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ACF data not working with function using future_to_publish

  • I have a function that I use to send an email notification when a scheduled post gets published. The post is created using a front-end form.

    function post_scheduled_notification( $post_id )  {
        // A function to perform actions when a post is published
    	$permalink = get_permalink($post_id);
    	$post_title = get_the_title( $post_id ); 
    	$post_image = ($_POST['acf']['field_55842cd3f9066']);
    	$to      = '';
    	$subject = 'Your scheduled post has been published';
    	$headers = "MIME-Version: 1.0" . "\r\n";
    	$headers .= "Content-type:text/html;charset=UTF-8" . "\r\n";
    	$headers .= 'From: Daniel <>' . "\r\n" .
            'Reply-To:' . "\r\n" .
            'X-Mailer: PHP/' . phpversion();
    $message =  '<h1>Your scheduled post has published and is ready to be shared!</h1> 
    <a href="'. $permalink .'"><img style="border-radius:5px; width:365px;" src="' . $post_image . '" alt="'.$post_title.'" /></a>
    mail($to, $subject, $message, $headers);
    add_action( 'future_to_publish', 'post_scheduled_notification', 10, 3 );

    This code works perfectly when I use the action ‘acf/save_post’ however when I switch the action to ‘future_to_publish’ the post publishes correctly but does not have the ACF field data.

    Does anyone know what is the key difference between ‘acf/save_post’ and ‘future_to_publish’ that could be causing this issue? Or, how I can make sure the ACF data is saved before the future_to_publish function is run?


  • Hi @dhacree

    I believe the image is provided when a user scheduled a post. If that’s the case, it means the image is already saved in the database when the “future_to_publish” action executed. That means you can use get_field('the_field_name', $post_id) instead of getting the image using the $_POST variable.

    I hope this makes sense 🙂

  • Thanks for taking the time to respond! Seems pretty obvious now. Appreciate your help.

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