Perl is an excellent programming language that is regularly used for creating CGI scripts and also many different web-based applications. Among its key advantages is that it supports modules - ready-made batches of program code which are designed to perform various tasks and to increase the effectiveness of a given script without slowing it with unneeded lines of code. In other words, if five tasks need to be performed, you can use five lines of program code to call each one of the modules rather than including a large number of lines used to create the actual modules in your script. Perl is very convenient and it can be used for a number of purposes, that's why a number of corporations have implemented it in their web products or on their resource-demanding websites - cPanel, IMDB, Craigslist, BugZilla, BBC and many more. It's often used with other languages like PHP or Python.
Perl Scripting in Website Hosting
Perl is provided with all of the website hosting service that we provide and you'll be able to execute any .pl file that you upload in your account using the File Manager of the Control Panel or some FTP software. The aforementioned will allow you to build a website with all of the features that you'd like your visitors to have, but PHP doesn't offer. You can execute a script either manually or automatically using a cron job. Our plans feature a large number of Perl modules that you'll be able to employ and you'll see a full list in your web hosting account in addition to the path that you have to use in your scripts, so as to be able to access these modules. In case you want to execute a Perl/CGI script with a cron job yet your package doesn't offer this feature, you can include as many cron jobs as you need through the Add Upgrades/Services link on the left-hand side of your web hosting Control Panel.
Perl Scripting in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you would like to include CGI scripts on your websites or another Perl-based software for that matter, you won't experience any problems if you use a semi-dedicated server account from us. Thousands of Perl modules are set up on our servers and you can call any of them by including the path which you can find in your Control Panel into the script that you've selected. Every time you download some app from a third-party website, for instance, you can rest assured that you'll be able to use it whatever the modules it requires to function. Given that your .pl files have the proper UNIX permissions to ensure they are executable, you are able to decide whether a certain script will be run manually by a guest doing something on your site, or automatically by creating a cron job inside your account. Using the aforementioned option, your script can be executed every day, hour or minute depending on your preference.