I see that theres no way to get a formatted date from a function like

echo get_the_date($post->ID, 'd M Y');

get_the_date only works with the current $post. If I used get_posts() how can I format the date. With pure PHP I can do something like ...

echo DateTime::createFromFormat('Y-m-d h:i:s', $cp->post_date)->format('d M Y');

but its abit long, and I don't know if there's a need to actually create a DateTime object, perhaps its a waste of resources?

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echo date('Y-m-d h:i:s', strtotime($cp->post_date)); ... or better use the wordpress functionado echo mysql2date('Y-m-d h:i:s', $cp->post_date);

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    +1 for mysql2date(), it's how get_the_date() does it internally.
    – Rarst
    Commented Feb 20, 2011 at 11:25
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    <?php echo mysql2date( get_option('date_format'), $cp->post_date ); ?> to use the configuration date set in wordpress admin Commented Jul 30, 2012 at 21:30

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