As you know if you’ve ever checked out your stats, your WordPress.com blog is aligned with the UTC time zone. UTC is similar to GMT, except that
it doesn’t get changed twice a year for daylight savings it’s based on the atomic clock and is therefore more precise. This method allows us to keep the stats database lean and fast. That translates into free stats for everyone!
Because of this, you will need to account for Daylight Savings Time manually. Believe it or not, it’s already time for the the “fall back” daylight savings change in the U.S.: tomorrow, Sunday, November 2.
To account for Daylight Savings Time, log in to your dashboard, click on Settings > General, and scroll to Timezone. Then change your timezone to one hour behind your actual time zone. If you have your timezone set to, for example, UTC-7 (PDT), you’ll need to change it to UTC-8. Think of it like taking a virtual vacation.
We’ll make another announcement before the “spring forward” change, which is on March 8, 2009.
UPDATE 11/02: This post now includes updated info re: UTC vs. GMT and a note that Nov. 2 is the Daylight Savings Time change date in the United States. Thanks for your comments.
- Nov 2, 2008 @ 2:50 am
thanks for the reminder.. here in Portugal and all U.E. has changed last week..
@ all: Thanks for your comments. I’ve clarified the line on GMT vs. UTC and included a note that Nov. 2 is the date for the United States.
We have to change time too up here in the great white north (Canada).
uhhh GMT, Zulu and UCT are the same give or take 0.9 seconds, so the same in reality as far as my sleeping in is concerned
This is ridiculous. You ought to be able to choose a single timezone which does the right thing with respect to daylight savings time automatically.
Unix/linux has been able to do this for many decades.
Pretty sweet. Its nice to know that the little things are being thought of. Thanks Heather and everyone at Automattic.
Except if you live in Arizona, which doesn’t use (and has no use for) Daylight Saving Time. We don’t need more sunshine, we got plenty. -Q
I never did accounting at school. :/
@murky: Thanks for the plug for the Automatic Timezone plugin. I’m glad people find it useful.
With any luck, I’ll get code similar to my plugin pushed into core for the 2.8 release. Hopefully.
in indonesia we don’t have daylight saving. it’s nice to know about it…
I spent the extra hour we got here last weekend by watching NFL an hour earlier than usual. the games were at 9PM instead of the usual 10PM. cool, huh? :)
Thanks for reminder me!!
Arizonans don’t need auto daylight savings time because we don’t switch our clocks.
@ all: Thanks for your comments. I’ve clarified the line on GMT vs. UTC and included a note that Nov. 2 is the date for the United States.”
Indeed. Contrary to what some people think, it’s the Earth revolves around the sun. (“;)
We here in Arizona are one of those who do not regard daylight savings time. Funny thing, though, my Apple laptop changed my clock to daylight savings time–a strange act for such a remarkable little white rectangle.
Nice tutorial. :) But, do you have any idea of posting from software to the wordpress.com?
i’m waiting for it. :)
Yes Heather, getting rid of it would be best.
I like charlottesal’s comment:
“Arizonans don’t need auto daylight savings time because we don’t switch our clocks.”
I wish I could move there.
Just a note from an English teacher:
It’s daylight saving time, NOT daylight SAVINGS time.
It was created to SAVE time not to send time to a savings and loan.
Sadly, it annoys me that WordPress cuts my stats counter at 5:00pm PST. I have to average my daily stats, and that’s really annoying.
I will pray wordpress to have an auto-DST-changer function in the next version… ^_^
thanks for reminder
Thanks for the reminder!
A good reminder – even though I live in a country where we just use CMT and don’t change a thing all year round. Of course we always have to remember when all the others change their clock ;) Thanks!
to lazy to really care about changing it. Living outside the US we also turned the clock a bit earlier too and when in addition following the GMT standard it really makes alot of confusion. When are we going to get rid of it altogether and rather try and get a timetable that accounts for not only daylight savings but also leap years. Its only trouble anyway
Time is just motion so I don’t think we need to!
Notice to Arizonans:
Remember that this notice doesn’t apply to you. Arizona is the only state that DOES NOT participate in daylight savings time.
we don’t have DST here in the Philippines as well…….. never wondered why, haha!
Is there some way that the function can still be automatic? Like choosing your time zone, and requesting that the time be automatically adjusted for DST? This manual changing stuff seems a little archaic to me.
We know it is in an inconvenience to have to update the time manually and apologize about this. At the moment, this is how WordPress is coded, but that doesn’t mean it won’t or cannot be done automatically in the future.
Thank you for reminder.. nice post
hmmm, thanks for the reminder.. never thought of it actually…
I don’t think my country has it.
Thanks for the post. Now I no longer have to wonder every time I out check my stats.
Thanks for the information. When I figure out how to get my laptop to give me the current time in London
as opposed to the time at home Canada, I’ll deal with the daylight savings time. Just getting started as the first blog response. Pretty exciting. Read about the site in the magazine on the plane.
thanks for the service. everyone feel happy when someone remind the things & time.
Thanks for reminder me, – perus !
thankful for the reminder
Thanks for the heads up. It would be great to have this changed automatically.