A cron job is an automatic task, which performs a particular action - usually executing some script inside a website hosting account. The task is scheduled, which means that it will run regularly - hourly, daily, weekly etc. There are various reasons to use a cron job for your sites. For example, you may get day-to-day reports how many website visitors have registered on your site, a temp folder can be emptied automatically each and every week or a backup of your content may be generated in a different folder within your web hosting account. Employing cron jobs can help you with the management of your websites because you'll be able to get lots of things executed automatically and have reports for them, as an alternative to investing time and efforts to do them by hand.

Cron Jobs in Shared Hosting

The Hepsia Control Panel, that is featured with all the shared hosting, allows you to create cron jobs in several easy steps even when you have never employed such a option before. As soon as you sign in and navigate to the Cron Jobs section where you're able to assign background tasks, you just have to paste the system access path to Perl, PHP or Python with respect to the script that you'll run, type the path in your account to the actual script file and select how often the cron job will be executed. For the latter, you'll be able to use the standard mode and select the minutes, hours, days, etc. via simple drop-down menus, or if you are more knowledgeable, you can use the advanced mode and specify the time period with numbers and asterisks i.e. the typical method that you may have employed with various other Control Panels.