WordPress: Flag possibly outdated posts

I use the Nerd stuff category of this blog for IT and technology related posts. But the oldest posts date back more than 10 years, and technology changes fast.

So I decided to add a warning to messages older than 3 years in that category. To do so, I added this code snippet to the functions.php file in the theme folder:

add_filter('the_content', 'post_age');
function post_age($content) {
    if (is_category('nerd-stuff') || ((is_home() || is_single()) && in_category('nerd-stuff'))) {
        # Minimum post age to display the message.
        # 3 years seems reasonable for technology.
        $min_yrs = 3;
        $min_sec = $min_yrs * 365 * 24 * 60 * 60;

        # Post age in seconds.
        $post_sec = date('U') - get_post_time();

        if ($post_sec > $min_sec) {
            # Post age in years.
            $post_yrs = round($post_sec / 60 / 60 / 24 / 365);

            # Prepend the warning to the content.
            return "<div style='border:1px dashed #cc0000; padding:25px; margin-bottom:25px; text-align:center; font-weight:bold; color:#cc0000;'>Please keep in mind that this post is about $post_yrs years old.<br>Technology may have changed in the meantime.</div>" . $content;

        # Post is not old enough for a warning.
        return $content;

    # We are not on the category page, the home page, or a single post page.
    return $content;

For the category, I used the ‘slug’ in the code above, but I could also have taken the category name or the category ID.

And I didn’t actually add this code to the theme’s functions.php. I first created a child theme as described here, and then added the code to the child theme’s functions.php. This way, I don’t lose my code if and when the theme is updated.

For the result, you can just browse the Nerd stuff category.


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WordPress: Flag possibly outdated posts