A cron job is an automated task, which executes a specific action - generally executing a script in the web hosting account. The task is scheduled, therefore it will run on a regular basis - weekly, daily, hourly etc. There are lots of reasons to use a cron job for your websites. For instance, you can get daily reports how many website visitors have registered on your site, a temp folder can be emptied automatically each and every week or a backup copy of your content may be generated in a separate folder in your website hosting account. Employing cron jobs will help you with the management of your sites as you are able to have several things executed automatically and have reports about them, instead of investing valuable time and efforts to complete them yourself.

Cron Jobs in Shared Web Hosting

Setting up a cron job will take you exactly three simple steps when you acquire a shared web hosting plan from our company. The Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all the hosting accounts, has an area dedicated to the crons and when you go there, you should type the folder path to the script that you want to be run, the command path to the system files for the selected programming language (Perl, Python, PHP), that you can copy and paste from the Server Information section, and then set how frequently the cron job should run. For the time interval, we provide two options - a very intuitive one with drop-down navigation where one can select the minutes, hours, days or months, and a more advanced one that is used with different website hosting Control Panels where you should type numbers and asterisks on certain positions that define separate time periods.

Cron Jobs in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you'd like to use cron jobs for any of your sites and you have a semi-dedicated server account from our company, it will not take you more than a few clicks inside your Hepsia hosting Control Panel to do that. Installing a brand new cron job is very simple and you can easily add one through the Advanced part of Hepsia where you will find a box to type in 2 things - the path to the programming language system files which you'll find in the Server Information area (PHP, Python, Perl) and the path to the particular script that you'd like the cron job to run. The very last step is to select how often the cron will be executed and we have a rather intuitive interface for that, so by using drop-down menus you can choose the interval in minutes, hours or days. If you are more tech-savvy or used to the particular standard, albeit more advanced way to set a cron interval employing digits and asterisks, you can use this method as well.