I have created a php script (generate.php) which is querying posts on set criteria and then writing result in custom xml file. I would like to execute the generate.php everytime the post Save/Update button is pressed. Do you have any clue on how to do this? May be with cron jobs every X minutes would be better?

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Seems like you want the save_post hook which is called when a new post is saved or existing post is updated.

Make sure your PHP file is loaded (e.g. require or include) and has a function you can call, and then cause that function to be run when a post is saved or updated with:

add_action('save_post', 'your_function_name', 10, 1);

Note the last parameter there is the number of parameters you want from the hook, see the docs page.


I believe you should look into status transitions: https://developer.wordpress.org/reference/hooks/transition_post_status/

There are a couple of examples below the explanation on top of the page. Here's also some example code of mine:

add_action( 'transition_post_status', 'nxt_create_news', 10, 3 );
// Automatically create a news when a wiki post has been published
function nxt_create_news($new_status, $old_status, $nxt_wiki_post) {
    if('publish' === $new_status && 'publish' !== $old_status && $nxt_wiki_post->post_type === 'wiki') {
... do something here

In your case, the old_status should be 'publish' and the new status as well. Make sure to find a way to prevent an endless loop, but I believe that the examples on the WP documentary should prove useful. :-)

  • For me the part of how to execute the php file is unclear. Create a PHP function for fetching results and putting them into xml file and then execute the function?
    – jam
    Aug 7, 2020 at 10:17
  • Oh, no, you need to copy / paste the code into the functions.php of your theme. Preferrably you're working with a child theme so even after you update the parent theme, the code will stay there. For more on that, check the documentary - developer.wordpress.org/themes/advanced-topics/child-themes Alternatively, you can use a plugin that allows you to execute php code, but I'm not the biggest fan of that solution. Child themes are the way to go. :-) Aug 12, 2020 at 12:02

At the end, I solved with jQuery and ajax

 jQuery( '.post-type-property #post' ).submit( function( e ) {
    if(!(checkMetaFields() && checkCategories())){ //some validation functions
        return false;
     } );

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