The WordPress community offers lots of helpful guides and tutorials, to solve problems with HTTP Loopback or (Endless Ping) that lots of plugins and web hosting settings use. However, when newbies find themselves without options to add or enable that setting, they simply contact their web hosting company for support. The problem here is that some companies will never have that option to enable or configure.

Luckily, you can use another solution that works with the majority of cases. All you need is adding the below code to your “wp-config.php” file and save it.


define('ALTERNATE_WP_CRON', true);


This code will use the alternative Cron job system that can solve the problem generally. WordPress uses the Cron Jobs to schedule upgrades, caching, or any other programmed task, such as the backup and much more.

But, when the Cron job function is not enabled or has some issues, especially, with scheduling configurations, things become hard to manage on shared hosting. That’s why the above code should be used as an alternative fix if your hosting provider can’t help.

If you don’t have any idea about the “wp-config.php” file in WordPress, then follow these steps.

Login to cPanel and find the “File Manager” as the following screenshot example.

Now, you will get a pop-up window, just click “Go” and you will get all your blog files. Next, locate the file “wp-config.php” that should be in the root directory.

Select the file and click “Edit” from the menu at the top of the page. You will get the file opened in a new window, paste the code, just after the <?php at the top of the page.

You can put it anywhere you want in the PHP declaration, but, using the code between the first and the third lines will make things clear for you in the future. When you want to move to another hosting later, you can easily notice that code and delete it.

If you don’t have a cPanel access, sure you have an FTP account. You need to use any FTP client software, I recommend Filezilla. It’s a free and an open source tool that makes things professional and easier. What you need is to download the exact file, add your code, then, save it back uploading it.

Or, use, the “edit” option in Filezilla, you will get the file downloaded to edit it. Finally, when you add the code, save the file and it will ask you to update the real file, accept and you will replace the old file.

Of course, you can clear your web browser cache, that’s better to verify things and you will avoid getting cached pages that have the problem.

If you still unable to fix the problem, you should ask the hosting administrator for help.