After speeding up some things, it's time to attract a bigger audience. Drupalcron.org will provide the drupal admin with a cron visit every hour. No more cron configuration. Just create an account on Drupalcron.org and you can add 5 drupal sites to your user account.
If you administer more then 5 drupal sites, and yet you want central administration and still no cron configuration you can download and install the cron module. This allow you to add countless sites, to be visited when the cron of the on which the module is installed is executed. If you add that site to Drupalcron.org, all your sites crons will be executed every hour, without any configuration of cron.
Congratulations on thinking this up before anyone else :)
This is a nice start for those who don't get access to cron on their hosting server.
Awesome idea, and it's refreshing to see people solve the simplest of problems.
Very nice idea -- seems it would eliminate the need for poormanscron, which has its problems, and even if you have access to do cron configuration it's nice to only have to do it in one place for several sites. It fits nicely with some other modules that let you manage several Drupal installations from one place.
I tried it out and ran into a couple issues and you don't have any place to post them, so here they are:
1) The tarball is corrupt. I was able to reconstruct the files manually, but you might want to fix it.
2) It requires curl to work but doesn't check anywhere that curl is available before using it, causing nasty fatal errors. You might want to make that more clear and add a test for the available function before using it.
Once I got past those problems it worked very nicely.
You might want to create a project on drupal.org for this so you can have an issue tracker, or add an issue tracker on drupalcron.org :)
Thank you very much for the
Thank you very much for the suggestions.
I've attached a new tar.gz which takes cares of both suggestions.
It checks if the curl extension is installed and if not it uses fsockopen for doing the calls to cron.php
Also I've tested the new tar and I could extract it without any problems.
I've requested my CVS account and when it is available, I'll create a project for it.
Thank you for testing.