I am trying to override the Last Visit Date in the admin area of my Joomla 3.4.1 site.

I have manually made overrides to the following constants (site and admin)

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it's not making any difference to the Last Visit Date, it's still i the following format.

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I have cleared the cache and logged in/out numerous times. The dates seem to have effected other parts of the site, just not the part I want!

I would then also like to display this info one the site front end when a user is logged in, my curreny code I am using is below;

$user = JFactory::getUser();
if (!$user->guest) {
echo "<h3>Hi {$user->name}</h3>";
echo "<p>You were last here on {$user->lastvisitDate}.</p>";

Any help appreciated.

  • Is this for that Saxum IP Logger component or a different extension?
    – Lodder
    Jun 26, 2015 at 15:31
  • No the standard Joomla user manager.
    – jonboy
    Jun 26, 2015 at 15:31

1 Answer 1


The functionality you're referring to has not been implemented for the Last Visit Date in the Joomla User Manager.

If you open the following file and go to line 152:


you will see the following:

<?php echo JHtml::_('date', $item->lastvisitDate, 'Y-m-d H:i:s'); ?>

You can create a Template Override for this file and format it however you like.

You could either change the format there and then, or use one of Joomla's pre-defined formats, for example:

<?php echo JHtml::_('date', $item->lastvisitDate, JText::_('DATE_FORMAT_LC4')); ?>

Hope this helps

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    @johnny_s - Assuming you're using the default Isis admin template, you would create your override in administrator\templates\isis\html. Same process as a frontend template override, but it goes in your admin template folder instead
    – Lodder
    Jun 29, 2015 at 9:33
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    @johnny_s - Replace $user->lastvisitDate with JHtml::_('date', $item->lastvisitDate, 'Y-m-d H:i:s');.....Inside you can change Y-m-d H:i:s to the format of your choice ;)
    – Lodder
    Jun 29, 2015 at 10:17

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