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[resolved] Setting expiration options programmatically (7 posts)

  1. tiszenkel
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    So post expirator is working great for me, but I've got one issue. I'm creating a certain category of posts programmatically and want to set them to expire after five days. To do that, I'm using this code when I create the post:

    $current_time = date(U);
    $expire_time = $current_time + 432000; // 5 days is 432000 seconds
    update_post_meta($post_id, '_expiration-date', (string)$expire_time);
    update_post_meta($post_id, '_expiration-date-options', 'a:2:{s:10:"expireType";s:6:"delete";s:2:"id";i:'.$post_id.';}');
    update_post_meta($post_id, '_expiration-date-status', 'saved');

    If you look at the resulting post in the dashboard, you'd see that post expirator is turned on (it's turned off by default) and the post expiration date is just as intended. But the post is set to expire to a draft, not to the trash, as it's supposed to. And ultimately, it never does expire, to a draft OR to the trash. (I tested this by setting the expiration date to a few minutes in the future instead of five days.)

    Any idea what I'm doing wrong here?

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/post-expirator/

  2. Aaron Axelsen
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    That will never work. With version 2.0, the logic changed on how the plugin works. It now schedules a unique cron event for each post as needed to save on system resources. Just setting the meta will no longer do the trick

  3. tiszenkel
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Bummer! Well, I have a once-a-day delete script ready to go, so that's Plan B -- just seemed like it would be redundant when I had Post Expirator installed.

  4. Aaron Axelsen
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    If you look through the plugin code, I did break out the scheduling bit into a function (_scheduleExpiratorEvent) that you could in theory call yourself with the correct arguments.

  5. tiszenkel
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Managed to get it working! Unfortunately, just calling the function didn't do the trick, because I'm using a script that runs before plugins are loaded. So I had to use the code independent of the function:

    if (wp_next_scheduled('postExpiratorExpire',array($post_id)) !== false) {
    wp_clear_scheduled_hook('postExpiratorExpire',array($post_id)); //Remove any existing hooks
    }
    
    wp_schedule_single_event($expire_time,'postExpiratorExpire',array($post_id)); 
    
    // Update Post Meta
    update_post_meta($post_id, '_expiration-date', $expire_time);
    update_post_meta($post_id, '_expiration-date-options', $opts);
    update_post_meta($post_id, '_expiration-date-status','saved');

    Thanks, Aaron! You've got a terrific plugin that's going to provide some key functionality on a site I'm launching this weekend. This is just the last piece.

  6. matt_teamworks
    Member
    Posted 5 months ago #

    Hi, I'm trying to achieve this exact scenario but I'm also struggling to get the posts to update via wp_schedule_single_event.

    A little background... I've created a custom post status called 'archive'. (I want to be able to archive posts but not have them mixed in with genuine draft posts). In order to get this as an option in the post expirator plugin I had to manually add it to the '_postExpiratorExpireType' and 'postExpiratorExpire' functions in post-expirator.php. (This is not ideal as I wanted to avoid editing the plugin file directly - as a future update it would be great if there was a hook to allow adding custom post statuses)

    My custom post status is setup as follows:

    function jc_custom_post_status(){
         register_post_status( 'archive', array(
              'label'                     => _x( 'Archive', 'post' ),
              'public'                    => false,
              'show_in_admin_all_list'    => true,
              'show_in_admin_status_list' => true,
              'label_count'               => _n_noop( 'Archive <span class="count">(%s)</span>', 'Archive <span class="count">(%s)</span>' )
         ) );
    }
    add_action( 'init', 'jc_custom_post_status' );

    I'm creating posts programmatically and setting them to archive as necessary using the following function:

    // archive post
    function archivePost($post_id, $archiveDate) {
    	$expire_time = strtotime(formatTime($archiveDate));
    	$opts = 'a:2:{s:10:"expireType";s:7:"archive";s:2:"id";i:'.$post_id.';}';
    
    	if (wp_next_scheduled('postExpiratorExpire',array($post_id)) !== false) {
    		wp_clear_scheduled_hook('postExpiratorExpire',array($post_id)); //Remove any existing hooks
    	}
    
    	wp_schedule_single_event($expire_time,'postExpiratorExpire',array($post_id)); 
    
    	// Update Post Meta
    	update_post_meta($post_id, '_expiration-date', $expire_time);
    	update_post_meta($post_id, '_expiration-date-options', $opts);
    	update_post_meta($post_id, '_expiration-date-status','saved');
    }

    When I edit the post in the admin I see that the expire posts option is ticked and the date is correct, but the post never expires. If I hit 'update' then the post expires as expected.

    It also works fine if I create the post via the wordpress interface instead of programmatically.

    I've tried comparing the values stored in wp_postmeta for a post created via the admin and one created programmatically and they appear the same.

    Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

  7. matt_teamworks
    Member
    Posted 5 months ago #

    Fixed it by changing the opts line in my archivePost function.

    from:

    $opts = 'a:2:{s:10:"expireType";s:7:"archive";s:2:"id";i:'.$post_id.';}';

    to:

    $opts = array(
    	'expireType' => 'archive',
    	'id' => $post_id
    );

    Seems it needs to be an array (not a string as in the first post of this thread).

    It turns out that I'm also able to call the function '_scheduleExpiratorEvent' directly which makes things a bit easier.

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