SERVERS

PLESK

General

Q How to log in to Plesk

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Before you can log in to Plesk, you will need to navigate your browser to the URL that should have been given to you by your hosting provider.

1 Once there, enter your username and password in these boxes.

2 If you'd like to change the interface language, use this drop-down menu.

Depending on the language packs your server has installed, you may see different choices. We're going to keep the default for this tutorial.

3 Click log in.

For an overview of the most important features in Plesk, check out the following tutorial, "Becoming familiar with the Plesk interface."

You are now logged in to your account and can manage all the various aspects of your hosting subscription(s).

When finished using the hosting panel, be sure to log out to prevent unauthorized users from gaining access.

4 Click log out.

Now that you know how to log in and out of Plesk, continue to the next tutorial to become familiar with the interface.

Q Becoming familiar with the Plesk interface

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Welcome to Parallels Plesk Panel 11. This version of Plesk provides you with a streamlined user interface and many powerful new features.

This is the home screen which gives you quick access to all the most important tools in each area of the panel.

Hosting services in Plesk 11 have been restructured. You have a customer account, which is what you use to log into the Panel. This account never expires, but this alone doesn't actually provide you any hosting services.

Instead, when you sign up for a hosting plan, a new subscription is added to your account.  Your customer account simply provides you access to your subscriptions. You can have as many subscriptions on one account as you need.

If you have more than one subscription on your account, you can switch between them using this drop-down menu. This subscription also called webspace.

Notice the interface has changed to display our other subscription.

You'll find a list of all your subscriptions on the webspaces tab.

Use these links for detailed information about exactly what your subscriptions provide.

You can use these links as an alternative way to switch to another subscription.

This link will show you how much resources you have in your account.

1 Now let's check out some of the other areas of the panel, starting with the users tab.

If you want to allow other users to access the panel to manage websites, installed applications, or to use e-mail services under your domains, instead of giving them your login info, you can create user accounts for them.

These accounts are assigned roles, which are sets of permissions that give you control over exactly what kind of access your users have to your subscription.

Note that user accounts created on one subscription don't have access to others.

2 Now click mail.

Here you can create and manage the e-mail accounts associated with your domains. For each e-mail account, you can set up a mailbox, aliases, auto-reply and forwarding.

3 Next go to websites & domains.

This is the area of the panel that gives you complete control over your websites and their content. Depending on the features that are activated on your subscription, you may have different options available to you.

When your hosting account was activated, it was configured with one new website assigned to the domain name you specified when signing up.

If your hosting package allows you to use more than one domain name, you can use the additional domains slots to set up more websites.

4 Click the applications tab.

Plesk comes with a built-in application installer that's pre-filled with a number of useful applications, and your hosting provider may have added even more. This is where you'd go to view and install these applications and mange existing installations.

5 Now click statistics.

This is where you view detailed reports on how the resources provided with your subscription are being used.

6 Click file sharing.

Here you can share your files with others. Either share your personal files with employees or with world. Shared files will be accessible to only those who have panel access, and public files will be accessible to only those who know the link.

This is the end of the tutorial. Be sure to check out the tutorials that follow if you ever need help performing more specific tasks in Plesk.

Q How to get help with Plesk

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If you encounter problems when using Plesk, help is always just a click away.

1 Hover over the help link.

Plesk 11 will give you two options: video tutorials or text based tutorials. Let's glance at video tutorials.

Video tutorials are a great way to get started. You can find both basic and advanced tutorials here.

Let's see how text tutorials work.

The help screen opens in a new window or tab and provides a menu in the left column and details on the right.

2 Click the + sign to expand the list.

3 Now click on the topic you want to view.

The next and previous page options can also be used to navigate through the help file.

The chosen article will be shown in the right panel.

Let's return to the control panel.

The help system is designed to automatically take you to related help topics depending on the page you are viewing at the time.

