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  • How to Use cron to schedule events in your blog


    WordPress has the ability to schedule event using built in cron. So you can use this to schedule events on your blog. In this sample an email is sent out hourly to specified address however you could schedule nearly anything.

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    wordpress snippet : PHP

    if (!wp_next_scheduled('do_hook')) {
        wp_schedule_event( time(), 'hourly', 'my_task_hook' );
    add_action( 'do_hook', 'do_function' );
    function do_function() {
        wp_mail('you@wpsnipp.com', 'Automatic email', 'Hello, this is an automatically scheduled email from WordPress.');

    ( WordPress codex functions, hooks, in this snippet. )

    schedule_event, add_action, _n, _e, wp_next_scheduled, wp_schedule_event, wp, wp_mail,