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  • I’ve been running WordPress installations for years, on several different hosts. However, one of my latest installations seems to have a problem with cron jobs and is having to run them manually be appending ?doing_wp_cron=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx to the site’s URL several times a day. I emailed my hosting, Heart Internet, about this, and they had the following response:

    “Thanks for contacting us.

    If not caused by a plugin or theme, this to me sounds like the behaviour of the WordPress alternative cron. Since our servers do not allow HTTP connections back to the same server, the alternative cron is required to be enabled. This means that when a page is accessed on the site, it will check to see if it needs to process what should otherwise have been done automatically and will do so. Strangely I can not see this enabled in your wp-config.php file, but it should be nothing to worry about.”

    Does anyone else have any experience of this? I’ve found a few earlier posts about this but they seem to be quite old, or from people having problems running cron at all. Mine does seem to be running at least, but that URL looks a bit weird to any visitors who notice it.

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  • esmi

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    That’s a server/hosting issue. I’ve heard this from Heart Internet before (yet when challenged, they have always denied it). I’d suggest moving to another host.

    Thanks for your reply. The strange thing is, I’m running other WordPress installations with Heart and they don’t get this problem. This may or not be relevant, but I originally set this site up as a ‘domain reference’ and installed it on a server before the domain was transferred to Heart. I think (but I could be wrong) that this only started happening after I transferred the domain. Could that have something to do with it?

    esmi

    (@esmi)

    Forum Moderator

    No idea but you really need to speak to Heart Internet about this. From my perspective, they are not ideal hosts for WordPress and I would never recommend them for a WP site.

    Why do you think they’re no good for WordPress? Because of this loopback issue?

    esmi

    (@esmi)

    Forum Moderator

    Yes. In effect, they’re banning absolute/full urls on their sites. They insist that all sites should use relative urls to link back to their own pages. WordPress cannot be used effectively with relative urls.

    Sorry for the noob question but I don’t fully understand that. What happens if I link my site, say http://www.mysite.com, back to http://www.mysite.com, rather than to just a “/” symbol? Is this somehow overridden by the server?

    esmi

    (@esmi)

    Forum Moderator

    I’m not 100% sure how Heart Internet’s HTTP filtering works, so I couldn’t say for sure what will happen. But I do know that there have been other previous issues with WP sites that were caused by their (rather strange) HTTP backlinking policy.

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