These 9 Web Hosting Trends could be impacting your business

Web Hosting Trends for 2018 as told by Plesk

How do you keep your web hosting business growing? Part of your responsibility lies in staying on top of industry trends. Ignore these trends, and your company starts to suffer as your customers start looking elsewhere for solutions.

Trend 1: Competition from DIY website builders

Squarespace, WordPress premium and other website builders make creating new websites a breeze. We have also seen bloggers publish content like How to Create a WordPress Blog in 5 Minutes. Such content creates the impression that websites are easy to build and set up.

What does this mean for web hosting companies? A growing number of your customers and potential customers think websites are easy to set up. In fact, some probably believe that there’s no real difference between web hosts. After all, everybody promises “easy to set up websites” right?

How to respond to this competition trend

Simply offering web hosting is not enough. You need to provide additional value to your customers. For example, consider offering a quarterly security review for your e-commerce customers. Or review the other trends in this article for more ideas on how you can develop your business.

Trend 2: Bigger demand for managed web hosting services

Modern websites are sophisticated bits of business technology. Take a successful e-commerce website, for example. It may have over a dozen plugins running to increase conversions and manage security risks. To serve media to end users, you might even have a CDN (content delivery network) in the background to keep media flowing quickly.

Fully-managed hosting is a particularly popular option if you have non-technical customers. In addition to basic traditional hosting, a web host will provide backups, system updates, managed backups and help desk services.

In the hosting market, fully-managed hosting sometimes includes one-click installation for commonly used applications, like WordPress and databases. You can also expect to see risk management services like disaster recovery and secondary facilities.

How to respond to this trend of bigger demand

This trend is an opportunity to offer greater value to your web host customers. In order to take advantage of this trend, you’ll need to offer more value in-house. You can do this by building a team or connecting with third parties. In either case, you’ll need extra management effort to maintain the customer experience.

Trend 3: Price competition heats up

It is the flip side of increased demand for fully managed web hosting – price wars for less complex services. If your company specializes in offering simple, do-it-yourself web hosting, be prepared to offer more price-based offers. The largest web hosting companies, like GoDaddy, are masters of discounts and pricing. So study their offers.

You can navigate this trend without destroying your business. However, you need to understand your costs and where you can get increased efficiencies. You might start by looking at your third-party bills for software, hardware, and services.

Alternatively, you might offer discounts in the short term to attract longer customers. It’s the classic ‘cell phone company approach’. Offer a price break today in return for a two or three-year contract.

How to respond to this pricing trend

Ask yourself: Are you losing customers because of price competition? If yes, decide whether you want to respond with more aggressive pricing – or move up the market.

Trend 4: The death of simple web hosting?

When you think of the leading companies in the web hosting business, how many services do they offer? At a moment’s notice, we thought of the following:

  • Web design services
  • Security services like HTTPS, SSL and more
  • E-commerce support: help to install plugins or to implement shopping carts and payment services
  • Email services
  • Online training to help customers deploy their ideas
  • Marketing and SEO services. It might not be a specialty of web hosts, but we see this being offered in the market

How to respond to the trend of ‘extra needs’

What does this mean for your company? If you run a basic web host service, your days are numbered. To survive in the modern web host market, you need to offer additional services. Ask yourself: What are you doing to support your customers’ security needs?

Trend 5: HTTPS is the new normal

In 2017, HTTPS went from being a good idea to being nearly mandatory. As of early 2017, Wired reports that about half of all websites were running HTTPS. Why did it happen? The process started gradually. In 2015, Google said it would favor websites with HTTPS in search results. In mid-2018, the Google Chrome browser will mark sites lacking HTTPS as not secure.

How to respond to this security trend

If you don’t offer your customers HTTPS today, you’re already behind in the game. If you currently charge for HTTPS, that service offering will go under pressure. Why? Because many web host companies offer free HTTPS. You may have to give up that particular service offering. Don’t worry – there are other security services you can charge for.

