Saturday, June 15th, 2024 at 10:17am Saturday, June 15th, 2024 at 10:17am

Date and time shortcode plugin

a calendar and a clock
a calendar and a clock
Saturday, June 15th, 2024 at 10:17am

Using OpenAI to write a simple WordPress plugin

We wanted to test out the power of OpenAI. So we asked it to write a plugin for WordPress. OpenAI duly obliged with a code snippet to add to the functions.php of our child theme and a shortcode to use on any post or page.

It works by displaying the current date and time of the server this site is on in the United Kingdom. The problem is that we do not have control over where it is displayed. You can see the effect above the title on this post. It;s there, but not where we want it to be disaplyed. We want it to be inline, in a sentence for example.

This is the code that was generated by OpenAI.

/*
Plugin Name: Display Date and Time
Description: Display the current date and time
Version: 1.0
Author: SD1.co.uk
*/

function wp_display_date_time() {
	echo date('l, F jS, Y \a\t g:ia');
}

add_shortcode('display_date_time','wp_display_date_time');

So it works but we need to adjust the placement. Correcting it was easy, we just asked OpenAI to modify the plugin to display it inline.

Displaying the shortcode inline

The result is this: Saturday, June 15th, 2024 at 10:17am

That’s it, it works and this is the code generated. Feel free to copy and use it for your own projects.

/*
Plugin Name: Display Date and Time (Inline)
Description: Display the current date and time inline
Version: 1.0
Author: SD1.co.uk
*/

function wp_display_date_time_inline() {
	return date('l, F jS, Y \a\t g:ia');
}

add_shortcode('display_date_time_inline','wp_display_date_time_inline');

Once added to the child theme function.php file, all we have to do is pick out the shortcode ID which is contained in the last line and put it between square brackets, like this to create a shortcode we can use anywhere:

[display_date_time_inline]
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