WordPress Plugin: Automatic Copyright Year

Automatic Copyright Year seeks to solve a common problem: keeping your copyright year up-to-date.

It’s a problem all of us had: on January 1st every year, we need to go through every one of our websites and update all the footers. And when we see other people’s sites that, in the footer, say, “(c) 1998” then suddenly it’s revealed how out-of-date the site is.

With Automatic Copyright Year, this problem will never happen to you!

Instead of going through every site you have each year on the 1st of January and change the year manually, now it will all be done seamlessy for you. Just install the Automatic Copyright Year plugin and voila: your sites will always have an up-to-date copyright.

The installation and use is very straightforward. You should:

1. Upload the folder `automatic-copyright-year` to the `/wp-content/plugins/` directory
2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
3. Add ‘<span>2020</span>’ to a widget or to anywhere inside the html footer element

As of version 1.0, there is no need to modify any options. The plugin will go through the content of your widgets and the html footer tag and replace <span>2020</span> with the current year number.

If you have any suggestions, please let us know! You can contact us via http://wpsos.io/.

4 thoughts on “WordPress Plugin: Automatic Copyright Year

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      Miina S

      Hey Jill,

      Thanks for the question.

      Automatic Copyright Year plugin replaces ‘<span>[wpsos_year]</span>’ with the current year number.
      For example ‘Copyright © <span>[wpsos_year]</span>’ in the year 2015 will be replaced by ‘Copyright © 2015’.

      Right now there are two options where to add this:
      1) Add the copyright to a text widget from the WordPress menu Appearance->Widgets,
      2) Add the same anywhere inside your landing page’s ‘footer’ tag (somewhere between <footer> and </footer>)

      Just write [wpsos_year] between the ‘span’ tags (<span>[wpsos_year]</span>) to one of the two locations and it will be replaced with the current year number.

      Let us know if you have more questions.


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        Jill Whiting

        This is the first time I am putting this plugin into my site with fresh content so I go to widget to install the plugin so after I go into the widget do I type [wpso_2017] between and ) is this correct. Thank you in advance.
        Yours truly

        Jill Whiting

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