- How do I log into the web interface on my server running Plesk?
- How do I add websites to my Plesk server?
- How do I change an FTP password on my Plesk server?
- How do I set up email accounts for a domain hosted on my Plesk server?
- How do I set up a database on my Plesk server?
- How do I retrieve my Plesk administrator password?
- My server is running CPanel. How do I log in?
- How do I add accounts to my server which is running CPanel?
- How do I add email accounts to my server which is running CPanel?
- How do I upgrade or recompile PHP on my Linux server running CPanel?
- What is the purpose of using templates in Plesk?
- How do I restart a service through Plesk?
You can log into the Plesk web interface by going to https://hostname-or-ip-of-your-server:8443 in a web browser.
Websites can be added to Plesk logging into Plesk and clicking ‘Domains -> Add New Domain'. You can select a domain template if you already have one and this will automatically set some of web hosting setup fields with pre-determined values. If you have not made a domain template yet, simply proceed to filling out the values for the new domain.
Select an IP address from drop down box. Ensure there is a checkmark in the ‘Proceed to hosting setup' checkbox and click OK. Plesk will then setup the hosting for your website.
In Plesk version 8 and below, you can reset the FTP password for a site in Plesk by navigating to ‘Domains -> example.com -> Setup'. You will then be able to enter a new password and submit the change.
In Plesk version 9, the wording is slightly different. Simply navigate to ‘Domains -> example.com -> Web Hosting Settings', enter a new password and submit the change.
To setup an email account log into the Plesk Control Panel and navigate to ‘Domains -> example.com -> Mail -> Mail Accounts ->Add New Mail Name.
Enter the account name and password for the POP Account you would like to create. Confirm the password by entering it a second time.
To create a database in Plesk, log into Plesk Control Panel and navigate to ‘Domains -> example.com -> Applications & Services -> Databases -> Add New Database'.
Here you will specify a Database name, and type of database. For Linux servers, you have the option of using MySQL or postgreSQL in some cases. For Windows, you have the option to use MSSQL or MySQL.
Choose a Database server instance, which in most cases will use the option currently selected (Local MySQL server or Local MSSQL server).
Once the database is created, you must add a user to be able to administer the database through Plesk. You can do this by navigating to Domains > example.com > Applications & Services > Databases > Add New Database User.
Specify a user and password and enter the password a second time to confirm it.
For Windows servers using Plesk, you can retrieve a forgotten password for the Plesk ‘admin' user by logging into the server through Remote Desktop and running the following command, where %plesk_bin% is the path to the directory containing plesksrvclient.exe:
On Linux servers using Plesk, you can retrieve the password by logging into the server through SSH and running the following command as a privileged user, such as root:
CPanel has two main login interfaces. One is called WHM (Web Host Manager) and is primarily used by an administrator who has root level access to the server. The WHM interface allows the administrator to perform server administration tasks, such as upgrading and downgrading software. It also provides access to manage all of the domains hosted on the server and has the ability to change server-wide settings. The URL's to log into WHM are https://<ip_address>:2087 for secure (HTTPS) logins and http://<ip_address>:2086 for insecure (HTTP) logins. The servers root username and password can be used to log in.
The second type of login interface is simply called CPanel. It is for managing individual domains and is primarily used by the owner of the website in question to manage the website configuration, email accounts, databases and other settings specific to the domain. The URL to log into CPanel is https://<ip_address>:2083 for secure (HTTPS) logins and http://<ip_address>:2082 for insecure (HTTP) logins. The username and password to log into CPanel is specified when the account is created through WHM.
You can add accounts by logging into the WHM interface by clicking on ‘Create New Account' under the ‘Accounts' menu. You will then be prompted for the domain name, username, password any several other options for the account being created.
Log into the CPanel interface and click on ‘Email Accounts'. Under this section, you can set up an email address for any domain that is associated with the CPanel hosting account that you used to log in as.
You can upgrade or recompile PHP on a Linux server running CPanel by logging into CPanel's WHM (Web Hosting Manager). Once you have logged in, click on the ‘Apache Update' link under the'Software' category. You will the be prompted to select a PHP version, as well as various build time options that can be enabled or disabled. Once you have selected the desired version and options, click on ‘Start Build'
Plesk gives you the ability to create Reseller Templates, Client Templates and Domain Templates. The advantage of using templates is that while adding Reseller, Client or Domain accounts, selecting a template will automatically fill out various account options with values that are predetermined by your template. This saves time and reduces the possibility of making mistakes.
The procedure for restarting a service through the Plesk interface is slightly different depending on the version of Plesk you are running. To begin, you will need to log into the Plesk interface as the ‘admin' user.
If you are running Plesk 9, you can access the ‘Service Management' page under ‘Main Menu -> Home -> Services Management'.
For those who are running Plesk version 8 and below, browse to ‘Home -> Services Management'.
The ‘Service Management' area allows you to stop, start, or restart various services that may be running on your server.