This is a great way to show the freshness of your content and since this will be automated, it will save you the time of having to manually adjust the dates.
There are other benefits too, like improving your SEO, freeing your brain from having to remember to change the dates, etc.
This guide will teach you how to automatically display the last updated date on your WordPress website, for any (or all) of your Elementor-based content.
Configure Your Elementor Pro Template
What we are going to do here is set up a template that will apply to all blog posts, showing the last updated date on any blog posts that you happen to edit in the future.
For the steps below, I’m going to assume you’ve never set up a template for your Single Blog Posts, just so we get everything covered.
Create the Single Post Template
- WordPress Dashboard > Templates > Theme Builder
- Click the ‘+’ icon next to ‘Single Post’.
- Create a new template or import a template from Elementor.
- Using Elementor’s Display Conditions, assign the template as desired.
Add the Last Updated Date Element
With the basics of getting a Single Post Template up and running, let’s now turn our attention to adding the ‘last updated date’ elementor to the template.
- Edit your Single Post Template.
- Drag in the ‘Post Info’ widget and place it somewhere towards the top of your template.
- Remove all of the items that come with the widget by default (Author, Date, Time, and Comments), leaving just one behind.
- Edit the one remaining item.
- Type > Custom
- Custom > Click on the Dynamic Icon.
- Choose ‘Post Date’.
- Click on ‘Post Date’.
- Choose ‘Post Modified’.
- Click the ‘Format’ drop-down.
- Choose your desired format.
- Save changes.
That’s all there is to it! Any content you set up to use this template will automatically show the date you last updated it.
I’ve incorporated this into all of the WP Turned UP resources (like this guide for example) where it makes sense to show the last time I’ve gone in and made any changes.
There are many other things you can do with the ‘Post Info’ widget, like pretending some text before or after the date, so tinker a bit and see what you can come up with.
Add the Post Modified Date to Your Meta Descriptions With SEOPress
With the steps below, I’ll be using SEOPress, which is my recommended SEO plugin for WordPress Websites.
- WordPress Dashboard > SEO > Titles & Metas > Post Types > Posts
- Under the ‘Meta description template’ text area, click on the drop-down button and select ‘Post modified date’.
At this point, SEOPress will add the ‘Post modified date’ variable to your Post Meta Descriptions. What we want to do now is move that variable to the very beginning of your Meta Description.
- Using your mouse (or keyboard), cut the variable (%%post_modified_date%%) and paste it at the beginning of the Meta Description text area.
- Save changes.
That’s all there is to it. Now, search engines will start to automatically show the last time you modified a post by displaying the ‘Post Modified Date’.
If you want to verify this, pull up a post on the front end of your website, inspect it with your browser tools, and look for the Meta Description towards the top of the inspected post.
Be sure to check out all of my SEO-related guides for more helpful tips and insights.