We know that in the first week of 2019 there’s probably more important things you’re scrambling to do, but there’s one important thing that often gets overlooked when it comes to web development. That is: updating your copyright year.

More often than not we come across or inherit sites that haven’t had their copyright year updated in quite some time. What this tells us is that the site has not been worked on in some time. As a web user, when we see information with an out-of-date footer, usually we can assume that information is old as well.

This might not be the case with your website, but having a date of 2018, 2017, or — yuck! — even older can make people think twice about your care in your website. Many people may think “this site is dead, let’s look for something better” which is the last thing you want your visitor to do! An updated footer can help save your website and visitors even if you have a dated web design. If you have a static footer, simply just change the date.

Code for Automatically Updating Years

Need some dynamic code so the date automatically updates for you? Try these:

PHP current year:

<?php echo date("Y"); ?>

Javascript current year:

<script type="text/javascript">
  document.write(new Date().getFullYear());

Need more formatting options? Check out updateyourfooter.com for more options!

That was easy, wasn’t it? And one less thing to worry about for a new year! Happy 2019!

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