A cron job is an automatic task, which executes a particular action - typically running some script in the website hosting account. The task is scheduled, which means that it will run on a regular basis - weekly, daily, hourly and so on. There are various reasons to use a cron job for your sites. For instance, you can get regular reports how many website visitors have signed up on your site, a temp folder may be emptied automatically every week or a backup of the content may be made in a standalone folder in your website hosting account. Using cron jobs can help you with the administration of your websites as you'll be able to have a lot of things executed automatically and get reports about them, in lieu of investing precious time and efforts to do them yourself.

Cron Jobs in Shared Website Hosting

Creating a cron job requires exactly three quick steps if you get a shared website hosting package through us. The Hepsia Control Panel, that is featured with all the website hosting accounts, features a section dedicated to the crons and as soon as you go there, you need to enter the folder path to the script that you would like to be executed, the command path to the system files for the specific programming language (Perl, Python, PHP), that you can copy from the Server Information section, and after that set how frequently the cron job needs to run. For the time interval, we provide two options - a very intuitive one with drop-down menus where you can pick the minutes, hours, days or months, and a more complex one that is used with many other web hosting Control Panels in which you should type numbers and asterisks on certain positions that define different time periods.

Cron Jobs in Semi-dedicated Hosting

If you use a semi-dedicated server account with our company to host your websites, you can set up cron jobs for any of them effortlessly. This can be done in three simple steps from the Hepsia Control Panel which is used to control the hosting account, so you'll be able to set up a new cron even when you lack prior experience. In the Cron Jobs part of Hepsia, you will discover a box where you have to copy/paste the path to the system files in your account for the programming language your script was designed in - Python, PHP, Perl, Bash, and so on. You also have to enter the folder path to the script file which will be executed in the same box and use our user-friendly drop-down menus to decide how often our system will run the cron. More experienced users, can also use the traditional method of creating a cron job by typing digits and asterisks in certain positions in addition to the previously mentioned paths.