Simple HowOld



Simple HowOld is a content plugin for Jomla! 1.6 CompatibleJoomla! 1.7 Compatible, Joomla! 2.5 Compatible and Joomla! 3.0 Compatible that replaces all {SimpleHowOld} tags with a static string breakdown of the time passed since the date you provided in the tag until present. The string returned is formatted similar to "22 years, 6 months, 3 weeks, and 12 days". Commas (,) ands (and), spaces ( ) and plurals (s) are placed into the output formatting automatically as appropriate. Hours, minutes and seconds are not output since those units are just too trivial for the static output HowOld returns.


  • Plug and play installation.
  • No configuration.
  • Easy and forgiving {SimpleHowOld} tag syntax.
  • Returns plain text.
  • Language files for en-GB included.
  • Released under GPL license.
  • Completely free!


Joomla 2.5 was released on January 24, 2012 so that was 3 years, 4 months and 4 days ago. It has been 2 years, 8 months, 1 week and 1 day since Simple HowOld was first released.



Download the latest version of Simple HowOld for Joomla 1.6, 1.7, 2.5 and 3.0.

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Simple HowOld 1.x has been downloaded 386 times in the last 2 years, 8 months, 1 week and 1 day.

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Syntax: Anything like {SimpleHowOld|November 15, 1990}, {simplehowold|11/15/1990}, {simplehowold|1990/11/15}, {SimpleHowOld | 15-11-1990} or { SiMpLeHoWoLd | 658656000 } will work . You can use just about any properly formatted date and Simple HowOld will usually figure it out. Mixed upper/lower case and some spaces are OK. You can have as many {SimpleHowOld} tags as you need in an article.

Other Info


Joomla 1.6, 1.7 or 2.5.

Known Issues

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Change Log

2012/09/20 1.0.0 Initial release.


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