I have made a function to apply a taxonomy term to post, if it has a post meta value set to true. This works as should. The problem I am facing is that it only updates after I have manually saved/updated the post. Is there any way to schedule this or do it dynamically for all posts inside the custom post type? My code for the taxonomy term function:

function save_cp_term_meta( $post_id, $post, $update ) {

    $meta_value = get_post_meta( $post->ID, 'new_used_cat', true ); 
        if  (!empty( $meta_value )) {$termshouldbe='used';}
        else {} 

add_action( 'save_post', 'save_cp_term_meta', 10, 3 );
  • the meta new_used_cat can be modified by another way that on the post edition ?
    – mmm
    Nov 1, 2017 at 11:48

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Yeah, you can schedule a WP cron job to loop through all posts of a post type and perform the check / add the term. Wouldn't recommend that for a very big page with thousands of posts though.

In example below the scheduled job would run approximately once a day - remember that wp cron is not very accurate, it schedules next task only when your site has been visited (see more in this question)

// Scheduled job callback
function run_update_tax_cron_job( ) {
    $posts = get_posts( [
        'post_type' => 'your-post-type-slug',
        'posts_per_page' => -1, // getting all posts of a post type
        'no_found_rows' => true, //speeds up a query significantly and can be set to 'true' if we don't use pagination
        'fields' => 'ids', //again, for performance
    ] );

    //now check meta and update taxonomy for every post
    foreach( $posts as $post_id ){
        $meta_value = get_post_meta( $post->ID, 'new_used_cat', true ); 
        $new_term = ! empty( $meta_value ) ? 'used' : 'new';
        wp_set_object_terms( $post_id, $new_term ,'vehicle_condition', 

// Schedule Cron Job Event
function udpdate_taxonomy_cron_job() {
    if ( ! wp_next_scheduled( 'run_update_tax_cron_job' ) ) {
        wp_schedule_event( current_time( 'timestamp' ), 'daily', 'run_update_tax_cron_job' );
add_action( 'wp', 'udpdate_taxonomy_cron_job' );

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