Thanks for a smashing 2018: Year in Review [Video]

Plesk year in review 2018 - SM

What a journey! But we couldn’t have achieved so much without the engagement and support of our customers and partners. You drive us to develop better products, service and solutions. So let us take a moment to thank you for being great, and present Plesk’s top wins of the year.

1. New Plesk Onyx 17.8 Release

We took your feedback and gave Plesk Onyx a huge update in March. Thus, better aligning our complete platform with the way web professionals work. We focused on five main areas: Site performance and speed, SEO tools integration, WordPress Toolkit efficiency and ease, tighter security and Cloud integration.

Find out more about this update here.

2. Major Industry Events

From Cloudfest in Germany to WordCamp Europe in Serbia, to J and Beyond in Germany and WordCamp US in Nashville. These were only a few of the events that allowed us to connect with new and old friends this year. Plus, learn and grow from the communities and the great minds we met. We even organized our own successful APAC Partner event in Singapore to better connect and exchange ideas with our partners.

3. SolusVM Joins the Group

London-based SolusVM from OnApp is a virtual server management system that offers Infrastructure-as-a-Service hosting. And is trusted by thousands of service providers. Plesk vowed to carry on its growth strategy and elevate it from a single server control panel to a future-proof cloud platform. In the same way, SolusVM boosts Plesk’s offering as it now becomes a complete solution, thanks to combined skills and resources.

Read the full story here.

4. New Plesk Editions

If Plesk Web Pro, Web Admin and Web Host Editions didn’t suit your needs exactly, we now also have Plesk WordPress Edition and Plesk Business and Collaboration Edition. Providing even more solutions, to more users. Plesk WordPress Edition offers Managed WordPress Hosters a complete solution to manage, secure and grow their business. While Plesk Business and Collaboration Edition combines all the features of a corporate grade collaboration suite. The ready-to-use solution includes communication, performance and security tools too.

5. More Partner Success

This year, in our efforts to get closer to Partners and provide better solutions, we refocused our Partner Success Team. Thus, better serving our partners, no matter where or how big. Providing more resources and support, better initiatives and offers, dedicated partner events and much more. Want to become a partner too and reap our special benefits? Get more info on our Partner Program page or get in touch.

6. Plesk Extensions of the Year

We’re constantly searching for new ways to deliver better solutions to plug into your Plesk. And so we released loads of extensions this year, both in-house and from partners – many available for free. We’ve made leaps forward in providing add-ons for web development and apps, security and monitoring, backup, Cloud, DNS, and more. Check out our full extension catalog to see what’s new – and what you can benefit from

Now that we’ve had a look back at the good stuff, we can continue flying forward. We hope to carry on exceeding expectations in 2019. So from all the Plesk Team: Thank you – and we’ll see you next year!

Meet the Plesk Partner Success Team – Behind the Scenes [Video]

Plesk Partner Success Team

Every project, program and offering that Plesk provides is only as good as individuals behind the scenes. All of them are deserving. But today we want to pay homage to the ones racing against the clock to support all our partners worldwide. You guessed it – the Plesk Partner Success Team.

These heroes also manage our Plesk Partner Program which gives our partners more bang for their buck. I mean, there are exclusive discounts, global exposure, premium support, Licence API, and marketing resources, to name a few. You can resell Plesk, use Plesk or develop for Plesk – and still join our network of over 2,600 Plesk Partners. And moreover, the Plesk Partner Success Team will be there every step of the way.

Here’s the Plesk Partner Success Team

Discover who they are, and what makes them the most qualified for you and your goals. But most importantly, find out what makes our Pleskians in the Partner sphere different.

Plesk Partner Success Team - Tess

Partner Languages: Spanish, French, Italian, English, and more.
Fun fact about Tess: She runs on craft beer.

Tess

Say hey to Tess, our French-Canadian. As the Plesk Partner Success Team Lead, she’s always here and ready if any escalation is necessary. Tess directly manages the larger Partner accounts in Europe. But this is just a handful of what she does. She mainly works with the partner team, day in day out, to assist everybody with their own partners. Even during calls. She even helps investigate how we can help our partners grow and approach new prospects.

