How to change the PHP time zone setting

This article describes how to change the time zone setting in PHP by using the date.timezone directive in a php.ini file.

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This article assumes that you have already set up a custom php.ini file on your web site. If you have not already set up a custom php.ini file, please read this article first.

Using the date.timezone directive

By default, A2 Hosting's servers are set to use the US Eastern Standard Time zone. You can change the time zone that PHP uses for your scripts by setting the date.timezone directive in your php.ini file. For a complete list of supported time zones in PHP, please visit

To change the time zone, use a text editor to modify the date.timezone directive in your php.ini file. For example, to set the time zone for Paris, France, use the following setting:

date.timezone = "Europe/Paris"
To verify the current value of the date.timezone directive and other directives, you can use the phpinfo() function. For more information, please see this article.

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