A cron job is an automatic task, that performs a particular action - usually executing a script in the website hosting account. The task is scheduled, which means that it will run on a regular basis - hourly, daily, weekly and so on. There are lots of good reasons to use a cron job for your sites. As an example, you may get day-to-day reports how many visitors have registered on your site, some temp folder can be emptied automatically per week or a backup copy of your content can be created in a different folder in your web hosting account. Making use of cron jobs will help you with the administration of your sites because you're able to have many things carried out automatically and get reports for them, as an alternative to investing time and efforts to do them by hand.
Cron Jobs in Cloud Hosting
The Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all the cloud services, allows you to set up cron jobs in a few basic steps even when you have not used this option previously. When you log in and proceed to the Cron Jobs area where you are able to assign background tasks, you just have to copy and paste the system access path to Perl, Python or PHP based on the script that you will execute, type the path inside of your account to the specific script file and then choose how often your cron job will be carried out. For the latter, you'll be able to use the standard mode and select the days, hours, minutes, etcetera through simple drop-down options, or in case you are more skilled, you'll be able to use the advanced mode and set the time interval with numbers and asterisks i.e. the typical method which you may have employed with various Control Panels.