Cron is a time-based job scheduler in Unix-based operating systems. It allows you to schedule tasks at specific times or intervals. In WordPress, cron is used to schedule automated tasks such as publishing scheduled posts, generating backups, and updating plugins and themes.
However, WordPress’ built-in cron can be unreliable, especially if your site doesn’t have a lot of traffic. To ensure your scheduled tasks run on time, it’s best to set up a proper cron job.
Step 1: Identify Your Web Host’s Cron Job Interface
Most web hosts provide a web-based interface for managing cron jobs. The location of the interface and the options available may vary depending on your web host. Check your web host’s documentation or support pages to find out how to access the cron job interface.
Step 2: Create a New Cron Job
Once you’ve accessed your web host’s cron job interface, you can create a new cron job. In the command field, enter the path to your WordPress installation’s wp-cron.php file.
/path/to/your/wordpress/installation/ with the actual path to your WordPress installation.
Step 3: Choose the Frequency
Next, choose how often you want the cron job to run. For example, if you want the cron job to run every hour, enter the following in the appropriate field:
0 * * * *
This cron schedule will run the job at the beginning of every hour.
Step 4: Save the Cron Job
After you’ve entered the command and frequency, save the cron job. Your web host will now run the cron job at the specified interval.
This will ensure that your WordPress tasks are executed on schedule, improving the reliability and stability of your website.