What's a cron job? What ?job? does a cron job commonly perform? How do cron jobs make your web experience quite a bit easier?
Cron jobs are timetabled tasks, which run on regular intervals of time pre-set by the user and they also execute scripts developed in various programming languages - PHP, Perl, Bash, and so on. Determined by what exactly a cron has to do, it can run every minute, weekly or perhaps once per year. There are lots of practical applications to make use of cron jobs in the daily administration of a website. Such as, a backup of the whole site may be generated every day or maybe weekly or an e-mail message with all new signups for the day can be delivered to a certain e-mail. Such automated options will make the management of any website faster and easier. There are no specific file types that are allowed or forbidden, so every script can be executed using a cron job.
Cron Jobs in Website Hosting
The Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all our Linux website hosting packages
, will help you to set up cron jobs in a few basic steps even if you have not used this feature before. Once you log in and proceed to the Cron Jobs section where you'll be able to set background tasks, you just have to copy and paste the server access path to Perl, Python or PHP depending on the script that you'll run, type the path inside of your account for the specific script file and then select how often the cron job has to be executed. For the aforementioned, you can use the basic mode and select the minutes, hours, days, etcetera through uncomplicated drop-down options, or in case you are more experienced, you can take advantage of the advanced mode and set the time period with numbers and asterisks i.e. the typical method which you may have used with various Control Panels.
Cron Jobs in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you'd like to use cron jobs for any of your websites and you have a semi-dedicated server
account with us, it will not take you more than a few clicks in your Hepsia website hosting Control Panel to do that. Installing a brand new cron job is very easy and you can easily add one through the Advanced section of Hepsia where you'll find a box to type in 2 things - the path to the programming language system files which you can find in the Server Information area (PHP, Perl, Python) and the path to the script that you wish the cron job to run. The last step is to determine how often the cron will be executed and we have a rather intuitive interface for that, which means that by using drop-down navigation you can choose the interval in minutes, hours or days. If you are more tech-savvy or used to the standard, although more advanced way to set a cron interval using digits and asterisks, you can use this method as well.