Cron jobs are timetabled tasks, which run on regular time intervals set by the end user and they also execute scripts coded in several programming languages - PHP, Perl, Bash, etc. Determined by what exactly a cron should do, it can run each and every minute, weekly or maybe each year. There are a lot of handy applications to use cron jobs in your daily management of a site. Such as, a backup of the full site can be generated once per day as well as weekly or an email message with all recent signups for the day may be delivered to a certain email. This kind of automatic options can make the administration of every site faster and easier. There are no precise file types which are allowed / forbidden, so any script can be executed by using a cron job.
Cron Jobs in Website Hosting
The Hepsia Control Panel, which is provided with all of the Linux website hosting services
, allows you to set up cron jobs in several easy steps even when you have not employed such a feature before. Once you log in and go to the Cron Jobs section where you can create background tasks, you just have to copy and paste the server access path to PHP, Perl or Python depending on the script you will run, type the path within your account for the actual script file and then choose how often your cron job will be carried out. For the aforementioned, you can use the standard mode and select the minutes, hours, days, etc. via simple drop-down menus, or if you are more knowledgeable, you can take advantage of the advanced mode and specify the time period with numbers and asterisks i.e. the standard method which you might have used with various other Control Panels.