Wordpress Cron Setup, "Missed Schedule" Error

  • Posted October 21, 2013

Scheduled posts are not working on my wordpress site, I get the “missed schedule” message on my post page. I attempted to setup a cron job in crontab to run every minute which would trigger any scheduled posts, but it doesn’t seem to be working. I am running W3 Total Cache and I have tried it with W3TC on and off, also shut off non essential plugins.

I first added this text to my wp-config.php:

define(‘DISABLE_WP_CRON’, true);

Then went into my console and did:

crontab -e

And then added the following text…

*/1 * * * * wget > /dev/null 2>&1

All the articles I’ve read say this should do it. Any idea’s?


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This is what worked for me. <br> <br>1) Checked that cron was running on droplet: <br>> pgrep cron <br>It will return a number if it is on and working. My cron was running but if it needs to be restarted do: <br>> service cron restart <br> <br>2) Increased file permission for wp-cron.php to 755 <br>> chmod 755 /whatever/your/directory/is/wp-chron.php <br> <br>At this point I could get scheduled post to work with W3 Total Cache OFF but not ON, so the problem was still not fixed. <br> <br>4) Installed WP Missed Schedule Fix Failed Future Posts Plugin and turned W3 Total Cache ON. <br> <br>Everything is running great, plus by turning of the WP Cron it has reduced the CPU load as it is not running wp-cron.php every time the site gets a visitor. Hope this helps someone else! <br>