I want to run a cron job that fetches data from an api and stores it in a database table.

I don't use "wp-cron". I load a script in a folder inside the theme. But I need to load the wordpress system somehow, so I have this code inside the script:

require_once( '../../../../../wp-load.php' );

I was thinking that I could require the wordpress system by requiring "wp-load.php", (which is also done in "wp-cron.php") and after that I could import my custom classes which make use of $wpdb and other wordpress stuff.

If I only run a simple database insert and nothing else (with normal mysql syntax), it works. But when adding the require statement , it fails. Do you know why? And do you know how I could make this work, so I can make use of the wordpress system?

EDIT The problem is with "require_once", so it's not wordpress related... If I try to require another script, and put my test database insert code there, that script never runs.

So in the main script I do:

require_once( 'hello.php' );

In "hello.php" I have the database insert (which works if I put it in the original file, without no require statements.

I use windows task scheduler to run the script, so maybe it's more related to that.


I tried placing the script in the root folder, so the require became:

require_once( 'wp-load.php' );

and this time it worked! So the problem seems to be related to using paths going back to the parents ( ../../../etc ) . I also tried absolute paths but wasn't lucky.

  • Have you checked that ../../../../../wp-load.php is actually pointing to wp-load.php? If the script is in a directory directly under your theme root, you have one too many ../. You should also activate WP_DEBUG to give you some info on why it is crashing.
    – Vlad Olaru
    Jan 28, 2018 at 18:34
  • Yes if I try to require a different file in the main directory and just echo something, and load the script in the browser, it is required correctly, so that path is working. I also tried to require wp-load , which worked when loading it in the browser. But I'm using windows task scheduler for the cron, and I can't see any errors.
    – Galivan
    Jan 28, 2018 at 19:10
  • related questions and possible answers here and here
    – Milo
    Jan 28, 2018 at 20:04


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