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Im trying to create a conditional statement comparing two dates. I have a ACF custom date field as one date, and then comparing against the current date.

Below is what i have and iv echoed both $date and $currentdate and they both come out in the same format, so im not sure why it wont work. They both output in the format like: 20170105 which i beleive they need to be to compare.

<?php
    $currentdate = current_time('Ymd');
    $date = get_field('course_start_date', false, false);
    $date = new DateTime($date);


    if ($currentdate > $date) {
    echo ' - Started.';  
    } else {
      echo ' - Not started.';
    }
    ?>
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  • Do an echo or do a print_r on $date and give the value please.
    – CodeMascot
    Jan 5, 2017 at 10:30
  • @the_dramatist sure. $currentdate = 20170105 and $date = 20170201. Obvious the $date changes depending on which post. But i have two posts, one where the $date is larger than $currentdate and one that is smaller than, but my conditional statement says the same
    – Futwill
    Jan 5, 2017 at 10:36
  • With those values, the conditional statement works as expected? Can you debug with real data that actually doesn't work? Which date format do you have in course_start_date? Why do you post in your comment integer values saying they are returned by current_time() and DateTime when those functions return strings? Please, edit the question to add additional information.
    – cybmeta
    Jan 5, 2017 at 10:56
  • I just tested this in my system and it worked as it is expected. Please show us what error your system is throwing ?
    – CodeMascot
    Jan 5, 2017 at 10:58
  • Ahh stupidly i removed the $date = new DateTime($date); line and that has resolved it. Sorry i mis-understood the ACF documentation clearly. Thanks for your help all
    – Futwill
    Jan 5, 2017 at 11:17

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instead of $currentdate = current_time('Ymd');

you can use $currentdate = new DateTime();

so the Final Solution should be as like given below

<?php
    $currentdate = new DateTime();
    $date = get_field('course_start_date', false, false);
    $date = new DateTime($date);


    if ($currentdate > $date) {
    echo ' - Started.';  
    } else {
      echo ' - Not started.';
    }
    ?>
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  • Please merge your two accounts
    – cjbj
    Jan 5, 2017 at 12:26

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