The Admin Benefits You’re Getting with Plesk Server Control Panel

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Web experts design hosting server control panels to help any kind of user, no matter how technically-skilled. Why? Because their goal is to help properly set up and manage websites. Instead of having to type complicated commands, users can just have a user-friendly GUI that performs actions. At the moment, the Plesk server panel is one of the most popular web hosting control panels in the world.

It has an intuitive and clear interface that everyone can find their way around. Especially true if the user has WordPress experience since the Plesk interface assumes a WordPress approach in terms of usability. Keep scrolling for details of Plesk’s core features.

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1. Easily Customizable Plesk Server Panel

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So why is Plesk so intuitive and simple? Because it provides the scope of all necessary tools you need to start – the right way. Essential tools that help you manage your website’s whole lifecycle. With Plesk Onyx, the latest release, you can use category pages for easy navigation while looking for the right tools.

Apart from Onyx basics, you can even customize your Server Panel with various extensions, split into categories within the menu. You’ll find the most popular ones on the main page and more extensions you may need in any of the categories. Narrow your search if you like and you can quickly add extensions in just a few clicks. Here are some favourites:

Also, you don’t have to pay for extensions you don’t need. Because Plesk designed its interface for you to only add what you use. This is how the overview is kept clean and simple within the server panel. Plesk Onyx and other latest versions also provide better support with new extensions such as Git, Node.js, Ruby, and Docker.

2. High Level Of Compatibility

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Plesk server panel supports many different operating systems, platforms and technologies. Thus multiplying its strength and contributing to the fact that most Windows Server installations use the Plesk control panel. Since cPanel and others don’t support Windows OS.

Still, the Plesk server panel isn’t limited to Windows servers only – it supports many different Linux versions too. Plesk also works with lots of different tools and platforms. Like the out-the-box WordPress Toolkit extension. This comes available and ready to use with most Plesk Onyx editions.

3. Variety of Admin Tools

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Administrators’ tools and extensions also include Magento, Patchman, CloudFlare CDN, and Let’s Encrypt. Compatibility with various OSs, tools, apps, and platforms allow admins to run their sites the way they see fit. Not just limiting themselves to useless or unappealing options.

Give users the ability to find what they need and add it to their control panel. You’ll ensure a clutter-free environment that’s easy to use and navigate.

4. Automation and Easy Management

Automation and simplified setup procedures are among the core benefits that Plesk brings to the table. Because server admins get to reduce the efforts and time for routine tasks when they need to.

You can install Plesk on Windows easily as it has a very intuitive GUI. It’s also easy to set up on Linux because it only requires one command to install with default settings. To set up a website using Plesk Onyx, you’ll have to go to the Domains page. First, simply click the domain name. Then choose Files > Databases > Install Apps > Install WordPress to make a brand-new website.

If you use a CMS like Drupal, Joomla or WordPress, you can create, secure and launch a site in minutes. Just drag and drop to add new content or features without having to insert a single line of code. Most extensions have one-click installation so you can set them up instantly.

You can automate server tasks by going to Tools and Resources. Then choosing Scheduled Tasks on the Tools and Settings page. Here you can schedule commands or PHP scripts too.

Moreover, you get extensions like Perfect Dashboard that give you more task automation power. For example, one-click updates for all websites on one account and automated backup integrity verifications. Or engine tests to show if any layout changes have cost you broken SEO tags, social tags, or display errors.

Who can start on Plesk Server Panel?

Various end-user groups with any level of experience can easily use the Plesk server panel. Because it has a clean and user-friendly GUI, huge compatibility potential and a large extension ecosystem. The latest Onyx release has a similar approach. Thus giving more capabilities, including tools and multi-server abilities.

Although there are administrators who still prefer working on CLI, Plesk may still save their time. And beginners get to learn quickly and get rid of the need for third-party support services.

