A cron job is a command, that works automatically in the background over a pre-set period of time and it executes a script inside a website hosting account. There aren't any restrictions in regard to what the script can be - PHP, Bash, Perl, etcetera, what it can do, or what exactly the file extension should be. Examples are supplying an everyday report with all the user activity within a specified website, creating a routine backup or erasing the files within a particular folder. These types of tasks and / or almost every other script can be executed on time intervals chosen by the user - every couple of minutes, hours or days, and even every month as well as once a year according to the exact objective. Using cron jobs to speed up diverse areas of managing a site saves lots of time and efforts.

Cron Jobs in Cloud Hosting

Setting up a cron job requires precisely 3 very simple steps when you get a cloud hosting package through our company. The Hepsia Control Panel, that comes with all of the website hosting accounts, features an area dedicated to the crons and once you get there, you should type the folder path to the script that you'd like to be run, the command path to the system files for the selected programming language (Perl, Python, PHP), that you can copy and paste from the Server Information section, and specify how frequently the cron job should run. For the time interval, we provide two options - a very intuitive one with drop-down menus where one can choose the minutes, hours, days and/or months, as well as a more complex one that is used with different website hosting Control Panels where you are expected to type numbers and asterisks on certain positions that outline different periods of time.

Cron Jobs in Semi-dedicated Hosting

You will be able to create as many cron jobs as you'd like when you host your sites in a semi-dedicated server account from us and it does not take over a minute to do that. Unlike various website hosting Control Panels where you should type commands and use numbers and asterisks on a single line to be able to create a cron job, the Hepsia Control Panel includes a time and effort saving interface where you'll be able to select how often a new cron should be executed by using simple drop-down menus to choose the hours, minutes, day of the week, etc. The two things that you'll have to enter manually are the folder path to the script file which has to be executed plus the command path to the programming language system files in the account (Perl, Python, PHP). You'll be able to copy/paste the latter from the Server Information section of your hosting Control Panel, which means that it won't take you more than several clicks to create a cron job in your semi-dedicated account.