Perl is an efficient programming language that's frequently used for setting up CGI scripts and also various web-based applications. One of its key pros is that it supports modules - ready-made batches of program code which are used to execute a variety of tasks and to increase the effectiveness of a certain script without slowing it with unneeded lines of program code. To put it simply, in the event that five processess should be executed, you'll be able to use five lines of code in order to call each one of the modules rather than adding a few hundred lines used to set up the actual modules inside your script. Perl is very handy and it can be used for a number of purposes, so a lot of companies have integrated it in their web products or on their high-traffic websites - cPanel, IMDB, Craigslist, BugZilla, BBC and a lot more. It is generally used with other programming languages for instance PHP or Python.

Perl Scripting in Web Hosting

Perl is available with all the Linux web hosting that we supply and you are able to execute any type of .pl file that you upload within your account with the File Manager of the Control Panel or some FTP program. The aforementioned will allow you to make a site with all of the characteristics that you would like your visitors to have, but PHP can't supply. You can execute a script either manually or automatically with a cron job. Our plans come with lots of Perl modules that you can use and you can see the whole list in your web hosting account along with the path that you need to use in your scripts, in order to be able to access these modules. If you would like to execute a Perl/CGI script using a cron job however your plan doesn't offer this feature, you'll be able to add as many cron jobs as you need from the Add Upgrades/Services link on the left-hand side of your hosting Control Panel.