How To Remove Dates From WordPress Posts

Yesterday evening my wife discovered by experimentation how to easily remove dates from WordPress posts without editing the theme files and without using a WordPress plugin.  Otherwise known as dateless posts, it can sometimes be useful to create your blog without dates on any of the posts.  Yes you could use pages exclusively, but sometimes that’s just not what you want.

We’d first tried to do it with a plugin that was supposed to remove dates, but it was an old plugin and didn’t work with the themes we were using, so I’d sort of resigned myself to editing the theme to remove them, but I only wanted to do that as a last resort because if the theme got updated, any customisation is usually lost.

So last night my wife sat quietly fiddling with one of her blogs and found the answer.  Well, at least for the theme she was using – SemioLogic Pro – the same theme I use on this site.  I’ve tried it with a couple of other themes and it didn’t work, but that doesn’t mean to say it won’t work for you either now or in the future if the WordPress developers decide to change things a little.

What she did was perfectly logical and easily overlooked.  Go to Settings-General and scroll down to Date Format.  Select the Custom radio button and delete the contents of the box next to it – you may also have to do it with the time too – and click Save Changes.


No more dates on posts.

Not ideal if you want some posts to show dates and others not, and as I said it doesn’t work with every theme, but I know that at least some people will find this useful.  Hopefully someone will eventually write a plugin that does this properly with post level control, but until then we have to use workarounds like this.

-Frank Haywood

Posted by Frank Haywood


Hi thanks for your advice sometimes dates in wordperss create lot of problems. These are nice tips to tackle problem once again thank you and do upload wordpress tips I will be back to check it up.

This works great for most of my blogs and thank you very much for posting this! However, I still have dates showing where I replied to comments that people left at my blog. Do you have any idea what might work to remove those? I’ve done all kinds of stuff like commenting out the date code in my css, etc. but still have the dates for my replies to comments others made.



It works great for me. Maybe you can try it out.