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Why You Need SSL Certificate Everywhere to Scale Your Web Host

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Web security leaped forward in 2018. Google began flagging websites lacking the SSL security stamp. Chrome users – so, over 50% of the market, will start to see “not secure” on websites that lack an SSL Certificate. So, if you ever needed an incentive to get on the SSL Certificate bandwagon – Google’s just provided it.

For web hosts, providing SSL is quickly going to provide an industry standard. Let’s quickly refresh how an SSL Certificate improves the user experience.

Why hosts should care about an SSL Certificate

Why you need SSL certificate to scale web host

Looking bad in Google Chrome is just part of the story. Aside from appearances, having an SSL Certificate is an excellent foundational security practice. In fact, adopting SSL everywhere will improve your Google search engine rankings.

What is an SSL Certificate?

An SSL Certificate is a tiny data file that attaches a cryptographic key to your website. This security protocol will protect user data transfers, secure logins, and credit card transactions. Plus it will authenticate the overall business website or domain. In browsers, SSL activates the padlock and https to make connections secure from the server to browser.

First – Check your SSL certificate

If you were not persuaded by the security benefits, neglecting to generate an SSL Certificate may cost you organic traffic.

And if that happens, you may start losing customers as competitors turn their SSL Certificate into a standard offering. Just imagine if a customer website is hacked because you failed to recommend them an SSL Certificate. That’s not going to work.

But how exactly can you help your customers adopt SSL and stay current?

Helping your customers manage their SSL Certificates

We need to realize, friends, that most business customers are not fluent with the details of SSL. They know the “lock” icon helps security, but that’s about it. They may not realize SSL is necessary or valuable for their website. To help your customers make the transition, you can use the following process.

1. Identify customers lacking an SSL Certificate

Fortunately, many websites have SSL Certificates in place. In those cases, skip ahead to the “Ongoing Support” section. For everyone else, make a spreadsheet listing the following details:

  • Domains that lack an SSL Certificate. Identify the domains that currently lack SSL.
  • Customer contact details. You need this information to contact them. If you have a small customer base, we recommend going for a personal approach. Even large hosting companies like GoDaddy find time to call their customers.
  • A rationale for reaching out. You can make general recommendations about SSL helping search rankings and protecting customer data. If the customer takes customer payments or sensitive data through their website (including support requests), they have an even greater reason to buy an SSL certificate.

2. Reach out to customers

With your customer list in hand, it is time to reach out to customers. Use the following email template as a starting point:

Dear CUSTOMER NAME,

Your DOMAIN URL doesn’t have any SSL security in place. You may know that a website SSL certificate is one of the most popular ways to secure information sent online. Without SSL in place, your website looks like it’s less secure in Google Chrome, the world’s most popular web browser. Your traffic may also decline because security is a factor in Google’s rankings.

We can offer that you purchase an SSL certificate. To set up your next steps, give us a call or contact us here: XXXX.

Concerned that some of your customers may panic about weak security? You can reassure them that over 25% of US government websites analyzed in 2017 failed SSL testing. They are far from alone. After you complete the initial transition effort, move on to ongoing support.

3. Offer ongoing support for SSL

Like passports, SSL certificates expire. If your customers have expired SSL, it degrades the web experience because you get warnings like this:

Help your customers avoid this type of problem by proactively helping them to keep SSL up to date. We recommend setting up an auto-renewal process to notify customers of charges 30-60 days in advance of the charge. Arguing about the SSL process every year doesn’t help anyone, especially if you’re adding new customers each month.

Plesk’s approach to SSL Certificate providers and web hosts

Now we’ve established why SSL is essential for web hosts. Want to hop on the security bandwagon, then stay on top of SSL and all other requirements for your customers? Use the Symantec SSL Plesk Extension.

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Symantec SSL certificate

Unlike other approaches to SSL, the Symantec SSL extension brings additional value. Installed on over one million Web servers around the world, Symantec is a tested solution. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about your security falling behind. Because Symantec has the resources to invest in security.

