Perl is an efficient programming language that is commonly used for setting up CGI scripts as well as various web-based applications. Among its major pros is the fact that it supports modules - ready-made batches of program code which are designed to do a variety of tasks and to extend the functionality of a given script without slowing it with unneeded lines of program code. This means that, in the event that five tasks have to be executed, you're able to employ five lines of program code to call each one of the modules rather than adding a large number of lines used to set up the actual modules within your script. Perl is very useful and it may be used for various purposes, that's why a wide range of corporations have integrated it in their web products or on their resource-demanding sites - cPanel, IMDB, Craigslist, BugZilla, BBC and many more. It's often used along with other languages such as PHP or Python.
Perl Scripting in Cloud Hosting
Perl is available with all the Linux cloud hosting packages that we supply and you can execute any type of .pl file that you upload in your account thanks to the File Manager of the Control Panel or some FTP software. The aforementioned will allow you to create a site with all of the options that you would like your visitors to have, but PHP does not supply. You will be able to execute a script either manually or automatically with a cron job. Our packages come with a large number of Perl modules which you're able to employ and you will see the whole list in your hosting account as well as the path that you need to include in your scripts, in order to be able to access these modules. In case you want to execute a Perl/CGI script through a cron job but your plan does not offer this option, you're able to add as many cron jobs as you require via the Add Upgrades/Services link on the left-hand side of the website hosting Control Panel.
Perl Scripting in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you would like to include CGI scripts on your sites or some other Perl-based software for that matter, you won't have any kind of problems in the event that you use a semi-dedicated server account from us. Thousands of Perl modules are installed on our machines and you'll be able to call any of them by adding the path that you will find in your Control Panel into the script that you've selected. Any time you download some application from a third-party site, for example, you can be sure that you will be able to use it no matter what modules it needs to function. Given that your .pl files have the right UNIX permissions to ensure they are executable, you're able to select whether a certain script will be run manually by a guest doing something on your site, or automatically by creating a cron job in your account. When you use the latter option, your script can be executed every day, hour or minute according to your preference.