Depending on the theme you’re using for your WordPress website, your blog posts may not show the date of when they were last updated.
Showing the date of when your articles were last updated tells your readers how relevant your older content is. They’re more likely to trust the information that you’ve provided if the article was shown to have been updated more recently. Depending on the type of content you write about, things can start to get outdated very quickly. This is especially the case for news websites where articles need to stay fresh and relevant as more information is received.
We update our blogs every so often so that all of the information we provide is kept up to date and relevant. Our theme however, only displays the date of when our articles were published.
Without any information showing the date an article was last updated, how do our readers know whether to trust the content it provides?
There’s a few articles online that explain different ways to overcome this issue, but some require you to add pieces of code here and there, or to tediously insert a shortcode at the start every article.
Thankfully we’ve come across this little gem of a plugin that is both simple and effective: Post Updated Date.
It can be found with a quick search in the WordPress.org plugin repository. Just head to the Plugins section of your WordPress admin page, click on ‘Add New’ and search ‘Post Updated Date’. Go ahead and install the plugin of the same name, and activate it.
There’s no configuration. By activating the plugin you’ll find that all of your articles have been changed to show when they were last updated. The date will automatically show before the start of your content.
Our articles now show both the date they were published and the date they were last updated.
Go ahead and try it out for yourself. Hopefully the author will continue to maintain and update this awesome plugin for the forseeable future.