A cron job is an automatic task, which executes a particular action - typically running a script inside a web hosting account. The task is scheduled, therefore it will run on a regular basis - hourly, daily, weekly etc. There are numerous good reasons to use a cron job for your sites. For instance, you may get day-to-day reports how many site visitors have registered on your site, a temporary folder can be emptied automatically each and every week or a backup copy of your content may be generated in a different folder inside your hosting account. Using cron jobs can help you with the administration of your sites because it is possible to have a lot of things carried out automatically and get reports for them, instead of spending precious time and efforts to do them manually.

Cron Jobs in Web Hosting

Creating a cron job will take you simply 3 easy steps when you obtain a web hosting plan with us. The Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all the web hosting accounts, features a section centered on the crons and once you get there, you have to enter the folder path to the script that you'd like to be run, the command path to the server files for the specific programming language (Perl, Python, PHP), that you can copy from the Server Information section, and set how frequently the cron job has to run. For the time interval, we provide two choices - an easy to use one with drop-down navigation where one can pick the minutes, hours, days or months, along with a more advanced one that's used with different web hosting Control Panels in which you have to type numbers and asterisks on particular positions that define different periods of time.

Cron Jobs in Semi-dedicated Servers

Setting up a cron job in our system is really easy. Once you sign in to the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all the semi-dedicated server accounts, you'll be able to go to the Cron Jobs section where you only need to select the directory path to the script file to be executed along with the command path for the particular language the script was written in - PHP, Perl, Python, Bash. You can find the latter in the Control Panel, so you can copy/paste it with a couple of clicks. Then, select the time interval for the cron through drop-down navigation for the months, days, hours or minutes and you're all set. Our cron job setup wizard makes the entire process very simple and intuitive, so you won't have any problems if you don't have prior experience. In case you are more tech-savvy, you may also use the conventional cron format with the two paths, digits and asterisks typed on a single line.