I am trying to create a simple plugin that creates only one new post. The code I have written creates a the same new post every second. Below is the code I have. What would need to be added so it creates only one post?

*@package blog-poster
Plugin Name: Blog Poster
Plugin URI: http://www.litliving.com
Description: This is a plugin for Litliving customers that allows for blog posts to be automatically posted.
Version: 1.0.0
Author: Ben Smith
Author URI: http://www.bengsmith.com

if ( ! defined( 'ABSPATH') ){

function AddThisPage() {
    global $wpdb; // Not sure if you need this, maybe

    $page = array(
        'post_title' => 'My post!!!',
        'post_content' => 'This is my post.',
        'post_status' => 'publish',
        'post_author' => 1,
        'post_type' => 'post',



add_action( 'wp_insert_post', 'AddThisPage' );

register_activation_hook( __FILE__, 'AddThisPage' );

2 Answers 2


Your plugin does no checking at all, such as “does the post already exists?” Accordingly, it creates a post each time WordPress is called.

There is a system called WordPress heartbeat, which contacts the server every few seconds. Your plugin is called each time, and a post is created.

For reference, the Heartbeat doc.


Thanks for the reply. Ironically, after I had posted this I found the answer. I needed to create an if else statement at the bottom. I write

$page_exists = get_page_by_title( $page['post_title'] );

    if( $page_exists == null ) {

        $insert = wp_insert_post( $page );
        if( $insert ) {

    } else {


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