4 For example, go to the mail tab.

5 Now choose help.

6 Click read the guide.

Another way to quickly find information on a specific subject is to use the search feature, accessible here.

Plesk has directed us to the e-mail section, which contains several chapters on setting up various e-mail services.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to get help with Plesk.

Q How to change your password and contact information

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You may need to change your account password or contact information at one time or another, so let's see how to do that.

There are two ways to get to your profile information.

1 The first is to go to the my profile tab.

This is the general tab, where you can change your e-mail address or password.

2 To set a new password, type it in these two boxes.

You should note that this will only change the password you use to log in to the panel, not the passwords for any of your hosting subscriptions.

3 Click ok to apply.

4 The second way to get to your profile is to simply hover over your username here.

5 Click edit profile.

This is the same screen we visited just a moment ago.

6 Go to contact details.

Here is where you can enter your company's name and other relevant information.

7 Again, click ok to save your changes.

That's it! The profile has been updated with the new changes.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you now how to change your password and contact information in Plesk.

Email

Q How to create and manage e-mail accounts

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E-mail accounts are associated with a domain, which is then associated with a subscription on your Plesk account.

1 Start by going to the mail tab.

2 Click create e-mail address.

3 Type the first part of the e-mail address.

4 If you have several domain names on your account, select the domain name under which the e-mail address will be created.

The domain names in this list are associated with the active subscription. If you don't see the domain you want, try choosing a different subscription.

5 Specify the mailbox size if you want it to be different than the default size as defined by the service provider.

6 Choose a password and type it in these two boxes.

7 Click ok.

8 Once you have created an e-mail address, you can edit it by clicking on it.

This page shows the same settings we saw when first creating the account.

9 Click forwarding.

For each e-mail account, you can set up an e-mail forwarding service that will send copies of all incoming messages to the specified e-mail addresses.

10 Click e-mail aliases.

Email aliases are alternative e-mail addresses that are associated with a primary e-mail address. All mail sent to e-mail aliases will be received by the primary e-mail address.

11 Click auto-reply.

For each e-mail account, you can switch on the automatic response service, which will send a predefined e-mail message in reply to any incoming e-mail message.

12 Click spam filter.

The spam filter detects spam messages sent to the e-mail address and, depending on the chosen settings, deletes them, moves them to the spam folder or marks the messages as spam.

13 Click antivirus.

The antivirus services blocks e-mail messages that contain viruses and notifies both the sender and the recipient.

These tabs will be covered in more detail in the following tutorials.

14 Click ok to save any changes.

15 To configure the mail service settings that apply to all domains created under a subscription, click change settings.

You can switch the mail service on or off. If the mail service is switched off, e-mail messages cannot be sent or received.

When somebody sends a message to an e-mail address that does not exist under your domain, the mail server, by default, accepts mail and processes it. When it finds that there is no recipient under the domain, it returns the mail back to the sender with an error message.

You can choose to bounce the message back to the sender with a message you specify, forward the e-mail to another address, or reject the message without notifying the sender.

16 We'll leave it as reject and click ok.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to create and manage e-mail accounts in Plesk.

Q How to create e-mail aliases

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E-mail aliases can be used as temporary disposable addresses that can be published on the internet. When spam starts coming to an address that was set up as an e-mail alias, you can remove that alias and create another one.

1 Start by going to the mail tab.

2 Click an e-mail address.

3 Select the e-mail aliases tab.

4 Type the alias name.

5 To create a second alias, click the link here.

6 Click ok.

Now any mail sent to admin@demo1234.com will automatically be forwarded to mail@demo1234.com.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to create e-mail aliases in Plesk.

Q How to specify a catchall e-mail account

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When e-mail messages are sent to an address under your domain that does not exist, you can choose to redirect them to a single address also known as a catchall.

