A cron job is an automatic task, which performs a certain action - typically executing some script in the web hosting account. The task is pre-set, which means that it will run regularly - hourly, daily, weekly etc. There are numerous good reasons to use a cron job for your sites. As an example, you can get day-to-day reports how many site visitors have registered on your website, a temporary folder may be emptied automatically each week or a backup of the content can be made in a different folder in your hosting account. Making use of cron jobs can help you with the management of your sites since it is possible to have numerous things carried out automatically and get reports about them, in lieu of spending time and efforts to do them manually.
Cron Jobs in Shared Website Hosting
The Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all our shared website hosting, allows you to create cron jobs in a few basic steps even when you have never used such a function previously. When you log in and proceed to the Cron Jobs section where you'll be able to set background tasks, you just have to copy and paste the server access path to PHP, Perl or Python depending on the script you will run, type the path in your account for the specific script file and then choose how often the cron job has to be carried out. For the latter, you'll be able to use the basic mode and select the days, hours, minutes, etcetera via straightforward drop-down options, or maybe in case you are more skilled, you can take full advantage of the advanced mode and specify the time period with numbers and asterisks i.e. the typical method which you may have used with various Control Panels.
Cron Jobs in Semi-dedicated Hosting
You can assign as many cron jobs as you'd like when you host your sites with a semi-dedicated server account from our company and it doesn't take over one minute to do that. In contrast to many other web hosting Control Panels where you need to type in commands and use numbers and asterisks on a single line so that you can create a cron job, the Hepsia Control Panel contains a time and effort saving interface where you will be able to decide how often a new cron needs to run by using simple drop-down menus to choose the minutes, hours, weekdays, etcetera. The only two things that you will need to submit manually are the folder path to the script file that should be executed and the command path to the programming language system files in the account (Perl, Python, PHP). You'll be able to copy and paste the latter from the Server Information area of your web hosting Control Panel, which means that it won't take you more than a couple of clicks to create a cron job in your semi-dedicated account.