What is Plesk?

pleskWhat is Plesk? Plesk is a web based control panel that is increasingly becoming the preferred choice for web hosting companies. The simple configuration in Plesk allows the web hosting provider to easily manage thousands of virtual hosts on a single server.

Easy to Use Website Management Apps

Plesk offers a complete set of features essential for webmasters to manage your websites. With Plesk, webmasters can conveniently perform all kinds of routine website management tasks including set up mailbox, create FTP accounts, manage DNS autoresponders, add domains, manage files on domain, and create MySQL. Plesk control panel is usually included for free in all types of web hosting plans including shared, VPS and dedicated hosting.

Straightforward Interface

Plesk has an easy to use interface that allows webmasters to carry out the administrative tasks in just a few clicks. The one click installation tool is suitable for newbies who are looking for an easy way to install a CMS such as WordPress on their site. The built in WordPress Toolkit makes it easy for you to manage all your themes and plugins. The control panel can be customized to only include add ons that the user frequently use. There is an integrated search box in the control panel that allows customers to search for the type of add-ons they need. Plesk allows you to create accounts with lower level of permissions for other users who will be accessing the control panel. This prevent them from being able to make changes to everything in the control panel.

High Level of Security

Plesk is very secure as it is protected with a powerful protection system that will guard your server from spam. It constantly carry out the Fail2ban software scan to eliminate malicious users and prevent server attacks. You can block IP addresses that are belonged to hackers from the Plesk control panel. The ModSecurity firewall allows you to set up your own rules for the firewall. Plesk uses its own SSL to encrypt the control panel page. You will notice that the URL of the control panel has the HTTPs prefix. In the first time you visit the control panel, the certificate warning message will display on your browser but you should continue on to the secure site. If you don’t want your customers to see this certificate warning, you should use the non-encrypted URL

Supports 12 Languages

Plesk’s interface supports 12 different languages including English, Spanish, traditional and simplified Chinese, Japanese, and German.

Free Site Builder

Plesk includes a free site builder that allows you to create websites with easy to use drag and drop functions. There are more than 100 pre-built templates for you to choose from.

Completely Automated

There are several automated features in Plesk including auto component updater, and key auto update mechanism. Plesk offers many free skins for customizing the appearance of the control panel. If you don’t want to use the free skin, you can use a skin you design yourself.

Support Windows and Linux

Plesk is suitable for both Linux and Windows OS. Some of the Linux OS it support are Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Debian, Fedora, plus CentOS, openSUSE, Ubuntu, and CloudLinux. It supports various versions of Windows servers including Windows Server 2003, 2008 and 2008 R2. Plesk control panel is ideal for webmasters who own multiple websites.

Mobile Monitoring

Plesk supports mobile monitoring, which means that you can monitor the status of your server when you are not at the servers center. The mobile monitoring will let you know when the problem started on the server. This allows you to go to the server center to fix the server when a problem happen.


In conclusion, Plesk control panel is designed for newbies who don’t have experience in website management. There are many free video tutorials to help newbies customers to become familiar with the interface. The support documents use easy languages and don’t have many technical terms.