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I have created an archive page.. where i wanted to display which archive month is displaying.. how can I display the month name?

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Jeremy has provided a solid answer. Did his approach work for you? If so, please mark it as accepted. – Brian Fegter Aug 31 '12 at 13:28

To display the Month, place this in your template where you want the date to show:

<?php the_date('F m'); ?>

That will show the full month name and the day. If you just want an abbreviation of the month like Aug. you would use:

<?php the_date('M.'); ?>

Place in front of <?php the_the_permalink(); ?>

Here's a complete example using it with the title:

<h2><?php the_date('M.'); ?> <a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to <?php the_title_attribute(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a>
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If you want to get the month of the current archive page you'll have to use single_month_title. The following code will output " August 2014" (notice the space before the month)

<?php single_month_title(' ') ?>

Without a space before the month:

<?php echo trim(single_month_title(' ',false)) ?>

Read more: http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/single_month_title

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