A cron job is an automated task, that executes a certain action - typically executing some script in the website hosting account. The task is planned, so it will run on a regular basis - hourly, daily, weekly etc. There are numerous reasons to make use of a cron job for your websites. For instance, you can get day-to-day reports how many visitors have signed up on your website, some temporary folder can be emptied automatically each week or a backup of your content may be created in a standalone folder in your hosting account. Making use of cron jobs can help you with the administration of your sites because you're able to have several things done automatically and get reports for them, as an alternative to investing time and efforts to complete them manually.

Cron Jobs in Shared Web Hosting

Setting up a cron job will take you exactly three quick steps when you acquire a shared web hosting plan from us. The Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all the web hosting accounts, has an area dedicated to the crons and as soon as you get there, you should enter the folder path to the script that you would like to be executed, the command path to the server files for the particular programming language (Perl, Python, PHP), that you can copy and paste from the Server Information section, and then determine how frequently the cron job has to run. For the time interval, we offer two options - a very intuitive one with drop-down menus where one can pick the minutes, hours, days and/or months, as well as a more advanced one that's used with other web hosting Control Panels in which you have to type numbers and asterisks on certain positions that outline separate periods of time.

Cron Jobs in Semi-dedicated Servers

Setting up a cron job in our system is easy. Once you log in to the Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all the semi-dedicated server accounts, you can go to the Cron Jobs section where you only need to pick the directory path to the script file to be run and the command path for the specific language the script was designed in - PHP, Perl, Python, Bash. You can find the aforementioned inside the Control Panel, thus you can copy/paste it with just a few clicks. Next, select the time period for your cron using drop-down navigation for the minutes, hours, days or months and you'll be all set. Our cron job setup wizard makes the whole process very simple and intuitive, so you will not have any problems if you don't have prior experience. If you are more experienced, you may also use the common cron format with the two paths, digits and asterisks typed on a single line.