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  • This is a bug I noticed a while ago and thought was fixed, but it just reared its head again.

    Post scheduling in general works fine for me. However, it seems that if I schedule a post and then make a change to it in the last hour before it’s scheduled to be published, it will miss the schedule.

    I just had this happen to a post on my blog. 14 minutes after it was supposed to be published, it still had a status of Scheduled and wasn’t appearing on the site. I needed to revert it to Draft and then publish it manually.

    Anyone else seeing this? I noticed some older threads about scheduling issues but I think this is a specific case and not necessarily related.

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  • Moderator Jose Castaneda



    What version did you first notice this?

    What plugins are you using? ( if any )

    Good question. My best answer is 3.x but even I wouldn’t bet on that.

    I currently have 40 active plugins on my site. The only one which is remotely related to scheduling (from a functionality POV at least) is Future Posts Calendar.

    I understand now that wp-cron is kicked off when someone visits the site so if no one visits the site at the time my post is scheduled, it won’t get published. Even though my site usually has people on it, especially at the time of day when posts are scheduled – which is a reason why I choose that timeframe – it is possible that every so often, no one happens to be active on the site at the scheduled publication time.

    To not have to worry about this, I’ve now disabled wp-cron and replaced it with a real cron job that kicks off hourly, for now.

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