A cron job is a command, that functions conveniently in the background over a predefined period and it runs a script within a website hosting account. There won't be any restrictions in regard to what the script is - PHP, Bash, Perl, etc., what it could do, or what exactly the file extension should be. Some examples are sending a daily report with the user activity within a given website, generating a regular backup or deleting the content inside a certain folder. These kinds of tasks or any other script can be run on intervals chosen by the user - every couple of minutes, hours or days, and even monthly or once per year depending on the particular purpose. Making use of cron jobs to improve numerous elements of managing a site saves lots of time and efforts.

Cron Jobs in Website Hosting

The Hepsia Control Panel, that comes with all the Linux website hosting packages, will help you to create cron jobs in several easy steps even if you have never used such a function previously. As soon as you log in and navigate to the Cron Jobs section where you'll be able to set background tasks, you just need to paste the system access path to PHP, Pyton or Perl depending on the script you'll run, type the path within your account to the actual script file and then select how often the cron job will be executed. For the aforementioned, you can use the basic mode and select the days, hours, minutes, etcetera via uncomplicated drop-down menus, or maybe if you are more skilled, 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 various other Control Panels.