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Introducing: The Plesk Admin Panel


First, you will need clean server with a fresh installation of Plesk on it. When you have one, you will need to log in as the "admin" user to the Control Panel interface. The Plesk Control Panel runs on ports 8880 (non-secure) and 8443 (secure). For security reasons, you should always sign in using the secure URL, which looks like this:

https://<server ip address>:8443

So, if your new server's IP address were, you would put the following in the address bar of your browser:

You may receive a security error involving the SSL certificate. This is normal, and the reason for it will be explained later in this guide.

You should have already been provided with your "admin" user's password. Once you have logged in, click around for a while to get used to the interface and then continue.

The very first thing you should do upon logging into your new Plesk server is to set up the interface to your liking. Visit the "Profile & Preferences" page located under "My Profile" in the left navigation bar. From here, you can set up your contact information. This data will appear as the administrator contact information for any resellers or customers set up on your server, so be sure it is information you want to be public. You can also change the language the Control Panel is displayed in for the admin account.

You should also consider changing the password using the "Change Password" link in directly below "Profile & Preferences". Note that if you currently have Customer and Business Manager installed, you will have some extra steps to do in order to ensure that you do not lose access. If this is the case for you, be sure you follow the extra instructions displayed on the page.

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Introduction to Plesk Administration