Forgive my "beginnerness" in this matter but I have 2 options to trigger a heavy task (massive update on users' properties to solve an issue between 2 plugins that weren't meant to cooperate):

  • (1) Use Unix Cron in my server OR
  • (2) Use WP-Cron

I do prefer to do everything IN WordPress and use WP-Cron if they are similiar but (from my undestanding) since wp-cron is a pseudo-cron that waits for some visitor to come and trigger it, I fear it might be too heavy of a task to slow user's experience during navigation.

Does it have the potential to do so? Should we actually use Unix Cron whenever possible to try to perform most of maintenance tasks ideally when there's low traffic or no traffic at all?

Thank you very much for the help :D !

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If it's a one-time maintenance issue then run the code manually at a time you chose.

If it's a periodic maintenance task that might be heavy, use unix cron.

Otherwise, wp-cron can be used. You're probably using it more than you know already. This plugin is great for monitoring wp-cron.

  • It's a monthly sync between plugins and yep, I was counting on Wp-crontrol if I choose to go for the Wp-cron version. The plugin's really helpful. Thank you for the answer ;) !
    – Iago
    Dec 1, 2021 at 18:13
  • Please click the green marker next to my answer. More info on how stackoverflow works: wordpress.stackexchange.com/help/someone-answers
    – shanebp
    Dec 1, 2021 at 19:00
  • I still can't upvote you because apparently I am too noob in this platform but I wanted to let you know that your information was useful :) I did click on the marker though :)
    – Iago
    Jul 15, 2022 at 10:27

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