Perl is a popular scripting language that's regarded as one of the most practical languages in the online world. It's feature-rich and it is used to generate multiple web-based apps and CGI scripts. What distinguishes Perl from most of the other languages on the web is its support for modules - sets of commands for a specific task which can be integrated into a script by calling them i.e. you are able to write just a single line inside your script to get a module executed, instead of having the whole program code which is already included in the module anyway. Since Perl supports many other languages and it provides a lot of options based on what a particular app can do, it is used by numerous famous companies - the BBC, Craigslist, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB), cPanel, etcetera.
Perl Scripting in Cloud Website Hosting
Perl is available with all Linux cloud website hosting plans that we supply and you can execute any kind of .pl file which you upload inside your account using the File Manager of the Control Panel or some FTP software. The aforementioned will allow you to create a site with all of the functions that you'd like your visitors to have, but PHP fails to provide. You are able to execute a script either manually or automatically using a cron job. Our packages come with a large number of Perl modules which you're able to use and you can see the whole list in your web hosting account as well as the path that you should include in your scripts, in order to be able to access these modules. In case you wish to execute a Perl/CGI script through a cron job however your plan doesn't offer this feature, you can add as many cron jobs as you require via the Add Upgrades/Services link on the left-hand side of the website hosting Control Panel.
Perl Scripting in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you would like to include CGI scripts on your sites or another Perl-based app for that matter, you will not have any problems in the event that 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 each of them by adding the path that you will find in your Control Panel into the script that you've selected. Every time you download some application from a third-party website, for example, you can rest assured that you'll be able to work with it whatever the modules it needs to function. Provided that your .pl files include the right UNIX permissions to be executable, you're able to decide whether a certain script will be run manually by a guest doing something on your site, or automatically by creating a cron job inside your account. With the second option, your script can be run every minute, hour or day according to your preference.