I'm using this function to be able to retrieve several data, from outside the Loop:

function get_post_data($postId) {
 global $wpdb;
 return $wpdb->get_results("SELECT * FROM $wpdb->posts WHERE ID=$postId");

... and then, this to display the date a post was published:

global $wp_query;
global $thePostID;
$thePostID = $wp_query->post->ID;
$data = get_post_data($thePostID);
echo $data[0]->post_date;

wich displays something like "2010-06-14 22:36:03" in my sidebar, but I'd like to format it like just "June, 2010"

Can it be done?

  • 2
    Not related to your question, but check out get_post() function that is native and more reliable way to retrieve single post's data.
    – Rarst
    Nov 17, 2010 at 10:42
  • Agree with Rarst, why create a function for it when one exists already.. use get_post() or even get_posts() with posts_per_page set to 1 and nopaging set to true (it offers a little more than the singular counterpart).
    – t31os
    Nov 17, 2010 at 15:10

1 Answer 1


I'm using something like this:

date('F, Y', strtotime($data[0]->post_date));
  • Thanks!To clarify for the readers, it worked when "echoed" it Nov 17, 2010 at 4:56

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