Perl is an excellent programming language that is widely used for creating CGI scripts along with many different web-based applications. Among its major pros is that it works with modules - ready-made batches of program code which are used to execute a variety of tasks and to increase the performance of a given script without slowing it with unneeded lines of code. In other words, if five tasks have to be performed, you'll be able to employ five lines of code to call each of the modules instead of adding hundreds of lines used to create the actual modules in your script. Perl is really convenient and it can be used for many different purposes, so many corporations have implemented it in their web products or on their high-traffic websites - cPanel, IMDB, Craigslist, BugZilla, BBC and a lot more. It is often used with other languages for instance PHP or Python.
Perl Scripting in Website Hosting
Perl is provided with all Linux website hosting that we supply and you will be able to execute any type of .pl file which you upload in your account with the File Manager of the Control Panel or an FTP program. The aforementioned will allow you to make a site with all the features that you'd like your visitors to have, but PHP fails to supply. You're able to execute a script either manually or automatically using a cron job. Our plans come with a large number of Perl modules which you're able to employ and you can see the full list in your web hosting account in addition to the path which you need to use in your scripts, to be able to access these modules. In case you would like to execute a Perl/CGI script with a cron job but your plan does not offer this feature, you are able to add as many cron jobs as you need from the Add Upgrades/Services link on the left-hand side of your web hosting Control Panel.
Perl Scripting in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you want to include CGI scripts on your websites or some other Perl-based app for that matter, you won't experience 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're able to call any of them by adding the path which you will find in your Control Panel into the script that you've chosen. When you download some app from a third-party site, for example, you can be sure that you'll be able to use it no matter what modules it needs to function. As long as your .pl files have the proper UNIX permissions to ensure they are executable, you'll be able to choose whether a given script will be executed manually by a guest doing something on your site, or automatically by setting up a cron job in your account. Using the latter option, your script can be run every day, hour or minute depending on your preference.