I've been tearing my hair out over this timezone-related error in PHP and I'm hoping someone here can help me out. I'm fairly new to programming and I'm currently working on a project that involves handling dates and times in PHP. However, I keep encountering errors related to timezones and I can't seem to figure out how to resolve them.
I've noticed that whenever I try to work with date and time functions in PHP, such as `date()` or `strtotime()`, I get warnings or errors related to timezones. For example, I sometimes get warnings like "It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings" or errors like "DateTime::__construct(): Failed to parse time string".
I've tried doing some research on the issue, but I'm still having trouble fully understanding what's causing these errors and how to fix them. From what I gather, it has something to do with the default timezone settings in PHP and inconsistencies between my server's timezone and the one I'm working with.
So, my question is twofold:
1. What are the common causes of these timezone-related errors in PHP?
2. How can I resolve them and ensure accurate handling of dates and times in my PHP project?
I would appreciate any insights, explanations, or even code snippets that could help me understand and overcome this issue. Thanks in advance for your help!