Joomla 3.1 Server TimeZone

Joomla 3.0’s Server Time Zone setting can be found within the Joomla Server Settings section. Joomla gives the following description for this setting:

About the Server Time ZoneAvailable Time Zone Options
Server Time Zone
Choose a city in the list to configure the date and time for display

The default time zone is set to Universal Time, Coordinated (UTC), but there are many other timezones available. The time zones are organized in the following groups:

  • Africa
  • America
  • Antarctica
  • Arctic
  • Asia
  • Atlantic
  • Australia
  • Europe
  • India
  • Pacific


To change your Server Time Zone in Joomla 3.0:

  1. Log into your Joomla 3.0 Dashboard
  2. In the left menu, click the Global Configuration link
  3. In the list of tabs towards the top of the page, click the Server tab
  4. Under the Location Settings heading, find the Server Time Zone setting. Use the drop down menu to the right to choose the appropriate time zone for your website, and then click the Save button in the top left of the page.

2 thoughts on “Joomla 3.1 Server TimeZone

  1. This article was not helpful. We have tried the above instructions, and the site still uses UTC time. Another forum suggested adding code to a php.ini file, although that is beyond our skill level here. Our site will be seen in multiple time zones and we need for the times to be local to each user. Is there a Joomla plugin to handle time zones?

    1. Unfortunately, since the article doesn’t address your goal, I recommend asking the Joomla community forum for the best way to accomplish this.

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