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How to set custom greeting message based on time of the day
« on: April 16, 2019, 01:51:10 PM »
When trying to make a greeting message for your website visitors, there are 2 main questions that comes to mind.
  • What timezone is your client on?
  • What timezone do you want the greeting in?

Wondered why you get "GOOD MORNING" When you visit a website in the afternoon? It is simple, the time is being taken probably from the server time or the programmer used a timezone that is different from yours. So, I guess answering these questions solves 50% of the challenge.

Now, I always prefer you pick the visitor's time and timezone from the visiting device - remember it is a customized message  :)

Alright, into the main deal...

My example will be done with PHP, but it is pretty the same flow for every programming language.

First, I will have the client's timezone at the top of the page(s)

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$timzoneInfo = file_get_contents('');
$timezoneInfo = json_decode($timzoneInfo);
$timezone = $ipInfo->timezone;

Then, I will write a function to return the greeting as follows

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function GetGreeting($clientTime = date("G")) {
  //Get user timezone
    if ($clientTime < 12) {
      $greeting = 'good morning';
    } else if ($clientTime < 17) {
      $greeting = 'good afternoon';
    } else {
      $greeting = 'good evening';
    return $greeting;

But if what you want is to show time like "5 days ago", then timeago jquery plugin is a good option to make use of.