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How To Keep Your Website from Appearing Outdated To Your Visitors

It is now 2011 and I still end up at websites that say they were last updated in 2009, 2007 and I even found a website who has the latest year in the footer as 2003. Not good for business and I am not sure customers will not do business with a website who has a previous year in its footer.

I have noticed that when we create websites, we almost always put the year in the footer and then forget about it for 3 to 5 years with that past year still showing.

To all business owners: There is nothing worse and more frustrating on the web then your customers visiting your website and seeing that you have not updated it. Even if you DO update your website, leaving the year in the past is not good web design practice.

If you have a Linux or PHP web hosting account with GoDaddy or the other big hosting companies, you can make the year change immediately at midnight on January 1 and never have to worry about the year being outdated ever again. You need only one line of PHP and if you are not a programmer, I am going to give it to you right now:

<?php echo date(”Y”); ?> Mix this in with your footer HTML.

That’s it. Not much programming there and it works! Like I said above, you need a Linux hosting account and most of you do already and probably do not know it.

Add this line anywhere in your footer and your year will change instantly.

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