1 Go to the mail tab.

2 Click change settings.

3 Choose forward to address.

4 Type the address where you want the mail to be sent.

5 Click ok.

That's it! The catchall e-mail has been setup and whenever a message is sent to a non-existant address on your domain, it will be re-routed to the new address we specified.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to specify a catchall e-mail account in Plesk.

Q How to set up e-mail forwarding

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For each of your e-mail accounts, you can set up an e-mail forwarding service that will send copies of all incoming messages to specific e-mail addresses.

1 Go to the mail tab.

2 Select the e-mail address.

3 Go to the forwarding tab.

4 Select the switch on mail forwarding checkbox.

5 Specify one or several e-mail addresses to which e-mail should be forwarded. When specifying e-mail addresses, separate them with white space, commas, semicolons or type each of them on a new line.

6 Click ok.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to set up e-mail forwarding in Plesk.

Q How to enable auto reply for an e-mail address

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For each e-mail account, you can switch on the automatic response service which will send a predefined e-mail message in reply to any incoming e-mail message. This is useful for sending "out of office" or "on vacation" notices when you are away.

1 Click mail.

2 Choose the e-mail address where you will be setting up the auto-responder.

3 Go to the auto-reply tab.

4 Select the switch on auto-reply checkbox.

5 Specify the subject, message format, encoding and message text.

6 Set an address where incoming messages will be sent.

7 Click ok.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to enable auto-reply for an e-mail address in Plesk.

Q How to use the spam filter and antivirus protection

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Spam filtering detects spam messages sent to an e-mail address and acts according to the options you set. The antivirus service blocks messages that contain viruses and notifies both the sender and recipient.

1 Click mail.

2 Select an e-mail address.

3 Click spam filter.

4 Select the checkbox labelled switch on spam filtering for this e-mail address.

The spam filter gives you several options from which to choose to determine how the messages will be handled.

Mark spam messages lets you specify text that will be placed in the subject of each message the filter thinks is spam. These e-mails will be placed in your inbox.

Delete will remove all spam messages from your mailbox. Finally, move spam to the spam folder sends the messages to the folder called spam and is accessible from your mail client program or webmail.

5 Let's view the advanced settings.

If you aren't receiving e-mails because they are being marked as spam or if messages aren't being detected as spam when they should be, you can raise or lower the sensitivity accordingly.

Messages received by any e-mail addresses entered in the white list will not be checked by the spam filter even if the message would normally be marked as spam.

The filter sensitivity determines the level of spam filtering to be performed on incoming mail. Different tests on the contents and subject line of each message are run which cause the message to score a number of points. By default, the filter level is set to 7, which means that any messages scoring a 7 or higher are classified as spam.

E-mails received from a sender on the black list will always be blocked.

6 Now go to antivirus.

7 Select this checkbox to turn on antivirus protection for the chosen e-mail address.

8 Set the scanning mode to check only incoming mail, only outgoing or both.

9 Click ok.

The spam filter and antivirus protection have now been set up. You will need to repeat this process for each individual e-mail address.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to use the spam filter and antivirus protection in Plesk.

Q How to create mailing lists

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A mailing list is an e-mail address to which a number of users are subscribed. Mailing lists are used for sending e-mail messages, such as newsletters, promotional e-mails, etc to multiple recipients at once.

1 Click mail.

2 Click mailing lists.

3 By default, the mailing list service is switched off. Click this button to switch it on.

4 Now go to create mailing list.

5 Type the list address.



6 If you have several domains, select the one under which the list should be created.

7 Enter the list admin's e-mail.

8 Type a password in these two boxes.

9 To subscribe users to the mailing list, type their e-mail addresses, one per line.

10 Click ok.

Now, to send a message to all the subscribers of our newly created mailing list, we'd send it to the list address: list@demo1234.com.

For more extensive control over a mailing list, use this link to access the administration interface. You will be prompted to enter the password you just provided.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to create a mailing list.

Q How to access webmail

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To access your webmail in Plesk, direct your web browser to webmail.example.com, where example.com is the domain of your website, or follow these steps.

