One of the things I still get asked to do a lot by clients, ones that don't have a site that is managed by a CMS - is to update their copyright year on the footer.
Now, this is fairly easy to do using PHP on its own, just using this line of code:
<?php echo date("Y"); ?>
But, you if allow your CMS users to edit the copyright text, then you can't use PHP in a Perch HTML template.
After reading this article, Passing Variables Into Templates, I created this code snippet that sets a variable with the current year and then I pass this variable to the Perch template.
<?php $curYear = date('Y'); PerchSystem::set_var('curyear',$curYear); perch_content_custom('Footer', array( 'template'=>'footer.html' )); ?>
This is the Perch template I use to add the copyright text and year.
<p class="copyright">©2015 - <perch:content id="curyear" /> <perch:content type="text" id="footer-copyright" label="Copyright Text" required="true" /></p>
This may be a bit over the top, I could simply just added the PHP code in the footer template and not allow the user change the copyright text, but my copyright statement is part of a bigger template that needs to be CMS managed.
I hope you found this tip useful. Let me know if you see any way I could improve this code.
How are you setting the copyright year?