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I am currently using the following function in my footer

<?php the_time( 'Y' ); ?>

But the footer keeps showing 2011, instead of 2013.

So where does this time stamp get called from exactly?

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    That function is for pulling time data related to posts, if you want the current year you should be looking toward PHPs native date() function. – t31os May 20 '13 at 17:52
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the_time() is for outputting the time at which a post was written, and gets this value from the global $post.

I'm guessing you just want php's date()?

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    If you were using any sort of non-english language pack, or that was a possibility, it might be better to just always use date_i18n() instead, to ensure proper translations. For this particular Q it doesn't matter, but it's a good habit to get into. – Otto May 20 '13 at 21:00

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