(The Hosting News) – Traditionally, cron jobs have automated tasks like clearing page cache, generating data feeds, or billing accounts from a site’s webserver. However, scalable web hosting requires multiple, distributed webservers, which made scheduling PHP cron jobs in a cloud environment difficult, until now.
The latest release from Pagoda Box simplifies cron automation for sites hosted in a cloud environment. Developers create scripts or commands in a site’s code as they would for any application. Cron jobs are then scheduled through a Boxfile config inside the code, or using standard Unix / Linux Cron Syntax in the web dashboard.
0 0 * * 0 = Once a week, midnight on Sunday
0 * * * * = Once an hour, beginning of hour
Pagoda Box automates the rest behind the scenes. A dedicated temporary server is launched for each scheduled job, the task is run, and the instance decommissioned on completion. In case of frequent recurring cron jobs, Pagoda Box even ensures individual tasks are complete before executing them again, preventing a compounding task that leads to total site failure.
For more about scheduling cron jobs for PHP sites in a cloud environment, or to see cron jobs in action, visit http://www.pagodabox.com/a/linux-cron-jobs.
About Pagoda Box, Inc.
Pagoda Box provides fully scalable enterprise hosting for web developers, eliminating their need to configure or administrate servers. The Pagoda Box “hosting framework” streamlines web development workflows with rapid deployment and simple ongoing management.
The Pagoda Box team began as a high-availability e-commerce implementation firm specialized in hosting infrastructures and deployment. In October, 2011, Pagoda Box launched a PHP PaaS to help web developers launch and manage complex cloud infrastructures without specialized training. Former projects and consulting include Zumiez, Sam’s Club Auction, Rockstar Energy Drinks, Rejuvenation, Allen Brothers, Idahoan, Zurchers, Skullcandy, and Lacrosse Footwear.