Jonathan Goldford is a partner at Wired Impact, a web design company that builds websites for nonprofits. Jonathan spends the majority of his time focused on web development and is passionate about encouraging nonprofits to use the web as a tool to impact the community. Jonathan has written articles on using web technologies for publications such as Mashable, Business Insider and American Express OPEN Forum.
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I don’t know about you, but I wake up every morning with at least 10 emails that I didn’t have when I went to sleep. While most people probably know that these emails aren’t being sent manually by some sleep-deprived, coffee-fuelled intern, many people don’t understand the ins and outs of the systems that automate tasks such as sending email.
That’s where cron and WordPress Cron come into play. Cron is a system originally built for UNIX that enables users to execute commands, programs and other actions at specified times. As Wikipedia so eloquently puts it, “Cron is a time-based job scheduler.” Read more...