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Cron jobs alternative, Yahoo Web Hosting

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I have a website w/ Yahoo Web Hosting and unfortunately they do not
allow use of cron jobs. My site sends out automated personalized e-
mails on a regularly scheduled basis, currently via the method of
placing the e-mail PHP code on a page on the site and accessing it at
some point each day.

I would like to set it up as fully automated on the server, but how
can I do this without cron jobs? Are there alternatives? Seems like
SourceForge has a few million e-mail reminder "programs" but the ones
I found generally require cron jobs.
Jun 2 '08 #1
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On 19 May, 16:18, Josh <jjreic...@gmail.comwrote:
I have a website w/ Yahoo Web Hosting and unfortunately they do not
allow use of cron jobs. My site sends out automated personalized e-
mails on a regularly scheduled basis, currently via the method of
placing the e-mail PHP code on a page on the site and accessing it at
some point each day.

I would like to set it up as fully automated on the server, but how
can I do this without cron jobs? Are there alternatives? Seems like
SourceForge has a few million e-mail reminder "programs" but the ones
I found generally require cron jobs.
Run a cron job somewhere else (or maybe just a Windoze scheduled job)
to access the page via CURL or the like.

Alternatively, change your hosting.
Jun 2 '08 #2

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Josh escribió:
I have a website w/ Yahoo Web Hosting and unfortunately they do not
allow use of cron jobs. My site sends out automated personalized e-
mails on a regularly scheduled basis, currently via the method of
placing the e-mail PHP code on a page on the site and accessing it at
some point each day.
The alternative that always works, if you don't mind depending on a
third party server, is using an external service to call a URL in your
site that triggers the appropriate scripts.

This is the first Google result:

http://www.webcron.org/

As about security*, you can do all soft of tricks from giving the URL a
long random name to filtering by IP.

(*) By security I basically mean not getting your scheduled tasks
triggered randomly 100 times a day.

Anyway, I hope Yahoo Web Hosting is free. Otherwise, cron support is
quite a basic feature in hosting plans.

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Jun 2 '08 #3

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Thanks very much for the help.

I started the site about 1.5 years ago before I knew anything about
programming at all so I was not knowledgeable enough to select a good
hosting service. Now I'm kind of stuck because moving servers is such
a pain. I've run into 2 problems w/ Yahoo so far: no cron jobs and no
access mod_rewrite. I didn't even know what those things meant a year
ago, but of course now it's a real pain.

For the short term I'll look into the solutions you guys offered. For
the long-term I'll have to change hosting services. I hear GoDaddy is
a good choice. Recommendations?
Jun 2 '08 #4

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Josh escribió:
For the short term I'll look into the solutions you guys offered. For
the long-term I'll have to change hosting services. I hear GoDaddy is
a good choice. Recommendations?
My personal experience with GoDaddy was terrible. The PHP interpreter
would crash randomly with very simple scripts, something like once in
five page loads, and all I got from their support staff was: "We cannot
help with user script issues, have a nice day". It is very cheap, though.
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To restore balance to the world Josh wrote in
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>Thanks very much for the help.

I started the site about 1.5 years ago before I knew anything about
programming at all so I was not knowledgeable enough to select a good
hosting service. Now I'm kind of stuck because moving servers is such
a pain. I've run into 2 problems w/ Yahoo so far: no cron jobs and no
access mod_rewrite. I didn't even know what those things meant a year
ago, but of course now it's a real pain.

For the short term I'll look into the solutions you guys offered. For
the long-term I'll have to change hosting services. I hear GoDaddy is
a good choice. Recommendations?
Use godaddy to register your domain but hosting :( moving hoste should not
be to painful if you plan it well.Move site over to new host make sure all
is working ok then change the dns to point to your new host..

Give it a go, some good hosting deals out there from around a £10 a year
some for free.

Chris

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Jun 2 '08 #6

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