1 Click mail.

2 Click this icon next to the e-mail address.

The default webmail interface is provided by Horde.

3 Type your mail login credentials.

4 Click login.

That's it! If you prefer, you can set up your account to work with an e-mail client installed on your computer, such as Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to access webmail in Plesk.

Websites, Hosting & Databases

Q How to change a subscription's login info

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Your Plesk account may have more than one subscription attached to it, and we'll see how to change the settings associated with each one in this tutorial.

The active subscription is displayed here under your username.

A Plesk hosting subscription has its own login info, which is separate from your panel login credentials. This is what you'll use to access your files via FTP, for example.

1 Go to websites & domains.

All the options shown on this page apply only to the active subscription. We'll see how to switch to a different one in a moment.

2 Click web hosting access.

This page lets you change your username and password for the current subscription.

3 To switch to another subscription, hover over this box.

Note that if you do not have more than one subscription on your account, you will not see this dropdown.

4 We'll choose the first subscription.

Notice the subscription has changed here.

Now we can make some changes.

5 Click ok.

Our hosting settings were updated. Remember, this applies only to the active subscription.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to change a subscription's login info in Plesk.

Q How to add and manage websites, domains & subdomains

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A website is a collection of related web pages, images, videos and other files that are accessible by a common domain name. A domain name is a unique address for your website that must be purchased from your hosting provider or a domain registrar.

When your hosting account was activated, it was configured with one website assigned to the domain name you specified when signing up.

1 To manage this domain and website or to add new ones, click the websites & domains tab.

This is the area of the panel that gives you complete control over your websites and their content. Depending on the features that are activated on your subscription, you may have different options available to you.

We'll cover most of the features you see here in later tutorials. Right now, let's scroll down and see how to manage domains and subdomains.

If your hosting package allows you to use more than one domain name, you can use the additional domain slots to set up more websites.

2 Click add new domain.

3 Type the domain name you have registered.

Skip over the DNS settings section. You should leave the DNS server configuration alone unless you have a reason to change it.

4 Keep website hosting selected to create a new website on the server.

You could also choose forwarding to use this domain to redirect visitors to another website or choose no hosting if you want to set up the DNS service for the domain but not a website.

5 Click ok.

Now that the domain has been added, you can click its link if you need to edit it.

Note you cannot edit the document root once the site has been created, so be sure to set it correctly when adding the domain.

At the bottom there is a list of scripting languages that shows which are enabled and will be processed by the server.

6 Click ok.

If you'd rather not have to pay to register additional domain names, you can also use subdomains to host additional websites or parts of a website. Subdomains work using one of your exisiting domain names and a prefix. So for example we could create a subdomain on example.com called demo.example.com.

If your hosting package allows you to use subdomains, you can add one by following these steps.

7 Click add new subdomain.

8 Type the prefix for this subdomain.

9 Choose the domain under which this subdomain will be created.

10 Set the document root and click ok.

11 Click the subdomain to edit it.

12 Here we are able to change the subdomain name and document root.

13 Click ok.

That's it! You now know a little bit about the websites & domains section of Plesk and how to add and edit domains & subdomains. Keep watching to find out more.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to add and manage websites, domains & subdomains in Plesk.

Q How to create domain aliases

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Domain aliases are additional domain names that can be set up to point to one of your sites. For example, example.fr and example.de can both point to example.com

1 Go to websites & domains.

2 Click add domain aliases.

3 Type the domain alias name.



4 Choose the domain for which you are going to create an alias.

5 Click ok.

That's it! Now the alias has been set up and can be managed or switched off here.

Now you know how to create domain aliases in Plesk.

Q How to use the file manager

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The file manager is used to upload, remove and organize all your website files.

1 Click websites & domains.

2 Click file manager.

3 Your main website's files are listed under httpdocs. Click it.

Let's go through some of the basic functions that can be performed in the file manager.

