What is a cron job? What ?job? does a cron job generally perform? How could cron jobs make your web experience easier?
A cron job is an automated task, that performs a certain action - typically running a script in the website hosting account. The task is planned, so that it will run on a regular basis - weekly, daily, hourly and so on. There are numerous reasons to make use of a cron job for your websites. For instance, you can get daily reports how many visitors have registered on your website, some temporary folder may be emptied automatically each and every week or a backup copy of the content can be generated in a separate folder inside your website hosting account. Using cron jobs will help you with the administration of your websites as you are able to get numerous things executed automatically and get reports about them, as opposed to investing valuable time and efforts to complete them by hand.
Cron Jobs in Cloud Web Hosting
The Hepsia Control Panel, which is included with all of the Linux cloud web hosting plans
, allows you to set up cron jobs in a couple of simple steps even if you have not used this type of feature previously. Once 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 server access path to PHP, Perl or Python according to the script that you'll run, type the path inside of your account to the actual script file and choose how often your cron job has to be executed. For the latter, you can use the basic mode and choose the days, hours, minutes, etcetera through simple drop-down menus, or if you are more skilled, you can use the advanced mode and specify the time period with numbers and asterisks i.e. the standard method that you may have employed with different Control Panels.
Cron Jobs in Semi-dedicated Servers
You'll be able to assign as many cron jobs as you'd like when you host your websites with a semi-dedicated server
account from us and it doesn't take more than a minute to do that. In contrast to many other hosting Control Panels where you have to type in commands and use numbers and asterisks on a single line so that you can create a cron job, the Hepsia Control Panel has a user-friendly interface where you are able to select how often a cron has to run by using simple drop-down menus to pick the minutes, hours, day of the week, etcetera. The two things that you will have to type in manually are the folder path to the script file which should be executed along with the command path to the programming language system files in the account (Perl, Python, PHP). You will be able to copy and paste the aforementioned from the Server Information part of your website hosting Control Panel, therefore it will not take you more than a few clicks to set up a cron job inside your semi-dedicated account.