22nd August, 2015 | Advanced Topics |

Creating Cron Jobs

You can create a cron job to do a certain task at specific times of the day. The 'job' could be maintenance to your website or any other unmanned server duties such as deleting temporary files to give more disk space.

The first step is to log into your cPanel account. If you are unsure on how to do this, please view the following help article - 'How to log into cPanel'.


Scroll down to the 'Advanced' section and choose 'Cron Jobs'.

If you would like to receive an email each time your cron runs, you can do so by entering your email address in the 'Email' section. You may find this useful to begin with to verify that your cron is running.

Save the entered email adress by selecting 'Update Email'.

To setup the cron, in the 'Add New Cron Job' section, you need to define when the cron needs to run and what command the cron is executing.

Take advantage of the 'Common Settings' for when the cron needs to run by opening the dropdown menu. If there's not one that suits your needs, enter the settings accordingly using the minute, hour, day, month and weekday options.

Entering the cron command that needs to be executed is the most critical part. In our example, we want to run our cron.php file that has been placed in our public_html directory. To do this, we have written: php /home/hpdemo/public_html/cron.php

Please note, you must set your account name in place of 'hpdemo'.

Once you are happy with your settings, select 'Add New Cron Job'.

If you require multiple crons to be executed, please follow this article again inserting the alternative command(s).

Creating a cron for your website is now complete.