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Life without cron - how to automate your boring web-tasks

There's more to creating the cutting edge of elite websites than flashy graphics - thankfully. To keep a website in order there is sometimes call to repeat a task at certain intervals, for instance to make a backup, create a search index, or clear temporary files. People with their own servers or a decent level of access to shared servers often use the cron command to run things every day at 4am, or the first day of every month and so on rather than having to remember to run lots of boring scripts last thing at night. This is great - unless you don't have access to such things, or have to pay extra for them.

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