A cron job is an automatic task, which performs a certain action - usually running some script in the hosting account. The task is scheduled, which means that it will run on a regular basis - weekly, daily, hourly etc. There are lots of reasons to employ a cron job for your websites. For example, you may get regular reports how many website visitors have signed up on your website, a temp folder may be emptied automatically per week or a backup of your content can be generated in a different folder inside your hosting account. Employing cron jobs will help you with the administration of your sites because you'll be able to get many things carried out automatically and get reports for them, as opposed to spending valuable time and efforts to do them yourself.

Cron Jobs in Shared Hosting

The Hepsia Control Panel, that comes with all of the shared hosting, allows you to set up cron jobs in a few basic steps even if you haven't ever employed this type of option before. When you sign in and visit the Cron Jobs area where you are able to set background tasks, you just need to paste the system access path to Perl, Python or PHP based on the script that you'll execute, type the path within your account for the actual script file and then select how often your cron job will be executed. For the latter, you can use the standard mode and select the days, hours, minutes, etcetera via uncomplicated drop-down menus, or in case you are more knowledgeable, you can take advantage of the advanced mode and set the time interval with numbers and asterisks i.e. the usual method which you might have used with various other Control Panels.

Cron Jobs in Semi-dedicated Servers

In case you use a semi-dedicated server account with our company to host your websites, you'll be able to create cron jobs for all of them with ease. This is done in 3 simple steps inside the Hepsia Control Panel that is used to take care of the web hosting account, so you are able to set up a new cron even when you lack prior experience. In the Cron Jobs section of Hepsia, you'll find a box where you have to copy/paste the path to the system files in your account for the programming language your script was designed in - PHP, Perl, Bash, Python, etcetera. You also have to provide the folder path to the script file that'll be executed in the same box and use our intuitive drop-down menus to choose how often our system will run the cron. Experienced users, can also take advantage of the traditional method of creating a cron job by typing digits and asterisks in certain positions as well as the aforementioned paths.