Perl is a popular language, that is used to make various web apps and CGI scripts. The majority of programmers believe that it is among the most efficient languages in existence as it supports the usage of modules - compact bits of code with pre-defined subroutines that are employed to perform a certain task. The modules can save you time and effort and they will contribute to the quick loading speed of your sites as you'll be able to add only 1 line of program code to call a certain module rather than using all of the code for the process within your script. Perl is a universal programming language generally used for scripts, but it's been used to generate many popular pieces of web software as well, such as cPanel, BugZilla and Movable Type. It is also employed on high-traffic websites such as IMDB, Craigslist, Ticketmaster and many more.

Perl Scripting in Shared Hosting

Perl is provided with all the shared plans that we provide and you are able to execute any type of .pl file that you upload in your account using the File Manager of the Control Panel or some FTP software. The latter will allow you to build an Internet site with all the characteristics that you'd like your visitors to have, but PHP does not provide. You'll be able to execute a script either manually or automatically through a cron job. Our plans include a large number of Perl modules that you are able to use and you'll see a full list in your hosting account in addition to the path which you need to include in your scripts, in order to be able to access these modules. In case you want to execute a Perl/CGI script using a cron job however your plan doesn't offer this feature, you are able to include as many cron jobs as you need via the Add Upgrades/Services link on the left-hand side of your 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 software for that matter, you won't experience any kind of problems in case you use a semi-dedicated server account from us. Thousands of Perl modules are installed on our servers and you will be able to call any of them by adding the path that you will find in your Control Panel into the script that you've chosen. Any time you download some app from a third-party website, for example, you can rest assured that you will be able to use it no matter what modules it needs to work. Given that your .pl files include the proper UNIX permissions to ensure they are executable, you are able to decide whether a particular script will be run manually by a guest doing something on your site, or automatically by creating a cron job in your account. With the second option, your script can be run every minute, hour or day depending on your preference.