How to Keep Your Copyright Year Updated Automatically on Your Website

Your website footer anchors to the bottom of every page. For the most part, it’s the same for each page with slight variations as needed depending on the complexity of your website.

On each and every website, however, you’ll likely see the copyright symbol, the year and the business name that owns the website.

For your own website, this could be a tedious chore to remember at the start of each New Year to update this year. And for those who let this slide, you run the risk of appearing outdated to website visitors.

Yes, visitors really do notice these small details.

But if you’re a past client OR using the Beaver Builder framework, you’re in luck. There’s a simple way to update this text so it will update automatically the second the clock strikes midnight.


To make this quick update and be set once and for all, you have two options:

Option 1: Update the year in your footer via Beaver Builder’s Theme Customizer

To go this route, simply follow the below directions:

  • Log into your WordPress dashboard
  • Go to Appearance
  • Click Customize
  • Click Footer
  • Click Footer Layout
  • Replace the year with the shortcode: [ fl_year ]
    • Important: When copying and pasting the above shortcode, be sure to remove the space before ] and after [ for it to work properly.

Option 2: Update the year in your footer via your Themer Layout

  • Log into your WordPress dashboard
  • Go to Beaver Builder > Themer Layouts
  • Click Footer template
  • Click Launch Beaver Builder button
  • Replace the year with the shortcode: [ fl_year ]
    • Important: When copying and pasting the above shortcode, be sure to remove the space before ] and after [ for it to work properly.

Option 3: Update the year in your footer via your Footer Menu

  • Log into your WordPress dashboard
  • Go to Appearance > Menu
  • Select your Footer Menu from the dropdown
  • In the appropriate page, replace the year with the shortcode: [ fl_year ]
    • Important: When copying and pasting the above shortcode, be sure to remove the space before ] and after [ for it to work properly.

I’ve also recorded a short video tutorial walking you through each of the noted options from above:

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