Now available: Here’s how to install Plesk on Linode

Now available: Here’s how to install Plesk on Linode

Cloud companies, like Linode, are now revolutionizing how businesses reach their customers. From digitizing painful, outdated processes to allowing more time to focus on what you really care about. This is what makes their products unique. Now you can combine it with Plesk for a complete solution. So here’s how to install Plesk on Linode in a swish.

As a Web Professional, your goal is to provide your customers with available and scalable services. And this is true whether you’re a developer, designer, digital agency or an IT Admin. You want to be able to focus on the things you’re good at. On coding, or maybe improving your product or service offering. Maybe you’re just tired of handling and maintaining all the infrastructure and security.

So you want to be able to leave the nitty gritty in the hands of a specially-designed virtual private server. A VPS will manage your technical server, cost streamlining, running instances, backups, and accounts. In short, if you want to redirect your efforts elsewhere, the new Plesk Onyx is the ideal solution.

What’s Linode?

Linode is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider

Linode is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider company based in New Jersey, USA. They offer multiple products and services for clients. The flagship products are IaaS solutions with multiple VM sizes at different price points and hourly billing.

In addition, Linode Backup allows customers to backup their servers on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Linode Manager and NodeBalancer both allow users to manage multiple server instances across a single system. You can learn more about Linode here.

Getting started: Before you install Plesk on Linode

If you want to install Plesk on Linode, note that you first need to review the Software Requirements for Plesk. Because you need to find out what Linux distributions we support. Generally, we enable a community Stack Script at Linode. So Plesk will automatically install for either Ubuntu 16.x or CentOS 7.x in their latest versions.

Unfortunately, Linode currently has no option to implement a Plesk image for deployment. So, the Stack Script will take slightly longer than an image-based deployment. But it makes it much easier for you and we added some nice pre-configurations too! ☺ So here’s your step-by-step guide.

How to install Plesk on Linode in a jiffy

Plesk on Linode - 1st step of installation
  1. Log into your Linode Account and create a Linode of your preferred size.
Plesk on Linode - Size change

2. After the Linode is created, click on Dashboard under options for the Linode you want to install Plesk on.

How to install Plesk on Linode - Step 3

3. Click on Deploy using Stack Scripts

Plesk on Linode - Deploy using Stack Scripts - Step 4

4. Type Plesk into Keyword Field and Click “Search”

5. Click on Plesk Onyx.

Install Plesk on Linode - Step 5

6. The Plesk Stack Script asks you to fill in basic information. Which will start the Plesk configuration, install a temporary license key and let you to login. All without needing an SSH to generate a password afterwards. Because you can define it upfront.

Leave all the other settings as default.

Plesk on Linode - Step 6

7. Select the OS of your choice. This Stack Script currently supports these OS versions inside Linode.

Plesk on Linode - Step 7 - Select the OS of your choice

8. Then set your Root Password and click Rebuild.

Plesk on Linode - Step 8 - set your Root Password and click Rebuild

9. Linode removes the default disks and rebuilds with your OS choice. It also configures the information you provide to the Stack Script for first boot.

install Plesk on Linode - Step 9

10. Click Boot. The server will start and the Stack Script will run.

This Plesk Stack Script could take about 10-15 minutes, depending on the VM CPU size you select. If there are many CPUs, it can go much faster. Again, unfortunately, Linode currently has no functionality for public images, like other hyperscale clouds have. But we hope that functionality will come soon because it would reduce the deployment to about 15-20 seconds instead. Much better, right? ☺

First, this script will configure your hostname, resolv.conf, and firewall settings. Then, it will install Plesk, initialize it, install the test license, configure ModSecurity, Plesk Firewall, Fail2ban, and more key extensions.

Plesk on Linode - Step 10 - Boot!

10. Want to watch the script process and see the notice when Plesk is finished installing? Then click on Launch Lish Console under the Remote Access tab.

When you finish, log into your clean Plesk install at https://<YourDomainOrIPAddress>:8443 with your user admin and the password you set in the previous step above.

As we said before, you’ll get a temporary Plesk license installed with the Stack Script. So if you want to explore whether a lasting Plesk license is better for you, do contact our team. We’ll guide you further, give you all your options and work out the best offer, including a shot at becoming a Plesk Partner. You can also check out our pricing options for a quick outlook. Otherwise, happy Plesking on Linode – and stay tuned for more!

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A DevOps, WebOps and Cloud Geek. Lukas is more than SVP Business Development & Strategic Alliances at Plesk. He's also an investor, Traveller and Public Speaker.

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