[wp-hackers] Feed Caching

iPhoneclub jp.horn at gmail.com
Sat Sep 18 04:22:24 UTC 2010

This has been discussed before, but I can't seem to wrap my head
around it. Since WordPress 2.9 there is an extra context $url filter
for the filter 'wp_feed_cache_transient_lifetime'. I haven't seen any
code examples on the web how this is supposed to work :-( What I'm
trying to achieve is a per-feed cache setting, instead of the global
custom function for wp_feed_cache_transient_lifetime method (like:
http://wpengineer.com/1820/feed-cache-in-wordpress/). Dougal posted a
workaround (http://dougal.gunters.org/blog/2010/05/20/quick-tip-faster-
wordpress-news) for per-feed filtering, but I don't know if that's
still the correct way:

// Customize the Planet WordPress news feed update time:
add_filter( 'wp_feed_cache_transient_lifetime',
'dc_reschedule_rss_fetch', 10, 2 );

function dc_reschedule_rss_fetch( $lifetime, $url ) {
  if ( false !== strpos( $url, 'planet.wordpress.org' ) ) {
    $lifetime = 7200; // expire after 2 hours (7200 seconds)
  return $lifetime;

I also found this post, with contributions by Otto and Rarst, but that
snippet doesn't seem to work for me:

The current filter is:
43200, $url));

How do I pass a specific feed url and a specific (shorter than
default) cache time to this filter in my theme's functions.php? I need
one feed to refresh every 5 minutes, while caching other feeds for one
hour (I have five external feeds in total).

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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