A cron job is an automated task, that executes a certain action - generally running some script in a web hosting account. The task is planned, which means that it will run on a regular basis - hourly, daily, weekly etc. There are many good reasons to employ a cron job for your websites. For example, you can get daily reports how many website visitors have signed up on your site, a temporary folder may be emptied automatically weekly or a backup of your content can be created in a different folder inside your website hosting account. Employing cron jobs will help you with the administration of your websites as you can have several things carried out automatically and get reports about them, in lieu of spending valuable time and efforts to do them yourself.

Cron Jobs in Web Hosting

The Hepsia Control Panel, that is provided with all of the Linux web hosting, will allow you to create cron jobs in several easy steps even if you have not used this type of option before. When you sign in and navigate to the Cron Jobs area where you'll be able to assign background tasks, you just have to copy and paste the server access path to Perl, PHP or Python based on the script that you will run, type the path inside of your account to the actual script file and choose how often your cron job will be carried out. For the aforementioned, you can use the standard mode and select the minutes, hours, days, etcetera using simple drop-down navigation, or if you are more skilled, you can take advantage of the advanced mode and set the time period with numbers and asterisks i.e. the standard method which you may have employed with other Control Panels.

Cron Jobs in Semi-dedicated Hosting

In case you use a semi-dedicated server account from our company to host your sites, you are able to set up cron jobs for any of them without any difficulty. This is done in 3 uncomplicated steps in the Hepsia Control Panel which is used to control the hosting account, so you'll be able to set up a new cron even when you do not have any prior experience. In the Cron Jobs section of Hepsia, you will find a box where you have to copy and paste the path to the system files inside your account for the programming language your script was designed in - Python, PHP, Perl, Bash, and so on. You also have to enter the folder path to the script file which will be executed in the same box and use our intuitive drop-down menus to select how often our system will execute the cron. Experienced users, can also use the traditional method of creating a cron job by typing digits and asterisks in specific positions in addition to the aforementioned paths.