A cron job is an automatic task, that performs a certain action - usually running some script in the web hosting account. The task is planned, so it will run on a regular basis - weekly, daily, hourly and so on. There are various good reasons to use a cron job for your sites. For instance, you may get daily reports how many visitors have registered on your site, a temp folder may be emptied automatically per week or a backup copy of your content may be generated in a different folder in your hosting account. Using cron jobs can help you with the administration of your websites since it is possible to get numerous things completed automatically and get reports about them, rather than spending time and efforts to do them yourself.

Cron Jobs in Web Hosting

Setting up a cron job requires precisely 3 very simple steps when you acquire a web hosting plan with us. The Hepsia Control Panel, that is featured with all the website hosting accounts, features a section dedicated to the crons and once you get there, you have to enter the folder path to the script that you want to be run, the command path to the system files for the specific programming language (Perl, Python, PHP), that you can copy and paste from the Server Information section, and after that determine how often the cron job has to run. For that time interval, our company offers two choices - a user-friendly one with drop-down menus where you can select the minutes, hours, days or months, as well as a more advanced one that is used with many other website hosting Control Panels where you are required to type numbers and asterisks on particular positions that define separate time periods.

Cron Jobs in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you wish to use cron jobs for some of your sites and you have a semi-dedicated server account from our company, it will not take you more than a couple of clicks inside your Hepsia hosting Control Panel to do that. Setting up a brand new cron job is easy and you will be able to add one from the Advanced section of Hepsia where you will find a box to enter 2 things - the path to the programming language system files which you can find inside the Server Information area (PHP, Python, Perl) and the path to the particular script that you want the cron job to execute. The last step is to select how often the cron will be executed and we have a rather intuitive interface for that, which means that by using drop-down menus you will be able to pick the interval in days, hours or minutes. If you are more tech-savvy or used to the particular standard, albeit more complex way to assign a cron interval using digits and asterisks, you can use this method as well.