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How to setup a Cron job

Summary

This article will explain what is a Cron Job and how to create one.


What is a cron job

Cron jobs allow you to automate certain commands or scripts on your server to complete repetitive tasks automatically. A cron job allows you to run a certain command at times set by the job. For example, you could set a cron job to delete temporary files every week so that your disk space is not being used up by those files.


Warning! It is important that you familiarize yourself with how cron jobs work. You need to have a good knowledge of Linux commands before you can use cron jobs effectively, especially when using the "Advanced (Unix Style)." Check your script with your hosting administrator before adding a cron job.

Before you get started, please view the following web pages to learn more about Cron Jobs:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cron (Basic)

http://www.unixgeeks.org/security/newbie/unix/cron-1.html (Advanced)

Setup a Cron

  1. Log into your Bluehost Control Panel.
  2. Navigate to the Advanced section.
  3. Click Cron jobs.




  4. The Cron Email section will send an email out after the Cron has finished.




  5. Common Settings include every minute to once a year.
  6. Enter in the desired Command and click Add New Cron Job button.
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