Perl is a widely used language, which is employed to create various web apps and CGI scripts. Lots of programmers believe that it is among the most effective programming languages these days as it supports the usage of modules - tiny bits of program code with pre-defined subroutines which are used to execute a specific task. The modules can help you save a lot of time and they will contribute to the fast loading speed of your sites since you'll be able to add only one line of code to call a certain module rather than using all of the code for the task in your script. Perl is a multi-functional language most often used for scripts, but it has been employed to create a number of popular pieces of web software as well, for instance cPanel, BugZilla and Movable Type. It's also employed on high-traffic sites like IMDB, Craigslist, Ticketmaster and many others.
Perl Scripting in Shared Web Hosting
Perl is available with all the Linux shared web hosting packages that we offer and you are able to execute any .pl file that you upload within your account with the File Manager of the Control Panel or some FTP program. This will help you build an Internet site with all of the features that you would like your visitors to have, but PHP can't offer. You're able to execute a script either manually or automatically using a cron job. Our plans come with numerous Perl modules which you can employ and you'll see the whole list in your web hosting account as well as the path that you need to use in your scripts, in order to be able to access these modules. If you'd like to execute a Perl/CGI script with a cron job yet your package doesn't offer this option, you will be able to include as many cron jobs as you require via the Add Upgrades/Services link on the left-hand side of your website hosting Control Panel.
Perl Scripting in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you want to include CGI scripts on your sites or another Perl-based application for that matter, you won't have any sort of problems in case you use a semi-dedicated server account from our company. Thousands of Perl modules are installed on our servers and you are able to call any of them by including the path which you will find in your Control Panel into the script that you use. If you download some application from a third-party website, for example, you can rest assured that you will be able to work with it whatever the modules it needs to function. As long as your .pl files have the appropriate UNIX permissions to ensure they are executable, you're able to decide whether a given script will be executed manually by a visitor doing something on your website, or automatically by setting up a cron job inside your account. When you use the aforementioned option, your script can be executed every day, hour or minute according to your preference.