I'm running the YouTube Video Fetcher plugin at . It fetches videos using the youtube api and displays them on your website.

Within the plugin script, there is the following sequence:

    if (empty($items)) {$ret .= " 'No new videos.'";}
    else foreach ( $items as $item ) :

Is it possible to change the wordpress post status from published to draft if "No new videos" are found?

I am thinking the solution is using the wp update post function and something along the lines of the following:

        // Update post
        $my_post = array();
        $my_post['ID'] = $id;
        $my_post['post_status'] = 'draft';

        // Update the post into the database
        wp_update_post( $my_post );
  • As long as your $id is set and valid this should work. Doesn't it?
    – tfrommen
    Feb 27, 2014 at 7:35

1 Answer 1


I guess it should work . As long as $id is available things are easy.

if (empty($items)) {
$ret .= " 'No new videos.'";
$postid = $post->ID; //Supply post-Id here $post->ID.
        'ID'    =>  $postid,
        'post_status'   =>  'draft'
    foreach ( $items as $item ) :

Give it a shot.


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