A cron job is an automatic task, that executes a certain action - typically executing some script in a web hosting account. The task is pre-set, so that it will run regularly - hourly, daily, weekly etc. There are numerous reasons to make use of a cron job for your sites. For instance, you can get daily reports how many website visitors have registered on your website, a temp folder may be emptied automatically every week or a backup of the content may be generated in a standalone folder inside your web hosting account. Employing cron jobs can help you with the administration of your websites since you are able to get many things completed automatically and have reports for them, as an alternative to investing time and efforts to do them yourself.

Cron Jobs in Website Hosting

The Hepsia Control Panel, which is featured with all the Linux website hosting packages, will help you to set up cron jobs in several simple steps even when you have never employed this function previously. Once you sign in and go to the Cron Jobs section where you can create background tasks, you just have to paste the server access path to Perl, Python or PHP based on the script you'll run, type the path inside of your account for the specific script file and select how often the cron job will be carried out. For the latter, you can use the standard mode and select the minutes, hours, days, etc. via straightforward drop-down options, or in case you are more experienced, you can take full advantage of the advanced mode and specify the time period with numbers and asterisks i.e. the standard method that you may have employed with different Control Panels.