A cron job is an automated task, which performs a particular action - typically running a script in a web hosting account. The task is scheduled, therefore it will run on a regular basis - hourly, daily, weekly etc. There are various good reasons to employ a cron job for your websites. For instance, you can get daily reports how many site visitors have registered on your website, some temporary folder can be emptied automatically every week or a backup copy of the content can be generated in a standalone folder within your website hosting account. Making use of cron jobs will help you with the administration of your websites since it is possible to have lots of things executed automatically and get reports about them, instead of investing time and efforts to complete them manually.

Cron Jobs in Shared Hosting

Setting up a cron job requires exactly 3 easy steps if you get a shared hosting plan with our company. The Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all of the hosting accounts, features a section dedicated to the crons and when you go there, you should type the folder path to the script which you want to be run, the command path to the system files for the particular programming language (Perl, Python, PHP), that you can copy and paste from the Server Information section, and then specify how frequently the cron job needs to run. For the time interval, our company offers two options - a very intuitive one with drop-down navigation where you can select the minutes, hours, days or months, and a more complex one that's used with other website hosting Control Panels in which you need to type numbers and asterisks on specific positions that define different time periods.

Cron Jobs in Semi-dedicated Servers

Setting up a cron job in our system is really simple. Once you log in to the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all semi-dedicated server accounts, you're able to go to the Cron Jobs section where you only have to choose the directory path to the script file to be run plus the command path for the specific language the script was written in - PHP, Perl, Python, Bash. You will be able to find the latter in the Control Panel, and you can copy and paste it with just a couple of clicks. Next, choose the time period for your cron through drop-down navigation for the minutes, hours, days or months and you're all set. Our cron job setup wizard makes the process very simple and intuitive, so you will not have any problems if you do not have prior experience. When you are more tech-savvy, you may also take advantage of the standard cron format with the two paths, digits and asterisks typed on one line.