A cron job is an automated task, that executes a particular action - typically running some script in the web hosting account. The task is scheduled, therefore it will run regularly - weekly, daily, hourly and so on. There are various reasons to employ a cron job for your sites. For example, you can get regular reports how many website visitors have registered on your site, some temp folder can be emptied automatically per week or a backup copy of your content can be made in a separate folder in your hosting account. Using cron jobs will help you with the administration of your websites since you're able to have several things carried out automatically and get reports for them, instead of spending valuable time and efforts to complete them manually.

Cron Jobs in Shared Web Hosting

The Hepsia Control Panel, that is featured with all the Linux shared web hosting, allows you to set up cron jobs in a few simple steps even when you have not employed such a function before. After you log in and go to the Cron Jobs section where you'll be able to set background tasks, you just have to paste the server access path to PHP, Perl or Python based on the script that you'll execute, type the path within your account to the specific script file and choose how often the cron job will be executed. For the aforementioned, you can use the standard mode and pick the minutes, hours, days, etcetera using simple drop-down menus, or in case you are more experienced, you'll be able to use the advanced mode and specify the time period with numbers and asterisks i.e. the typical method which you might have employed with various Control Panels.

Cron Jobs in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you use a semi-dedicated server account from our company to host your websites, you will be able to install cron jobs for all of them without difficulty. This is done in 3 very easy steps from the Hepsia Control Panel which is used to manage the hosting account, so you're able to create a new cron even when you don't have any previous experience. Inside the Cron Jobs section of Hepsia, you will discover a box where you should copy and paste the path to the system files inside your account for the programming language your script was designed in - Python, PHP, Perl, Bash, and so on. You also need to enter the folder path to the script file that will be executed in the same box and then use our user-friendly drop-down menus to select how often our system will run the cron. More experienced users, can also use the traditional method of setting up a cron job by typing digits and asterisks in specific positions as well as the previously mentioned paths.