Perl is a powerful programming language that is widely used for creating CGI scripts as well as a variety of web-based apps. Among its main advantages is that it supports modules - ready-made batches of program code which are used to perform multiple tasks and to increase the performance of a certain script without slowing it with unnecessary lines of program code. To put it simply, in the event that five processess have to be executed, you can employ five lines of program code in order to call each of the modules instead of including a few hundred lines used to create the actual modules within your script. Perl is really useful and it may be used for multiple purposes, so a lot of companies have integrated it in their web products or on their resource-demanding websites - cPanel, IMDB, Craigslist, BugZilla, BBC and a lot more. It's often used along with other programming languages such as PHP or Python.
Perl Scripting in Shared Web Hosting
Perl is available with all of the shared web hosting services that we offer and you are able to execute any type of .pl file that you upload in your account using the File Manager of the Control Panel or some FTP software. The latter will enable you to build an Internet site with all the characteristics that you would like your visitors to have, but PHP fails to offer. You can execute a script either manually or automatically through a cron job. Our plans come with thousands of Perl modules that you can employ and you'll see the full list in your website hosting account as well as the path that you have to include in your scripts, in order to be able to access these modules. If you wish to execute a Perl/CGI script through a cron job yet your plan does not offer this option, you're able to add as many cron jobs as you need via the Add Upgrades/Services link on the left-hand side of the website hosting Control Panel.
Perl Scripting in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you would like to include CGI scripts on your sites or another Perl-based software for that matter, you won't encounter any kind of problems in the event that you use a semi-dedicated server account from our company. Thousands of Perl modules are installed on our machines and you can call them by including the path which you will find in your Control Panel into the script that you've selected. If you download some application from a third-party site, for instance, you can rest assured that you'll be able to work with it regardless of the modules it requires to function. Given that your .pl files have the appropriate UNIX permissions to make them executable, you can select whether a particular script will be run manually by a guest doing something on your website, or automatically by setting up a cron job inside your account. Using the second option, your script can be run every day, hour or minute depending on your preference.