A cron job is an automated task, which performs a certain action - generally executing some script in a website hosting account. The task is planned, which means that it will run regularly - weekly, daily, hourly etc. There are various reasons to make use of a cron job for your sites. For example, you can get regular reports how many visitors have signed up on your website, a temporary folder may be emptied automatically once a week or a backup of your content may be created in a different folder within your website hosting account. Making use of cron jobs will help you with the administration of your websites as you are able to get several things completed automatically and get reports for them, as opposed to spending valuable time and efforts to do them manually.

Cron Jobs in Cloud Hosting

The Hepsia Control Panel, that is provided with all the Linux cloud hosting service, will allow you to create cron jobs in a few easy steps even when you have not used such a feature before. When you log in and go to the Cron Jobs area where you are able to create background tasks, you just have to copy and paste the system access path to Perl, Python or PHP depending on the script you'll execute, type the path inside of your account for the actual script file and after that select how often your cron job will be executed. For the aforementioned, you can use the standard mode and select the minutes, hours, days, etc. through uncomplicated drop-down menus, or in case you are more knowledgeable, you can take advantage of the advanced mode and specify the time period with numbers and asterisks i.e. the standard method which you may have used with various Control Panels.

Cron Jobs in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you'd like to use cron jobs for some 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 hosting Control Panel to do that. Setting up a brand new cron job is very simple and you're able to add one through the Advanced section of Hepsia where you'll find a box to enter two different things - the path to the programming language system files that you'll find in the Server Information section (Perl, Python, PHP) and the path to the script that you would like the cron job to run. The final step is to determine how often the cron will be executed and we've got a very user-friendly interface for that, which means that by using drop-down navigation you can easily select the interval in days, hours or minutes. If you are more tech-savvy or used to the standard, albeit more sophisticated way to set a cron interval using digits and asterisks, you can use this alternative as well.