What Are Cron Jobs?

By Brian Baulch | Blog

Nov 02

Imagine that you own a website forum and you want to delete account holders that have not been able to log in for, let’s say, 30 days.

Instead of manually sending each and every inactive member an email that says his account has been removed, why not use a cron to do the job for you?

You see, with cron job as your partner, you can easily monitor whose accounts are just a waste of space and who among your members will automatically receive an e-mail reminder after exactly 30 days.

Aside from these, there are other things that a cron job can do to make managing a website an easy job for you.

So, what are cronjobs?

Cron jobs are automated programs created for Unix and Unix-like platforms such as Linux.

Their job is to do particular commands that a web developer has assigned them to execute at the exact time and given date.

For example, you need to send a group e-mail every 6:35 AM on the 3rd day of every month.

Now, you don’t have to remind yourself to wake up earlier than 6:35 AM just to write the content of the group e-mail and send it to all members.

All you need to do is set the time and date of the message delivery!

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Brian and Jennifer Baulch

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