Can I use wp_schedule_event() to set up a cron job from within a widget?

I tried, but I can't make it work, The problem seems to be the $hook parameter. The function I'm trying to hook is located within the widget class so my guess is that WP can't find it.

neither of these work:

wp_schedule_event(time(), 'daily', 'my_widget_cron');
wp_schedule_event(time(), 'daily', array(&$this, 'my_widget_cron'));

any ideas?

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wp_schedule_event takes a hook as parameter, not a function. Try:

wp_schedule_event(time(), 'daily', 'my_daily_event');

add_action('my_daily_event', array(&$this, 'my_widget_cron'));

if ( !wp_next_scheduled( 'my_daily_event' ) ) {
    wp_schedule_event(time(), 'hourly', 'my_daily_event')

If you remove the widget from the sidebar, the cron will still continue to run. You can run the following code (outside of the widget class) to clear it:

if ( !is_active_widget('your_widget_callback_function') && wp_next_scheduled( 'my_daily_event' ) ) {
  • thanks! now it works :) I have one more question: If I remove the widget from the sidebar, will the cron still continue to run?
    – Alex
    Nov 1, 2010 at 19:21
  • Yes, it will continue to run. You will have to clear it. I updated my answer with a sample code.
    – sorich87
    Nov 1, 2010 at 20:06

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