Perl is an effective programming language that's commonly used for creating CGI scripts and also a number of web-based applications. One of its major pros is the fact that it supports modules - ready-made batches of program code that are used to execute various tasks and to extend the effectiveness of a certain script without clogging it with unnecessary lines of code. In other words, in the event that five processess need to be executed, you'll be able to use five lines of code to call each of the modules rather than adding a couple of hundred lines used to create the actual modules in your script. Perl is very convenient and it can be used for a number of purposes, that's why a wide range of companies have integrated it in their web products or on their high-traffic websites - cPanel, IMDB, Craigslist, BugZilla, BBC and many more. It is ordinarily used with other programming languages for example PHP or Python.
Perl Scripting in Website Hosting
Perl is available with all the Linux website hosting that we offer and you can execute any type of .pl file that you upload inside your account thanks to the File Manager of the Control Panel or some FTP program. This will help you build an Internet site with all the features that you would like your visitors to have, but PHP doesn't provide. You are able to execute a script either manually or automatically using a cron job. Our packages feature thousands of Perl modules that you can use and you will see the full list in your hosting account as well as the path which you need to include in your scripts, so as to be able to access these modules. If you would like to execute a Perl/CGI script using a cron job yet your package doesn't offer this feature, you can include as many cron jobs as you require from the Add Upgrades/Services link on the left-hand side of the website hosting Control Panel.