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I am using the More Fields plugin which gives me the ability to create a date formatted YYYY/mm/dd and I want to convert that to be shown like: February 11, 2011

Is this possible?

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Do you have issue with exactly converting or retrieval? Converting is trivial and is plain PHP:

date('F j, Y', strtotime($date));

For more complex and WordPress-specific way with localization support see date_i18n() function.

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Rarst, this looks right but I am having trouble making it work 100%. $date = meta('event_date'); echo date('F j, Y', strtotime($date)); returns January 1 1970.... ideas? – tjsherrill Mar 15 '11 at 22:35
@tjsherrill ehm, I don't think meta() is native function?.. Are you sure you get sane string value in $date? – Rarst Mar 15 '11 at 22:40
I got it, meta(); is a template tag provided by the more-fields plugin. I simply used get_post_meta and it works great. thanks – tjsherrill Mar 18 '11 at 15:28
This isn't working for me. My custom field is "date-time-last" $date = get_post_meta('date-time-last'); echo date('l jS F Y', strtotime($date)); – Pete Apr 11 at 8:59
@Pete check the values you are getting and stuff, "isn't working" is a little vague. :) – Rarst Apr 11 at 9:29
$date = '2000/10/28';
$a = preg_split ( '/\//', $date );
echo date('F j, Y', mktime( 0, 0, 0, $a[1], $a[2], $a[0] ) );
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This works for me (inside the loop)...

<?php $date = get_post_meta($post->ID, 'CUSTOM-FIELD-HERE', true); if($date != ''){echo date("l jS F Y", strtotime($date));} ?>
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