This plugin allows you to send email reminders to any email address on the date and time that you specify. So, basically, all you have to do is to enter your reminder, enter the email address you’d like to send the reminder to, and when you’d like the reminder to be sent. It’s very easy to use. Just set and forget. And you can also send the reminder to someone else.
Use Email Reminder at home to remind yourself and your family about important dates
- Remind yourself about mom’s birthday.
- Remind your husband to buy the groceries.
- Remind your team about the upcoming game this weekend.
Use Email Reminder at work to remind yourself and your employees about meetings and deadlines
- Remind yourself about meeting with a client on Tuesday.
- Remind your virtual assistant about the weekly status updates.
- Remind your project developer about an upcoming deadline.
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- Download the zip-archive and extract it into your computer.
- Upload the entire email-reminder folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory in your web site.
- Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in your WordPress administration page.
You will find a new “Email Reminder” sub-menu under the “Dashboard” menu at the very top.
How it works
The plugin uses the WordPress pseudo-cron scheduling service to run the function which checks the list of email reminders and see which ones need to be sent at the current time.
Take note that WordPress cron is not a replacement for the real cron service – a job scheduler in unix-like operating systems that helps users automate tasks. Unfortunately, some web hosts do not provide cron services. This is one reason why the WordPress pseudo-cron feature was added to WordPress back in version 2.1.
As I said, WordPress cron is a “pseudo-cron”, which means that it won’t always run the script at the exact time you want. The cron job is triggered when somebody visits your web site. Here’s an example. If you scheduled a function to run at 10pm but nobody visits your web site until 10:30pm, then the function is going to be executed at 10:30pm because that’s the time when the WordPress “pseudo cron” job was triggered.
So, don’t be surprised if the reminders aren’t exactly being sent on the exact time you specified. This is especially noticeable on sites with very low traffic.
But, what if you have a low traffic site but you still want to use the Email Reminder plugin? Fortunately, there is a fix. You can read more about how you can do it by reading this tutorial.
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