It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings.

date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are required to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier.

If you are getting errors like the one above, it is because the php.ini file is missing the date.timezone setting.

Since PHP 5.1 all date related functions now require a default timezone to be set in the ini. Some webhosts do not include this required setting in the php.ini file.

Fix via php.ini

To fix this, simply add the following line of code to your file.

date.timezone = "America/Chicago"

Be sure to change the timezone to match your current timezone. A list of supported timezones can be found here.

Fix via PHP code

If you cannot edit your php.ini file for any reason, you can simply add the following line to your inc/config_inc.php file:


Host specific Issues


Some users have reported that 1and1 hosting requires you to have a php.ini file in each subdirectory of Family Connections in order for this change to take affect. Here is an article from 1and1 explaining how to do this