4 To create a new folder, click add new directory.

5 Type the directory name and click ok.

6 Click ok.

The directory has been successfully created and we have been automatically redirected inside of it.

7 Use this link to go to the parent directory.

8 Clicking this icon allows you to edit the folder.

9 Set the new name.

10 Click ok.

11 If you need to delete a directory, select the box next to it.

12 Then click remove.

13 Check this box to confirm removal and click ok.

14 Click ok.

Now that you know how to add and remove directories, let's see how to upload files.

15 Click add new file.

16 Select upload a file to upload and create a file to make a new file.



17 Click browse.

18 Browse for the file on your computer and double click on it to select.

19 Now click ok.

20 Here is the file we just uploaded. Use the icons next to it to view or edit the file.

21 You can change the file permissions here.



22 Set which groups of users will be able to read, write and execute this file.

23 Click ok.

Deleting a file can be done the same way as removing a directory.

24 Simply select the file.

25 Then click remove.

26 Confirm and click ok.

27 Click ok.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to use the file manager in Plesk.

Q How to use the backup manager

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Backups are an essential part of maintaining any website. It is important to create backups on a regular basis to prevent data loss in the event of a server crash.

1 Go to the websites & domains tab.

2 Click backup manager.

3 Click back up.

You cannot specify the file name for the backup, but you can add a prefix to help you find it later.

Optionally add descriptive text about this backup in the comments section.

4 Specify the volume size to create a multivolume backup.

By default, backups will be stored on the same server as your account. You could also perform a remote backup by choosing personal FTP repository. You'll need to set one up first in order for this option to become available; we'll show you how to do that in a moment.

5 Enter an e-mail address here to which a notification will be sent upon task completion.

6 Choose whether to back up just the configuration or both configuration and content.

7 Click back up.

Depending on the amount of data you have, this can take some time. While we wait, let's see how to create scheduled backups.

8 Go to scheduled backup settings.

9 Check this box to activate this task.

10 Choose how often this task should be performed; either daily, weekly or monthly.

11 Set the time and day of the week when this task should begin.

So, according to these settings, a backup will automatically be made every week starting at 05:17PM on Mondays.

12 Optionally add a prefix to the backup name.

13 Click ok.

The manual backup we made in the first part of this tutorial has finally finished and is shown here.

Now let's see how to set up a personal FTP repository so we can perform remote backups via FTP.

14 Click this link.

15 Enter the server's IP address or hostname.

16 Then type the username and password.

For security purposes, you can also password protect your backups. Note that if you forget the password, it cannot be recovered.

17 Click ok.

Now that we know how to create backups, let's learn how to restore them.

18 Click server repository.

19 Choose the backup file that should be restored.

20 Select the type of data to restore.

21 Optionally enter an e-mail where a notification will be sent upon task completion.

22 Click restore.

If there are any conflicts, they will show up here.

23 Click next.

24 Choose what to do with the conflicts; use configuration and data from the backup file, use the configuration from the current system and restore only the data from the backup, or do not restore any objects that have conflicts.

25 Click next.

The backup is being restored.

We have seen how to make and schedule backups for our account and websites and how to restore them. Let's quickly take a look at how to back up a single subscription.

26 Go to webspaces.

27 Choose the subscription you want to backup.

28 Click back up websites.

A few moments ago, we restored a backup, which has completed now, as you can see.

This looks exactly the same as the account-wide backup manager, but the tools available to us here are specific to the subscription we selected. This means the scheduled backup settings and personal FTP repository settings we just entered are separate and will not show up here.

29 Click back up.

You can choose whether to back up just the domain configuration or both configuration and content. Selecting the second option gives you the choice of including mail in the backup or excluding it.

30 Fill out all the options as we did previously.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to use the backup manager in Plesk.

Q How to change your FTP account credentials

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You may need to change your FTP account login information at some point in time, so let's learn how to do that.

