A cron job is an automated task, which performs a particular action - usually running some script in a website hosting account. The task is scheduled, so that it will run regularly - weekly, daily, hourly etc. There are various reasons to employ a cron job for your websites. For instance, you may get regular reports how many website visitors have registered on your site, a temp folder can be emptied automatically every week or a backup copy of your content can be created in a standalone folder in your web hosting account. Employing cron jobs can help you with the administration of your websites because it is possible to have several things completed automatically and have reports about them, as an alternative to investing precious time and efforts to do them manually.

Cron Jobs in Shared Hosting

The Hepsia Control Panel, that is provided with all the shared hosting, will allow you to set up cron jobs in a few simple steps even if you haven't ever used this type of option previously. After you sign in and go to the Cron Jobs area where you'll be able to assign background tasks, you just have to paste the server access path to Perl, PHP or Python according to the script that you will execute, type the path in your account for the actual script file and after that choose how often the cron job has to be executed. For the latter, you'll be able to use the basic mode and select the days, hours, minutes, etc. using simple drop-down menus, or maybe if you are more knowledgeable, you can use the advanced mode and specify the time period with numbers and asterisks i.e. the usual method that you may have used with different Control Panels.

Cron Jobs in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you would like to use cron jobs for any of your sites and you have a semi-dedicated server account from us, it won't take you more than a few clicks inside your Hepsia website hosting Control Panel to do that. Creating a brand new cron job is really easy and you're able to add one from the Advanced section of Hepsia where you will find a box to provide 2 things - the path to the programming language system files which you will find inside the Server Information section (PHP, Perl, Python) and the path to the particular script that you want the cron job to run. The last step is to choose how often the cron will be executed and we have a very time and effort saving interface for that, so by using drop-down navigation you're able to select the interval in days, hours or minutes. In case you are more tech-savvy or used to the particular standard, albeit more advanced way to assign a cron interval using digits and asterisks, you can use this method as well.