Here are the best tips compiled into a single list for your convenience. Consider it the “Best of Cronless, 2009”.
Tip 1: When you save your cron job, Cronless will execute it to ensure that the script is reachable and online. This is to make sure Cronless has a good URL to use and that you entered the user/password correctly (if necessary). If you don’t want Cronless to run the script at that time, put this at the beginning of your script while saving the job:
Tip 2: Don’t want to modify your script with Tip 1? OK, rename the script and put in a temporary script that does nothing using the same file name. Following these simple steps:
- Rename your original script to something different (append “.ORIG” to the end, for example)
- Make a new PHP file with the same filename as your original script. Make sure you put in the <?php ?> for proper execution.
- Save your job on Cronless using the URL you want.
- Move your original script with new suffix (.ORIG) back to the server with the correct file name.
- Let Cronless do the rest!
Tip 3: If you have timeouts when running your script, make sure that you setup PHP to ignore the timeout value when running.
Tip 4: Using PHP to backup a database is very easy. Here’s a complete database backup script you can use.
Tip 5: Want to make sure your site is always online? Use Cronless’ Site Monitor feature when you upgrade to a Pro membership. We now have filters to ensure you only get critical failures and not false alarms.
Tip 6: Want to schedule some tweets? Here’s a great way to do that using Cronless.