I've been asked to have a specific template, contest form, expire at 5:30pm tonite. There are no channel entries on this page so I can't set an entry to expire. Is it possible to do this with conditionals and current time? There are no concerns about time zones as the contest is very localized to one city.

Basically I need to replace the contest form with a short message and it needs to happen at a specific time which I am unable to be in front of a computer.


Maybe something like this would work?

{if '{current_time format="%U"}' > '1354296600'}{redirect='somewhere/else'}{/if}

Generate the timestamp using something like http://www.onlineconversion.com/unix_time.htm

  • Thanks James, this was perfect. Tested on a dummy template and works as expected. Set up the live template now. You d'man. – CreateSean Nov 30 '12 at 16:14
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    One note: {if current_time > "1354296600"} should work as well (lacking a format parameter, {current_time} returns a timestamp). – Derek Hogue Nov 30 '12 at 17:30
  • As human, i like a human readable format, so that you can actually compare and read something in a humane notation like 2012-12-01 03:30 – GDmac Dec 1 '12 at 12:01

You should be able to do this with current_time

{if "{current_time format='%Y%m%d'}" ==  "20121130"}

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You'll just need to update the format to include the hour/minute as well.

  • For this to work reliably, I think you will need to use unix time as in the answer by @James:{current_time format="%U"}. And instead of == use >= – Alex Kendrick Nov 30 '12 at 15:43
  • perhaps. I used it on one of my sites without any issue. – Mel Nov 30 '12 at 15:52
  • I'm sure it works great to check "if today == date" but wouldn't quite work for the original question which needs a conditional that is true for all dates after a specific time. – Alex Kendrick Nov 30 '12 at 15:55
  • yes I didn't amend it to be the exact solution to John's question, as I felt he would be able to adjust it with what he specifically needed. My conditional isn't exactly like this either. It checks for today's date and other days. – Mel Nov 30 '12 at 16:00

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