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  • Hey,

    I have a site that is running over SSL and we are currently experiencing problems with WP_Crons, they do not run. I have activated the WP-Crontrol plugins and I get the following error message when accessing the “Crontrol” page.

    There was a problem spawning a call to the WP-Cron system on your site. This means WP-Cron jobs on your site may not work. The problem was:
    SSL certificate problem, verify that the CA cert is OK. Details: error:14090086:SSL routines:SSL3_GET_SERVER_CERTIFICATE:certificate verify failed

    I have found this trac ticket that provides a solution (the “add_filter” by nacin) that works.

    I am wondering if this solution would in any way make the site less secure or if there is a better/nicer solution. The host says the SSL certificate is installed correctly.


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  • I too would like an answer to your question. The filter seems a little bit sketchy to me, but I found an alternative solution:

    Just add define( 'ALTERNATE_WP_CRON', true ); to your wp-config.php file.

    This does the trick for me and seems to be the appropriate fix for our problem.

    I’ve read somewhere that there is a chance, when using ALTERNATE_WP_CRON, that the “doing_wp_cron” parameter shows in the URL, which is ugly – not to mention that it could cause problems (OK, small problems) if people bookmark the page or send it to friends.

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