Trend 6: Protecting user privacy

2018 is already shaping up to be a major year for data breaches and security matters. In Europe, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is causing a tremendous impact on business. If you have web host customers in Europe, you may want to reach out to them to remind them of the changes.

Outside of regulatory changes, there’s a growing concern about the power of large Internet companies. While you may not have Facebook’s scale or problems, their experience has lessons for web hosts. Government agencies and end-customers expect companies to protect their privacy. And take action when there is a failure.

How to respond to this privacy trend

There are 2 dimensions to responding to this trend.

  1. First, rethink how you collect and use information from your customers and users. Do you have a program in place to track and report data breaches?
  2. Next, what advice and information do you provide your web host customers to protect their customer’s personal info? That’s an area where you can add value through webinars, newsletters and additional services.

Trend 7: Green Hosting

Did you know that Internet activities, including running data centers,are significant sources of power consumption today? As a response to this challenge, Google has started changing their approach to adding more “green hosting.” What does this look like? Take a look at GreenGeeks Web Hosting.

The company purchases wind energy credits equivalent to triple the energy it uses. In marketing terms, the company’s hosting plans offer “300% Offset with Renewable Energy.” If you’re interested in making a similar report to companies, look into the company’s reseller program.

How to respond to this green trend

As Internet companies grow, consuming more power, you need to decide whether you’ll contribute to the problem or the solution. One solution is to purchase green energy credits. You might also look into better power efficiency software to optimize your company’s hardware. If your company uses a reseller arrangement, consider adding green provisions into your contract.

Trend 8: Web hosts need to improve their management systems

Once you grow beyond a handful of clients, managing your client needs becomes a challenge. There’s too much information to retain correctly. How do you keep WordPress updated for your clients? How do you monitor backups and uptime for everyone?

This trend is all about the challenge of effectively managing growth. An IBIS World publication estimates that the web hosting industry will grow 7% annually for the next several years. Is your web host ready to take your share of the growth?

How can you improve the customer experience without adding a small army of support staff? The Plesk Hosting Pack because it will address your security needs. It also includes support for Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) and Kaspersky antivirus support. Check our product selection – You’ll see we make it easy to quickly add and configure new servers as you grow.

How to respond to this management trend

There are 2 ways to invest in improving your management.

  1. First, educate yourself on business systems.
  2. Secondly, invest in web management tools like Plesk’s Hosting Pack to automate repetitive admin tasks.

Trend 9: Hosting data centers are disappearing

Web host companies used to invest in building their own data centers. For small companies, this meant buying and managing a half-dozen servers. Larger web hosts would purchase and manage much larger facilities. But all that’s changing now! Industry research found that the number of data centers peaked at 8.55 million in 2015. That figure is projected to drop to 7.2 million by 2021.

How to respond to this data center trend

If your web host operates a data center, it’s time to evaluate that investment carefully. Unless you happen to have unusually demanding customers like banks and governments, there’s little need to own and operate your own data centers.

Use these trends to grow your web hosting business

Security, value-added services and anxiety about personal privacy add up to make web hosting a more demanding business. If you want to stay in business, you’ll need to increase your efficiency and management controls. Sit with your management team and review these 9 trends to see what part of your business plan you need to change.

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.

Do you really need a control panel? Here’s what we think

Control Panel - Do You Need One?

Web hosting control panels have become wildly popular over the last years for the rich features they offer hosting users. These software solutions allow users easily manage their VPS and dedicated servers as well as shared accounts. And without deep knowledge of system administration too – which in turn simplifies various tasks. Many consider control panels to be absolutely essential, especially on Unix and Linux servers. Others, however, see them as a needless cost.

The Pros of a Control Panel

Control Panel Pros

Your server’s purpose will have a drastic effect on how useful a control panel is for you. If you provide hosting services, a graphical interface to manage websites is a service your clients will expect. However, if you have a single-function server, a free tool like phpMyAdmin might be the only thing you regularly use. Making a control panel unnecessary.

