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
Nov 2nd at 11:02 pm
thanks for the reminder.. here in Portugal and all U.E. has changed last week..
Nov 2nd at 11:28 pm
@ 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.
Nov 3rd at 12:30 am
We have to change time too up here in the great white north (Canada).
Nov 3rd at 1:51 am
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
Nov 3rd at 2:08 am
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.
Nov 3rd at 2:10 am
Pretty sweet. Its nice to know that the little things are being thought of. Thanks Heather and everyone at Automattic.
Nov 3rd at 4:44 am
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
Nov 3rd at 7:36 am
Nov 3rd at 7:41 am
I never did accounting at school. :/
Nov 3rd at 2:48 pm
@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.
Nov 3rd at 3:23 pm
in indonesia we don’t have daylight saving. it’s nice to know about it…
Nov 3rd at 3:32 pm
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?
Nov 3rd at 4:41 pm
Thanks for reminder me!!
Nov 3rd at 4:56 pm
Arizonans don’t need auto daylight savings time because we don’t switch our clocks.
Nov 3rd at 7:03 pm
@ 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. (“;)
Nov 3rd at 8:20 pm
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.
Nov 3rd at 10:47 pm
Nice tutorial. But, do you have any idea of posting from software to the wordpress.com?
i’m waiting for it.
Nov 4th at 12:02 am
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.
Nov 4th at 3:06 am
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.
Nov 4th at 7:15 am
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.
Nov 4th at 2:56 pm
I will pray wordpress to have an auto-DST-changer function in the next version… ^_^
Nov 4th at 4:38 pm
thanks for reminder
Nov 4th at 5:52 pm
Thanks for the reminder!
Nov 4th at 11:31 pm
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!
Nov 5th at 12:53 pm
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
Nov 6th at 12:08 am
Time is just motion so I don’t think we need to!
Nov 6th at 2:30 pm
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.
Nov 6th at 6:27 pm
we don’t have DST here in the Philippines as well…….. never wondered why, haha!
Nov 6th at 9:15 pm
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.
Nov 7th at 3:20 am
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.
Nov 7th at 3:56 am
Thank you for reminder.. nice post
Nov 7th at 3:31 pm
hmmm, thanks for the reminder.. never thought of it actually…
Nov 7th at 4:11 pm
I don’t think my country has it.
Nov 8th at 5:14 pm
Thanks for the post. Now I no longer have to wonder every time I out check my stats.
Nov 8th at 5:36 pm
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.
Nov 10th at 5:31 am
thanks for the service. everyone feel happy when someone remind the things & time.
Nov 10th at 4:13 pm
Thanks for reminder me, – perus !
Nov 13th at 9:22 am
thankful for the reminder
Nov 13th at 11:15 am
Thanks for the heads up. It would be great to have this changed automatically.