Postie allows you to blog via e-mail, including many advanced features not found in WordPress's default post by e-mail feature.
WordPress cron (which Postie relies on) doesn't run unless a page is accessed on the site. So if you send an email, but nobody accesses the site for 3 days Postie won't be given the chance to fetch the email and publish the post.
To ensure that Postie runs smoothly on a low or no volume site you need to ensure that a page gets hit (any page is fine). Use something like cron + curl on Linux or install curl on Windows and use the Scheduled Tasks control panel. If you are using a hosting company that doesn't allow you access to cron you can use a service like SetCronJob.
By default, postie checks for new e-mail every 30 minutes. You can select from a number of different checking intervals in the settings page, under the Mailserver tab.
If you would prefer to have more fine-grained control of how postie checks for mail, you can also set up a crontab. This is for advanced users only.
Setup a cronjob to pull down the get_mail.php - note that every time you access get_mail.php Postie will run - it is like clicking Run Postie on the Admin screen.
If your site runs on a UNIX/linux server, and you have shell access, you can enable mail checking using cron.
*/5 * * * * /usr/bin/lynx --source http://blog.robfelty.com/wp-content/plugins/postie/get_mail.php >/dev/null 2>&1
This fetches the mail every five minutes with lynx
*/10 * * * * /usr/bin/wget -O /dev/null http://blog.robfelty.com/wp-content/plugins/postie/get_mail.php >/dev/null 2>&1
This fetches the mail every ten minutes with wget
Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.9.2
Last Updated: 2014-8-12
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