The Cost of a Control Panel

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If you’re considering a control panel, you probably know it may not be free. You’ll need an annual license for most control panels. Unless a web host integrates this extra service into your monthly costs of server leasing. Of course, free control panels do exist. However, the reliability and quality level of these products is in question. And they hardly can be compared to commercial control panels.

A Control Panel and Hosting Business

Control Panel In Hosting Business

For those who hold solid skills in server administration tasks, a control panel can just be an extra, unnecessary layer. There’s no real need for a control panel of any type. Don’t fix what isn’t broken, as they say.

However, if you run a hosting business and care about scalability, it’s a different matter. Having a control panel will likely make completing tasks simpler and more efficient. And therefore, it’ll be a worthwhile investment for yourself and your customers.

The Versatile Plesk Onyx Control Panel

The versatile Plesk Onyx control panel

Plesk is an ideal multi-OS control panel for four main groups: administrators, digital professionals, resellers and end-users. Making it an extremely versatile tool for almost any web host.

Administrators

Admins, including web professionals and hosting providers, enjoy the Plesk control panel for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it is a great tool for configuring services, so providers can use an all-in-one service instead of separately configuring a web or FTP server. After configuring, hosts can combine these services with server resources, such as disk space or traffic, to make hosting packages. These service plans could contain web applications like mail accounts and websites and be sold to clients.

Web Professionals

Such as web design agencies. They often buy VPS hosting that already has Plesk installed, or they add it on themselves. The benefits of this control panel for those in the web design industry include managing multiple aspects of their web presence and controlling service management operations.

More on VPS Control Panels here.

Web developers may use the Plesk control panel as a hosting platform to build websites, test them and show the results to clients. It gives control over their server backup and PHP settings – both important for a web administrator.

Resellers or Web Hosters

Another group that will appreciate the benefits of the Plesk control panel. Your business will resell HSP hosting services, using Plesk to purchase tons of resources. And then dividing them.

You can then sell the reduced packages to end-users with additional services. And you, as a reseller, will get to lower your expenses by allowing HSPs to perform server management.

End-Users

Even end-users benefit from access to a control panel. Through a host or reseller, customers can obtain a hosting plan and use Plesk to manage their various services.

Some of the features of the Plesk control panel for end-users include creating sites that they can then populate with their own website content and adding mail accounts.

So, is a hosting control panel actually for you?

Functionality is the main reason to think about it here. Will your server gain functionality with a control panel – and if so, what kind?

Consider if a control panel would save you time, whether it would make the server more attractive to potential clients, and if it could simplify regular tasks.

Get in touch with the button under here to find the right Plesk Onyx fit for you and your business. Or simply sign up for one of our free trials by clicking below. 

What is a Control Panel? Everything you need to know

Managing web services offered by a hosting provider used to require extensive sysadmin knowledge, including the ability to control server services via CLI. For some experts, this can be an effective way to manage servers. But for most system admins, a control panel with a GUI presents a much easier way to manage and monitor all hosted services you use.

This smoothens how you manage your services – be it web hosting, mailboxes, server databases, DNS settings and more. Monitoring is another important control panel function. And the better hosting control panels will offer you ways to stay abreast of CPU, memory and bandwidth use.

Superiority and functionality of panels will vary. But what you need to look out for is a user-friendly GUI, the ability to run Cron jobs as well as advanced security features. Let’s go for a full run-through what your next control panel should look like, what to expect, and what you shouldn’t settle for.

Basic elements of a Control Panel

Effectively take charge of a website hosting environment and make sure the website control panel you choose offers the following essential, basic functions.

Domain and DNS Management

You depend on domains to access website resources. Hence, your control panel should have a section that lets you manage everything about the domains you’re hosting on your server. This includes new add-ons and subdomains, or managing existing ones.

Subdomains

Subdomains allow you to create a separate website area or an entirely new website. All while still using your main domain name. So it can be useful to add a prefix to your website domain name, such as support.domain.com. Your control panel needs to allow you to create as many subdomains as you need. The power’s yours!

