A cron job is an automatic task, that performs a certain action - typically executing a script inside a web hosting account. The task is scheduled, therefore it will run on a regular basis - weekly, daily, hourly etc. There are various good reasons to make use of a cron job for your websites. For example, you can get regular reports how many site visitors have signed up on your website, a temporary folder may be emptied automatically each and every week or a backup copy of the content can be created in a standalone folder within your website hosting account. Making use of cron jobs can help you with the management of your websites because you are able to have a lot of things completed automatically and have reports about them, in lieu of investing valuable time and efforts to complete them by hand.

Cron Jobs in Shared Website Hosting

The Hepsia Control Panel, that is included with all our Linux shared website hosting, allows you to set up cron jobs in several easy steps even when you have never used such a feature before. As soon as you log in and go to the Cron Jobs section where you can set background tasks, you just need to copy and paste the server access path to Perl, PHP or Python according to the script that you will run, type the path within your account for the actual script file and then choose how often your cron job will be carried out. For the aforementioned, you can use the basic mode and choose the minutes, hours, days, etcetera through simple drop-down options, or maybe if you are more skilled, you can take advantage of the advanced mode and specify the time interval with numbers and asterisks i.e. the typical method which you may have used with various Control Panels.

Cron Jobs in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you want to use cron jobs for some of your sites and you have a semi-dedicated server account with us, it won't take you more than a couple of clicks inside your Hepsia hosting Control Panel to do that. Setting up a brand new cron job is easy and you can easily add one from the Advanced section of Hepsia where you will find a box to provide 2 things - the path to the programming language system files that you will find in the Server Information area (PHP, Perl, Python) and the path to the script that you wish the cron job to run. The final step is to decide how often the cron will be executed and we've got a really time and effort saving interface for that, so by using drop-down navigation you can easily pick the interval in days, hours or minutes. In case you are more tech-savvy or used to the particular standard, although more advanced way to assign a cron interval through digits and asterisks, you can use this alternative as well.