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Alternate Cron & WPEngine


While we recommend utilizing CRONTAB wherever possible, depending on how your WooCommerce site is configured, that may not be an option. In this article, we'll talk about "Alternate Cron", an alternative for wp-engine.


CRONTAB is Modern Retail's preferred WooCommerce solution, as it leads to optimal website performance, we understand that some of our clients use wp-engine, on which CRONTAB is not an option. In this case, we believe "Alternate Cron" is the best possible option.

Why Alternate Cron?

By default, wp-engine uses wp-cron. wp-cron automatically terminates any processes that last longer than 30 seconds, something that adversely affects the integration. Alternate Cron, among other benefits, doesn't do this, making it the optimal choice if server level cron options (ie CRONTAB) are unavailable to you.

You can read more about Alternate Cron, including advice on setup, here. If you have additional questions, you can always contact us with a support request.