Cron with web hosting services
Cron with OS:
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Your web-based control panel may have a web page that allows you to set up a Cron service process.
CPanel cron service
If you are using CPanel, login then look for "Advanced" category towards the bottom of the page. Click on Cron Jobs -> Advanced (Unix style). Enter the following for the cron to run every 30 minutes.
Email address for output: firstname.lastname@example.org Minute:*/30 Hour:* Day:* Month:* Weekday:* Command: wget -q -O /dev/null http://www.mydomain.com/moodle/admin/cron.php
Click Commit Changes. Check your email for the output.
Other systems cron service
For other systems, look for a button called "Cron jobs". In there you can put the same sort of Unix commands as listed below.
If you don't have permissions to run the 'wget' command on the server, you can use this php command:
/usr/local/bin/php -q /real/path/to/script/admin/cron.php
/usr/local/bin/php -q /home/username/public_html/moodle/admin/cron.php
If you don't know what is the real path of your Moodle folder you can use the PHP command realpath.
Another alternative, if you do not have permission to run the 'wget' command, may be to use a curl command.
curl --silent --compressed http://mydomain.com/moodle/admin/cron.php
Note: In version 2.0 and later the path for running cron.php from the commandline has changed. Use c:\moodle\admin\cli\cron.php