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Make Woocommerce Membership public content go private after a certain amount of time.
To allow temporary access to content with Woocommerce Membership,
you have to check this checkbox : "Check this box if you want to
force the content to be public regardless of any restriction rules
that may apply now or in the future."
Here is a way to make this access temporary without having to edit
you post to uncheck the checkbox each and every day on each new publicly
released content. Let the WordPress cron job uncheck it for you :)
DO NOT USE AS PROVIDED : please, adapt it to your own needs !
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class Class_Name {
public function __construct() {
// Hook the function 'hourly_cron_jobs', into the action 'my_hourly_cron_jobs_hook'
add_action( 'my_hourly_cron_jobs_hook', array( &$this, 'hourly_cron_jobs' ) );
public static function activate() {
// On plugin activation schedule our hourly automatic access restriction after the first 24 free hours
// Use wp_next_scheduled to check if the event is already scheduled
$timestamp = wp_next_scheduled( 'my_hourly_cron_jobs_hook' );
// If $timestamp == false schedule hourly access restriction since it hasn't been done previously
if ( false == $timestamp ){
// Schedule the event for right now, then to repeat hourly using the hook 'my_hourly_cron_jobs_hook'
wp_schedule_event( time(), 'hourly', 'my_hourly_cron_jobs_hook' );
public static function deactivate() {
wp_clear_scheduled_hook( 'my_hourly_cron_jobs_hook' );
public function hourly_cron_jobs() {
// Posts list that should be set as private
$args = array(
'posts_per_page' => 20,
'meta_key' => '_wc_memberships_force_public',
'meta_value' => 'yes',
'post_type' => 'post',
'post_status' => 'publish',
// Excluded categories if any...
'tax_query' => array(
'taxonomy' => 'category',
'terms' => array( 27, 33, 15721 ),
'operator' => 'NOT IN',
// Free access period of time. Here, 24h :
'date_query' => array(
'before' => '24 hours ago',
$ps = get_posts( $args );
if ( $ps ) {
//$message = 'New limited access post IDs : ';
foreach ( $ps as $p ) {
//$message .= $p->ID . ', ';
update_post_meta( $p->ID, '_wc_memberships_force_public', 'no', 'yes' );
// Send an alert by email so you can check everything is fine :)
//wp_mail( '', 'Cron alert', $message );
register_activation_hook( __FILE__, array( 'Class_Name', 'activate' ) );
register_deactivation_hook( __FILE__, array( 'Class_Name', 'deactivate' ) );
$instance = new Class_Name();
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