Navind

This guy hails all the way from Mauritius and speaks 7 languages in total! He’s got a fun-loving, positive attitude, which we think contribute to his youthful looks – his well-kept secret. Navind does account management for small and medium size partners worldwide, particularly German-speaking countries. Which means he helps make businesses grow, takes care of partner accounts, and just supports partners in what they may need. Whether it’s marketing advice, upgrades, migrations and more.

Navind at Plesk Partner Success Team

Partner Languages: German, French, Italian, Hindi, Spanish, and English.
Fun fact about Navind: Takes his siesta every day, no matter what or where.

Shoko at Plesk Partner Team

Partner Languages: English and Japanese.
Fun fact about Shoko: There are only fun facts about Shoko.

Shoko

Shoko lives in Europe now but comes all the way from Japan. So she mainly focuses on our APAC, Japan and UK-based partners. Shoko says that she is one of the escalation points or main contacts for partners. She’ll propose new business opportunities, discuss price and agreement queries, and arrange demos of new versions and extensions. Plus, she handles event invites and so on so our partners will never have to miss a beat.

“If you have issues or concerns about your business, please come to us and we’ll do our best to provide a solution for you. Your business growth is our business growth!”

Marin

Half Croatian and half Italian – it’s no surprise that Marin focuses on Partners in the Mediterranean region, as well as in the Americas. Like the rest of the team he manages partner relations and provides strategic consulting and go-to-market guidance to major hosting and cloud firms worldwide. He’s happy that he’s helped established industry leaders in order to develop their services and make their businesses ready for the commercial and technological challenges of the future.

Marin at Plesk Partner Success Team

Partner Languages: English, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, German.
Fun fact about Marin: He’s working on adding langugae 9 to his portfolio – Turkish!

Rubina at Plesk Partner Team

Partner Languages: English and Russian.
Fun fact about Rubina: Loves fish and Thai food.

Rubina

Another contact point for partners in team is Rubina. She’s from Armenia and supports  English and Russian speaking partners, with special focus on a Benelux. She’ll give counseling for any of the benefits mentioned in our Partner Program. Generally, the Partner Success Team act as Sales Consultants/Experts. Meaning they’ll inform you of market trends and what’s happening in the industry. And they’ll help you stay competitive.

The Plesk Partner Program: Do you want in?

"We help Plesk Partners with any commercial stuff, like contracts, prices and new business opportunities. Even setting up specific promotions and campaigns. We inform them about the latest Plesk news, products and extensions. And help them stay on the latest versions available with upgrades and migrations. We can arrange demos with our Sales Engineer and help them implement Plesk into their offerings. And also suggest how to bundle and position Plesk on websites."

Tess.

Truthfully, these guys make the whole Partner Program possible. And we’re happy to have given you a peek behind the curtain. In order to have you see who’s making the magic happen for you and your prospective business.

So what now?

A couple of options for you. If you’re not a partner yet, there are some benefits you’re definitely missing out on. So start with the downloadable partner brochure. Or if you’re ready to learn more about becoming a partner and get in touch, click below.

Already a partner? Then enjoy our Partner video library that we’re frequently uploading for you to get the best out of your Plesk.

When CTO, Jan Loeffler, reveals Plesk Hosting Tactics at Cloudfest 2018 [Video]

Successful Hosting Tactics Revealed at Cloudfest 2018

Our Plesk CTO, Jan Loeffler, made his grand entrance at CloudFest, Rust, yesterday. As he entered the main forum room bouncing a Plesk-branded football, the Fifa World Cup anthem came on for all to hear. He was going to share inside tactics on how to win, what he called, the ‘Hosting Champions League’.

Jan joined Plesk 2 years ago as CTO with the vision to have Plesk become the leading hosting control panel worldwide, and keep it that way. He’s a diehard football fan. But there’s another thing he feels absolutely passionate about – and that’s cloud hosting. At Cloudfest 2018, he brought these two worlds together.