The Symantec SSL extension integrates smoothly into your server management workflow when you use Plesk. If you’re unsure which certificate to pick, the extension helps you make the right choice. Best of all, the business-level SSL comes with a significant warranty. Which is a sign of us standing behind our product and its SSL certificate price.

Make SSL easy for your customers

SSL is not just for banks and e-commerce companies. Google practically requires it. As a web host, your customers look to you to provide guidance on security. Bring SSL into your standard operating procedures for all of your hosting customers. Follow the button below to learn more.

Plesk Acquired by Oakley Capital

Plesk Acquired by Oakley Capital

Plesk receives pivotal investment from Oakley Capital and embraces the future of cloud, WordPress management, and DevOps

Today, I am excited to share with you that Plesk has completed the separation from Parallels Holdings Limited, having been acquired by Oakley Capital.

Fully focused and committed to the cloud and hosting industry

As an independent company backed by Oakley Capital’s experience and investment, Plesk will now expand beyond traditional web hosting into the hyperscale cloud. Evolving to become an all-in-one platform, we will offer web professionals push-button access to advanced tools like Docker, support for microservices, and simplified cloud management, and accelerate innovation to remain ahead of the market and our users’ needs.

As CEO, I’m personally extremely excited that, with Oakley’s investment, we are now in a position to further empower our existing channel of more than 2,500 strategic partners and accelerate deployments and go-to-market innovations. We will deliver simplified hyperscale cloud platforms for all businesses related to, and dependent on, hosting services!

Jan Löffler, our Chief Technology Officer, also shared with me his vision to supply the world’s 20 million cloud developers with a WordPress management tool that will enable scalability, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and security that can be deployed from anywhere to everywhere.

For us, this investment marks a step to advance with new acquisitions and engineer the Plesk platform for the future.

Strategic partnerships with the best and brightest

At the core of our growth strategy is to work alongside the best and most innovative in the industry. We’ve forged strategic partnerships with industry giants like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and Alibaba Cloud, and also innovation leaders like Docker, Symantec to provide Encryption Everywhere, and Kolab — the company behind Roundcube, the most popular open source webmail provider — to develop Plesk Premium Email that is focused on privacy.

Earlier this year, we signed a landmark partnership with Automattic, the people behind WordPress.com — the world’s most popular open-source, online publishing platform, currently powering more than 26% of the web — to co-develop the Plesk WordPress Toolkit. With more than 1 million WordPress installations already running on Plesk, our WordPress toolkit has been extremely well received by our users, and within the WordPress community.

In the words of Peter Dubens, Managing Partner at Oakley Capital: “We are delighted to be investing in Plesk, which is a widely used software platform with significant growth potential in a sector we know well. We are excited to be partnering with a strong management team and we believe that our combined experience will support the business as it moves into the next phase of its development”.


About Plesk

Plesk is the leading WebOps platform to run, automate and grow applications, websites and hosting businesses. Plesk is running more than 377,000 servers, automating over 11 million websites and 19 million mailboxes. Available in more than 32 languages across 140 countries, 50 percent of the top 100 service providers worldwide are partnering with Plesk. Plesk has simplified the life of SysAdmins and SMBs since the early 2000s and continues to add value across multiple cloud services.

About Oakley Capital

Oakley Capital comprises Oakley Capital Private Equity L.P. and its successor funds, Oakley Capital Private Equity II and Oakley Capital Private Equity III, which are unlisted mid-market private equity funds with the aim of providing investors with significant long term capital appreciation. The investment strategy of the funds is to focus on buy-out opportunities in industries with the potential for growth, consolidation and performance improvement.

Plesk media contact:

Lukas Hertig, CMO at Plesk
[email protected]
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Oakley Capital media contact:

Oakley Capital
+44 20 7766 6900
Peter Dubens, Managing Partner

FTI Consulting LLP
+44 20 3727 1000

Edward Bridges / Stephanie Ellis

Liberum Capital Limited (Nominated Adviser & Broker)
+44 20 3100 2000

Steve Pearce / Henry Freeman / Jill Li