How to Check the Post is Older Than a Set Number of Days

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Are you looking for a way to check the post is older than a set number of days? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to check the post is older than a set number of days.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin:

   function is_old_post($days = 5) {
       $days = (int) $days;
       $offset = $days*60*60*24;
       if ( get_post_time() < date('U') - $offset )
            return true; 
       return false;
    if ( is_old_post(10) ) {
      // do something if the post is old
      } else {
      // do something if the post is not old

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly copy / paste code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

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Comments  Leave a Reply

  1. Awesome, thanks! What would be the best way to translate this function
    into hours instead of days? I tried simply removing the *24 from the equation, but this did not provide accurate results.

  2. thanks, using this on my site.

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