Add-On Domains

Most control panels will give you the option to add a number of domains to the hosting environment. You’ll find these as “Add-on domains”. Now, you can choose to assign an add-on domain to a specific website. Or you can simply park it if you currently don’t want the domain to point to any website. Note that a parked domain can point to an existing website. So in this case, every request for that domain is simply redirected to another website of your choice.

DNS Management

Can you imagine if all your DNS data was scattered? You can usually host all the DNS data for a domain on your hosting environment itself. Including the entire range of DNS records, like nameserver and A records, MX records and TXT records. The right hosting control panel for you will allow you to fully customize DNS for each add-on domain you host.

File Manager

Organization is key. How can you keep track of all your the files on your server? You need an easy way to upload, remove and manage these files. So your control panel should present a GUI that enables quick and easy file management. The simpler, the better. Because whether you use a CMS such as WordPress, or not, file management is a basic daily task for admins. Solving CMS issues is also much quicker with a file manager. There is an alternative – enter FTP (File Transfer Protocol), still supported by most control panels, to be honest. But FTP requires using a separate software application which you’ll need to set up on the side.

Mailbox Management

You’ll have multiple email accounts (also known as mailboxes) associated with each domain. Your control panel should come to the rescue here too by letting you create, remove and otherwise manage these accounts. It’s common for web hosting packages to include POP3 or even IMAP email free of charge.

Mail forwarding is another important feature you should look out for. Doesn’t matter whether you are forwarding to an internal email account or an email account hosted elsewhere. Another common practice for control panels is allowing you to configure anti-SPAM solutions ( including DKIM, SPF and DMARC ). Handy because it lets you monitor and protect incoming emails against blacklists and open-source filtering databases.

Here are three great tools that free you from junk email by the way.

Logging and Monitoring

Every system administrator should stay on top of key usage statistics, such as visitor counts, memory use and the total use of bandwidth. A control panel will help you identify websites which use excessive amounts of server resources. As well as enable you to avoid high bandwidth charges – before it is too late.

Advanced Control Panel Features

Not every control panel offers the same features. Although you should make sure basic elements are covered, we recommend you consider the following features too when you evaluate a control panel.

Security: TLS/SSL

The ability to manage TLS/SSL is an essential feature of your control panel. These encryption features prevent your confidential data from getting intercepted. So you can protect user credentials and credit card numbers that hackers can effortlessly steal, via something as common as an unsecured wifi connection.

Check out 5 tips to make your site and server more secure.

Further Security Features

Here at Plesk, we expect all control panels to offer more advanced security features in this day and age. For example, you can get protection against HotLinking. What’s HotLinking? Well, it’s when an unscrupulous website owner links videos or images on your website. And then they display these media assets as their own content.

There are two problems with this. First, the website is stealing your content. Secondly, it’s stealing your bandwidth. HotLink protection can restrict the access other servers have to image files on your server.

Also, consider that you need to be able to block access to a web server directory in all cases. Unless there’s a file that the web server can load, such as index.html. Leaving directory access unrestricted can lead to security threats taking hold.

Read more about why Security is important and how Fail2ban, ModSecurity, and Firewalls help.

ModSecurity

Have you thought about unauthorized users? Included in some control panels, ModSecurity is an application firewall that’s operated on an open-source basis. And it helps you monitor applications, while also logging activity and implementing access limits where necessary. One way of blocking access is by blocking IP addresses. ModSecurity will help you do this.

It also helps to have SSH access, which gives you encrypted file transfers and logins. Useful to configure the remaining services that you cannot configure via the control panel.

Automation

There’s only so much time in a day, right? And you don’t want to be working round the clock. Automating server maintenance is useful for system administrators because it frees up time they can use for other tasks.

Many control panels allow you to use Cron as a scheduler, which runs scripts at specific times on specific days. Great for automating server tasks like database view updates, performing backups and checking your site for broken links.

Custom Error Pages

Standard rule of System administration – Glitches will happen. And you don’t want to serve an unprofessional error message to customers, revealing who your hosting provider is. This is where the custom error message comes in.

You can customize a range of messages in a worthy control panel, including the typical “404 – not found” message. Your messages can, of course, be more descriptive and contain elements including your company logo and instructions on finding help.

