I'm building an export plugin in Craft 2 and the entries are saved by the front-end and are never enabled, so no Post Date. I have a form with the forms.date selectors that sends a start and end date to my controller. How can I filter on Date Created? After and before only works on Post Date.

I have this for now:

$criteria = craft()->elements->getCriteria(ElementType::Entry);
$criteria->section = 'contestEntries';
// Date Created >= start_date
// Date Created <= end_date
$criteria->status = null;
$entries = $criteria->find();

Thank you

1 Answer 1


Here is syntax you can use to search a date field between two dates.

$startDate = date('Y-m-d', strtotime($settings["start_date"]["date"]));
$endDate = date('Y-m-d', strtotime($settings["end_date"]["date"]));

$criteria->dateCreated = ['and','>= '.$startDate, '<= '.$endDate];
  • Sorry, I don't think this works at all for what I'm asking. You could use this if the entries would have a start_date and an end_date field, but not for what I'm asking. I want to do this, but against the Date Created field, using a user input for the start and end date, pulling entries that are created between those 2 dates. Sep 7, 2017 at 21:12
  • I have updated the answer.
    – a-am
    Sep 7, 2017 at 21:21
  • Yes, it's almost what I ended up with, using your first example. Thanks for that. But just so you know, you can't use the DateTime object in this case, trying to concatenate it with a string. Just use $startDate = date('Y-m-d', strtotime($settings["start_date"]["date"])); $endDate = date('Y-m-d', strtotime($settings["end_date"]["date"])); If you can update your answer to reflect this, it will be perfect. Thanks for the help Sep 7, 2017 at 21:28

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