Scheduled Posts and Subscription Notifications (Take 2)

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?

or…

  • 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.

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One Response to Scheduled Posts and Subscription Notifications (Take 2)

  1. Bro. Chris says:

    I am cautiously optimistic!

    It looks as though scenario 1 (the former) is the winner! There appears to be a seven minute (give or take a few minutes) delay between the scheduled publish time and the generation of the subscription eMail.

    There is still a slim possibility that while I was away (letting time elapse for the test) that a guest visited the site and triggered the publishing and eMail generation (scenario 2 – the latter). However, I am cautiously optimistic that scenario 1 is the winner!

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