How to Set/Change Server Time Zone in Joomla (Step by Step With Pictures)

Want to change the time zone of your Joomla website? This Joomla tutorial will show you (with pictures), how you could easily change the time zone of your Joomla website.

It’s always advised to set the time zone of your website to match the location you are operating from, or where you are accessing your Joomla website from. The reason for this advice is to avoid conflict in time!

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Changing/Setting the Server Time Zone of Your Joomla Website

This Joomla tutorial is divided into 5 steps, each of them have pictures that are used to explain this article better.

Step 1

Login to the control panel of your Joomla website. The login page of your Joomla website could be accessed by adding /administrator to the end of the homepage URL. For example; if your Joomla website URL is http://example.com, adding /administrator to the end of http://example.com becomes http://example.com/administrator. When the go or enter button is pressed, it displays the administrative login page of your Joomla website. You can now enter your admin username and password.

Joomla administrative login page

Step 2

When you are logged into your Joomla website, click on system » global configuration.

Joomla System

Step 3

Since you are changing the time zone of your Joomla website, the setting could be found in the server settings tab. On the global configuration page of your Joomla website, click on server settings.

Joomla global configuration page

Step 4

Find the section named location settings, under location settings, click on the drop down that is located above website time zone . A drop down will appear, find and select the time zone location you’d like your Joomla website to be set to.

Joomla location setting (time zone setting)

Step 5

After setting your time zone, hit the save button to save your new time zone setting.

Save your new Joomla time zone setting

Quick Steps to: Change/Set the Server Time Zone in Joomla

Let’s see the quick steps on how the time zone of your Joomla website could be changed.

  • Step 1 – Login to the administrative panel of the Joomla website you’d like to change the time zone.
  • Step 2 – Click on system » global configuration.
  • Step 3 – Click on the server tab.
  • Step 4 – Find the location setting section. Click on the drop down menu that is below website time zone to change the time zone of your Joomla website.
  • Step 5 – Save your new time zone setting.

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Conclusion – How to Set/Change Time Zone in Joomla

Setting the time zone of your Joomla website to match your location is pretty helpful! Setting the time zone of your Joomla website using this Joomla tutorial, sets the global time zone of your website. Individual users can still set the time zone to match their current location (the global time zone will not affect them).

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