Heartbeat Control


Allows you to easily manage the frequency of the WordPress heartbeat API with just a few clicks.

The heartbeat API can be disabled entirely and allowed for only specific locations.

Heartbeat intervals can be modified between 15 and 300 seconds between requests, saving on server resources.


  1. Upload the plugin folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate Heartbeat Control on the Plugins page.
  3. Adjust any settings within Settings > Heartbeat Control.


Installation Instructions
  1. Upload the plugin folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate Heartbeat Control on the Plugins page.
  3. Adjust any settings within Settings > Heartbeat Control.
How do I change my settings?

All options are located within Settings > Heartbeat Control.

Why would I want to change the default heartbeat intervals?

If you commonly leave your WordPress admin up for long periods of time, especially while writing or editing a post, the repeated POST requests can cause high resource usage. To avoid this, the heartbeat can be modified or even disabled to lower your server resource usage.


Donation Notification is insane!

Do not install this addon if you want a notification begging for a donation FOREVER on your admin screen.

To remove the notification ==========

1.) Click on “Editor” on left side bar under plugins.
2.) Select the plugin from the drop down on the right, “Heartbeat Control”
once selected, it should read “Editing heartbeat-control/heartbeat-control.php” on top of page.
3.) Do a search down the code for “Donation” and remove that section of the code including the } brackets before and after.

The begging for donations is annoying

Jeff, I appreciate your plugin, but it’s bloody annoying to see a persistent message in the admin dashboard asking for donations. It just won’t. go. away.

I was considering donating, but now you’ve pissed me off.

Doesn’t work.

This plugin worked when I first uploaded it about a month ago. It hasn’t worked since the last 2 updates. No matter what settings you choose, they never save. I loved when it *did* work, though. The wordpress heartbeat update overwhelms my site and I really wish I could turn it off.

Perfect for certain hosting providers (GD) that continually die from resources.

Was getting continuous resource messages and site simply hanging up due to a ton of PHP processes while in WordPress admin. Had to always go into cPanel to kill those processes to get the site back functioning. After some research seems the repeated POST requests was the cause. This plugin has taken care of that issue! Simple to setup and it just works. Great plugin and a life saver at least on certain shared hosting providers.

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Contributors & Developers

“Heartbeat Control” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Added composer.json and composer.lock that were missing.
  • Updated CMB2 to 2.3
  • Translation files generated.
  • Language path and text domain added to plugin header.
  • Bumped compatible WP version.


  • Minor bugfixes.


  • Fixed issue that would cause some users to not see the modification slider.


  • Added conditional logic.
  • Multiple actions can now be performed.
  • Scripts are bundled and minified.
  • Changes to settings structure.
  • Miscellaneous bugfixes.


  • Readme updates.


  • Bugfixes.
  • Resolves potential fatal error mistakenly pushed to 1.1.


  • Bugfixes.


  • Rewritten from the ground up for future extensibility.
  • Performance enhancements.
  • Improved UI.
  • Better handling for late calls to the Heartbeat API.
  • New condition settings for filtering on the frontend.


  • Bumped tested version
  • Added donation button


  • Initial release.