Tech Skills for a Changing World: The 5 Most Popular Plesk University Courses

The world is ever-changing, especially when it comes to technology. Gaining tech skills strengthens your resume and teaches you expertise in your chosen area of specialization. Online courses can help orient you by providing knowledge and expertise in specific technology fields. These courses also bring you close to real-world scenarios you can encounter so you get a practical understanding of how to troubleshoot problems. There are many reasons why training in technology skills works for your benefit. Let’s take a look at these reasons.

Why Should You Specialize in Tech Skills?

Specializing in tech skills proves that you are striving for both personal and professional development. It can help you irrespective of your current career level. If you’re just starting out, then you can undergo training to show your passion for learning and your interest in a particular tech field. If you’re more experienced, then advanced training will help you move forward in a changing world.

Tech training programs can help broaden your network as you will be in contact with both young aspirants as well as experienced professionals. Exposure to a broad network will open new opportunities for you.

Organizations always look for individuals who bring value to their company. Successful companies appreciate a continuous training mindset. Enrolling in tech training, taking tests or earning any certificates shows companies that you’re highly trained in a particular area. Your track record of learning new skills will help you establish professional credibility.

Plesk University offers many courses that can give you the ins and outs of different Plesk products. With some courses, you can also earn certifications. Check out our leaderboard of companies that have Plesk certified professionals. Did you know that access to all courses and exams in Plesk University is free? So, set yourself apart from your peers, choose your area of expertise, and join one of our most popular Plesk University courses. If you’re uncertain of what to choose, we’ve prepared a guide into 5 of our top courses and how they can benefit you.

The Top 5 Plesk University Courses

1. The Plesk Professional Course

In the Plesk Professional interactive course, you learn how to install Plesk Obsidian and use it to provide hosting services to your customers. You may as well ask what value will this add to your life, business, or resume. But don’t be dismissive – there are many reasons why knowing how to work with server management platforms is important. And it’s proven by a whopping 1,767 course completions.

First of all, technology has completely changed the way businesses work today. However, if you have a small business or are a solopreneur, you can’t always afford to have a separate IT department to manage all your digital processes. Who upgrades and monitors the servers and who troubleshoots problems as they arise? To ease these processes, you can either go to server management professionals who help in setting up and monitoring these crucial processes or you can learn the skills on your own. 

Let’s look at how server management is useful in more detail. You can use server management platforms to cut down costs. Instead of hiring people separately to manage servers, monitoring and management can be done by the platform. Hiring people can also be a challenging task for small businesses as finding the right staff always takes time. Depending on different pricing packages, using server manage platforms can result in comparatively lower skilled human resource costs. The best server management platforms also often provide you with the best support. On-call support with the best response time is usually included in the packages offered.

Additionally, as your company grows larger or if you’re planning to scale, the need for more servers grows. More staff is required to maintain and monitor server activities. Server management platforms are specifically dedicated to maintaining a greater number of servers. Knowing how to work with server management platforms saves you time, cost, and increases efficiency. An optimized server management platform automates regular administrative tasks, which can be time-consuming. This helps free your time up to perform other essential tasks.

2. The Plesk Associate Course

In the Plesk Associate course, you learn how to bundle infrastructure, Plesk, extensions, and services to create a managed WordPress hosting solution. Let’s take a look at how Managed WordPress solutions are a crucial add-on to the portfolio of services you can offer your customers. Or maybe you want to host your own WordPress. Either way, this is the course that can teach you the skills to do so and 1,461 course graduates agree.

Why is it useful to have Managed WordPress solutions? You need Managed WordPress to use WordPress efficiently as these solutions have the required resources and technology to maintain and update WordPress websites. The WordPress market share is 35% of all websites in the world. So, companies big or small want the management team that specializes in that Content Management System (CMS). Managed WordPress offers you many benefits, the most important of which are security, performance, and expertise on the platform. 

