How to change the MySQL timezone
When you develop your website, you may have to compare a certain date/time with the current date/time on the server.
The timezone on SiteGround's servers is CST, CEST or SGT, depending on the location you have chosen for your account upon sign-up. This is a global setting which cannot be changed.
You can, however, use an easy workaround if you wish to use a different timezone - you can modify the return of the MySQL NOW() function.
Let's take a look at the most standard query for selecting the current date/time:
If you want to add 2 hours to the result, you can use the following syntax:
SELECT DATE_ADD(NOW(), INTERVAL 2 HOUR);
In a similar way, if you want to subtract 2 hours from the server timezone, you can use this query:
SELECT DATE_SUB(NOW(), INTERVAL 2 HOUR);
Using DATE_SUB and DATE_ADD, you can modify the query result to fit your specific needs.