Perl is a well-liked scripting language that is regarded as one of the most useful programming languages in the online world. It's feature-rich and it is used to create a variety of web-based applications and CGI scripts. What distinguishes Perl from most of the other languages on the web is the support for modules - groups of commands for a certain task that can be integrated into a script by simply calling them i.e. you're able to write only one line inside your script to have a module executed, instead of having the entire program code that's already included in the module anyway. Since Perl can be used with numerous other languages and it comes with a lot of options based on what a specific app can do, it's used by a number of renowned companies - the BBC, Craigslist, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB), cPanel, and so on.

Perl Scripting in Hosting

Perl is available with all hosting plans that we supply and you are able to execute any type of .pl file which you upload inside your account thanks to the File Manager of the Control Panel or some FTP software. The latter will allow you to build a site with all of the functions that you would like your visitors to have, but PHP doesn't supply. You're able to execute a script either manually or automatically using a cron job. Our plans feature a large number of Perl modules which you'll be able to employ and you can see the complete list in your website hosting account along with the path that you need to use in your scripts, so as to be able to access these modules. In case you want to execute a Perl/CGI script using a cron job yet your plan doesn't offer this option, you will be able to include as many cron jobs as you require through the Add Upgrades/Services link on the left-hand side of your hosting Control Panel.

Perl Scripting in Semi-dedicated Servers

If you would like to include CGI scripts on your websites or another Perl-based application for that matter, you won't experience any kind of problems if you use a semi-dedicated server account from our company. Thousands of Perl modules are installed on our servers and you will be able to call each of 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 be sure that you'll be able to use it regardless of the modules it requires to work. Provided that your .pl files have the appropriate UNIX permissions to ensure they are executable, you can decide whether a given script will be run manually by a visitor doing something on your website, or automatically by creating a cron job in your account. With the aforementioned option, your script can be run every day, hour or minute depending on your preference.