Ever hosted your own WordPress and woke up one day to find all those warnings and notifications for updates? Expertise is a crucial attribute when using WordPress. You may face extremely sophisticated security threats and down-time, which will ultimately affect your online presence and website performance. Managed WordPress acts like your hosting expert and takes care of these problems for you in the least possible time so that any losses are minimized. Wouldn’t it be great if you could gain this expertise?

The above points bring us to the next top Plesk University course:

3. The WordPress Toolkit Course

In the Plesk WordPress Toolkit course, you learn how easy it is to deploy, secure, and maintain a WordPress website with the WordPress Toolkit extension for Plesk. 

When talking about WordPress hosting, one of the first critical issues to address is security. A good Managed WordPress solution will provide you with the best security. Regular security helps in removing any malware present on your website. Hackers, bots, and other threats are tackled with the help of a specialized environment. The WordPress Toolkit is configured to do all of this for you with very little action needed from you. This is also a benefit when you want to offer Managed WordPress to your customers.

Additionally, if your business is growing or your customers are rapidly scaling, website traffic is going to fluctuate rapidly as well. Most likely you will require resources to keep the website running smoothly and avoid downtime if you’re scaling. Managed WordPress solutions take care of the smooth running of websites in such conditions. Crashing and downtime of the site can result in the loss of money and reputation of your brand and you want to avoid that at all costs. 

Last but not least is the issue of regular WordPress updates. WordPress releases updates on a regular basis. Keeping up with these updates is crucial for the high performance of your website. Excellent hosting management will help your site to cope with the updates and monitor how each update is impacting the website through automated tests. You’ll know if any issue is detected and have some action steps to follow to avoid downtime or security threats. Regular software updates also ensure high security for your website.

So, if you go for the WordPress Toolkit course, you’ll learn the tools to deal with the three most important issues – security, avoiding downtime, and regular updates – both for yourself and your business or your clients and customers.

4. The Plesk Obsidian: What’s New Course

The fourth course on our list is the Plesk Obsidian: What’s New course. This course is regularly updated and it showcases all the new features and changes in Plesk Obsidian. 

If you’re using Plesk every day and it’s a big part of your role, then this is the course for you. And if you haven’t kept up to date about Plesk Obsidian, now’s your chance. So, if you want to take a look at all the new features on Plesk Obsidian before signing up for the course, you can check out this guide

And so, on to the last course.

5. The SEO Toolkit Course

The fifth and final course on our list is the SEO Toolkit course. In this course, you learn how to use the SEO Toolkit extension to make your websites more visible by improving their search engine optimization (SEO).

Why is SEO important for your online presence? SEO helps in creating more visibility for your website or business. Good SEO management can drive more traffic to your website and a higher rank on search engines. SEO experts study and observe patterns that lead to higher rankings and the correct SEO tool can give you insights about developing better SEO strategies. Higher rankings lead to increased brand awareness, generating more leads, and ultimately increasing your sales revenue. With SEO tools, you also observe your site analytics, helping you to know your customers better and aligning your offers with their needs. You can also get to know where your SEO game is lacking.

So, there you have it. A wrap-up of the top 5 Plesk University courses for you to take this year. Build your skills and add more pizazz to your resume to take you to the next level! If you’ve taken any Plesk University course, let us know in the comments below. 

Until next time, arrivederci.

Plesk 2019 Highlights: Looking Back on a Great Year

There’s a long, juicy list of events and accomplishments we had at Plesk this year. As we reflect on our Plesk 2019 highlights, we can learn and plan for an even better 2020. So let’s have a look at some of the proudest moments we had in 2019, before we start the new year.

Obsidian Launch:
Preview and General Release

Perhaps our main achievement this year was the successful launch and rolling out of updates to Plesk Obsidian. In the weeks leading up to the release date, September 25th, we invited users to try a Plesk Obsidian Preview and some of the unique features we were introducing. The Onyx to Obsidian transformation involved a heightened user experience, new security and monitoring tools and an optimized webstack to streamline the web project lifecycle.

