A cron job is an automatic task, that performs a particular action - generally running a script in the hosting account. The task is planned, which means that it will run regularly - weekly, daily, hourly etc. There are various good reasons to use a cron job for your websites. As an example, you may get regular reports how many website visitors have signed up on your site, a temp folder can be emptied automatically every week or a backup of the content can be made in a standalone folder within your hosting account. Using cron jobs will help you with the administration of your websites because you'll be able to have lots of things completed automatically and get reports about them, instead of investing valuable time and efforts to complete them manually.

Cron Jobs in Web Hosting

The Hepsia Control Panel, which is provided with all our Linux web hosting packages, will allow you to set up cron jobs in several simple steps even when you have never employed such a feature previously. Once you log in and visit the Cron Jobs section where you are able to create background tasks, you just have to copy and paste the server access path to PHP, Perl or Python according to the script you'll run, type the path in your account for the actual script file and then select how often your cron job has to be executed. For the aforementioned, you can use the standard mode and choose the minutes, hours, days, etcetera using straightforward drop-down options, or in case you are more skilled, you can use the advanced mode and set the time interval with numbers and asterisks i.e. the typical method that you may have used with various Control Panels.

Cron Jobs in Semi-dedicated Hosting

You'll be able to install as many cron jobs as you need if you host your websites with a semi-dedicated server account from us and it doesn't take over one minute to do that. In contrast to other website hosting Control Panels where you have to type in commands and use numbers and asterisks on a single line to be able to create a cron job, our Hepsia Control Panel comes with a user-friendly interface where you'll be able to select how often a new cron needs to be executed by using simple drop-down menus to pick the hours, minutes, weekdays, etcetera. The two things which you'll have to enter manually are the folder path to the script file that has to be run along with the command path to the programming language system files in the account (Perl, Python, PHP). You'll be able to copy/paste the aforementioned from the Server Information part of your hosting Control Panel, so it will not take you more than a couple of clicks to set up a cron job in your semi-dedicated account.