Every year I have to go through our web sites and increment the copyright year to reflect the new year. This is time consuming and, frankly, the web site is run by a computer, so why can’t it take care of itself?
This is easy enough to do in a copyright line sitting somewhere on your displayed page, but somewhat obscure to get into the page’s meta data.
With that in mind I wrote a quick little method to handle writing the copyright meta tag for me. Afterwards I went back and made it generic to write any meta tag that you’d like.
Simply call the WriteMetaTag() method at Page_Load, passing the page control ("this"), the tag to be written (title, copyright, description, keywords, etc.), and the value of the tag.
1: protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
3: //Add copyright header with dynamic copyright year
4: WriteMetaTag(this, "copyright", "©, Copyright " + System.DateTime.Today.Year.ToString() + " Lifetime Products. All Rights Reserved.");
7: /// <summary>
8: /// Static method that writes a given HtmlMeta tag with the supplied parameters
9: /// </summary>
10: /// <param name="ctrl">the control ("this" will suffice)</param>
11: /// <param name="tag">the meta-tag to be written (title, keyword, description, etc.)</param>
12: /// <param name="value">the value of the meta-tag (the page's title, a keyword list, the page's description, etc.)</param>
13: /// <returns>
14: /// A properly formatted HTML or xHTML meta-tag value-pair written into the page header
15: /// </returns>
16: public static void WriteMetaTag(Control ctrl, string tag, string value)
18: Page p = (Page)ctrl;
19: HtmlMeta m = new HtmlMeta();
20: m.Name = tag.ToLower();
21: m.Content = value;
One less place you need to babysit the date.