I want to store the current time using the update_option and then compare it if the set time was 3 days ago. I want to know in what format I should store the time? and then how can I compare it with current time and find the difference in the days?

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You should store the time as a unix time stamp then you can use human_time_diff to compare.

echo human_time_diff( get_the_time('U'), current_time('timestamp') );

If the difference is more than 24 hours difference it will return the value in days.

  • I'm using this but it's showing me an extra 8 hours... you wouldn't know what's causing that would you?
    – Pete
    Dec 30, 2016 at 3:45
  • FIXED: echo human_time_diff(get_the_modified_date('U'), current_time( 'timestamp', 1 )) . ' ago';
    – Pete
    Dec 30, 2016 at 3:56

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