Are there some timer hooks to trigger event like this?

add_action("one_min_timer", "my_handler");
function my_handler() {
   //checking something every 1 min
  • yes, read this : codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/wp_schedule_event – mmm Jul 13 '16 at 12:24
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    However wp_schedule_event works only when somebody is on website. If there is no one for hour "timer hook" doesn't work. – user94212 Jul 13 '16 at 12:26
  • @Tomve Why WP doesn't provide a real timer regardless if someone visit site? I hope to execute a background job. There is any workaround? – KyL Jul 13 '16 at 12:31
  • @KyL, you need to OS related cron jobs for such cases. – bravokeyl Jul 13 '16 at 12:32
  • @Tomve About wp_schedule_event I have a question. When visiting wordpress, web server forks a child process to deal with new request. Which processes' wp_schedule_event will be triggered, parent process or child process? – KyL Jul 13 '16 at 13:24

You can use the native PHP sleep() function in WordPress for timers in seconds, or usleep() for timers in microseconds:



  • I think without thread, sleep will hang up whole website. And pthread of PHP needs extension module. – KyL Jul 13 '16 at 15:15
  • @KyL You could also use a cron job :) – Tammy Shipps Jul 13 '16 at 18:47

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