How Do I Set the Default Time Zone for a Linux/PHP Website?


Default Time Zone

The default time zone in Rackspace Cloud sites is Central Time Zone (North America) and we do honour daylight savings time. The UTC offsets are:

Central Standard Time	UTC−6:00
Central Daylight Time 	UTC−5:00

What to edit

To change your time zone on your Linux/PHP website, you will need to edit your .htaccess.  An example of what you need to place in is:

php_value date.timezone TIMEZONE_HERE 

And a fully working example with the time zone set to Dubai is:

php_value date.timezone Asia/Dubai

Note: For a comprehensive list of Time Zones, please refer to

How to test to make sure it worked

1) Check the PHP Information File...

Or by running this PHP file:

echo date('l jS \of F Y h:i:s A');

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