I've got a website with lots of content that has been migrated. For each node I've added the original date as the Authored on date. However, search snippets show the date a node was last updated.

I've read the search-result.tpl.php file and can't figure out how to change the $info_split['date'] variable so that it shows the publication date instead.

How can I display the Authored on date instead of the updated date in the search results?

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Use a the preprocess function, template_preprocess_search_result() to add a custom authored on date variable to your search-result.tpl.php template.

function MYTHEME_preprocess_search_result(&$variables) {
  //$variables['result']['node'] is the node object returned in the search results
  //the $variables['result']['node']->created property contains the authored on date
  if(isset($variables['result']['node'])) {
    $variables['created_date'] = format_date($variables['result']['node']->created, 'short');
  //$created_date will be available in your search-result.tpl.php for printing

It's probably worth mentioning that the base template is printing out the $info variable which is the concatenation of a few vars in $info_split. Changing $info_split won't change the printed date without changing search-result.tpl.php.

  • Doesn't seem to the trick, unless I'm doing something wrong. When I use <p>Published on <?php print $created_date; ?></p> or <p>Published on <?php print date("jS F Y", $created_date); ?> in search-result.tpl.php I don't get a date (just the text "Published on").
    – rkhff
    Oct 5, 2015 at 22:17
  • Pass by ref typo, sorry. Add the & operator to $variables.
    – Shawn Conn
    Oct 6, 2015 at 2:43
  • Ah, I should have spotted that myself! It's working now - many thanks!
    – rkhff
    Oct 6, 2015 at 9:03

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