Schedule Page to Auto-Update Content with PHP Date Custom Field

If you have transitioning content on your website, such as a Templated Page that will be launching at a certain date or time, you can setup a custom countdown landing container, and use a custom field to automatically update the content at a scheduled date and time.

In the below example, the top .entry-content container is revealed after the countdown date is completed. The bottom .entry-content container is seen by default until the time in the custom field has elapsed.

<?php // the_date("Y-m-d"); // test the date and time format is displaying properly

$countdown = date("Y-m-d"); // format for custom field: 2017-12-01
if($countdown >= get_field('date')) { // retrieve content from custom field ?>

	<div class="entry-content">

            <?php the_field('after_countdown'); ?>
	</div><!-- .entry-content -->
<?php } else { // default landing page ?>

	<div class="entry-content">

            <?php the_content(); ?>
            <div id="countdown"></div>
	</div><!-- .entry-content -->
<?php } ?>


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