First we need to breifly go over how the date function works. It is fairly straightforward:
string date ( string format [, int timestamp] )
You simply pass a string containing the date format, and a timestamp if you don’t want to use the current time. Something to note: Any character that isn’t recognized by the date function will be displayed as is.
|F||Full text of month (January)|
|n||Number of the month (1)|
|j||Number of day (1)|
|d||Number of day (01)|
|Y||Full year (2005)|
With the individual characters you can create full formats. Below are the formats that I use most frequently:
|F j Y||October 8 2005||
date(“F j Y”)
For a full list of all the recognized characters visit the PHP: date – Manual. This list is only a list of the characters I use frequently myself.