A cron job is an automated task, which performs a particular action - usually running some script in a website hosting account. The task is scheduled, which means that it will run on a regular basis - hourly, daily, weekly etc. There are numerous reasons to use a cron job for your websites. For example, you may get regular reports how many website visitors have signed up on your site, some temporary folder can be emptied automatically once a week or a backup of the content may be generated in a separate folder within your hosting account. Making use of cron jobs can help you with the administration of your websites as you'll be able to have several things carried out automatically and have reports about them, as an alternative to spending precious time and efforts to do them by hand.

Cron Jobs in Cloud Hosting

Creating a cron job requires simply three very simple steps if you get a cloud hosting plan with us. The Hepsia Control Panel, that is featured with all the website hosting accounts, has a section centered on the crons and as soon as you go there, you have to type 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), which you can copy from the Server Information section, and then set how often the cron job needs to run. For the time interval, we provide two options - a very intuitive one with drop-down navigation where one can pick the minutes, hours, days or months, and a more complex one that is used with various other hosting Control Panels in which you are required to type numbers and asterisks on specific positions that outline separate time periods.

Cron Jobs in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Installing a cron job in our system is really easy. Once you sign in to the Hepsia Control Panel, which is included with all of the semi-dedicated server accounts, you're able to go to the Cron Jobs section where you just need to pick the directory path to the script file to be executed as well as the command path for the specific language the script was designed in - PHP, Perl, Python, Bash. You are able to find the latter inside the Control Panel, so you can copy and paste it with a couple of clicks. Next, choose the time interval for the cron via drop-down navigation for the months, days, hours or minutes and you'll be all set. Our cron job setup wizard makes the whole process really simple and intuitive, so you won't have any problems if you do not have previous experience. When you are more experienced, you can also take advantage of the regular cron format with the two paths, digits and asterisks typed on a single line.