Perl is a popular scripting language which is regarded as one of the most practical programming languages in the online world. It's feature-rich and it is used to set up various web-based applications and CGI scripts. What differentiates Perl from most of the other languages on the market is its support for modules - sets of commands for a specific job that can be integrated into a script by calling them which means that you're able to write a single line inside your script to get a whole module executed, rather than having the entire code which is already included in the module anyway. As Perl supports many other programming languages and it comes with a lot of functions based on what a given app can do, it is used by numerous popular companies - the BBC, Craigslist, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB), cPanel, etc.
Perl Scripting in Hosting
Perl is available with all the hosting services that we supply and you are able to execute any type of .pl file which you upload in your account thanks to the File Manager of the Control Panel or some FTP software. This will help you create a website with all of the characteristics that you would like your visitors to have, but PHP cannot provide. You are able to execute a script either manually or automatically through a cron job. Our packages come with countless Perl modules that you're able to use and you'll see a full list in your website hosting account as well as 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 through a cron job however your plan does not offer this option, you'll be able to include as many cron jobs as you need from the Add Upgrades/Services link on the left-hand side of the web hosting Control Panel.
Perl Scripting in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you would like to include CGI scripts on your websites or any other Perl-based application for that matter, you won't encounter any kind of problems if you use a semi-dedicated server account from our company. Thousands of Perl modules are set up on our servers and you will be able to call any of them by adding the path which you will find in your Control Panel into the script that you've selected. Any time you download some application from a third-party site, for instance, you can rest assured that you will be able to use it no matter what modules it needs to work. Provided that your .pl files have the appropriate UNIX permissions to make them executable, you can choose whether a particular script will be run manually by a guest doing something on your website, or automatically by creating a cron job inside your account. When you use the second option, your script can be executed every minute, hour or day according to your preference.