Sleighing It: A Festive Feast of Features in 2023

Alright, Pleskians, it’s a wrap – time to wind down, looking back on 2023 with a steaming cup of eggnog and musing about what 2024 has in store for us. Join us as we revisit all the big and small tweaks we made to Plesk, traveled around the world to meet as many of you as we possibly could, and more.

The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Sitejet Builder for Plesk

Since its grand entrance in July, Sitejet Builder has been the star on top of the Plesk tree. This fully integrated website builder is like the Swiss Army knife of website creation included in your Plesk license, offering a modern and intuitive solution for both web novices and seasoned administrators alike. We’re talking 140+ templates, an AI-based Text Generator, and a user-friendly experience as smooth as sipping hot cocoa by the fire.

The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Sitejet Builder for Plesk

In just a few minutes, you can have a stunning website up and running faster than you can say “Ho, ho, ho!” – well, almost. And for our partners and resellers, rejoice! You can boost your product offerings by including the Sitejet Builder for Plesk in your lineup, making it a win-win for both users and businesses.

We’ve been on a mission to make it even merrier. More templates have joined the party, and we spiced things up with an SEO Analysis feature and ensured it’s pre-enabled for those who keep their Plesk fresh and updated (if not, install it here). Talk about the gift that keeps on giving!

Plesk's 2023 Gift Basket: Unwrapping a Year of Tech Marvels!

Plesk's 2023 Gift Basket: Unwrapping a Year of Tech Marvels!

In January, we kicked off the year with the release of the SOGo Webmail Extension and the introduction of the WP Toolkit Deluxe – the kind of tech goodies that warm the hearts of Plesk users worldwide. 

February saw us accelerating WordPress on CloudLinux, bringing centralized DB and Network File System management to the table – gifts that keep the digital fireplace of your server running smoothly.

March added a sprinkle of magic with Cloudflare integration, SOGo Webmail moving out of beta, Sophos Anti-virus protection, and a sleek Dark Mode – because who doesn’t love a bit of tech glamour? 

In April, we fortified your digital fortress with the Plesk Firewall, SSL It! And Let’s Encrypt are available for the Plesk Premium Email, and May brought the guardian angel for WordPress websites – WP Guardian, along with major updates to Sophos Antivirus. June introduced the Suspicious Email Detector

July was ablaze with the launch of the Sitejet Builder and the CentOS Elevate feature, making server transitions smoother than ever. DANE support for SSL It! and MySQL tuning for Plesk were like ornaments on the Plesk tree – fulfilling long-standing Christmas wishes.

August came bearing the gift of inclusion, with Plesk WP Edition now featuring the WP Toolkit Deluxe and flexible Backup Scheduling – a top-rated improvement that customers had been dreaming of. 

September brought the Plesk magic to ARM servers and granted the most-requested feature for two years – the Performance Booster Release. It provides a 32% increase in performance for WordPress sites and a 16% boost for other websites hosted on Plesk.

October saw Sitejet Builder pre-enabled for all and the introduction of Wappspector. November was the month of enhancements. Sitejet Builder got an SEO Analysis, we made improvements to WP Toolkit, and added the ability to measure and compare Time To First Byte (TTFB) in the Performance Booster.

And as we approach the end of the year, December brings the grand finale – Plesk Holideals, our digital Santa’s bag of exclusive deals and offers.

These improvements aren’t just updates; they fulfill our users’ Christmas wishes that have been on top of their lists – and we’re happy to comply. From enhanced security to streamlined server management, Plesk’s 2023 journey has been about making your hosting dreams come true. Let’s hear what Sergey Lystsev’s (CTO of Plesk) 2023 favorites are: 

"Our product team finds it most inspirational when Plesk makes top-tier technology expertise accessible to everyone. Among all the improvements in 2023, the Website Performance Booster and Sitejet Builder stand out as the most empowering innovations. The Website Performance Booster enhances website speed, increasing a site’s visibility in Google searches. It wraps a massive pack of the industry’s best practices into just one click. Furthermore, the Sitejet Builder, a powerful yet beginner-friendly website editor, allows users to effortlessly create stunning websites, regardless of their design experience. These breakthroughs exemplify Plesk’s commitment to making advanced technology accessible and user-friendly."

Let Us Know What’s On Your Wish List for 2024

Here at Plesk, we’re not just asking for your wish list for under the tree; we want to know your hosting dreams for 2024! We believe in the magic of user feedback and want to ensure your Plesk experience is as delightful as a cup of cocoa by the fireplace. That’s why we’ve been on a quest to grant your hosting wishes and sleigh through your server dreams; 2023 has already seen top contestants come to life!

Help us make your wishes come true. Join our UX Research Program and get involved in the evolution of Plesk, gain exclusive access to new products, and pioneer great Plesk products with your valued feedback.

Or take part in our yearly survey, and let us know what features, improvements, and magic you’d like to see in the Plesk universe. Because here at Plesk, your wishes aren’t just on our radar; they’re our top priority.

All Aboard the Plesk Sleigh

As we wrap up the magical journey of 2023, Plesk has been on a sleigh ride across the globe, spreading joy and innovation like Santa with a sack full of tech treats! While the spotlight gleams on the Free Sitejet Builder, let’s take a twirl through the festive events that have made this year truly enchanting.

Picture Plesk touching down at the vibrant WordCamp Asia in Bangkok and swooshing through the landscapes of CloudFest in Germany. June saw us donning techy hats at WordCamp Europe in Athens. By August, we were jingling all the way at WordCamp US, and all year long, we were rocking the tech bells at WebPros NEXT Events around the globe – it’s been a sleigh full of adventure! These gatherings weren’t just about showcasing Plesk but spreading the holiday spirit of connection, camaraderie, and innovation.on 

Unraveling the AI Magic in Hosting with Jan Loeffler

Twice this year, Jan Loeffler, the tech maestro from WebPros (cPanel, Plesk, WHMCS), took us on a thrilling ride through the ever-evolving landscape of hosting in his insightful talk on The Influence of AI in Hosting

Jan Loeffler, CTO of WebPros (Plesk, cPanel, WHMCS) shared his insights on how AI will reshapte the hosting industry

Jan dove into the transformative power of AI, revealing how it’s not just a buzzword but a game-changer for your hosting endeavors. Picture this: AI reshaping the hosting industry, orchestrating streamlined operations for peak efficiency, fortifying security to shield your precious assets, and fine-tuning performance for stellar results.

And who knows, maybe, just maybe, the WebPros CTO will indeed host another opportunity for you to join. So stay tuned and make sure to follow us on social media!

As we close the book on 2023, our virtual glasses are raised to the excitement lingering in the air: What surprises will 2024 bring for the Plesk family? More features, integrations, or a tech treasure trove? Whatever it is, Plesk is ready for another year of innovation and joy. Here’s to a tech-tastic 2024! Cheers!

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