Perl is a very popular programming language, which is used to set up various web applications and CGI scripts. The majority of programmers consider it to be among the most effective programming languages available as it supports the usage of modules - tiny parts of code with pre-defined subroutines that are employed to execute a certain task. The modules will save you a lot of time and they can contribute to the quick loading speed of your sites since you will be able to add just one line of program code to call a specific module instead of using all the program code for the task in your script. Perl is a multi-purpose language generally used for scripts, but it has been used to generate many popular pieces of web software too, for instance cPanel, BugZilla and Movable Type. It is also used on high-traffic sites such as IMDB, Craigslist, Ticketmaster and many more.
Perl Scripting in Shared Hosting
Perl is provided with all the Linux shared hosting that we provide and you'll be able to execute any kind of .pl file which you upload inside your account with the File Manager of the Control Panel or some FTP program. The aforementioned will enable you to create a site with all of the features that you would like your visitors to have, but PHP can't provide. You will be able to execute a script either manually or automatically with a cron job. Our packages come with lots of Perl modules which you are able to use and you can see the complete list in your hosting account as well as the path which you should include in your scripts, so as to be able to access these modules. If you'd like to execute a Perl/CGI script with a cron job yet your plan doesn't offer this feature, you are able to include as many cron jobs as you need through the Add Upgrades/Services link on the left-hand side of the website hosting Control Panel.
Perl Scripting in Semi-dedicated Hosting
In case you wish to include CGI scripts on your sites or any other Perl-based app for that matter, you will not have any sort of problems if you use a semi-dedicated server account from our company. Thousands of Perl modules are set up on our machines and you can call any of them by adding the path which you will find in your Control Panel into the script that you've chosen. Any time you download some application from a third-party website, for instance, you can be sure that you will be able to work with it regardless of the modules it requires to work. Provided that your .pl files have the proper UNIX permissions to be executable, you will be able to decide whether a particular script will be run manually by a visitor doing something on your website, or automatically by creating a cron job inside your account. With the latter option, your script can be executed every minute, hour or day depending on your preference.