[Resolved] Showing “Time Ago” Properly

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    I am having issues showing the post date with human_time_diff. I want to do this without a plugin, directly in the child theme & only show it if the post date is up to, and including, 7 days old.

    Here is my code so far:

    function time_ago_date( $the_date ) {
        $currentTime = current_time('timestamp');
        $postTime = get_the_time('U');
        if ((($currentTime - $postTime) / 60 / 60 / 24) > 8) {
            return sprintf('%1$s',
                get_the_date('F j, Y'));
        } else {
            return sprintf('%1$s ago',
                human_time_diff( get_the_time('U'), current_time('timestamp') ));
    add_filter( 'get_the_date', 'time_ago_date', 10, 1 );

    The issues are:
    – If the post date is older than 7 days, it must just have default behavior. So I just try to output the date, but this code doesn’t work. The page keeps loading and won’t load.
    – If the post date is newer than 7 days, it must show the human_time_diff. It works, but the datetime attribute for the <time> element also shows the human_time_diff instead of the valid default behavior like “2020-06-04T03:04:00+02:00”
    So I want this part to show default behavior as well, even though the post is less than 7 days old. The text for the reader must be human_time_diff only.

    Any help to accomplish this (perhaps more elegantly) would be appreciated!

    Here is the desired HTML result (examples):
    Post is less than 7 days old:
    <time class=”entry-date published” datetime=”2020-06-04T03:04:00+02:00″>2 days ago</time>

    Post is more than 7 days old:
    <time class=”entry-date published” datetime=”2020-06-04T03:04:00+02:00″>June 4, 2020</time>


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    Hi there,

    I don’t have a lot of experience with this. However, this kind of question is perfect for a site like this: https://wordpress.stackexchange.com/

    Someone with more experience with the date functions should be able to spot the issue quite quickly.

    Thanks! 🙂

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