A cron job is an automated task, that executes a specific action - typically running some script in the web hosting account. The task is planned, therefore it will run regularly - hourly, daily, weekly etc. There are many good reasons to use a cron job for your sites. As an example, you may get day-to-day reports how many website visitors have signed up on your site, a temp folder can be emptied automatically each week or a backup copy of the content can be made in a standalone folder inside your website hosting account. Employing cron jobs will help you with the administration of your websites as you'll be able to get numerous things executed automatically and get reports about them, instead of investing valuable time and efforts to complete them yourself.

Cron Jobs in Website Hosting

The Hepsia Control Panel, which is featured with all our Linux website hosting, will allow you to set up cron jobs in several easy steps even when you haven't ever used this feature before. Once you sign in and proceed to the Cron Jobs area where you can assign background tasks, you just have to copy and paste the server access path to Perl, Python or PHP based on the script that you'll execute, type the path in your account for the actual script file and then select how often your cron job will be executed. For the aforementioned, you'll be able to use the standard mode and select the days, hours, minutes, etcetera via simple drop-down menus, or maybe in case you are more experienced, you can take advantage of the advanced mode and specify the time period with numbers and asterisks i.e. the typical method which you may have employed with different Control Panels.

Cron Jobs in Semi-dedicated Hosting

You are able to assign as many cron jobs as you would like if you host your websites with a semi-dedicated server account from us and it doesn't take over a minute to do that. Unlike many other web hosting Control Panels where you have to type commands and use numbers and asterisks on a single line to be able to create a cron job, the Hepsia Control Panel includes an intuitive interface where you are able to select how often a new cron needs to run by using simple drop-down menus to pick the hours, minutes, weekdays, etc. The only two things that you will have to enter manually are the folder path to the script file which should be executed and the command path to the programming language system files in the account (Perl, Python, PHP). You will be able to copy/paste the latter from the Server Information section of your web hosting Control Panel, which means that it will not take you more than a couple of clicks to set up a cron job in your semi-dedicated account.