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Displaying exact datetimes on Ghost


If your Ghost CMS blog using Handlebars theme shows published dates in relative time (like Published 11 months ago), you will find a handlebars code like this in your theme file.

<time datetime='{{date format='YYYY-MM-DD'}}'>
{{date published_at timeago='true'}}

Show exact date

The date published_at timeago="true" is responsible for the relative time. Change it to this.

<time datetime='{{date format='YYYY-MM-DD'}}'>
{{date published_at format='MMMM DD, YYYY'}}

This will give something like September 7, 2000.

Show exact time

You can use [moment.js]( syntax for fine-tuning the details.

<!-- 2000 September 07 9:00:00 PM -->
<time datetime='{{date format='YYYY-MM-DD hh:mm:ss A'}}'>
{{date published_at format='YYYY MMMM DD hh:mm:ss A'}}

<!-- 2000 09 07 9:00 PM -->
<time datetime='{{date format='YYYY-MM-DD hh:mm A'}}'>
{{date published_at format='YYYY MM DD hh:mm A'}}

<!-- 2000 09 07 21:00 -->
<time datetime='{{date format='YYYY-MM-DD hh:mm'}}'>
{{date published_at format='YYYY MM DD hh:mm'}}

For months, use MM for short notations (like 09) and MMMM for more extended notations (like September.) The basic syntax is for hours, minutes, seconds, and AM/PM if you want to display time. For example, I am using the following.

<time datetime='{{date format='YYYY-MM-DD h:mm A'}}'>
{{date published_at format='YYYY/MM/DD h:mm A'}}

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