The Post Expirator plugin allows the user to set expiration dates for both posts and pages. There is a configuration option page in the plugins
area that will allow you to seperataly control whether or not posts/pages are either deleted or changed to draft status. Additionally you can
also choose to have the post categories change at expiration time. If you choose to change the post category, the default action of changing
the status will be ignored.
The plugin hooks into the wp cron processes and runs every minute by default, but can be configured to use any cron schedule (hourly, twicedaily, daily, etc).
The expiration date can be displayed within the actual post by using the [postexpirator] tag. The format attribute will override the plugin
default display format. See the PHP Date Function for valid date/time format options.
Plugin homepage WordPress Post Expirator.
New! Feature Requests Please enter all feature requests here. Requests entered via the plugin website or support forum may be missed.
[postexpirator] shortcode attributes
- type – defaults to full – valid options are full,date,time
- dateformat – format set here will override the value set on the settings page
- timeformat – format set here will override the value set on the settings page
This plugin is fully compatible with WordPress Multisite Mode.
This section describes how to install the plugin and get it working.
- Unzip the plugin contents to the
- Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
It looks like 4.7.3 is the last version where this plugin works as expected 🙁
I put a checkmark in the Enable Post Expiration box, chose Category:Remove, selected the category I wanted to remove, set a time 2 minutes in the future, and hit update. The category wasn’t removed from the post.
This is awesome plugin. Works as intended. If it wasn’t for this plugin I had to pay someone to get this functionality.
Kudos to plugin developer.
Neither WordPress or WooCommerce have the ability to set an expiration date for a post, custom post type, page, or a product. In the past, I bought two different plugins in order to provide the ability to set an expiration date on WooCommerce product. But I just discovered today that there is a free plugin that allows you to specify WooCommerce Expiring Products. Plus it also allows you to specify expiration dates for posts, custom post types, and pages. A great free plugin! Thank you so much.
Does almost exactly what I want — if it could change a post status to any of the available statuses (instead of just ‘draft’), I could use it in conjunction with an archive status plugin to automatically archive posts.
This is really awesome plugins. I searching this kind of plugins few days, not its work like a charm, But there added an Expiry Countdown timer that would be great.
Contributors & Developers
“Post Expirator” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.Contributors
- Fix: PHP Strict errors with 5.4+
- Fix: Removed temporary timezone conversion – now using core functions again
- Fix: Default category selection now saves correctly on default settings screen
- Security: Added form nonce for protect agaisnt possible CSRF
- Security: Fixed XSS issue on settings pages
- New: Added check to show if WP_CRON is enabled on diagnostics page
- Fix: Minor Code Cleanup
- New: Added the option to disable post expirator for certain post types if desired
- Fix: Fixed php warning issue cause when post type defaults are not set
- New: Added support for heirarchical custom taxonomy
- New: Enhanced custom post type support
- Fix: Updated debug function to be friendly for scripted calls
- Fix: Change to only show public custom post types on defaults screen
- Fix: Removed category expiration options for ‘pages’, which is currently unsupported
- Fix: Some date calls were getting “double” converted for the timezone pending how other plugins handled date – this issue should now be resolved
- Removes old scheduled hook – this was not done completely in the 2.0.0 upgrade
- Old option cleanup
This is a major update of the core functions of this plugin. All current plugins and settings should be upgraded to the new formats and work as expected. Any posts currently schedule to be expirated in the future will be automatically upgraded to the new format.
- New: Improved debug calls and logging
- New: Added the ability to expire to a “private” post
- New: Added the ability to expire by adding or removing categories. The old way of doing things is now known as replacing categories
- New: Revamped the expiration process – the plugin no longer runs on an minute, hourly, or other schedule. Each expiration event schedules a unique event to run, conserving system resources and making things more efficient
- New: The type of expiration event can be selected for each post, directly from the post editing screen
- New: Ability to set defaults for each post type (including custom posts)
- New: Renamed expiration-date meta value to _expiration-date
- New: Revamped timezone handling to be more correct with WordPress standards and fix conflicts with other plugins
- New: ‘Expires’ column on post display table now uses the default date/time formats set for the blog
- Fix: Removed kses filter calls when then schedule task runs that was causing code entered as unfiltered_html to be removed
- Fix: Updated some calls of date to now use date_i18n
- Fix: Most (if not all) php error/warnings should be addressed
- Fix: Updated wpdb calls in the debug class to use wpdb_prepare correctly
- Fix: Changed menu capability option from “edit_plugin” to “manage_options”
- Added the ability to configure the post expirator to be enabled by default for all new posts
- Changed some instances of mktime to time
- Fixed missing global call for MS installs
- Tweaked error messages, removed clicks for reset cron event
- Switched cron schedule functions to use “current_time(‘timestamp’)”
- Cleaned up default values code
- Added option to allow user to select any cron schedule (minute, hourly, twicedaily, daily) – including other defined schedules
- Added option to set default expiration duration – options are none, custom, or publish time
- Code cleanup – php notice
- Fixed invalid html
- Fixed i18n issues with dates
- Fixed problem when using “Network Activate” – reworked plugin activation process
- Replaced “Upgrade” tab with new “Diagnostics” tab
- Reworked expire logic to limit the number of sql queries needed
- Added debugging
- Various code cleanup
- Cleaned up deprecated function calls
- Fixed bug with sql expiration query (props to Robert & John)
- Fixed bug with shortcode that was displaying the expiration date in the incorrect timezone
- Fixed typo on settings page with incorrect shortcode name
- Fixed bug that was not allow custom post types to work
- Moved Expirator Box to Sidebar and cleaned up meta code
- Added ability to expire post to category
- Fixed issue with 3.0 multisite detection
- Added post expirator POT to /languages folder
- Fixed issue with plugin admin navigation
- Fixed timezone issue on plugin options screen
- Added support for custom post types (Thanks Thierry)
- Added i18n support (Thanks Thierry)
- Fixed issue where expiration date was not shown in the correct timezone in the footer
- Fixed issue where on some systems the expiration did not happen when scheduled
NOTE: After upgrading, you may need to reset the cron schedules. Following onscreen notice if prompted. Previously scheduled posts will not be updated, they will be deleted referncing the old timezone setting. If you wish to update them, you will need to manually update the expiration time.
- Fixed compatability issues with WordPress – plugin was originally coded for WPMU – should now work on both
- Added ability to schedule post expiration by minute
- Fixed timezone – now uses the same timezone as configured by the blog
- Fixed sporadic issue of expired posts not being removed
- Expiration date is now retained across all post status changes
- Modified date/time format options for shortcode postexpirator tag
- Added the ability to add text automatically to the post footer if expiration date is set
- Fixed issue with display date format not being recognized after upgrade
- Changed wording from “Expiration Date” to “Post Expirator” and moved the configuration options to the “Settings” tab.
- Added shortcode tag [postexpirator] to display the post expiration date within the post
** Added new setting for the default format
- Fixed bug where expiration date was removed when a post was auto saved
- Expired posts retain expiration date
- Initial Release