Perl is a popular scripting language that's regarded as one of the most practical programming languages on the web. It is feature-rich and it is used to create a variety of web-based applications and CGI scripts. What distinguishes Perl from most of the alternative languages on the market is the support for modules - sets of commands for a specific task that can be included in a script by calling them which means that you are able to write a single line in your script to get a whole module executed, instead of having the entire program code which is already included in the module anyway. Since Perl supports numerous other languages and it provides a lot of functions based on what a specific app can do, it's employed by a number of well-known companies - the BBC, Craigslist, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB), cPanel, etcetera.
Perl Scripting in Cloud Web Hosting
Perl is available with all of the Linux cloud web hosting packages that we offer and you are able to execute any .pl file which you upload within your account when you use the File Manager of the Control Panel or some FTP program. The latter will help you make an Internet site with all the features that you'd like your visitors to have, but PHP doesn't supply. You can execute a script either manually or automatically with a cron job. Our packages include lots of Perl modules that you'll be able to use and you will see the full list in your web hosting account along with the path which you need to include in your scripts, to be able to access these modules. If you would like to execute a Perl/CGI script through a cron job however your package doesn't offer this option, you'll be able to include as many cron jobs as you require through the Add Upgrades/Services link on the left-hand side of the hosting Control Panel.
Perl Scripting in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you would like to include CGI scripts on your sites or another Perl-based application for that matter, you will not have any problems in case you use a semi-dedicated server account from us. Thousands of Perl modules are set up on our machines and you're able to call any of them by including the path which you can find in your Control Panel into the script that you've chosen. Every time you download some application from a third-party site, for example, you can be sure that you will be able to use it whatever the modules it needs to function. Given that your .pl files have the proper UNIX permissions to make them executable, you can choose whether a specific script will be executed manually by a visitor doing something on your website, or automatically by creating a cron job in your account. Using the latter option, your script can be executed every day, hour or minute depending on your preference.