I’ve been working on a WordPress plugin that takes advantage of the WP-Cron system (which, for the uninitiated, is a sort of event scheduling system that runs functions in WordPress at predetermined intervals). Unfortunately, that’s a bit of a pain considering the nature of the task. How do you test functions that are designed to run intermittently, say twice a day? The easy/hacky solution is to add a function call that runs the task on every page load, and then remove it when you’re done. But if you want a solution that doesn’t involve editing your code, there’s a handy plugin that’s perfect for this scenario.
Core Control is a plugin that lets you monitor and adjust several parts of WordPress for diagnostic and development purposes. It makes it easy to view registered WP-Cron events, and trigger them with a click. It can also force WordPress to check for ore, plugin or theme updates, log any HTTP requests WordPress makes to external servers and determine which filesystem access method WordPress is using.