to use the time that we set under options.

31 | Jennifer

February 3rd, 2005 at 6:05 pm


Yes – you are correct – and I think that can be done. When I get the chance to update this plugin for WP 1.5, I will include that. However I doubt I will update the plugin for WP 1.3. (Heck – I'll be lucky to find the time to do the 1.5 update!!) :)

32 | Tin

February 3rd, 2005 at 8:11 pm


thanks for the confirmation jennifer. i have two more questions.

the first… i always get confused by using the different parameters, so i avoided that by modifying the values in the plugin file itself. so in other words, i think i'm modifying the 'default' values. would that be okay?

and my second question… i'm using showmonthsago function right now. i've set the default value to show '3' past entries.

First scenarior. it shows an entry from one month ago, which is good.

Second scenario. it shows an entry from two months ago, but no entry from one month ago (because there were no entries one month ago), so that's good as well.

Third scenarior. however, when there is an entry three months ago but no entries one or two months ago, it doesnt show that entry from 3 months ago. is there a reason why this is happening? do entries from previous months require more recent entries to land on the same day?

thanks for all your help.

33 | Sylvain

March 20th, 2005 at 3:31 pm


Hi Jennifer. Great plugin.
I am new to WordPress so what I am going to say may be wrong.

I tihnk I found a bug with WP 1.5
Your plugin displays the "PAGES" as entries… However when you click on the link WP says "Sorry, no posts matched your criteria."

Maybe your plugin does not handle "pages" ?

Anyway, great website and great plugin.

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