I'm looking for the "start publishing" field into the xx_content of my database. I Don't see any column named like that. I can't find where its value are store.

Any idea where I could find it? (Joomla! 3.3.1)

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In the #__content database table, the column you're looking for is publish_up. This contains the timestamp value for the publish date.

See screenshot below:

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  • But for each article the "start publishing" values saved in frontend (or backend) doesn't correspond to the "publish_up" value... I checked for several articles.
    – JinSnow
    Aug 19, 2014 at 14:34
  • Which timezone are you? I will try to replicate what you have
    – Lodder
    Aug 19, 2014 at 14:35
  • thanks looder! Universal time coordinated (the dates look like that: 2011-10-15 00:00:00)
    – JinSnow
    Aug 19, 2014 at 14:41
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    Have a look at the query you used to import the articles from Joomla 1.5 and see how the publish date it processed
    – Lodder
    Aug 19, 2014 at 15:06
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    Joomla 3 will store the datetimes always in UTC timezone. If the user has a different timezone, it will calculate the difference and show the timezone adjusted datetime. This may be something that confuses.
    – Bakual
    Aug 19, 2014 at 19:25

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