A cron job is an automated task, that executes a certain action - usually running a script in the hosting account. The task is scheduled, which means that it will run on a regular basis - hourly, daily, weekly etc. There are many good reasons to use a cron job for your sites. For example, you may get day-to-day reports how many visitors have registered on your site, a temporary folder may be emptied automatically each week or a backup of the content may be created in a different folder within your web hosting account. Making use of cron jobs will help you with the administration of your websites as you can have several things carried out automatically and get reports for them, instead of spending time and efforts to do them manually.
Cron Jobs in Shared Web Hosting
Setting up a cron job will take you exactly three very simple steps if you get a shared web hosting plan from our company. The Hepsia Control Panel, that is featured with all the website hosting accounts, features a section focused on the crons and once you go there, you have to type the folder path to the script that you'd like to be executed, the command path to the system files for the specific programming language (Perl, Python, PHP), that you can copy and paste from the Server Information section, and specify how often the cron job should run. For the time interval, we offer two choices - a user-friendly one with drop-down navigation where one can choose the minutes, hours, days or months, as well as a more complex one that is used with other web hosting Control Panels in which you are expected to type numbers and asterisks on specific positions that outline different time periods.
Cron Jobs in Semi-dedicated Hosting
You can assign as many cron jobs as you need if you host your websites in a semi-dedicated server account from us and it does not take more than a minute to do that. In contrast to many other web hosting Control Panels where you have to enter commands and use numbers and asterisks on a single line so that you can set up a cron job, our Hepsia Control Panel includes a user-friendly interface where you're able to select how often a cron needs to run by using simple drop-down menus to choose the hours, minutes, day of the week, etc. The only two things which you will have to enter manually are the folder path to the script file that has to 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 aforementioned from the Server Information area of your hosting Control Panel, so it will not take you more than a few clicks to create a cron job within your semi-dedicated account.