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What Is Plesk Hosting?

Plesk is the shortened name for Parallels Plesk Panel, a control panel (and alternative to cPanel) that’s used in web hosting. Using Plesk, customers are presented with an easy-to-use graphical interface that makes managing their website simple, even for beginners.


What is Plesk Hosting
There are various versions of Plesk available for both Linux and Windows, and it also supports other platforms.

Benefits of hosting with Plesk

Plesk is secure and affordable and comes with a range of features and benefits that help users to manage their websites. These include:

  • Support for PHPMyAdmin, PostgreSQL, ColdFusion and MySQL
  • Premium service tools
  • The ability to install with Power Pack to allow social media integration and website builder tools

Plesk supports the most common software packages and scripts, including WordPress, and also has the distinct benefit of being modular so you can easily extend it. It also comes with the ability to resell web space, as well allowing the sale of software and scripts to bring in extra revenue.

How to set up Plesk

Set up hosting

Locate the Plesk panel details in the client area once logged in and click on ‘My Services’, then click on ‘View details’. Here you’ll see your server details as well as a link to the control panel, along with your username and password. Click the link to open a new window.

At this point you may see an SSL warning but it is ok to proceed by adding to your exceptions list. Fill in your username and password and click ‘Log In’.

Upload files

First you’ll need to set up a domain. Log into the control panel and click on ‘Subscriptions’ and add new. Enter a new domain name specifying an FTP username and password. Set the service plan to ‘unlimited’ and hit GO. You can now go ahead and configure as necessary.

To create and manage a database, click on the required domain in subscriptions. Then click the ‘Websites & Domains’ tab and ‘Databases’ button to ‘Add New Database’. Fill in the required information and hit OK. Give it a username and password and keep these safe, then your database should be ready for use.

To manage the database, click on ‘Webadmin’ and open PHPMyAdmin in a new window. Then you can manage as required.

Preview site

You can preview a website in your browser by clicking the preview icon.

Database backups

It’s generally a good idea to take a backup of your database with PHPMyAdmin manually. This will help to protect against accidental deletions and means there is no single point of failure by backing up in Plesk.

Using PHPMyAdmin you can manually export your database, which is very suitable for small and medium businesses. Log in to your Plesk account and navigate to subscriptions. Click on ‘Website & Domains’. Click on ‘Databases’ and name the one you want to back up. Then click on Webadmin’ to open the PHPMyAdmin in a new window and ‘Export’. Choose how you want to export your database and then hit ‘Go’,

You can find even more helpful tips about Plesk in our Knowledgebase.