Automatically Calculate Number Of Years Output In Bricks Builder

Amanda Lucas
November 30, 2023

A useful way to automatically output number of years since a start date in Bricks Builder.

UPDATED: 30th November 2023

A very useful way to add an automatically calculated number of years output. For example, a client’s ‘About’ page may refer to how many years they’ve been in business. This is definitely not something you want to edit each year.

This article will show how to automate the output.

First, you’ll need to add the following code snippet to whatever you use for custom code (I use WPCodebox) :

function years_since_date_shortcode($atts) {
    $atts = shortcode_atts(
            'date' => '', // Add your date parameter here

    $given_date = strtotime($atts['date']);
    $current_date = time();

    $years_since = date('Y', $current_date) - date('Y', $given_date);

    return $years_since;

add_shortcode('years_since_date', 'years_since_date_shortcode');
Snippet added to WPCodebox

Simply change the 'startdate' to the required date. This code uses PHP to calculate the difference between the current year and the start date, then outputs the result.

Once you’ve added the code snippet, output the result where you want to using the shortcode :

[years_since_date date="your_date_here"]

Use the date format: DD/MM/YYYY

Simply type the shortcode into your content. You will see the number of years since the start date displayed on your website.

Shortcode added to Bricks Builder Rich Text Element

NOTE: You won’t see the output in the builder or editor view – only on the front end.

Output shown on front end

This is a great way to dynamically show number of years without having to edit each year. A very simple but useful method.

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Amanda Lucas

Amanda Lucas

Amanda Lucas runs a web design agency in Ireland called Itchy Fingers Design. She enjoys creating websites that help support business goals and growth and sharing her knowledge.