A cron job is an automated task, that executes a specific action - generally executing some script inside a hosting account. The task is planned, so it will run on a regular basis - hourly, daily, weekly etc. There are lots of reasons to use a cron job for your sites. For example, you can get day-to-day reports how many visitors have signed up on your site, some temp folder can be emptied automatically each week or a backup copy of your content can be made in a standalone folder in your web hosting account. Using cron jobs can help you with the administration of your sites because it is possible to get a lot of things completed automatically and get reports for them, as opposed to investing valuable time and efforts to do them yourself.
Cron Jobs in Shared Hosting
The Hepsia Control Panel, which comes with all of our shared hosting
, will allow you to set up cron jobs in several basic steps even if you have not used this type of function previously. When you log in and visit the Cron Jobs section where you are able to assign background tasks, you just need to paste the system access path to PHP, Pyton or Perl according to the script that you'll execute, type the path inside of your account to the actual script file and select how often your cron job will be executed. For the latter, you can use the standard mode and pick the minutes, hours, days, etcetera through simple drop-down navigation, or in case you are more experienced, you can use the advanced mode and specify the time interval with numbers and asterisks i.e. the usual method which you may have used with other Control Panels.