[wp-hackers] Mass-Import Process to run in background

Nicholas Ciske nl at thoughtrefinery.com
Wed Apr 23 17:16:01 UTC 2014

You break it into chunks -- usually via ajax requests (or meta-refresh if you cant to go old school).

Basically, you make a call to process X rows, that call returns when it's done, you update the % done accordingly, then make the next call to process another X rows.

As long as each call completes within the timeout (be conservative for crappy shared hosting), you just keep hammering away until the import is complete.

The WooCommerce CSV importer is a pretty good model for this (not free, but solid code).

A free plugin model would be an ajax thumbnail tool like:

Nick Ciske

On Apr 23, 2014, at 11:32 AM, Alex Hempton-Smith <hempsworth at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I have large amounts of CSV data (around about 7k rows) to import, each row
> being a new post (CPT) and various meta fields.
> I can open and print out the contents of the file to the browser fine, but
> I just know running that import will time-out.
> Within a WordPress plugin, how do a run a large process like that? And even
> better, provide some kind of 'percentage complete' feedback to the user?
> Thanks,
> Alex
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