How to Display a Readable Sitecore Date or DateTime Field in a View

Easy Boilerplate For You

Dates have always been a pain for developers. This boilerplate code may help you out.

Here's our view file:

@using Sitecore.Mvc.Presentation
@using Sitecore.Mvc
@using Sitecore.Mvc.Extensions
@{ var currentItem = Html.Sitecore().CurrentItem; }

// Your exact syntax here may vary depending on your Sitecore version. IsPageEditor can also be IsExperienceEditor
@if (Sitecore.Context.PageMode.IsPageEditor)
	<p><b>Published:</b> @Html.Sitecore().Field("Published Date", currentItem) </p>
	<p><b>Published:</b> @ViewHelper.GetReadableDate("Published Date", currentItem)</p>

Over in a helper class, you'll need to write the following methods:

public static DateTime GetDate(string fieldName, Item item)
	var field = item.Fields[fieldName];
	if (field == null) return DateTime.Now;

	if (!DateUtil.IsIsoDate(field.Value)) return DateTime.Now;

	var dateTime = ((DateField)field).DateTime;

	return dateTime;

public static string GetReadableDate(string fieldName, Item item)
	if (item == null || fieldName.IsWhiteSpaceOrNull() || String.IsNullOrWhiteSpace(item[fieldName])) return "No Date Specified";
	var dateTime = GetDate(fieldName, item);

	return dateTime.ToString("MMMM dd, yyyy");

Happy coding!


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