Frequently Asked Questions
- Core (WPS PRO)
- Issues with Other Plugins
- Short Codes
- Trouble Shooting
Author: Jeff Starr
Category: WordPress Updated: August 11, 2018
My WordPress plugins, SFS and SAC, can do some cool stuff with WP Cron. But sadly on media temple servers WordPress Cron is not working. So after doing some research, it turns out to be a relatively common problem: various web hosts disable the functionality that is required for WordPress Cron to work. It’s kind of a bummer, but there is a relatively simple solution.
So if WordPress Cron is not working on your server, you can either switch hosts (if that is a luxury you can afford), or you can try the following quick fix.
Step 1: Add the following line to your
That’s all there is to it. This line invokes WP’s alternate cron method, which seems to work well on any server. So just add the line of code right above the line in
wp-config.php that says, “That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging”, and you’re done. Enjoy your bowl of WP Cron.
Downside & Alternate Solutions
The downside is that every so often, the requested URL will include a long query string containing various wp-cron parameters. If you surf around this site, for example, eventually one of the URLs that you visit will look something like this (note: because of googlebot’s aggressive crawl behavior, the domain name has been changed for the following example):
Not really that big of a deal, depending on how frequently WP Cron is running on your site. But if the occasional weird looking URLs are a deal-breaker for you, you alternately could rent a cheap server and set up a cron job, or even use a free cron service, which could fit the bill depending on your needs.
Bonus tip: you can trigger WP Cron manually by visiting the following URL:
Triggering WP Cron via the
setcronjob parameter works as expected in most cases, but I just heard from a reader, who reported the following:
“I did try to run this:
wp-cron.php?setcronjob. It would not stop, so I closed the window. Next time I logged in, I found this queries: ‘WordPress SEO Premium found that you deleted an article, click here to redirect the URL.’ About 10 notifications like that. I tried to figure out which articles were deleted, but I cannot find.”
Thank you to Dan for reporting this, it’s a good reminder. If you decide to trigger WP Cron manually, I guess just be aware that it might in turn trigger other scripts and plugins to execute any queued functionality. So as always, keep healthy backups of your site, test thoroughly, and always keep an eye on what you are doing.
Happy cron’ing people.
WP Cron + HTTP Authentication
Updating this post again to add: if your site is using HTTP Authentication (you know, the dialog/prompt that pops up and asks for your username and password), WP Cron will not work. This is because WP Cron does not present the proper login credentials when making the request. To help with this, I wrote a free plugin that enables WP Cron when HTTP auth is enabled. Check it out at the WP Plugin Directory: WP Cron HTTP Auth.
when I try to add a topic to newly created (first) forum, I get: https://url.com/s)(no-?customize-support(?=s and page not found.
found an issue – with iThemes Security Pro and blocking PHP in Plugins. Disabled that and am able to now post.
You will have to make color changes to your colors of choice in the following codes: You add this to the WPS PRO custom css setting page.
For all WPS PRO buttons globally
background-image: linear-gradient(to bottom, #FFFFFF 0px, #E0E0E0 100%);
border: 1px solid #D2D2D2;
box-shadow: 0 1px 0 rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.15) inset, 0 1px 1px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.075);
padding: 3px 10px 3px 10px;
We offer a refund up to 7 days from your date of purchase only if will not function on your site and we have had the opportunity to fix it for you. Beyond 7 days, we are sorry, but we do not offer refunds. Of course, if there is a bug found on your site, we will work with you and release a fix as soon as possible (usually within 5 days).
You should always be able to access your site by putting this after the url to your site in your browser /wp-login.php, example below:
I just noticed that I’m getting an activation message at the top of my site. I need a new activation code, apparently.
If your need a new code go to the admin>> WPS PRO >> License. On that page there will be a link above where you enter your code to the code page .
These are standard troubleshooting procedures:
1) Make sure you are using the latest version of WPS PRO and the extensions.
2) Clear cache in your browser you are using and refresh your page.
3) Turn off minify and/or cache plugins and see if this helps. (Advised to leave off WPS PRO pages as will stop some of the background Processes)
4) Turn off all your plugins and see if the issue resolves to determine if the fault lies elsewhere first.
5) Check if the issue occurs in all browsers and if possible on Mac or Windows, and does it happen on any other PC?
Both WPS PRO and WPS PRO Extension always must have the same version number.
When a update come out update WP Symposium Pro then go right back to the update page and update WP Symposium Pro (Extensions), this will assure that you have the newest updated version for both the core and extesnions
I am only seeing the short code on the pages?
This is normally because you have not turned on the extension for that short code. Turn them on under WPS PRO setup in the bar Extension It is recommended that you just turn them all on to start with.
It has what you could call a chat room (lounge) it’s really what use to be called a shout box. If you want a real chat you would need to install one of which there are many available on WordPress.org plugins.
The lounge is no longer being supported.
THe most common cause of the Groups not showing that you have made is that in the WPS PRO setup page You will see a bar called Groups! There you have to assign the Group page to it! Not the Groups page!
Groups is where you make a group and the Group is then displayed on the Group page once you select a group to see.
Groups in the page you will add to your menu, do not add the group page there.
Now they should be working just fine.
Why are my extensions not working is normally because they have not been turned on. 🙂 Go to WPS PRO setup, there you will see a bar called extensions.
They have to be turned on in order for them to work by checking the check box on them. To start I would turn them all on as you can always turn off features you do not want.
On the WPS PRO Setup page there is a button called Add forum. By clicking on the you will see 2 items Enter name of new forum and Enter description of new forum, once you enter your Forum title and description click the Publish button and the Page is made for you.
Make as many as you need here!
The easiest way to make the pages for WPS PRO is to let PRO do it for you!
On the WPS PRO setup you will see buttons that will make the pages for you and put the required short-codes on that page.
On the WPS PRO setup page you will see Quick Start, there you will see buttons that will make the pages. Clisk on the Add Profile Pages and this will make the following pages which you can add to your menu:
- Profile Page
- Edit Profile
- Change Avatar