Matt Forney
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Does the WP Missed Schedule Plugin Really Work?

A while back, I started noticing a problem with my pre-scheduled blog posts failing to publish. I would finish an article, schedule it to appear on Monday morning at 9am… and nothing would happen, aside from the WordPress dashboard informing me that the post had “missed schedule.” Gee, thanks for the update, dipshits. I’ve had this problem with WordPress blogs in the past; the cron job responsible for handling scheduled posts stops working for reasons unknown. I’ve solved it in the past by manually editing files in my WordPress installation, so I hit Google to look up the specific method (I had forgotten to bookmark it).

What I found was a profound example of how screwed up the Internet is nowadays.

If you Google “wordpress posts missing schedule” or some other permutation of it, all you’ll find on the first pages are articles touting the WP Missed Schedule plugin. The jerkoff who made it clearly paid a bunch of Fiverr drones to spam the Internet with crappy SEO articles about his (free) software. I was mildly intrigued and checked the plugin page out… where I was greeted with an avalanche of typos and malaprops:

WP Missed Schedule Fix Future Posts: find Scheduled that match this problem, and it Republish them Correctly 10 items per session, every 5 minute, to no waste resources. All others will be solved on next sessions, until no longer exist: 10 failed future posts every minute, 120 failed future posts every hour, 1 session every 5 minutes, 12 sessions every hour.

Even better, the real name of the plugin is this tongue-twister: “WP Missed Schedule Fix Failed Future Posts.” Way to English, jackass.

Nonetheless, I decided against my better judgment and installed the plugin… and whattya know, it worked.

As I mentioned already, if your scheduled posts aren’t publishing like they should, it’s usually a problem with your site’s cron jobs, the time-based schedulers responsible for executing commands on your server. And like I said, prior to this plugin, the only way to fix it was to manually edit several files in your installation, a finicky and time-consuming process. But with the WP Missed Schedule plugin, all you have to do is install it, turn it on and it works instantly.

Nothing to configure or dick around with; just a simple, automatic fix.

So if you’re seeing the dreaded “missed schedule” warning on your WordPress posts, I highly recommend the WP Missed Schedule plugin. The guy who created it may spend more time flooding Google with crap SEO articles about his software than spell-checking his work, but I can’t argue with the results his plugin gave me.

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