Perl is an efficient programming language which is widely used for setting up CGI scripts and many different web-based apps. One of its major pros is that it works with modules - ready-made batches of program code which are used to do numerous tasks and to increase the functionality of a given script without slowing it with unneeded lines of program code. In other words, when five tasks need to be executed, you can employ five lines of program code in order to call each one of the modules rather than including a couple of hundred lines used to set up the actual modules inside your script. Perl is very useful and it may be used for many different purposes, so a lot of corporations have implemented it in their web products or on their resource-demanding sites - cPanel, IMDB, Craigslist, BugZilla, BBC and a lot more. It's commonly used along with other programming languages for example PHP or Python.
Perl Scripting in Shared Web Hosting
Perl is provided with all Linux shared web hosting that we provide and you're able to execute any .pl file that you upload within your account with the File Manager of the Control Panel or an FTP software. This will enable you to create a site with all the features that you would like your visitors to have, but PHP doesn't offer. You can execute a script either manually or automatically with a cron job. Our packages include countless Perl modules which you can employ and you will see the full list in your website hosting account as well as the path which you have to include in your scripts, in order to be able to access these modules. In case you'd like to execute a Perl/CGI script using a cron job however your package does not offer this feature, you are able to include as many cron jobs as you require through the Add Upgrades/Services link on the left-hand side of the web hosting Control Panel.
Perl Scripting in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you want to include CGI scripts on your sites or any other Perl-based app for that matter, you won't encounter any problems in case you use a semi-dedicated server account from our company. Thousands of Perl modules are installed on our servers and you'll be able to call them by including the path that you will find in your Control Panel into the script that you use. Any time you download some app from a third-party website, for example, you can rest assured that you will be able to work with it regardless of the modules it needs to function. As long as your .pl files have the right UNIX permissions to be executable, you will be able to choose whether a particular script will be run manually by a visitor doing something on your website, or automatically by creating a cron job in your account. Using the aforementioned option, your script can be run every minute, hour or day in accordance with your preference.