this may seem like an easy question, but i'm new to this, and i didn't find any predefined variables for the date in the php.net documentation.
anybody know if there is a predefined variable for the date? if not...how would one display the current date on the server
You would use the date() function.
$var = date("Y-m-d");
print $var; //prints 2001-09-24
$var = date("Y-m-d", $timestamp);
print $var; //prints the same according to a unix timestamp.
//See the link above for all the possible formatting options.