1 Click websites & domains.

2 Now go to FTP Access.

Here is a list of all FTP accounts associated with this subscription.

By default, you will see one account here. This is the domain administrator's FTP account. It can't be deleted, but you can change its login info.

3 Click here to do that.

4 Change the username or password by typing the new ones in these boxes.

Your main FTP account uses your subscription's login credentials, so to change your FTP login info, you'll be taken to the web hosting settings page.

5 Click ok.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to edit your FTP account information.

Q How to create additional FTP accounts

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If you have multiple users that need to use FTP to upload files to your websites, you can create separate accounts for each of them to use.

1 Click websites & domains.

2 Click FTP access.

3 Click create additional FTP account.

4 Type the account name and password the user will use to log in.

5 You can also set the home directory here to restrict this user to a certain directory.



6 Click ok.

Below, we can see the new FTP account that was just added.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to create additional FTP accounts in Plesk.

Q How to password protect a directory

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Password protecting a directory is useful if you want only a select few people to be able to access it using the login info you specify.

1 Go to the websites & domains tab.

2 Click show advanced operations.

3 Click password protected directories.

4 Click the corresponding manage link next to the domain.

5 Click add protected directory.

6 Enter the directory name here.

7 Click ok.

Now that the directory has been created, we need to create users each with their own username and password.

8 Select the directory.

9 Click add new user.

10 Enter a username.

11 Enter a password here and confirm it.

12 Click ok.

The user account, for access to the protected directory, was created successfully. Feel free to create a user for each person you want to be able to access the directory.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to password protect a directory in Plesk.

Q How to create databases

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If your website incorporates custom data processing applications or is designed to generate web pages dynamically, you will likely need a database for storing and retrieving data.

1 Go to the websites & domains tab.

2 Then click databases.

3 Click add new database.

4 Enter the database name.

5 Choose the type of database and the database server.

6 Click ok.

After the database is created, we need to add at least one user that has permission to access it.

7 Click add new database user.

8 Type the username and password.

9 Click ok.

Once you have created at least one user, you can choose one to use as the default for the database webadmin.

10 Click the checkbox next to a username.

11 Click this button.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to create a database and add users to it.

Q How to manage databases with the Webadmin

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To manage your databases and their contents, use your favorite MySQL, PostgreSQL or Microsoft SQL sever client or the web-based database management tool accessible from the panel, also known as the Webadmin.

1 Go to the websites & domains tab.

2 Then click databases.

3 And then choose a database to edit.

Note that you will need to have a user assigned to the Webadmin in order to access it.

4 Click Webadmin.

Since our database is a MySQL database, Plesk has taken us to the PHPMyAdmin start page. Use the various tabs and links to manage your database.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to access the webadmin for a database in Plesk.

Q How to view and manage a website's logs

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All connections to the web server and requests for files that were not found on the server are registered in log files. These log files are analyzed by the statistics programs running on the server, which then present graphical reports on demand.

1 Go to the websites & domains tab.

You may want to download these log files to your computer for processing by third-party statistics programs or view their contents for web server debugging purposes.

2 Click logs.

3 Click the corresponding view link.

Depending on your site, these log files can be very large.

4 If you want to view only the last few lines of a file, enter the number here.

5 Now select a log file.

And here we see the last 10 lines from the access_log file.

To prevent log files from growing too large, you should enable automatic cleanup and recycling.

6 You can do this using log rotation.

7 Set the rotation to occur by size or time.

8 Set the maximum number of log files.



9 Enter an e-mail address to receive processed log files.

10 Click ok.

11 To download a log file, click this icon.

That's it! Now you know how to manage log files in Plesk.

Q How to set up web users

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You can host, on your web server, personal web pages for users who do not need their own domain names. These pages usually have web addresses like http://your-domain.com/~username.

