How Plesk supports MySQL and PHP variants

Plesk for Linux since version 11.5 supports third-party builds and variants of MySQL server, PHP packages and PHP-FPM. For example, you may install MariaDB or Percona Server in place of OS vendor MySQL packages. Or you may install PHP packages from Webtatic (or any other) repository. And Plesk will properly support such alternatives, including the ability to automatically upgrade them.

In this post I’ll explain how support for these alternatives works and limitations of it. I’ll share some information and tips that will help you make a transition to

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