Every time you schedule a post in WordPress for a specific time, it appears a few seconds late.Β I came upon this issue while working on a time sensitive website. I was trying to schedule a post to appear at a particular time – not even a second late ⌚

Reset Post Time β€” WP Post Scheduler

⏰ Delay in Scheduled Post

I also noticed that the delay in seconds was abnormal, i.e., it varied from twenty to forty seconds. I tried talking to the support of my hosting and they said that this issue is occurring due to WordPress’ Cron job systemΒ ?

So I looked at the code responsible for setting the time of a scheduled post in WordPress Core. I found out that while the date and time – hours & minutes – are taken from the user as input, the seconds are set randomly.

βœ” The Solution

There is a function – touch_time – in WordPress Core which is responsible for setting the post time of a normal as well as a scheduled post. This function is present inside wp-admin/includes/templates.php. So I did a little testing and set the time second of my scheduled post to zero and boom πŸ‘Š

My post appeared accurately at the specified time β€” not even a second late. So, I wrote a lightweight plugin to resolve this issue and I have made it open source so that anyone else facing the same problem can use this plugin to get rid of this issue πŸ‘Œ

🌐 GitHub Link: https://github.com/asharirfan/reset-post-time

πŸ’ΎΒ Click here to download it.

Happy Blogging πŸ€™

A dedicated Full Stack Web Developer in the making with more than four years of experience in open source products development β†’ Regular WordPress Core Contributor β†’ Principal Developer at WP White Security β†’ Part of the team at TheDevCouple.com

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