I'm using the PODS WordPress Framework which is amazing.

I created a template with one of the fields publishing the date of an event which is done through a simple 'magic tag' like this


This publishes the date in this format: September, 15th 2018

What I need to do is change the format of the date being published into a numeric version which I can do by passing the value into my own function.

That would be done like this:


So, to do this I need to create a function in my functions.php file like this:

function MY_FUNCTION ($input) {
       return "New Input" . $input;

Now, the php time date format that I need is like this:


So - my question - how do I insert this into the function above?

Thanks for all help and direction on this!

2 Answers 2


You can use the PHP's strtotime() and WordPress's date_i18n() functions:

function MY_FUNCTION( $input ) {
    // Removes commas so that we'll get the proper timestamp. Otherwise, the
    // strtotime() function would return FALSE.
    $input = str_replace( ',', '', $input );

    // Retrieve the UNIX timestamp of the date.
    $timestamp = @strtotime( $input );

    // Returns the date in *localized* format.
    return date_i18n( 'Y/m/d', $timestamp );

MY_FUNCTION( 'September, 15th 2018' ), for example, would give you 2018/09/15.

  • Thanks for that - really appreciate your help. It didn't work for me thou - is it not missing this line at the end: add_filter( 'MY_FUNCTION' );
    – Henry
    Commented Sep 7, 2018 at 5:32
  • Did you add the code to your theme functions file? (i.e. functions.php) By using the 'magic tag' {@start_date,MY_FUNCTION}, the function should be called automatically by the PODS framework plugin. See pods.io/docs/build/using-magic-tags
    – Sally CJ
    Commented Sep 7, 2018 at 5:39
  • Yes I did add to the functions.php file. Does it matter that the comma is actually AFTER the date? So the comma actually is placed in the above example exactly like this: 15th,
    – Henry
    Commented Sep 7, 2018 at 5:46
  • I don't really understand that, but it is necessary for the function to remove the comma there. Otherwise, we wouldn't get the correct timestamp - e.g. 1536969600 (correct) versus false (incorrect..). Try add echo $timestamp; after the $timestamp = ... in the function, and see if the value is good.
    – Sally CJ
    Commented Sep 7, 2018 at 5:50
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    CJ - you were right. Sorry - I was looking at the wrong template. THANK You VERY much for all your help - works great.
    – Henry
    Commented Sep 7, 2018 at 6:15

If you don't need the date in a different format somewhere else: it's far easier go into pods admin -> edit -> choose your pod / field

Go into Advance Field Options fill in your Choice into "Date format for display"

  • I can't because I need the date published from two different formats in same template
    – Henry
    Commented Sep 7, 2018 at 6:04
  • This should work then: function MY_FUNCTION($input_date) { return date("Y/m/d", strtotime($input_date)); }
    – Quasel
    Commented Sep 7, 2018 at 6:08

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