I have Custom Post Types which have a vanilla 'date-picker' for each post.

My Custom Posts are actually events that are always in the future.

I'd like to know if I can somehow trigger an alert when an event is over?

I am using a Custom Post Type plugin called "Pods" which is awesome.

Can anyone think of a way to make this happen?

Ideally, I'd have an email sent to me or to trigger a Zapier API call, or similar...

Any ideas on how to approach this?



You will have to write a plugin which creates a daily cron job in the WordPress system.

Here's an article describing how to write a cron plugin:


The function (callback) that you trigger in the cron plugin will use WP_QUERY to get a list of all your published custom post types after a certain date.


$my_query = new WP_Query( array(
    'post_type' => 'your-cpt-name-here',
    'order' => 'ASC',
    'posts_per_page' => 1,
    'date_query' => array(
            'after' => '1 day',
) );

Run through the results and send an email using wp_mail().

Alternatively, ask on fiver.com and get a developer to do it for you. It's pretty simple so won't cost very much at all.

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  • Amazing thanks Wil Brown really helpful – henry Jul 19 '19 at 9:43

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