A cron job is an automated task, which performs a certain action - typically executing some script inside a web hosting account. The task is planned, which means that it will run on a regular basis - weekly, daily, hourly etc. There are lots of reasons to make use of a cron job for your sites. For example, you can get day-to-day reports how many website visitors have signed up on your website, some temp folder can be emptied automatically once a week or a backup copy of your content may be created in a different folder in your website hosting account. Using cron jobs will help you with the management of your websites as you are able to have several things done automatically and have reports for them, as opposed to spending precious time and efforts to complete them by hand.

Cron Jobs in Shared Hosting

Creating a cron job requires exactly 3 quick steps if you get a shared hosting plan from us. The Hepsia Control Panel, that comes with all the hosting accounts, has an area centered on the crons and when you go there, you need to enter the folder path to the script that you would like to be executed, the command path to the server files for the specified programming language (Perl, Python, PHP), that you can copy from the Server Information section, and after that determine how often the cron job needs to run. For the time interval, we provide two options - a very intuitive one with drop-down menus where one can select the minutes, hours, days or months, as well as a more complex one that's used with various other web hosting Control Panels in which you have to type numbers and asterisks on certain positions that outline separate time periods.

Cron Jobs in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you would like to use cron jobs for any of your websites and you have a semi-dedicated server account from us, it will not take you more than a couple of clicks inside your Hepsia web hosting Control Panel to do that. Creating a new cron job is easy and you are able to add one through the Advanced section of Hepsia where you can find a box to type in two things - the path to the programming language system files that you will find inside the Server Information section (PHP, Python, Perl) along with the path to the particular script that you'd like the cron job to run. The final step is to determine how often the cron will run and we have a really intuitive interface for that, which means that by using drop-down navigation you'll be able to choose the interval in days, hours or minutes. If you are more tech-savvy or used to this standard, although more sophisticated way to assign a cron interval through digits and asterisks, you can use this alternative as well.