With 2012 officially off to a start, one thing to remember that many people forget to do at the beginning of a new year is to change the copyright date on their websites.
WordPress sites can be built in various ways, so depending on how your site is built, there are a few ways that copyright dates are handled. If your website has the copyright date hard coded into the WordPress theme files (most likely footer.php) you can replace the current year with:
and the copyright date will change to the current year and change again automatically next year.
Always remember to make a backup copy of your theme before making any changes to your theme files.
If your website copyright information is in a text widget, you will have to change it manually, but at least this article will hopefully remind you to do so.
Finally, if you are in luck and use a quality WordPress framework like Genesis by StudioPress the dynamic footer copyright date will be built into your WordPress theme and your website will already be up to the latest date.
Changing your website copyright date is a simple task that is often overlooked, but important; so either set a reminder for the first of every year or add a simple bit of code and set the annual task on autopilot.