Plesk Obsidian in Review – Top New Features of 2021

As 2021 draws to a close, Plesk is proud to share some of the top achievements and innovations that have been implemented in Obsidian in the past 12 months.

So, without further ado, let’s look at Plesk Obsidian in 2021:

Top Obsidian Features 2021:

New Website Creation Workflow

In Plesk Obsidian 2021 releases, our team of tech geniuses have developed a new, more intuitive system for creating websites. Here are some popular new options:

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  • Create a blank site (the previous default).
  • Create a WordPress site.
  • Upload content using File Manager after the website’s creation.
  • Connect a Git repository.
  • Import website from another hosting.
  • This new screen for creating websites is disabled by default. To enable it, add the following lines to the panel.ini file:
applicationWizard.enabled = true
  • Customize the list of available templates via `panel.ini`.

After this, the following steps are also now extra simplified:

  1. Give your website a name.
  2. Keep the data that Plesk prefills (you can edit them later if necessary).
  3. See the progress of your website being created.
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Revamped File Manager

On Plesk Obsidian, you can now enjoy a wide range of File Manager features:

  • Recover accidentally deleted files from the Recycle Bin.
  • Easily fill your website with content.
  • You can upload the website files in the following ways:
  • Upload files and directories using Drag and Drop.
  • Upload files via URL.
  • Upload and extract ZIP, RAR, TAR, TGZ, and TAR.GZ archives.
  • Search for files by name (even a part of a file name is fine) or content.
  • Plesk for Linux: Change file permissions recursively. (Plesk for Windows has always supported this feature).
  • Preview images.
  • Use SVG files.
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Improved Monitoring

Our Monitoring tool and interface on the Plesk platform keeps you informed about the status of your servers and websites.

  • Integrated with 360 Monitoring, a new tool present in the Plesk 360 cloud service.
  • 360 Monitoring brings a couple of useful features, like website availability tracking, multiple notification channels, and more.
  • Integrating Plesk servers with 360 Monitoring allows monitoring infrastructure centralized from one Plesk 360 interface.
  • In Built-in Monitoring mode with Cgroups Manager license, it’s possible to monitor CPU, Memory, Disk usage generated by each subscription.
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Web-based SSH Terminal

  • Access to the server from Plesk via a secure web-based SSH client. ​
  • ​Available to both the Plesk administrator and subscription owners.
  • Troubleshoot issues without access to the server.
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DNS Helper

DNS Helper will give you a hand with putting your websites online, namely:

  • Checking if a domain name resolves to the Plesk server IP address. If it does not, the DNS Helper informs you how to fix the issue.
  • Giving detailed instructions on how to configure and manage DNS records of a domain on the domain registrar side. Instructions for more than 30 registrars are available.

Mail Log Browser

Check and troubleshoot the mail service with Mail Log Browser available for Postfix and qmail:

  • Check the status of all emails sent to and from your server.
  • Filter the mail log by date, source, or any string pattern.
  • See the mail log updated in real-time.
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Resolvable Domains and Hostnames

To further improve the site creation process, a few additional features are also now available:

  • Get a website accessible from the Internet even if you have not purchased a domain name yet. To do so, choose a temporary domain name provided by Plesk when you create a website. Evaluate Plesk and dive into new projects even faster!
  • Your Plesk server is now automatically secured with an SSL/TLS certificate from Let’s Encrypt even if the server does not have a resolvable hostname. To achieve this, Plesk generates a temporary server hostname for which Let’s Encrypt issues a certificate. People visiting Plesk will no longer see a warning about an untrusted connection!

Website Card Improvements

  • Manage WordPress websites in Websites & Domains directly on the domain cards:
    • Navigate easier with a new separate tab that groups the most popular actions for WordPress websites.
    • Switch between Plesk and WordPress dashboards in one click.
  • Use a separate view to focus on working with a particular website.
  • Access “Connection Info” on the Dashboard in the Dynamic List. Clicking it opens a drawer where users can easily view and change access information for FTP accounts and databases.
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SSL It! Updates

Use SSL It! to keep your servers and websites secured at all times with SSL/TLS certificates from the leading and trusted certificate authorities (CAs):

  • New certificates from Sectigo now available in SSL It!. Sectigo is the world’s largest commercial Certificate Authority with more than 700,000 customers and over 20 years of experience in online trust. Sectigo offers the most comprehensive suite of SSL certificates for literally every budget and use case.
  • Revamped look of the extension’s screen with the list of certificates available for purchase.
    The extension now shows more details about issuance of paid certificates and pending orders of purchased certificates.
  • Customers of certain countries can now buy certificates in Plesk itself without going to the Plesk Online Store.
  • The extension can now secure a domain alias with a certificate issued for the alias alone (without the main domain name).
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Up-to-date, performant, and stable Plesk

Besides the above top-ranked features, we’ve made the Plesk overall experience better in a number of more specific ways:

  • Support of new OSes: AlmaLinux OS and Windows 2022 are supported. And support for Rocky Linux is coming soon!
  • Replaced GZIP with ZSTD as the default compression method for backup and restoration operations in Plesk. On multi-CPU servers, depending on the type of data being backed up, this provides the following benefits:
    • Reduces the backup size by up to 20%.
    • Reduces the CPU load by up to 25%.
    • Reduces the backup creation time by up to 2x (fast), and by up to 4x (fastest), based on the compression level.
  • Improved stability and isolation of websites that use PHP-FPM handlers. It is now possible to choose the dedicated PHP-FPM handler for each website.
  • The latest Node.JS LTS versions installation and update are now available through the renewed Node.js extension. Versions 12, 14, 16, and 17 are currently supported. To enable Node.JS application hosting, install the Node.JS extension.
  • Website performance improvements
    • Brotli compression for NGINX
    • Microsoft IIS compression
  • Plesk on the Cloud now automatically updates its public and private IP addresses if it was changed after the server reboot. This improvement works for Plesk on Alibaba Cloud, Amazon EC2, Amazon Lightsail, DigitalOcean, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure.
  • We have started automatically building QCOW2-images; these images contain the up-to-date OS and the new version of Plesk on top of it. If your environment supports this standard, you don’t need to prepare your own images; to deploy and start a new Plesk instance just got easier; start using QCOW2-images from here in your scripts.

That’s all, folks!

So that’s Plesk 2021 in a nutshell!
What new features have you found the most useful? What are you looking forward to in Plesk 2022 updates and releases? Let us know in the comments!

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