Perl is an efficient programming language that is widely used for generating CGI scripts as well as various kinds of web-based applications. Among its major advantages is the fact that it works with modules - ready-made batches of program code which are designed to execute multiple tasks and to extend the effectiveness of a given script without clogging it with unneeded lines of code. To put it simply, if five jobs need to be executed, you are able to employ five lines of code in order to call each of the modules rather than including hundreds of lines used to create the actual modules within your script. Perl is very useful and it can be used for numerous purposes, so many corporations have integrated it in their web products or on their high-traffic websites - cPanel, IMDB, Craigslist, BugZilla, BBC and many more. It's commonly used along with other programming languages like PHP or Python.
Perl Scripting in Shared Hosting
Perl is provided with all the shared hosting plans
that we supply and you're able to execute any .pl file which you upload in your account thanks to the File Manager of the Control Panel or some FTP software. The aforementioned will allow you to make a site with all of the functions that you would like your visitors to have, but PHP doesn't provide. You're able to execute a script either manually or automatically with a cron job. Our plans feature countless Perl modules that you're able to employ and you'll see the whole list in your website hosting account along with the path which you need to include in your scripts, in order to be able to access these modules. If you wish to execute a Perl/CGI script with a cron job but your plan does not offer this feature, you can add as many cron jobs as you need via the Add Upgrades/Services link on the left-hand side of the website hosting Control Panel.