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How to Fix the Missed Schedule Post Error in WordPress

Do you want to fix the missed schedule post error in WordPress?

WordPress comes with a built-in feature that allows you to easily schedule posts to be automatically published at a later time. However, sometimes you may notice that scheduled posts don’t get published at all.

In this article, we’ll show you how to easily fix the missed schedule post error in WordPress. This will allow you to ensure that your scheduled posts are published on time.

Fixing the missed schedule post error in WordPress

What Causes WordPress to Miss Scheduled Posts?

Your WordPress hosting environment or plugin conflicts may cause WordPress to miss scheduled posts.

Normally, when you schedule a WordPress post to be published later, WordPress uses a technology called ‘Cron’ or ‘WordPress Cron‘ to automatically publish your post on time.

However, if your WordPress hosting server or a plugin is affecting the cron jobs, then WordPress would miss the scheduled tasks such as publishing scheduled posts.

Missed schedule error for a blog post in WordPress

Your other cron jobs may still work occasionally like checking for updates or deleting auto-saved drafts. That’s because once the publishing time is missed WordPress will not publish the blog post on a different time.

For most users, it does not happen very often and for some users it can become a common WordPress issue.

That being said, let’s take a look at how to easily fix the missed schedule post error in WordPress.

Fixing The Missed Schedule Post Error in WordPress

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Missed Scheduled Post Publisher plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

The plugin works out of the box, and there are no settings for you to configure.

How does Missed Scheduled Post Publisher plugin work?

The plugin simply checks your website every 15 minutes to see if a scheduled WordPress post has missed schedule.

If it finds any missed schedule items, then it changes the status from scheduled to published.

It works for posts, pages, products, and any other custom post types that you may have on your WordPress website.

We built this plugin to ensure it doesn’t impact your WordPress site speed because we know speed is important for SEO. This is the plugin we’re using on our own sites.

Troubleshooting Missed Scheduled Posts Error in WordPress

If installing the plugin does not immediately fix scheduled posts error on your website, then the following are a few tips that you can try.

1. Check Your WordPress Timezone Settings

Setting your timezone is one of the first things to do after installing WordPress. However, sometimes users miss it and their WordPress timezone doesn’t match the timezone they want to use for publishing and managing their website.

Simply go to Settings » General page and scroll down to the ‘Timezone’ section. From here, you need to select your timezone or the timezone you want to use for your WordPress website.

Set timezone in WordPress

Don’t forget to click on the Save Changes button to store your settings.

2. Clear WordPress cache

If your WordPress posts are still missing schedule, then it is likely due to a poorly configured caching plugin. Try clearing WordPress cache and make sure that your WordPress caching plugin is properly configured to automatically clear cache at regular intervals.

3. Increase WordPress memory limit

Your WordPress website may be struggling with low memory limit issue. You can fix that by allowing WordPress to use more server memory which let’s WordPress run better.

Simply add the following code to your wp-config.php file ust before the line that says ‘That’s all, stop editing! Happy publishing.’

define('WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '500M');

For details, see our guide on how to increase memory limit in WordPress.

We hope this article helped you learn how to easily fix the missed schedule post error in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to easily troubleshoot WordPress errors on your own.

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  1. Good day
    I’ve installed your plugin (Missed Scheduled Post Publisher ), and my problem was solved immediately. Thank you very much….

  2. Hi, why is it that this error occurs? I was republishing a post and scheduled for a few minutes ahead – every time, it did not publish. I downloaded the plugin and it worked right away. Also… I will only need this once a week or so, should I just deactivate the plugin when I’m not using it? Thanks

  3. I have also having a post scheduling issue. I have a weekly program. My 89th show missed its schedule date. I have had scheduling issues since going ‘live’ in January of 2016! I have tried many things. I use the Advanced Cron Manager plugin. Today I need help again. Any thoughts?

  4. Does anyone know how to get the WP Missed Schedule plugin from Github up into WordPress. I’m a beginner user but need to use this plugin and for the life of me, I can’t figure out where the file is on Github. When I got to this person GitHub site, and download the “zip”, it downloads a folder to my computer with a bunch of files in the folder, but none of them are a Zip file. There is two .php files and I”m not sure if I’m supposed to use them somehow. Please help! Thanks! And also, if someone knows of a better alternative to dealing with Missed Schedule let me know. I use GoDaddy Managed WordPress which has a caching issue that can’t be fixed and I don’t have access to create a cron job, so I have to find a workaround. Any help would be appreciated on either getting the WP Missed Schedule zip file and have directions how to do that and get it installed or another plugin suggestion. Thanks!


    • Hi Andrew,

      If you are using Windows, then you can right click on the folder and then select Send to > Compressed zip folder. If you are on Mac then right click and select Compress “wp-missed-schedule-master”. This will create a zip file for you and then you can install the plugin from WordPress admin area by visiting Plugins > Add New page and clicking on the Upload button.


      • I use a Mac and Is this a safe plugin to use? I just didn’t understand why they took it off of WordPress and put in in github?

