Perl is a widespread computer language, that is used to create various web apps and CGI scripts. A number of programmers consider it to be one of the most practical languages available since it supports the use of modules - compact bits of program code with pre-defined subroutines which are employed to perform a certain task. The modules can help you save lots of time and they will contribute to the rapid loading speed of your websites as you can include just a single line of code to call a certain module instead of using all of the code for the task in your script. Perl is a multi-functional programming language primarily used for scripts, but it's been used to create numerous popular pieces of web software as well, for example cPanel, BugZilla and Movable Type. It is also employed on high-traffic sites like IMDB, Craigslist, Ticketmaster and many others.
Perl Scripting in Cloud Hosting
Perl is available with all the Linux cloud hosting packages that we provide and you will be able to execute any .pl file that you upload in your account when you use the File Manager of the Control Panel or an FTP program. This will allow you to create a site with all the features that you'd like your visitors to have, but PHP does not provide. You are able to execute a script either manually or automatically using a cron job. Our packages feature thousands of Perl modules which you can use and you can see a full list in your web hosting account in addition to the path which you need to include in your scripts, in order to be able to access these modules. If you would like to execute a Perl/CGI script through a cron job yet your plan does not offer this feature, you can add as many cron jobs as you need via the Add Upgrades/Services link on the left-hand side of your web hosting Control Panel.
Perl Scripting in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you wish to include CGI scripts on your sites or another Perl-based app for that matter, you won't encounter any problems if you use a semi-dedicated server account from our company. Thousands of Perl modules are set up on our machines and you'll be able to call each of them by adding the path that you will find in your Control Panel into the script that you've selected. If you download some app from a third-party site, for example, you can be sure that you'll be able to work with it no matter what modules it requires to work. Provided that your .pl files have the right UNIX permissions to make them executable, you can select whether a particular script will be executed manually by a visitor doing something on your site, or automatically by creating a cron job inside your account. With the latter option, your script can be executed every minute, hour or day depending on your preference.