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Introduction to Plesk Administration

Plesk is a web server control panel, and is developed and maintained by Parallels. Its primary purpose is to manage servers that provide web hosting services. Managed services include:

  • HTTP / HTTPS (Apache)
  • SMTP (qmail or Postfix)
  • POP3 / IMAP (Courier)
  • DNS (BIND / named)
  • SQL (MySQL and/or PostgreSQL)
  • Webmail (Horde and/or Atmail)
  • SpamAssassin
  • Tomcat

The purpose of this tutorial is to cover the basics of using Plesk 10 for simple web hosting of a small number of domains, and it should also be valid for Plesk 11 as well.

In this tutorial, we will cover all of the necessary steps to set up a new server to host a single secured WordPress site with email, and we will also discuss several administrative tasks such as setting account limits and taking backups. This tutorial does not cover reselling or Customer and Business Manager, nor does it discuss Plesk administration in any depth beyond what is needed to set up websites.

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