A newer release candidate of Obsidian was frequently released until our launch. Finally, we had our most powerful management platform yet. Improved usability, tougher security and max productivity thanks to all the enhancements, new features and extensions of Obsidian. With the release, came the beginning of a short releases era – Plesk Obsidian auto-updates.

From Plesk Obsidian 18.0 onwards, the previous release tiers: Early adopters, General release and Later adopter release – became obsolete for partners. This was for multiple reasons, among which were security, speed and regularity of updates. By January 2020, we hope to have all servers auto-updated from 17.8 to 18.0. Plesk Obsidian was fully released in October 2019 with overwhelming success.

WordPress Toolkit
Updates from 3.5 to 4.4

The WordPress Toolkit 3.5 in February was a big one because it included eight hot security fixes and a new installation experience. In March, we rolled out a major update in WordPress Toolkit 4.0 – Remote management [demo included]. You gave excellent feedback so we could improve and in June, we released WordPress Toolkit 4.1 with a remote management plugin. The later WordPress Toolkit 4.3 in September was all about Smart Updates premium – Namely better user experience, checks and usability features. The final release of the year was a double-whammy – WordPress Toolkit 4.3.5 (Plesk Onyx 17.0 and 17.5) and 4.4.0 (Plesk Onyx 17.8 and Obsidian 18.0). In WordPress Toolkit 4.4, we focused on further UI and settings changes, set installations, action notifications. Stay tuned for our next big release early in 2020 where we’ll have the first prototype of WordPress Toolkit for cPanel!

New Extension Partners and
Hyperscaler Opportunities

At the start of the year, we added NextCloud – a self-hosted file-share and communication platform, to our Beta extensions catalog. Since partnering with Acronis in 2018, we saw them move forward with their latest Acronis features and key findings in Q2. Then in April, we had the birth of CLI command – WPchk – A WordPress Security checker tool for Linux servers.

Further on the security front, we partnered with Cloudbric in October, who provide advanced WAF and DDoS Protection as an extension. This year, Kolab have made two additions to their top groupware product. The first was the Seafile extension integrated into Plesk Premium Email – a file cloud where you can share libraries, directories and files with others. The second Premium Email integration was Anti-spam using Dovecot, SpamAssassin and its Bayes algorithms.

Meanwhile, on the Plesk hyperscale front, both Linode and DigitalOcean became 1-click apps in the Marketplace.

We’ve also relaunched three new CloudLinux extensions in the Imunify360 Products family designed to help you automate server protection: Imunify AV, Imunify QuickPatch and Imunify360.

Plesk and our VR Traveled Across Continents

You can check out what our Plesk VR looks like here.

Plesk was a key sponsor for the biggest hosting and cloud event of the year back in march – Cloudfest. Our team, including Plesk CTO Jan, gave compelling keynotes on WordPress hosting and such. Plus workshops about how Plesk can help one adapt to new tech changes in the industry. Meanwhile, over at our booth, our Plesk Virtual Reality Experience made its debut. Giving attendees a real feel of Plesk and what it does – let’s just say the lines were long for that one.

In June, we took the VR to WordCamp Europe in Berlin. Here, we were able to have some meaningful conversations with the community and gain insights on their WordPress installations. WCEU 2019 was also our chance to help 1&1 IONOS launch their new WP Pro offering in front of 2,700 WordPress lovers. You too can do this by co-sponsoring a WordPress event with us, so get in touch!

At WordCamp US in November, we launched a joint welcome offer for Plesk on DigitalOcean. It’s valid until December 31, so hurry and get yours to start off with a Plesk discount and free DigitalOcean credits. We were also there as a sponsor and had plenty of giveaways alongside our VR experience. We also had the opportunity to offer live coverage on talks on automated WP testing, managing WP multisite and more. Tell us in the comments if this was useful and if you want more of this in future events!

