I have a meta field that is mixed with MM/dd/yy hh:mm dates and Unix timestamp dates. How do I convert all of the MM/dd/yy hh:mm dates in the db to Unix? I have only limited PHP and SQL knowledge so be gentle. Thanks!

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strtotime is php function that can be used for this purpose. strtotime — Parse about any English textual datetime description into a Unix timestamp

  1. Firstly get all the posts using meta key .
  2. Then get date value from meta field.
  3. Then convert to unix timestamp.
  4. Then update again.
$args = array( 'posts_per_page' => -1, 'meta_key' => 'meta_key_name' );

$myposts = get_posts( $args );
foreach ( $myposts as $post ) : setup_postdata( $post ); 
         $date = get_post_meta(get_the_id(), 'meta_key_name', true);

         if( strtotime($date) != false ){ // To exclude dates which are already in timestamp
            update_post_meta(get_the_id(), 'meta_key_name', strtotime($date));

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