Managing Databases

The bigger the website, the more users and the more content involved. Larger websites will manage content by means of a database. Any CMS, such as WordPress, will install a database on your web server. As is the case for most e-commerce platforms.

In turn, many hosting services supply MySQL as an open-source DBMS (Database Management System). Your control panel will let you add, configure and remove databases as you need.

Custom versus Commercial and Open Source Control Panels

Web hosts tend to offer one of two types of control panels. One is a commercial or open source control panel. Usually purchased from a third party, like a million other web hosts around the world. Or you can have a custom panel that is proprietary to the web host, often developed in-house. Custom control panels can be very clean and easy to use. But be aware that they are sometimes unexpectedly limited in functionality.

Some custom control panels, however, are a real mess and become more of an obstacle when it comes to server management tasks. Beginners can also struggle to switch from a custom panel to a more fully-featured panel later on. If you choose a host that uses a popular control panel, like Plesk, you’ll find you can easily switch to another host without needing to re-train your staff on the new control panel.

But if you’re confused, see which made our list of hosting control panels for 2019.

So why have a Control Panel?

You’ll find control panels included in almost all hosting packages. The control panel your host uses is unlikely to be the most important factor you consider when choosing a host, but it’s an important consideration nonetheless.

And as with any software product, the optimal way to evaluate a website control panel is to experience it yourself. Most panels offer a live online preview or free trial which helps you evaluate the functionality and GUI user-friendliness. Plesk offers a free trial, so while you’re here, check it out and see how it feels.

It’s a good idea to try and perform the routine tasks you regularly perform and to compare how long it takes you. A visually-stunning control panel is not necessarily the most effective tool. Luckily we’re a bit of both. But don’t take our word for it. Try it out before you decide, and get in touch with us if you need to.

Looking for free hosting control panel software? Plesk advises.

Plesk and cPanel are probably the two most common names that spring to mind when people think about hosting control panels. But in truth, there are more options out there too – and some are even free! GNUPanel, SysCP, and Webmin are among the most popular free hosting control panel software options. So let’s take a look at them more closely.

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GNUPanel free hosting panel software

GNUPanel exists under a GNU General Public License. It’s a hosting control panel for the Debian Linux distribution and a newcomer to the scene. Its first stable release appeared in March 2016 with significant features including domain and database administration, FTP management, and mail management.

Apache web server, MySQL, and PHP are some of the more prominent applications this free hosting panel can control. And it can happily install a variety of third-party programs, most notably Joomla, phpBB, osCommerce, and WordPress. Though the developer team’s focus is narrow at the moment, they say they have offerings compatible with a wider range of operating systems in the pipeline.

Webmin free control panel

Webmin is a free hosting control panel for server administration released under the BSD license. Highly regarded by dedicated server customers. It’s designed to work with Unix-like systems. But as of recent times, you can also install and run it on Windows.

Its popularity is probably partly due to its simple, user-friendly hosting control panel. Webmin’s creators built it around modules that make it easy to add new functionality. This panel includes standard modules for Apache and BIND, a BSD firewall, bandwidth monitoring, a Cronjob Manager and many others.

In addition to the provided modules, Webmin offers support for an array of third-party extensions and user-developed modules. At the moment, Webmin can support over 80 operating systems. These include Unix, FreeBSD and various incarnations of Linux.

Its open-source software status means that it appeals to developers everywhere. The active Webmin community has refined the software over time. Now its BSD license makes it free for all to use and modify. True both for private and commercial purposes, giving us yet another reason for its popularity.

SysCP free hosting panel

SysCP (System Control Panel) is a free hosting control panel. You use it as a server management tool. Allowing web-based administration of Apache servers, mail, CGI scripts, DNS settings, error page creation, database management and more. Its integrated features control a wide variety of applications, including Apache, BIND, Courier, and ProFTPD.