Successful Plesk Customers Among Plesk 2019 Highlights

This year, more than a few customers came forward with their success using Plesk. EverData use Plesk to manage their technical issues. And over 70% of their customers love the product because of its ease of use.

Michael Schinzel, Managing Director of Ip-Projects in Germany, used to be skeptical but is now a direct Plesk customer. Because of direct solutions to critical issues and free support. Lincoln Islam said Coderex doubled productivity since using Plesk.

Kahl Orr from Rise.co said he wouldn’t have the half-million-dollar revenue, high-quality sites and satisfied customers he has now without Plesk. He says Rise.co became more productive and efficient at managing sites. Meanwhile Marcus Karmer from German company – HostPress, attributes becoming a leading managed WordPress company to Plesk.

DuetSoft grew profits by 25% by using Plesk on DigitalOcean. Milosz from managed to start giving more time to his clients, thanks to Plesk’s time-saving features. He also cut costs and stress while gaining a market advantage. Share with us what Plesk has helped your company do in the comments!

My Plesk Self-Care Portal Beta Launch

During the Summer, we were able to announce the first launch of My Plesk – personal self-care portal. Now Plesk Online Store/Retail customers can manage all their Plesk licenses and online store purchases from one place. You can manage your licenses, subscription, edit profile details, find your activation key, even renew or upgrade your Plesk.

If you haven’t already, you can sign up for My Plesk for free. Just by using the same email you used to buy Plesk licenses and extensions. We are still open to feedback about My Plesk beta and there will be more updates in 2020 – stay tuned!

Plesk Educational Resources Took a Leap Forward

Plesk has been on Udemy since October 2019 with five free Plesk Udemy courses to date. So far we’ve had +10,000 students taking courses for using Plesk on major providers: DigitalOcean, Linode, Hetzner, GoogleCloud and Amazon Lightsail – And almost 300 positive reviews – this couldn’t make us happier.

The courses cover how to set up your own cloud server with Plesk. Then how to deploy or move a website (WordPress or otherwise) across the major cloud provider of choice. Meanwhile, there have been over 380 certified users in 2019 thanks to our free Plesk University courses. Following Obsidian, we had certification upgrades to reflect the training. So go ahead and learn something new – for free – before the year is up.

The Top APAC Partner Event in Singapore

The “partner event of the year” – Plesk APAC Partner Day 2019, was our partners’ chance to meet peers and Plesk experts. In light of the (then) newly-released Plesk Obsidian, our insiders went over to share what was new and what was coming next.

Among whom was Plesk CEO – Nils Hueneke, who spoke about the evolution of Plesk, Markus Galler, VP of Sales, and Plesk CTO, Jan Loeffler. Plesk engineers even gave a look behind the scenes of the Plesk Obsidian development. This release, along with some WordPress Community insights, allowed us to discuss tips on how partners could tune their existing infrastructure into value-added services.

 

Plesk 2019 Highlights: Smashing Major Milestones Together

We’re also excited to launch our brand new Virtual Private Server Management Platform, SolusIO. You can become a DigitalOcean-style VPS hoster too with this turnkey VPS solution.

Our platform has had a lot of reach – however this year we’ve hit new records. In May 2019, Plesk-powered mailboxes exceeded the 16 million mark. As of October 2019, Plesk was running on over 400,000 servers – up 20k servers from last year. And for the first time, we had over 1.4 million WordPress Toolkit instances installed.

This growth gives us every confidence that our solutions are useful and that partnering with Plesk makes sense as we go into 2020. Aside from the Plesk 2019 highlights, we want to mention the strong support we get from our customers every day. Your feedback and trust allows us to improve and keep doing what we do. We would have never achieved so much without you.

These accomplishments are not a brag but a reminder not to underestimate how much is possible in a year.
Tell us below – what have you achieved this year?

