It’s almost the end of the year, and if you oversee any website, the first thing that should come to your mind is the rollover of the copyright year to 2018.

As you noticed in past years, an extreme amount of websites are still reflecting the past year’s date when we are well into the new year. Why is it like this?

  • The owner of the website suppose to do their own maintenance and updates, but usually has better things to do.
  • No one knows how.
  • Didn’t know they had too.
  • Just plain forgot.

Whether you own or maintain a personal, business or a clients website, it is imperative that this simple year roll over be successfully completed for the following reasons:

  • A visitor would question if your business is still in operation if the copyright date is not current.
  • It builds trust to any visitor, a simple thing like an updated copyright date subconsciously implies that you run a very professional business.
  • It protects your content, by legally enforcing the copyright year, it provides a creation year for all your content (images, date, info).

Better Idea
So why don’t you just embed a simple script and not worry about it? This snippet will refresh the copyright year on Dec 31,1200am to the new year automatically, while you are out celebrating the New Year. Can this be any simpler?

Here is the most basic JS snippet that you can embed in your footer on a static website.

<script type="text/javascript">
  document.write(new Date().getFullYear());


Here is the exact snippet placed in my website:

<footer id="footer"> 
<span class="copyright">© &nbsp;
<script>document.write((new Date).getFullYear())</script> | &nbsp;All Rights Reserved&nbsp; | &nbsp;808 Built </span> 

Here are links to other resources, with examples of using dynamic copyright year, such as WordPress:
Template Toaster

Maybe you can now enjoy your New Year’s and not worry about your website or all your client sites that they will continue to be able claim rights to their content in the New Year.

Gerald Watanabe

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