1 This is possible using a feature known as web users. Go to the websites & domains tab.

2 Click web users.

3 Click add new web user.

4 Enter a username and password for connecting to the server over FTP.

5 Choose which scripting languages to support for this user.

6 Click ok.

Now you can tell your user the FTP account credentials, so that he or she can publish his or her web page.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to set up web users in Plesk.

Domains & DNS

Q How to manage your domains' DNS zones

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DNS Zones control the way your domains and subdomains work. Plesk gives you full control over your DNS zones, assuming your hosting plan grants access to this feature.

1 To access your DNS zones, go to websites & domains.

2 And then DNS settings.

You'll see a list of all the domains on this subscription.

3 Click the [Manage] link next to a domain to manage it.

You'll find a number of tools here. You can switch off the DNS service, which will make the Plesk server stop responding to any DNS requests for this domain.

Switch DNS service mode makes the Plesk DNS server act as a slave for this DNS zone and use an external DNS server instead.

You can also add a record, modify the zone's start of authority (or SOA) record, or restore this zone to the server's defaults.

4 Let's add a record.

5 First, choose the record type.

6 We'll leave this set to A, which lets us point a subdomain to an IP address.

For specific information on each record type, view this area's help page.

7 Next, we'll enter the domain name and the IP address for this record.

8 Click ok to submit the page.

9 The DNS record has been created, but not yet saved to the live DNS zone used by the server. Click update to apply the changes to the DNS zone or click revert to abandon the changes.

10 Click update.

And now the changes have gone live.

Below, you'll find a list of all the records in this domain's DNS zone. You may need to edit these at some point.

Here's the record we just added.

You would click on an entry's link to edit it.

11 To delete one or more DNS records, click the checkbox next to each...

12 And then click remove.

13 Confirm the removal, then click ok.

14 Click ok.

Again, you will need to click update or revert in order to apply or abandon the changes.

15 Click update.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to manage DNS zones in Plesk.

Other Tasks

Q How to install SSL certificates

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SSL certificates are used for establishing secure communication channels on the internet and for verifying website identity. When users visit a secure online store, they are notified that all sensitive data, such as credit card numbers, will be transferred over a secure channel.

1 To access your DNS zones, go to websites & domains.

Let's see how to install SSL certificates in Plesk.

2 Go to secure your sites.

3 Click manage next to the domain for which you want to create a certificate.

4 Click add SSL certificate.

5 Enter a name, for your records only.

6 Make sure the provided information is correct, then click request.

7 Click the name of the certificate.

8 Locate the CSR section.

Here is the certificate request and private key that were generated when we clicked the request button. You will need to provide this information to an SSL vendor when purchasing a certificate.

Once you've purchased the certificate, you will need to upload the file or paste it as text here.

9 Click cancel to return to where you were.

Instead of purchasing a certificate, you can create your own self-signed one. However, be aware that doing this will show a message to your visitors warning that the certificate may not be trusted or valid.

10 Return to SSL certificates.

11 Click manage.

12 Click add SSL certificate.

13 Enter a name, for your records only.

14 This time, click self-signed.

15 Let's view the generated certificate.

Here is the private key and certificate that were generated.

Now let's configure Plesk to use this certificate.

16) Return to websites & domains.

Scroll down to the website list.

17 Click on the domain.

18 Make sure enable SSL support is checked.



19 In the certificate drop-down, choose the self-signed SSL certificate we just created.

20 Click ok.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to install SSL certificates in Plesk.

Q How to set up scheduled tasks (cron jobs)

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Scheduled tasks allow you to set up scripts to run automatically on your server.

1 Go to the websites & domains tab.

2 Click scheduled tasks.

You will see your system user account which is created automatically by the system when your subscription is created.

3 Click on your username.

4 We'll adjust the settings first by clicking this icon.

5 Choose if you want to be notified from the scheduler each time a task runs. You can choose the default system email or your own email.

