How To Display Current Year in WordPress Footer

It can often drive one crazy when you have to change the current year in the footer of the website every year. WordPress, for no specific reason, doesn’t have an in-built feature that allows you to display the current year.

The best way to tackle this, without installing any plugins, is to have a shortcode that does it for you.

How To Display The Current Year in WP Footer

Add the following shortcode in your functions.php file:


/* Shortcode: Current Year */

function wps_current_year() {
		echo date('Y');
		$output_string = ob_get_contents();
	return $output_string;


After adding that code, you will now be able to use [wps-year] in place of manually writing the year, such as “2020”, in the footer of your WordPress website.