Cron jobs are scheduled tasks, which are executed on regular time intervals pre-set by the user and they execute scripts coded in different programming languages - PHP, Perl, Bash, etcetera. In accordance with what exactly a cron needs to do, it can run every minute, once a week or maybe once a year. There're plenty of useful applications to use cron jobs in the day-to-day management of a site. For example, a backup of the whole website can be generated once per day as well as weekly or an email with all new signups for the day can be sent to a given e-mail. This kind of automatic options can make the administration of every site faster and easier. There aren't any specific file types which are allowed / forbidden, so any script can be run by using a cron job.

Cron Jobs in Shared Hosting

Setting up a cron job requires exactly three simple steps when you acquire a shared hosting package with us. The Hepsia Control Panel, that comes with all of the hosting accounts, has a section focused on the crons and once you go there, you have to enter the folder path to the script that you would like to be executed, the command path to the system files for the particular programming language (Perl, Python, PHP), which you can copy and paste from the Server Information section, and determine how frequently the cron job should run. For that time interval, our company offers two options - a user-friendly one with drop-down navigation where one can pick the minutes, hours, days and/or months, as well as a more advanced one that's used with various other website hosting Control Panels where you should type numbers and asterisks on certain positions that define different time periods.

Cron Jobs in Semi-dedicated Servers

You will be able to set up as many cron jobs as you would like if you host your sites in a semi-dedicated server account from us and it does not take more than a minute to do that. Unlike various other web hosting Control Panels where you need to type in commands and use numbers and asterisks on a single line in order to set up a cron job, our Hepsia Control Panel includes a user-friendly interface where you can decide how often a new cron needs to run by using simple drop-down menus to select the minutes, hours, day of the week, etcetera. The two things that you'll have to type in manually are the folder path to the script file which should be run and 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 website hosting Control Panel, therefore it won't take you more than a few clicks to set up a cron job within your semi-dedicated account.