Perl is an effective programming language that is commonly used for making CGI scripts as well as various web-based apps. One of its key pros is that it supports modules - ready-made batches of program code that are employed to execute numerous tasks and to extend the efficiency of a certain script without clogging it with unneeded lines of code. This means that, when five processess need to be performed, you're able to use five lines of program code in order to call each one of the modules instead of adding a few hundred lines used to generate the actual modules in your script. Perl is very useful and it may be used for various purposes, that's why a lot of corporations have integrated it in their web products or on their resource-demanding sites - cPanel, IMDB, Craigslist, BugZilla, BBC and a lot more. It is generally used along with other languages such as PHP or Python.
Perl Scripting in Shared Website Hosting
Perl is provided with all the Linux shared website hosting that we supply and you are able to execute any kind of .pl file which you upload within your account thanks to the File Manager of the Control Panel or an FTP program. The latter will help you create an Internet site with all the functions that you would like your visitors to have, but PHP does not supply. You are able to execute a script either manually or automatically with a cron job. Our packages include numerous Perl modules which you're able to use and you'll see a full list in your web hosting account along with the path which you have to use in your scripts, in order to be able to access these modules. If you'd like to execute a Perl/CGI script with a cron job yet your plan does not offer this option, you will be able to add as many cron jobs as you require via the Add Upgrades/Services link on the left-hand side of the hosting Control Panel.
Perl Scripting in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you would like to include CGI scripts on your sites or another Perl-based application for that matter, you won't encounter any kind of problems in case you use a semi-dedicated server account from us. Thousands of Perl modules are set up on our machines and you'll be able to call each of them by adding the path which you can find in your Control Panel into the script that you use. If you download some application from a third-party website, for instance, you can rest assured that you'll be able to work with it no matter what modules it requires to work. As long as your .pl files include the right UNIX permissions to ensure they are executable, you are able to select whether a certain script will be executed manually by a guest doing something on your website, or automatically by creating a cron job inside your account. With the latter option, your script can be executed every minute, hour or day according to your preference.