Perl is a popular scripting language which is considered to be one of the most useful languages on the Internet. It's feature-rich and it's used to generate a variety of web-based apps and CGI scripts. What distinguishes Perl from most of the other languages on the web is the compatibility with modules - groups of commands for a certain task which can be integrated into a script by calling them i.e. you're able to write just a single line within your script to have a whole module executed, rather than having the whole code which is already included in the module anyway. Since Perl supports various other programming languages and it comes with a lot of options depending on what a particular application can do, it's used by numerous well-known companies - the BBC, Craigslist, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB), cPanel, and many others.

Perl Scripting in Shared Web Hosting

Perl is provided with all of the Linux shared web hosting that we offer and you're able to execute any type of .pl file which you upload in your account with the File Manager of the Control Panel or an FTP software. The latter will allow you to create a site with all of the options that you would like your visitors to have, but PHP doesn't provide. You are able to execute a script either manually or automatically through a cron job. Our plans come with countless Perl modules that you're able to use and you can see the complete list in your web hosting account in addition to the path that you should use in your scripts, to be able to access these modules. If you'd like to execute a Perl/CGI script with a cron job however your plan doesn't offer this feature, you can add as many cron jobs as you need through the Add Upgrades/Services link on the left-hand side of your web hosting Control Panel.

Perl Scripting in Semi-dedicated Hosting

In case you wish to include CGI scripts on your websites or another Perl-based software for that matter, you won't encounter any sort of problems if you use a semi-dedicated server account from us. Thousands of Perl modules are installed on our machines and you are able to call them by adding the path that you can 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 be sure that you will be able to work with it no matter what modules it needs to function. As long as your .pl files include the proper UNIX permissions to ensure they are executable, you can choose whether a specific script will be run manually by a guest doing something on your site, or automatically by creating a cron job in your account. When you use the latter option, your script can be run every day, hour or minute according to your preference.