6 Click ok.

7 Now let's schedule a new task.

8 Enter the date and time you want this task to run.

9 Now enter the command you want to execute.

10 Click ok.

The task has been created and automatically switched on.

11 To switch off a task, click the green arrow.

That's it! Now your scheduled task is switched off.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to create scheduled tasks in Plesk.

Q How to create and manage user roles

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User roles allow you to configure how much access each type of user has to your hosting subscription.

1 Go to users.

2 Click user roles.

These are the predefined user roles that are automatically created by Plesk. You can review and modify them, or you can create your own custom roles.

3 Use this button to create a new role.

4 Type the role name.

Now we can grant this user group specific privileges.

Privileges are what let you allow or deny access to each user group. By default, all privileges are set to denied.

5 Click ok.

The new role we created shows up in the list and is ready for use.

6 Click on a role name to edit the permissions.

This is where you can edit the role's name and its various privileges.

7 Click ok to save.

Now that our roles are set up, they can be assigned to users, which you'll see how to do in the following tutorial.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to create and manage user roles in Plesk.

Q How to create and manage user accounts

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If you want to allow other users to access the panel to manage websites, installed applications, or to use e-mail services under your domains, then you need to create user accounts for them.

1 To begin, go to users.

2 Click create user account.

3 Specify the contact name, e-mail address and password then click ok.

If you choose to create an e-mail address under your account, a new e-mail account will be added to your subscription and can be managed from the mail tab.

The e-mail address you specify here will also be used as a username for logging in to the panel.

4 Click ok.

5 To edit a user, click the link with the user's name.

6 Click change settings.

User accounts are created based on user roles, which include privileges, to access certain areas of the panel and perform operations in the panel.

7 Let's change this user's role.

This user will now have the appropriate privileges assigned to him through the owner role we created in the previous tutorial.

8 Click ok.

9 You have two options to remove an account. First just click remove.



10 Or go to users main screen. Click users.

11 To remove an account, select a checkbox corresponding to the user account you want to remove and click remove. Note that you cannot remove your own account.

12 Click yes.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to create and manage user accounts in Plesk.

Q How to find and install applications

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Instead of manually creating files, writing the code and developing a design for your website, you can install web applications that will accomplish most of these tasks for you. You can use the applications to add features to your site, such as a blog, photo gallery, online store or you can base your site entirely on a single application such as WordPress or Joomla.

1 Plesk comes with a built-in application installer that's pre-filled with a number of useful applications, and your hosting provider may have added even more. Click the applications tab.

Featured applications shows the most recommended and popular apps available for your website.

2 Select the learn more button to read about this app.

3 Go to all available applications.

Here, you can view more information about this application before you install it, which you can do by clicking the install button to the right.

This section shows all the applications, both free and commerical, that are available to be installed.

4 Select a category to view specific apps.

5 To refine the list, choose a sub-category.

We can now view all the applications related to content management on the web.

6 Click an app's name.

7 Let's begin installing Joomla by clicking this button.

8 Now you simply accept the terms and conditions and wait for the system to load with your information.

9 Click next.

Exactly what settings you'll need to enter varies, but most applications will require you to enter the same basic information.

10 Set the location where the app should be installed.

11 You can give administrative access to your Plesk account itself.



12 Or you can create a new user, which we'll do now. Click here.

13 Enter a username and the password two times.

14 Click show all settings to set the blog name, SMTP mail settings and more.

15 Type the site name.

16 Enter the SMTP host which Joomla will use to send e-mail. This is usually localhost.

17 The rest of the default settings for this application should be fine, so click install.

The application was successfully installed.

18 Let's return to the main applications page.

19 This time, go to manage installed applications.

This screen lists all the applications you have installed. If you ever want to change an application's settings or uninstall an application, this is where you would go.

20 Click an application's name.

21 You can click this link to view the admin interface.



22 If you ever need to change the settings for this app installation, use the change settings link.

23 To remove an application, use this link.



This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to find and install applications in Plesk.

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