WordPress: Scheduled Tasks with WP-Cron

function js_cron_exec() {
// Scheduled task code here
add_action( 'js_cron_hook', 'js_cron_exec' );

// Schedule the task if not already scheduled
if ( ! wp_next_scheduled( 'js_cron_hook' ) ) {
wp_schedule_event( time(), 'daily', 'js_cron_hook' );

// Remove the scheduled task
// $timestamp = wp_next_scheduled( 'js_cron_hook' );
// wp_unschedule_event( $timestamp, 'js_cron_hook' );

Few things to mention about the code:

  1. add_action() will create your hook.
  2. The first parameter of add_action() is the name of the hook you are creating. Name it as you please and use a name prefix. The scheduled event will call this.
  3. The second parameter of add_action() is the name of the function to call. Again, name it whatever. Use a name prefix. The hook will call this.
  4. wp_schedule_event() will schedule the event. The second parameter can accept: ‘hourly’, ‘twicedaily’, ‘daily’, ‘weekly’.

WP-Cron is how WordPress handles scheduling time-based tasks in WordPress, such as checking for updates and publishing scheduled posts.

With WP-Cron, all scheduled tasks are put into a queue. On each page load, it works by checking a list of scheduled tasks to see what needs to be run. Any tasks that need to be run are then executed.

So while you can’t be 100% sure when your task will run, you can be 100% sure that it will run eventually. Put another way, if your task is scheduled to run at 2:00PM but your next page load is not until 5:00PM, the task with run at 5:00PM.

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