Perl is a widespread scripting language that's regarded as being one of the most useful programming languages on the Internet. It is feature-rich and it's used to create a number of web-based applications and CGI scripts. What differentiates Perl from most of the other languages on the internet is its compatibility with modules - sets of commands for a certain process which can be integrated into a script just by calling them i.e. you are able to write a single line in your script to have a module executed, instead of having the entire code that's already a part of the module anyway. Since Perl is compatible with many other programming languages and it provides a lot of functions based on what a given app can do, it is used by many well-known companies - the BBC, Craigslist, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB), cPanel, etcetera.
Perl Scripting in Hosting
Perl is available with all the hosting that we provide and you are able to execute any kind of .pl file that you upload in your account using the File Manager of the Control Panel or some FTP program. This will enable you to make a website with all of the characteristics that you'd like your visitors to have, but PHP cannot provide. You'll be able to execute a script either manually or automatically with a cron job. Our packages feature lots of Perl modules that you can use and you will see the complete list in your web hosting account along with the path that you have to use in your scripts, to be able to access these modules. In case you would like to execute a Perl/CGI script through a cron job however your package does not offer this feature, you'll be able to include as many cron jobs as you need from the Add Upgrades/Services link on the left-hand side of the web hosting Control Panel.