A cron job is an automatic task, that performs a specific action - usually running a script in the website hosting account. The task is scheduled, therefore it will run regularly - weekly, daily, hourly etc. There are various good reasons to make use of a cron job for your websites. For example, you may get regular reports how many visitors have registered on your site, some temp folder can be emptied automatically weekly or a backup of your content can be created in a standalone folder inside your hosting account. Using cron jobs will help you with the administration of your websites since it is possible to have many things done automatically and have reports about them, as an alternative to investing valuable time and efforts to do them yourself.

Cron Jobs in Shared Website Hosting

If you get any of our shared website hosting plans, you are able to set up cron jobs with just a few mouse clicks using your Hepsia Control Panel even when you have not done that previously. Hepsia is very user-friendly, so rather than entering numbers and asterisks on particular positions, which is the common technique to set up a cron job, you can select the minutes, hours or days a script has to be executed using very simple drop-down navigation. This is done in the Cron Jobs area of the Control Panel and, of course, you can always use the first method too, when you're skilled enough and you prefer it. In either case, you'll have to type in the path to the script that will be executed and the path to the PHP, Python or Perl system files in your account. The latter can be found in the Control Panel and you are able to copy/paste it, but if you encounter any issues, you can always call your support team.