Holiday Stories: How a Plesk Program Manager Ends The Year

Holiday Stories: How a Plesk Program Manager Ends The Year

Around the world, people have different holiday stories. Celebrating the end of the year and winter holidays in many weird and wonderful ways. In the Ukraine, for example, they celebrate an old folk holiday called Malanka by dressing up as devils, goats, or bears, and performing in their thousands. In Tibet, they celebrate Losar, one of the most colourful cultural celebrations worldwide. Namely because it involves a lot of fire: torches, firecrackers, and incense all feature in their huge public gatherings.

I myself am cold-blooded, and so will be seeking out warmer waters and taking it easy. Since I have no bones, you can bet that, wherever I am, I’ll be busting moves on the dancefloor. But enough about me.

This year at Plesk, we have a lot of festive offers to wrap up the year. But we want to start the celebrations by finding out what some of our global team are getting up to. This is what happened when I sat with one of our program managers, Ivan Chega, and asked how he spends the Winter holidays season.

Hey Ivan, tell us (and our readers) a bit about yourself.

Hi, I’m Ivan Chega, Program Manager at Plesk. Novosibirsk, Siberia 🙂

Describe a typical workday during the winter and any rituals to keep energies high.

All my weekdays tend to be the same.

  • 6am: Wake up, light breakfast, vitamins (Omega-3, multivitamins, Vitamin D).
  • 7am: Pick up my daughter and take her to kindergarten.
  • 7:40-9:40am: Crossfit training (each workday).
  • 10:30am-7:30pm: Work, normally from the office
  • (swimming pool twice a week after 7pm).
  • 7:30-23:30pm family time, reading, studying Spanish.

Share some activities/traditions that mark the end of the year both at work and at home.

At work we’ve got a very nice corporate New Year’s event with lots of entertainment. At home it’s nice in other ways, because I’m usually driving around, buying presents for my kids from me and from Ded Moroz (Russian Santa). It’s a lot of fun giving presents to relatives on January 1st.

Do you have any funny moments/stories to share?

Every Siberian can tell you lots of stories from his/her experience on how to start a car at temperatures below -30 C and lower. Also, the choice of winter tyres – Studs or studless? That is the question.

What is the nicest winter memory you can share with us?

When I was a child, my grandfather used to own a big cabin in Taiga (even with electricity produced by hand-made power station installed in a creek), quite far away, and on the weekends, we used to go there to ski or snowmobile. Sometimes even spent the night there. Best times ever. Nowadays, Cross-country Skiing with my older son is my favorite Winter activity.

What’s your favorite winter dish or dessert?

  1. The first is Boozy – If you don’t know it, click and learn – you can thank me later.
  2. Omelette with sausages and special salad with cucumber and radish. And BOOZY

What advice would you give Plesk Users at this time of year?

It’s too easy to enjoy summertime – though Winter requires more creativity, you can find ways to enjoy it as much as you can. Be active and let no holiday blues creep into you.

We hope you enjoyed the interview above, and make sure to heed some of Ivan’s advice and have a very happy and active holiday season wherever you may be.

Keep your eyes peeled for more from our Pleskians in our 2019 Holiday Stories series on Facebook and Twitter. Are you enjoying these stories? Let us know below.

How to become a Plesk Support Engineer

So, you applied to become a Plesk Support Engineer and after a series of interviews and negotiations, you signed the contract. Congrats! You’ve just become a part of an effective and successful team. You’ll spend the first five weeks going through an intensive technical onboarding process full of lessons, hands-on exercises, and tests. Plesk University and the team behind it will be helping you along the way.

First steps to becoming a Plesk Support Engineer

Technical Knowledge - Plesk support engineer

First, we need to make sure, that you are familiar with all the basic OS and networking technologies at the Plesk’s core. For that end, we have two basic OS courses: one for Linux, and one for Windows.

Each course starts with a comprehensive test of your initial knowledge. This helps us identify knowledge gaps, tailor the course’s content to address them, and exclude topics with which you are already familiar, thus shortening education time.

