I’ve already reported this to the kind support folks who advised that this is a known issue, but I also wanted to share here in case others run into this. I didn’t see anything via forum search, though I think I saw something similar at some point related to UTC but not the URL.
My site is a news site and I am using both the date in the URL and a timestamp on my stories. Unfortunately - these two features do not play well together.
If I publish late in the day, the URL on my stories reflects tomorrow’s date.
Ghost support said that “it appears to be a known issue with Ghost at the moment, where Ghost will always use UTC, no matter what timezone the site is configured to use. At present, I do not have an ETA on when this will be resolved, but it is on our radar!”
Fortunately, the timestamp on my stories is reading local time - and I figure people are more likely to notice the date and time on the article vs what’s in the URL - so for now I think I’m just going to keep setting the time accurately and deal with an inaccurate URL.
My only concern is that somehow this may cause issues with search - Google, etc., reflecting an inaccurate time because of the wrong date in the URL. … so I guess I’ll just have to see how this goes after launch. Right now I’m still in the setup phase.
I could forgo the timestamp on my stories in favor of accurate URLs… or manually just put the pub time in the copy somewhere. But then I would potentially be back-timing my stories - which could cause its own issues in search … making things seem older than they are.
Neither option is ideal! I hope Ghost can fix this sooner rather than later.
How did you install Ghost?
Browser & OS version
MacOS Monterey 12.5, Chrome Version 103.0.5060.134