A cron job is an automatic task, that executes a specific action - typically executing a script in a web hosting account. The task is planned, so it will run regularly - hourly, daily, weekly and so on. There are lots of reasons to employ a cron job for your websites. For example, you may get day-to-day reports how many visitors have signed up on your site, some temp folder can be emptied automatically per week or a backup copy of the content can be generated in a standalone folder inside your web hosting account. Using cron jobs can help you with the administration of your websites as you are able to get a lot of things done automatically and have reports about them, instead of investing precious time and efforts to do them yourself.
Cron Jobs in Shared Hosting
Creating a cron job will take you just three very simple steps if you get a shared hosting package through us. The Hepsia Control Panel, that comes with all of the hosting accounts, has a section dedicated to the crons and when you go there, you need to enter the folder path to the script that you'd like to be executed, the command path to the server files for the specific programming language (Perl, Python, PHP), which you can copy and paste from the Server Information section, and specify how often the cron job should run. For that time interval, we provide two options - a user-friendly one with drop-down navigation where one can choose the minutes, hours, days or months, as well as a more complex one that is used with other web 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
If you use a semi-dedicated server account from us to host your websites, you are able to set up cron jobs for all of them without any difficulty. This can be done in 3 really easy steps inside the Hepsia Control Panel that's used to control the hosting account, so you will be able to create a new cron even if you do not have any previous experience. Inside the Cron Jobs section of Hepsia, you will discover a box where you should copy/paste the path to the system files in your account for the programming language your script was designed in - Perl, Bash, Python, PHP, etc. You also need to submit the folder path to the script file that will be executed in the same box and use our user-friendly drop-down menus to select how often our system will execute the cron. Experienced users, can also take advantage of the traditional method of creating a cron job by typing digits and asterisks in specific positions as well as the aforementioned paths.