Basic OS Courses

Plesk OS basic course

Basic OS courses consist of video, text and external resources that cover all manner of topics:

  • Command-line basics.
  • Linux package management.
  • Services and processes.
  • Networking fundamentals.
  • User and group management.
  • Installing and monitoring Windows services.
  • NTFS permissions.
  • …and many more.

We always recommend taking notes while studying – you will need them to complete small lab exercise after each topic. Practice is essential to learning and retaining the knowledge.

Advanced topics, such as MySQL, Apache/nginx/IIS, Firewall, and DNS, have complex lab exercises. For example, in the Apache exercise, your task is to install the web server, configure two name-based virtual hosts, and enable PHP on one of them. If you feel up to it, you can also complete bonus tasks: configure mod_rewrite rules and add a domain alias.

Completing these lab exercises will require your best efforts. You’ll need to use your notes, search through documentation, and look through available solutions on services like StackExchange and ServerFault. Then, find a way to achieve the required results.

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Knowledge Assessment

Knowledge assessment test

Once we cover all topics, you’ll pass the post-training knowledge assessment. This is the same test you passed at the beginning of the course. It helps us measure the improvement of your skills and determine any possible knowledge gaps left after the training.

We need a +80% grade to consider the training a success. If the grade is lower, we’ll figure out the topics you’re struggling with together. Then, give you extra materials to study, before you can re-take the test.

Completing Basic OS courses takes around two weeks. After that, it is time to start learning about Plesk. For that, we use our official Plesk courses, which are also available to the public.

Plesk Onyx Courses – For Support Engineers too

Plesk Onyx Professional

In Plesk Onyx Professional, you’ll learn how to install, configure, and use Plesk. After each module, you’ll need to complete objectives on a test server. Install Plesk on Linux and Windows servers, configure security settings according to best practices, set up a service plan and create a customer account, and configure backup to a cloud storage or a FTP server.

At the end of this course, you should pass the Plesk Onyx Professional Certification exam. All Plesk Support engineers are required to earn a Professional certification before they start working on customers’ requests. Later, within first three months of your career, you also need to pass both Plesk Onyx Expert exams.

Then, in Plesk Onyx Expert courses (for Linux and for Windows), you will learn how to upgrade, maintain and troubleshoot a Plesk server. Each module in an Expert-level course has a troubleshooting lab exercise. Here your task is to troubleshoot and fix a problem after you run a “troublemaker” script on your server. The same script will help you determine if you succeeded or not.

After the Expert courses, you’ll learn about and try your hand at Migrating to Plesk Onyx. Further down the line you’ll get familiar with our top extensions: WordPress Toolkit, SEO Toolkit, Git, and Docker. As with all the previous courses in this education program, you are required to apply your newly acquired knowledge on practice. All of these are available at Plesk University.

Next stop: Graduation as Plesk Support Engineer

Plesk support engineers graduation

At this point, the technical part of your initial education is over. But before you graduate, you need to learn a bit more on how to be a support engineer. We’ll impart on you the best practices developed over the years. How to communicate effectively, handle conflict situations, safely process customers’ data, and be responsible in your work. You’ll also learn about our tools and processes.

And, finally, the day of your graduation has come! You have learned a lot about Plesk and you’re finally ready to start helping our customers. Your education will continue, fueled by new courses from Plesk University, materials from our knowledge base, collaboration with mentors, your colleagues, and Plesk developers. But that’s a story for another time.

5 easy steps to learn Plesk and become certified

Use Plesk University and get free of charge Plesk certification

At Plesk, we believe in pairing exceptional technology with the know-how to use these tools. That’s why we have made all courses and certificates from Plesk University free for everyone.

All our online courses are built with real-life scenarios, best practices, and use cases in mind. Allowing you to learn at your own pace at home, in the office, or on the go. Whichever course you pick, you can expect a hands-on experience in a safe learning environment. Through engaging activities and lab exercises.

