I need to show the event date instead of the (default) post date for each post.

How can I do this?

I tried with Event Post plugin, but I can't get the event date and put it overwriting the published post date.

I tried with a custom field too (using Advanced Custom Field plugin), but I have the same problem: I can't replace the post date with the "date picker field".

For me it's important to use the default post format of wp and not a plugin that adds item "Events" in the wp backend menu.

How can I resolve this? IMO the wp developers should include the possibility to change the date status from published to event date.

Many thanks in advance.

  • If you want to use Advanced Custom Fields, this is how to display a date - put this in your single.php / index.php / archive.php template(s) in your theme where you want the date to display: advancedcustomfields.com/resources/date-picker/#template-usage That is how to change the display on the site. In the admin, you'll still have the post date as the day you published the post.
    – Michelle
    Nov 23, 2016 at 17:22

2 Answers 2


Ok, great. It is using the posts for concerts, parties...etc.

You need to create a plugin:

Simply, create a folder inside the /wp-content/plugins and name is /my-events-plugin

Create a new PHP file, name it my_events_plugin.php, and use the following template:


There is this tutorial that will get you to adding the custom field and save it:


Hope this gets you going :)

  • Hello, thank you for your help. Yes, I mean events, such as concertes, parties, etc... But I need to use the default posts as events, because my theme get them in the homepage layout. ;) Now, I'm using the No Future Posts plugin, that allows to put a date in the future in a post and to show it. But this isn't the best solution, a better solution is by a custom field, but I don't know how can I change the post date with the event_date on the frontend. Nov 23, 2016 at 12:36
  • Great... I'm happy I understood.... Heheheheh...
    – TDEgypt
    Nov 23, 2016 at 16:42
  • Ok, will edit my answer above shortly ;-)
    – TDEgypt
    Nov 23, 2016 at 16:42
  • Answer edited :)
    – TDEgypt
    Nov 23, 2016 at 17:09
  • Let me know how it went with you, and if I can be of any further help, just reply back :). Cheers
    – TDEgypt
    Nov 23, 2016 at 22:16

i had to do it, i was looking for something very simple : just add a date event to some post to show it in archive of my news (it can be a start date and a end date also).

You need to add custom field to posts by adding a metabox to post screen, easyly with ACF plugin, or by yourself coding it in your theme's functions.php or in a self made plugin...

For example _my_evt_date, you will find it in postmeta table as meta_key with a meta_value like 2020-12-24 string.

The idea is to make a query in this table to store in an array each post having such meta key, you can create a json multiple array with post_id, date, html to display ...

In the archive page showing your news posts thumbnails, look at html code of each article in the loop, you'll probably have a css class including the post id, maybe like "post-entry-3217", "post-entry-3218"....

It was my case but using a premium template i decide to use javascript with jQuery to:

  • call my database query with jQuery.get to load in a js array my php array with dates information
  • parse article blocks matching css class post-entry-xxxx,
  • extract the post id xxxx
  • create a loop and parse the js array till matching the related post_id
  • insert with jQuery.append some html with date information above the related thumbnail

js :

    // only in the archive page
    if( jQuery('.slide-entry').length )
            success: function(data)
                // Load in an array results
                ckc_yaevt = jQuery.parseJSON(data);
                    // Extract xxxx from each slide-entry-xxxx
                    var post_id = jQuery(this).attr('class').match(/\d+/);
                    // Parse  array with posts having dates
                    for (var i=0; i<ckc_yaevt.length; i++) 
                        if ( ckc_yaevt[i][0] === post_id[0] && ckc_yaevt[i][1] !== '' ) 
                            // Add html in the loop

Result :

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