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This is documentation about a configuration directive, which can be placed within Movable Type’s core configuration file, mt-config.cgi, to customize the behavior of the system.

This configuration directive specifies the default timezone for all weblogs. When creating a new weblog from the admin screen, the default timezone will be set (as a default) from the DefaultTimezone value.


For Mountain Time you would do

DefaultTimezone -7

For Indian Time:

DefaultTimezone 5.5


Below is a table of each timezone and the value that you would use for DefaultTimezone.

ValueCommon timezone name
13New Zealand Daylight Savings Time
12International Date Line East
11 No label
10East Australian Time
9.5Central Australian Time
9Japan Time
8China Coast Time
7West Australian Time
6.5North Sumatra
6Russian Federation Zone 5
5Russian Federation Zone 4
4Russian Federation Zone 3
3Baghdad Time/Moscow Time
2Eastern Europe Time
1Central European Time
0Universal Time Coordinated
-1West Africa Time
-2Azores Time
-3Atlantic Time
-4Atlantic Time
-5Eastern Time
-6Central Time
-7Mountain Time
-8Pacific Time
-9Alaskan Time
-10Aleutians-Hawaii Time
-11Nome Time