A copyright notice on the footer of your WordPress blog is good for you to declare your ownership of the contents you created.
And there are 2 popular types of copyright notices, one is just to show the current year, like Google's, such as what you can see from the following:
And the other is not only to show the current year, but also the year when your blog was born, like Free Nuts', as what you can see from the following:
Copyright © 2009 – 2012 Free Nuts
Since "©" is the symbol of "Copyright", you can also remove the "Copyright" word from the above notice and make which look like the following:
© 2009 – 2012 Free Nuts
No matter what kind of copyright notice you are going to use, you will meet a problem, which is that, on the next year, you must update the current year of your copyright notice, for example, when it was 2013, the copyright notice of Free Nuts would be changed to the following:
Copyright © 2009 – 2013 Free Nuts
So, how to make the change? Instead to change "2012" to "2013" manually, you can also do that automatically via the following 3 ways:
1. Via Shortcode
If your WordPress theme (like Thematic) support shortcodes, you can just replay the current year with the shortcode, such as the following:
For Thematic, you can add the above code in the "Text in Footer" column of the "Theme Options" page.
2. Via php
If you know how to change the template of your theme, you can add the following code into the footer.php file:
Copyright © 2009 – <?php echo date(Y); ?> Free Nuts
By the way, for the copyright symbol "©" mentioned in the above 2 ways, you can also replace it with its HTML code.
3. Via plugin
If you don't like to change the footer.php file, and your theme doesn't support shortcodes, you can install the WordPress plugin jonradio Current Year and Copyright Shortcodes, and add the following code in the footer:
Copyright [c] 2009 – [y] Free Nuts
Besides footer, you can also add the above code on any page you like.
Among the above 3 ways, the first one is my favorite, which one is yours? Or do you have any other ways to update your WordPress blog copyright notice automatically? Share with us by leaving a comment.