A cron job is a command, that works automatically in the background over a predefined period of time and it runs a script in a website hosting account. There are no restrictions in regard to what the script is - PHP, Bash, Perl, etc., what it can do, or what exactly your file extension should be. A few examples are mailing a day-to-day report with all of the user activity on a given site, creating a routine backup or erasing the files in a specific folder. These tasks and / or almost every other script can be executed on intervals specified by the user - every couple of minutes, hours or days, and even once per month or perhaps once a year based on the exact purpose. Making use of cron jobs to automate diverse aspects of managing a site saves lots of time and efforts.
Cron Jobs in Shared Web Hosting
When you get any of our shared web hosting plans, you can set up cron jobs with a couple mouse clicks using your Hepsia Control Panel even if you have never done that before. Hepsia is quite simple to use, so instead of entering numbers and asterisks on specific positions, which is the typical way to make a cron job, you will be able to choose the minutes, hours or days a script needs to be executed using quick drop-down menus. The latter is done in the Cron Jobs area of the Control Panel and, naturally, you can always use the first method as well, if you are experienced enough and you prefer it. In both cases, you'll have to type in the path to the script that'll be executed along with the path to the PHP, Python or Perl system files inside your account. The aforementioned is included in the Control Panel and you are able to copy/paste it, yet if you encounter any difficulties, you can call your tech support team.
Cron Jobs in Semi-dedicated Hosting
You can create as many cron jobs as you need when you host your sites with a semi-dedicated server account from us and it does not take more than a minute to do that. Unlike many other hosting Control Panels where you need to type commands and use numbers and asterisks on a single line in order to create a cron job, the Hepsia Control Panel features a user-friendly interface where you can decide how often a cron has to run by using simple drop-down menus to choose the minutes, hours, day of the week, etcetera. The two things which you'll need to enter manually are the folder path to the script file that has to be run plus the command path to the programming language system files in the account (Perl, Python, PHP). You will be able to copy and paste the latter from the Server Information area of your web hosting Control Panel, so it won't take you more than a few clicks to create a cron job in your semi-dedicated account.