  5. Php file blocked by htaccess, it always blocks wp-cron.php too, So It should not run the cron job, It will be fixed after you add wp-cron.php again. (I had this issue and now it was be fixed)

  6. This worked like a charm. Installed WP Missed Schedule and the missed post was posted immediately. Thank you!

  7. WordPress 4.5.3 running
    missed schedule
    Is it me or is WordPress become more difficult to operate and less trust worthy?

  8. Has anyone found a more recent solution for this problem. The “WP Missed Schedule” plugin no longer exists, unfortunately, and I’ve tried every suggested fix I can find without any luck.

  9. July 3 2016 – Having the same problem. Scheduled posts NEVER post on time. I always must force the post manually. Some have suggested shutting off all plugins but this seems like a drastic action. Apparently the plugin “WP Missed Schedule” is no longer available.

  10. Hi,

    I am using WordPress V4.5.2 and still having this problem with scheduled posts not getting published – this morning it published 3 of the 6 scheduled posts only.

    The plugin you recommend is no longer in the repository it seems.

    Do you have another recommendation?


  11. Having this issue with the latest version of WordPress Free. Scheduled posts don’t actually post until I go onto the site. Comes up with a missed schedule message.

  12. We have this problem even on WordPress 4.1. Our site is on AWS Beanstalk – maybe that is causing the Cron to stop working. Or maybe it is W3TC.

    • I hear you. We’re having this problem with 4.1.1. It’s such a nuisance. I guess we’ll have to give the plugin a try.

    • I think the issue may be W3TC. Scheduling on my website worked perfectly until I recently installed W3TC. Upon disabling the plugin, scheduling works perfectly again!

      • So it’s been a few days now and I have been monitoring the scheduling on my website without W3TC and everything continues to be running smoothly.

        W3TC was definitely the culprit for my “missed schedule” errors. Now I just have to figure out why!!!!!

        • I found having object cache enabled was the culprit of me, disabling that and switching to database cache fixed it for me

  13. We had this happen last week on WP 4.0. Why the heck can’t WP fix it? If they can identify a missed schedule, why can’t they include a mechanism to try again?

    The scheduling task obviously runs regularly, so all it has to do is not only look for scheduled posts due, but missed ones, and post them all. QED?

  14. Hey Syed, we are having the same problem on our news blog
    Anyways I do not like to install the plugin to fix the issue. I think it is like building an other house while one is burning. I have not found the solution yet but I try to firefight the burning house and make in being comfortable and nice again rather than building up a small side-hut, for which i will not know if it is compatible with future wordpress releases.

    • In most cases it is usually a server configuration issue, if your web servers configuration does not play nice ith cron jobs then it is hard to fix without using the plugin.


      • Can you give an example of this… the “web servers configuration does not play nice ith cron jobs” line? It’s hard to truly understand what is going on to see if it can even be addressed.


  15. Just noticed that if I schedule a post, then edit it, it appears as having “missed schedule” even if the scheduled date is a month in the future.

    I don’t know if this will fix it, but I made that error go away by doing a quick edit and changing the time (even by a minute) on the schedule. Those posts now show as “Scheduled.”

    We’ll see if they post on schedule or not – but the first one’s not due to kick off until April 1. (I have not installed this, or any other “fix” – just noticed this under All Posts.)

  16. WP Missed Schedule making huge errorlog I dont recommend using this plugin. Some times it is getting loop and messing your vps :)

    I say fix your server problem or get a stronger server-vps. This is my way. And I fix this problem with new vps.

  17. Thanks so much for this, it was really frustrating to see that 3 posts were not published on time! Many thanks!


  18. Thanks so much for this post! Really helped. Hopefully this gets fixed soon. I’m on 3.5.1 and am still having this issue.

  19. I used this plugin and it definitely helped publish posts that missed schedule, but now I am experiencing an issue where a post that missed and got published still shows up as a “Missed Schedule” post in the WordPress admin.

  20. My 3.5 and 3.5 has missed both scheduled posts and it also fails to run scheduled tasks like the automatic google drive backup that was working well before, or even other backups like ones to dropbox.

    Also, certain scheduled tasks like security scans fail to initiate automatically.

    Do you think this is all related? Nothing changed with 3.5.1. Would you consider doing a wordpress re-install? Thank you.

  21. Great stuff. Yesterday this occurred to me and I was thinking was a isolated bug… Thanks for the tip

  22. I’ve been using the scheduled post capability for well over a year now and never had a problem until 3 weeks ago, about the time I upgraded to 3.5. However, today the scheduling worked just fine. I’d don’t use scheduling for a lot of posts, so I think I’ll just wait for the 3.5.1 fix. But it’s good to know about the WP Missed Schedule plugin.


    • This problem has existed far before 3.5, but only on certain server configurations. This plugin is also a fix for all those users who have been having this WordPress missed schedule problem prior to 3.5 :)


  23. Thank you for this article. I actually didn’t realize I had a problem with WordPress post scheduling. My post didn’t go out as scheduled but being a newbie to WordPress I just thought it was an error on my part.

  24. Sweet, hopefully there is a setting to change the cron not to run every 5, but something else. Five is too much for a blog that may only have one or two posts a day.

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