A cron job is an automatic task, that executes a particular action - generally running a script in a website hosting account. The task is pre-set, so it will run on a regular basis - hourly, daily, weekly and so on. There are many good reasons to use a cron job for your sites. For instance, you can get regular reports how many visitors have registered on your website, a temp folder may be emptied automatically every week or a backup of your content can be generated in a different folder in your web hosting account. Making use of cron jobs can help you with the administration of your sites because it is possible to get a lot of things done automatically and get reports for them, in lieu of spending time and efforts to complete them manually.
Cron Jobs in Web Hosting
The Hepsia Control Panel, which is featured with all the web hosting
, will help you to set up cron jobs in a few simple steps even when you have never employed this type of option previously. Once you log in and visit the Cron Jobs area where you'll be able to set background tasks, you just need to copy and paste the system access path to PHP, Pyton or Perl according to the script that you will execute, type the path in your account to the specific script file and then choose how often the cron job has to be executed. For the latter, you can use the standard mode and pick the minutes, hours, days, etc. using uncomplicated drop-down navigation, or maybe in case you are more knowledgeable, you'll be able to use the advanced mode and set the time interval with numbers and asterisks i.e. the typical method which you might have used with other Control Panels.
Cron Jobs in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you use a semi-dedicated server
account with our company to host your sites, you will be able to install cron jobs for any of them without difficulty. This can be done in three really easy steps inside the Hepsia Control Panel that's used to manage the web hosting account, so you'll be able to create a new cron even when you don't have any prior experience. Within the Cron Jobs section of Hepsia, you'll discover a box where you should copy/paste the path to the system files inside your account for the programming language your script was written in - PHP, Python, Perl, Bash, and so on. You also have to provide the folder path to the script file that will be executed in the same box and use our intuitive drop-down menus to choose how often our system will execute the cron. More advanced users, can also employ the traditional method of setting up a cron job by typing digits and asterisks in certain positions as well as the previously mentioned paths.