Built-in modules are plentiful, but third-party extensions offer even more scope for control and customization for the administrator. Names include Fetchmail and SpamAssassin. For a free hosting control panel, it’s quite versatile. Because it supports the Debian, Gentoo, FreeBSD, OpenSuSe and Ubuntu Linux distributions.

SysCP is released under a GNU GPL, so anyone can distribute and modify it. But make sure you check compatibility before installing it.

Having a free hosting control panel versus Plesk

Free hosting control panels offer a lot of scope to beginners. However, it’s commercial hosting control panels like Plesk that are the only real alternative for commercial operations. If you look at Webmin vs Plesk, it becomes clear why Plesk is the paid option.

Plesk offers numerous advantages over free hosting control panels and even other commercial options such as CPanel. It is the only serious choice to consider for the serious administrator – Read about the top benefits for administrators.

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Plesk Multiple Server Management – How it Works

The biggest challenges we run into as system admins and web experts are multiple server managementsite management, and maintenance. If we don’t do this right, we face consequences. We waste time and resources. So it’s essential to own a web hosting control panel – making the whole thing simpler. While being able to create sites, apps, automate tasks, handle website security, and more.

Plesk Onyx is an all-around control panel and WebOps solution. Devs rely on it for its coding environment. Not to mention everyday tasks as it offers many extensions. Including Node.js, Ruby, WordPress Toolkit, Joomla Toolkit and more.

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Plesk supports Docker, which empowers developers to create and manage their new software. Do this by managing and deploying all Docker containers straight from the control panel. Additionally, Plesk offers GitHub integrations – deploying apps and sites quick from a Git repository, remote or local.

Plesk server management continues to add to its multiple server management capabilities. By giving absolute control of multiple accounts and subscriptions across all servers.

Multiple Server Management with One Control Panel

Plesk’s Multi Server extension lets you administrate multiple servers and routine tasks with just one control panel. Doesn’t matter if you’re a hosting provider, reseller, or manage your own hosting. Constantly switching between several hostnames, username IDs, and so on is exhausting.

Plesk designed its Multi Server extension with this in mind. For effective and secure multiple server management. With this extension, you can perform hosting actions on many servers. And manage the infrastructure with ease. This because memorizing hostnames, passwords, and login identifications become unnecessary.

It’s similar to simple web server management. However, the same scope of features is related to a number of servers. All through a single control panel.

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Why the Multiple Server Management Extension?

You can install this extension directly from Plesk’s extension list. But note that you need to install Onyx on all your servers first. You’ll have all the features that Plesk has. But with this extension, you’ll gain additional functionalities:

  • Managing as many customer subscriptions and accounts as you want from your control panel.
  • Choosing between any billing systems you like, including yours.

It’s a very useful business-ready platform. Ideal for development studios and web designers who manage many different sites and clients.

What Plesk Multi-server management Consists of

  • At least two nodes which are all connected to each other using the SDK extension.
  • The basic two nodes include Service nodes and management nodes.
  • Plesk multi-server that will be installed on all extensions with all nodes.
  • All of the nodes that will have the same license key and configurations.

Subscriptions and Customer Account Management

So we said that this system comes with two nodes – service and management nodes. You use the service node to manage hosting. Because it has the power to host sites, system databases and emails. It also ensures quality load-balancing. This is important since it decides which node will provide hosting for the new subscription. Meanwhile, the multi-server extension has a separate API extending from Plesk’s API. Giving the power to add commands within the system.

The management node is a single Onyx server. Useful for both customers and administrators. And it servers a single point login spot. All new customer accounts go into this node too. But remember, this node has no tools for any hosting actions. So we use the management node to create accounts and the service node to manage their hosting.

Additionally, when a customer logs into the management node, they see and manage all subscriptions hosted through service nodes. You can see the following information on the subscription tab:

  • Status – a status sign that shows whether a subscription is successful or not.
  • A service node IP address that is provisioned for a certain subscription.

This is how Plesk server management can help you with web server management and multiple server management. You as an admin can rely on this comprehensive platform for its capabilities at all times.

UPDATE: Starting from Plesk Onyx 17.8 Multi Server feature is no longer available