Most of you probably use the_date() or the_time() in WordPress themes and plugins to display when a specific page, post was published. If you post a high volume of articles each day it may be beneficial to follow a design pattern similar to TechCrunch or Mashable to display the time a post was published in “hours ago”, or “minutes ago”. If you’re using WordPress, this is wicked easy to do with the human_time_diff function.

Posted <?php echo human_time_diff( get_the_time('U'), current_time('timestamp') ) . ' ago'; ?>

This will give you something like:

Posted 4 hours ago

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Kevin Leary is a freelance web developer in Boston, MA specializing in enterprise WordPress development, conversion optimization and JavaScript development.