wordpress - date_format() in PHP not returning the formatted date


Thedate_format function is not returning the formatted value of the variable but instead the current date only

I have tried different date variables and formats but to no avail. This is done in WordPress environment.


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   $eventDate = new DateTime(the_field('date_event'));
   //'event_date is the name of the date time field created for the post
   echo date_format($eventDate,'M'); 


I have tried different variables and number formats. Searched for WordPress environment specific solutions but none works. The result shows today's date being formatted instead of the given date.

The result shows the date of the event in non-formatted form and today's date in formatted form.




The result shows today's date being formatted instead of the given date.

That’s because you are not giving any date to the DateTime constructor here - so it defaults to today.

$eventDate = new DateTime(the_field('date_event'));

the_field outputs the value directly. You want to pass the value as a parameter into the DateTime constructor, so you need to use the function that returns the value instead of outputting it directly -get_field.

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