Why is Perl a programming language of preference for a large number of developers?
Perl is a popular scripting language that's regarded as being one of the most practical languages on the web. It's feature-rich and it is used to generate a variety of web-based apps and CGI scripts. What distinguishes Perl from most of the alternative languages on the internet is the support for modules - groups of commands for a specific job that can be included in a script by calling them which means that you are able to write a single line in your script to have a module executed, instead of having the entire code that is already a part of the module anyway. Because Perl is compatible with many other languages and it provides a lot of options based on what a specific application can do, it's used by many well-known companies - the BBC, Craigslist, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB), cPanel, etcetera.
Perl Scripting in Shared Hosting
Perl is provided with all shared hosting service
that we provide and you're able to execute any kind of .pl file that you upload inside your account with the File Manager of the Control Panel or an FTP software. The latter will enable you to build a site with all the features that you would like your visitors to have, but PHP can't supply. You're able to execute a script either manually or automatically through a cron job. Our packages include lots of Perl modules which you can employ and you'll see the whole list in your hosting account in addition to the path that you need to include in your scripts, to be able to access these modules. If you'd like to execute a Perl/CGI script through a cron job but your package doesn't offer this feature, you're able to add as many cron jobs as you require through the Add Upgrades/Services link on the left-hand side of the hosting Control Panel.
Perl Scripting in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you want to include CGI scripts on your sites or any other Perl-based software for that matter, you won't have any problems in the event that you use a semi-dedicated server
account from us. Thousands of Perl modules are set up on our servers and you can call them by adding the path which you will find in your Control Panel into the script that you use. When you download some app from a third-party website, for example, you can be sure that you'll be able to work with it no matter what modules it needs to work. As long as your .pl files have the proper UNIX permissions to ensure they are executable, you're able to choose whether a specific script will be run manually by a visitor doing something on your site, or automatically by setting up a cron job inside your account. When you use the second option, your script can be run every minute, hour or day depending on your preference.