Cron Jobs/Automated Tasks

Introduction and overview

Cron jobs are commands used to schedule tasks that must run repeatedly, for example, every Saturday and Sunday at 12 PM. These jobs allow you to automate some commands and scripts on your server, to make it easier to run repetitive tasks. For instance, you could create a cron job to send notices through email every X days. This is a system process that runs in the background.

How to Create/Use

Cron jobs can be controlled via cPanel.

  1. Connect to your control panel and click on Advanced Tools > Cron Jobs.
  2. Click on Standard or Advanced, depending on your level of experience (Standard is recommended).
  3. Specify the command to run, its schedule, and click on Add New Cron Job.

Examples

To run a PHP script called script.php located in your /public_html/ folder, you can use the following Cron command:

/usr/local/bin/php -q /home/[username]/public_html/script.php > /dev/null


Replace

/home/[username]/public_html/script.php

by the path to your script.


By default, the cron job sends a confirmation of successful execution after each run. By adding

/dev/null

at the end of the command, you specify to the task that it should not send you an email.


If you want to learn how to delete Cron jobs, please click here or contact us by opening a support ticket or our live chat feature.

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