Perl is an efficient programming language that is commonly used for generating CGI scripts as well as various kinds of web-based applications. Among its major advantages is that it supports modules - ready-made batches of code which are used to execute a variety of tasks and to enhance the functionality of a given script without slowing it with unnecessary lines of program code. This means that, when five processess need to be executed, you are able to use five lines of code in order to call each one of the modules rather than adding a couple of hundred lines used to set up the actual modules in your script. Perl is really practical and it can be used for many different purposes, so a lot of companies have included it in their web products or on their resource-demanding sites - cPanel, IMDB, Craigslist, BugZilla, BBC and a lot more. It's ordinarily used along with other programming languages such as PHP or Python.
Perl Scripting in Shared Website Hosting
Perl is provided with all shared website hosting that we supply and you can execute any type of .pl file which you upload in your account with the File Manager of the Control Panel or some FTP program. The aforementioned will allow you to make a website with all the functions that you'd like your visitors to have, but PHP doesn't supply. You're able to execute a script either manually or automatically through a cron job. Our plans include thousands of Perl modules that you're able to employ and you will see a full list in your website hosting account in addition to the path which you need to use in your scripts, in order to be able to access these modules. In case you want to execute a Perl/CGI script with a cron job however your plan doesn't offer this option, you are able to add as many cron jobs as you require from the Add Upgrades/Services link on the left-hand side of your website hosting Control Panel.