A cron job is a command, that functions conveniently in the background on a pre-set period of time and it also executes a script within a web hosting account. There aren't any limits in regard to what the script can be - PHP, Bash, Perl, etc., what it could do, or what exactly the file extension should be. Some examples are mailing a daily report which contains all the end user activity on a specified website, generating a regular backup or erasing the content inside a particular folder. These types of tasks as well as almost every other script can be run on intervals selected by the user - every few minutes, hours or days, and even once per month or once a year based on the exact objective. Using cron jobs to speed up various elements of administrating a website saves a lot of time and efforts.

Cron Jobs in Shared Hosting

Creating a cron job requires precisely 3 quick steps when you acquire a shared hosting package through our company. The Hepsia Control Panel, that comes with all the web hosting accounts, has a section dedicated to the crons and as soon as you go there, you should type the folder path to the script that you would like to be run, the command path to the system files for the specified programming language (Perl, Python, PHP), which you can copy from the Server Information section, and after that determine how often the cron job should run. For the time interval, our company offers two options - a very intuitive one with drop-down menus where one can choose the minutes, hours, days or months, as well as a more advanced one that's used with different web hosting Control Panels where you need to type numbers and asterisks on specific positions that define separate time periods.

Cron Jobs in Semi-dedicated Servers

You can assign as many cron jobs as you'd like when you host your websites with a semi-dedicated server account from our company and it does not take more than one minute to do that. Unlike many other website hosting Control Panels where you have to type in commands and use numbers and asterisks on a single line to set up a cron job, the Hepsia Control Panel includes an intuitive interface where you will be able to choose how often a new cron needs to run by using simple drop-down menus to select the minutes, hours, weekdays, etcetera. The two things that you will need to type in 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 can copy the latter from the Server Information section of your website 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.