Future Dater WordPress Plug-in

Future Dater is a simple plugin to provide a shortcode to include certain types of future (or past) dates in your posts or pages. The type of dates supported are “beginning of next quarter”, “last day of this quarter”, “first day of next month”, etc.


  1. Install the plugin via the built-in WordPress plugin installer.
  2. Activate the plugin.  There is no configuration or setup to do.
  3. Add [futuredate] shortcodes to your Posts or Pages.

Using the futuredate shortcode

There are 4 arguments to the [futuredate] shortcode:

  • unitRequired.  Which part of the current date you want to modify. Valid values: “month” and “quarter”.
  • relunitOptional.  Whether you want reference the first day or last day of the unit, or the same day as the current date.  Valid values: “first”, “last”, or none.
  • count – Required.  How much to modify the current date, in units specified by the unit argument.  Most commonly 1 (for next month or next quarter) or 0 (for the current month or quarter).  Also accepts negative values.
  • formatOptional.  PHP date-formatting string to specify how the date should be printed.  Most common value: ‘Y-m-d’.


  • The end of this month:
  • [futuredate unit=month relunit=last count=0 format="Y-m-d H:i:s"]
  • The end of this quarter:
  • [futuredate unit=quarter relunit=last count=0 format="Y-m-d"]
  • The first day of next quarter:
  • [futuredate unit=quarter relunit=first count=1 format="Y-m-d"]
  • The end of the quarter, 5 quarters from now:
  • [futuredate unit=quarter relunit=last count=5 format="Y-m-d"]
  • The end of previous quarter:
  • [futuredate unit=quarter relunit=last count=-1 format="Y-m-d"]
  • First day of next month:
  • [futuredate unit=month relunit=first count=1 format="Y-m-d"]
  • Two months from now:
  • [futuredate unit=month count=2 format="Y-m-d"]


If you have questions or problems with this plugin, please email futuredater at swcp dot com.