This post will be scheduled to publish a few minutes into the future. When posts are published, anyone subscribed to the blog receives an eMail notification of the post. The question this test is attempting to answer is:
- Will the post automatically publish at the scheduled time causing the eMail to be generated and sent?
- Will WordPress wait until the first time an action is performed which causes the posts to be queried, during which, any scheduled posts overdue for publishing will be automatically published at that point in time causing the eMail to be generated and sent?
The former (desirable) scenario will mean that subscribers are notified at the scheduled time the post publishes.
The latter (undesirable) scenario will mean that subscribers are not notified until someone access the website and performs an action which triggers a query of the posts. This could mean a delay of days before anyone is notified.