Jan Loeffler holding a football at his Cloudfest 2018 talk - Secret tactics of how to win the Hosting Champions League

When hosting becomes a game, you need to go long and strong to win the league and increase your revenues. Now Jan reveals how to take home the gold, with collected advice from none other than our very own Pleskian community.

Who are the likely Hosting contenders?

Think of the hosting industry as if it were a football league game. Where would you put your money? And if you think of the likely contenders – how well are they playing the game, and what are they doing?

This is what Jan’s trying to gauge when we look internally. Are we being team players? Are we coaching our customers on what’s best? According to Jan, you can only win the Hosting Game by adapting to what your customers want.

Jan’s advice for all the Hosting teams out there

Offer Hyper-tailored Solutions

How can you score and win the hosting cup? Jan insists that hosters can only compete with giants like AWS by offering cloud service solutions to customers on top of their standard offers.

“Customers want simplicity and great service, which is something that’s difficult for companies like AWS to provide. This is where you, hosters, should step up and become your customers’ coaches. You have the experience and the infrastructure to “tackle the defense” and to advise them to design perfectly adapted solutions.”

Notice the current hosting scene and how many traditional hosters have ignored the winds of changed and not adapted. None of these traditional hosters would have made it to the Premier League if this were a tournament. Jan suggests offering a custom solution and charging a higher price.

Address the Current Web Developer Trends

Get on the WordPress Wagon. WordPress dominates as the most popular way of building websites with 30% of all websites built on this platform worldwide. Half the WP sites out there are hosted by 15 hosting groups. Jan says “WordPress is a must-have for all hosters and service providers”. The current hosting winner for WordPress is GoDaddy as they host most of the wordpress sites all over the world.

Plesk audience at Jan Loeffler's Cloudfest 2018 talk - Winning the hosting champions league

 

Another one is git. Why don’t hosters use git if 70% of web developers use it as their source control system? That’s why Jan advises hosters to include this in their offering. Go where your customers are.

The Call to Hosters

Our hosting partners continue to launch new products, and now they’re even doing so with the new Plesk Onyx and all its updates. We’re talking AI, SEO, Security – the works. So a big thank you to the following hosting partners for their immediate support with our latest product: Infortelecom, UOL, InterNetX, ZNetLive, Conetix, Codero, A2 Hosting, Axarnet, Webplus, Exabytes, Managed.com, OzHosting, 34sp.com, Ptisp. Jan quotes Van Gogh in saying that it’s all the little things that lead to success, and we all agree. 

Plesk Cloudfest 2018 Talk by Jan Loeffler - Great things are done by a series of small things brought together - Van Gogh

 

Finally, Jan encourages hosters to step out of their comfort zone and team up Plesk. A proven ally that runs on all the major cloud players, like Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. You can plan your gameplay with the all-in-one platform in your corner. And use the available extensions and features in order to win the Hosting Cup. Even the sky isn’t the limit when you can scale to the cloud. 

So, who won the Plesk football?

You didn’t think the Plesk-branded football was just a prop, did you? What would Cloudfest be without a little competition added to the mix? Jan fired a Plesk-Trivia question to the audience, promising to award the Adidas ball to the first correct respondent. “Which is the most visited feature page in Plesk?” he asked.

Answers started shooting from all directions. “WordPress Toolkit” – good following, but no. The “Extension Catalog” – nope, even more than that.  “The Dashboard?” – close, but no. And it wasn’t the login page either! “The help page?” – no, that’s low on the most viewed list, says Jan cheekily.

Plesk Cloudfest 2018 Talk - Jan Loeffler with football winner Patrick Blank from WSPN

 

In the end, it was Patrick Blank from WSPN who gave the right answer and took home the football. Let’s leave a bit of mystery here. Can you guess what the most visited feature page on Plesk is? Let us know in the comments below!

Watch Jan Loeffler’s full keynote speech here

Video Update (March 20, 2018): We now have Plesk CTO – Jan Loeffler’s entire talk below. It’s 23 minutes of great insights – hit play to have a listen. Jan also shares what’s new on Plesk Onyx, justifying all the buzz around it. And the answer to the trivia question will be revealed at the end: “Which is the most visited feature page on Plesk?”