A cron job is an automated task, that executes a specific action - generally executing a script inside a website hosting account. The task is planned, therefore it will run on a regular basis - hourly, daily, weekly and so on. There are numerous good reasons to make use of a cron job for your websites. As an example, you can get regular reports how many site visitors have signed up on your website, a temp folder can be emptied automatically every week or a backup of the content can be made in a standalone folder within your website hosting account. Using cron jobs can help you with the administration of your sites as you can get numerous things executed automatically and get reports about them, rather than spending valuable time and efforts to complete them by hand.

Cron Jobs in Shared Website Hosting

The Hepsia Control Panel, which is provided with all the Linux shared website hosting packages, will allow you to create cron jobs in a couple of simple steps even if you have never used this type of function previously. After you log in and visit the Cron Jobs section where you are able to set background tasks, you just need 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 to the specific script file and after that select how often your cron job has to be executed. For the latter, you'll be able to use the standard mode and pick the days, hours, minutes, etc. using uncomplicated drop-down menus, or if you are more experienced, you can use the advanced mode and specify the time interval with numbers and asterisks i.e. the typical method which you may have used with different Control Panels.