How to add 2 hours to the wordpress time which has already been formed using current_time("mysql", false)?

  • Second param on that function is an integer, not a boolean. Are you getting GMT result or is that is simply being ignored? – jdm2112 May 30 '18 at 16:14
  • From the Codex: If the optional second parameter is 1, the value returned represents the current GMT time. If 0 or no second parameter are set, the value returned represents the local time for the timezone declared in the blog's Timezone setting on the General Settings page. – jdm2112 May 30 '18 at 16:14
  • Yeah, but I want to add two hours to the local time for the timezone declared... – Vladimir Despotovic May 30 '18 at 16:22
  • ahaaaa, General Settings, great!!! – Vladimir Despotovic May 30 '18 at 16:23
  • please make this an answer, so that I can accept it? Thanks. – Vladimir Despotovic May 30 '18 at 16:23

The WordPress current_time() returns the current time in the format specified in the first parameter. In your example code, this is the mysql value. The second parameter represents a timezone option. The default returns the local time for the timezone specified on the site's Settings > General page, or GMT depending on the value supplied when calling the function.


If time mathematics are still required, using the PHP strtotime() function is useful for this:

$now = current_time( 'mysql' ); 
echo 'It is currently: ' . $now . '<br>';
$later = date( 'Y-m-d H:i:s', strtotime( $now ) + 7200 ); //7200 seconds = 2 hours
echo 'In 2 hours it will be: ' . $later;
  • So you think that $later now - per your explanation - has the correct format for insertion to Wordpress DB? – Vladimir Despotovic May 30 '18 at 19:50
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    That depends. The date is just a string until a portion of code treats it as a date, right? You can store the date in any format as long as you handle it properly when querying the DB. codex.wordpress.org/Formatting_Date_and_Time – jdm2112 May 30 '18 at 20:06
  • Yeah, it doesn't say anything about insertion to database, so I wouldn't know how to do it. It's a matter for another question though. – Vladimir Despotovic May 30 '18 at 21:51

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