After you complete a course, challenge yourself and take the exam to earn yourself a Plesk University certificate. Proving your expertise to your employers and colleagues. As well as boosting your chances of landing a new job, or a well-deserved pay raise.

Here’s how to get started:

Step 1: Register at Plesk University

Go to Plesk University and create a new account using your e-mail address. You’ll need to confirm your registration by clicking a link we send to your email inbox.

Register at Plesk University

Step 2: Learn Plesk

Plesk University grades its courses and certification exams to three levels of proficiency. Moreover, we address different target audience groups and educational needs

– Marketing & Sales Professionals

Are you a marketer or sales rep? Want to know how to package and sell solutions? Then the Solutions for Service Providers course is for you. You’ll learn how to use Plesk Onyx and its extensions to build specialized service offers. So you can switch from selling infrastructure to selling solutions.

– Server Administrators & Hosters

Want to start using Plesk Onyx on your server or deploy it for your customers? Then you’ll need the Plesk Onyx Professional Course. It gets you started on the path to becoming a Plesk Onyx administrator. And also guides you through installation, initial set up, provisioning hosting services, and basic administrative tasks.

– Server Administrators & Technical Engineers

For everything there is to know about upgrading, migrating, and troubleshooting Plesk Onyx – check the Expert courses. We have them for both Linux and Windows. And we built them for Plesk admins and Technical Support Engineers.

These courses also stem from in real-life scenarios. So they’ll fashion you into a self-reliant and confident Plesk Expert in no time.

Although you can choose to do the courses in any order, we recommend you complete the Plesk Onyx Professional Course before attempting the Expert courses. 😉

Step 3: Complete the course

Once you’ve decided which course to enroll for, head over to the course catalog to get started. All Plesk University courses are self-paced, and split into easily-digestible sessions. About 10 to 20 minutes each. You can pause and resume at any point if want to.

Plesk University courses

Expert-level courses now include additional instructions and scripts for lab exercises. Which you can complete in your own lab environment in order to practice troubleshooting tasks.

Step 4: Schedule an exam

Once you complete the course, we’ll automatically assign you a certification exam. However, there’s no requirement to complete the exam right away. So you can take your time to review and complete practical tasks.

All exams are conducted with a remote proctor. This little guy will verify your credentials and monitor your activity during the exam via web camera, microphone, and remote-access software. This procedure guarantees that we only grant Plesk certificates when users fully earn them.

How do you schedule the exam? Start by making a free exam appointment at least 72 hours in advance. Or else, you can even pay a small fee for priority scheduling. You know, if you just can’t wait to get that sweet certificate. Which we understand, of course.

You’ll find instructions on how to schedule an exam appointment in the intro to each Plesk certification course.

Step 5: Pass the exam

When the time comes, start your exam as we guide you to in the introduction to the certification course. The proctor will verify your identity. Then it will secure your environment by observing your workplace and closing all disallowed programs during the exam. You’ll then unlock the exam with a password. Ta-da! It’s all fancy stuff.

The exam takes 30 to 45 minutes to complete and contains 20 to 30 multiple-choice scenario-based questions. This, however, depends on the level. In order to pass the exam, you need at least 80% of questions to be correct.

If you fail your first try, no judgment – we don’t make it that easy anyway. But you’ll have to wait seven days for your next opportunity to pass the exam. We suggest you spend this time revising course materials because unfortunately, we don’t provide a third attempt at the moment.

Share your success

Once you’ve passed the exam, you’ll get an automatic certificate which you’ll be able to download and print as a PDF. Here’s what it will look like:

PLesk University - 5 steps to get certiofied and how to share your success - screenshot 1
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We’ll also issue you a shiny digital badge within five business days of you completing the exam. And what’s more, you can share this badge on social media channels, and even embed it to your LinkedIn. Or if email’s your thing still, you can add it to your email signature.

Questions? Check our FAQ or send us a message at [email protected]. In the meantime, class dismissed! 🙂