Ultimate Plesk Tutorials for Absolute Beginners 2021

Your ultimate curated guide on getting started with Plesk, setting up and configuring your web server with single or multiple website hosting, securing and scheduling auto backup.

This blog post is as simple it can be.
But rich enough to get you onboard, teach you how to Plesk and go live. Be you a beginner in Plesk with little to no knowledge of Plesk or someone looking for brushing up on your web-server skills, I am sure you will mark this guide as helpful. 🙂

The best part of this tutorial?
Who doesn’t like a video tutorial!
Every step in this series is covered by a dedicated video that I published just before on YouTube and has been already watched over thousands of time. You can find the full Plesk Series’ playlist on YouTube, linked below.

I am writing based on my personal experience of hosting multiple websites with Plesk server.

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What is Plesk?

In simple words, Plesk (plesk.com) is a web platform, a control panel with which you can manage and control your web hosting, automate and scale apps for personal and commercial purposes.

How much does it cost?

While you can use get the paid subscription of Plesk, this tutorial is developed based on the free Plesk service available for DigitalOcean.
We can use a 1-click version of Plesk on DigitalOcean for free up to 3 domains. (details here)

Want to join DigitalOcean?

For me, Plesk is my best friend, the ultimate GUI tool which makes the pain of web hosting management painless.

Now, let us get started with installing Plesk on our DigitalOcean server. While this tutorial is exactly the same for Plesk installed on any server platforms, I will be explaining installing Plesk on DigitalOcean in the first part.
If you haven’t got a DigitalOcean account yet, please sign up and continue following this tutorial.

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Installing Plesk and setting up with DigitalOcean

Installing Plesk on DigitalOcean droplet is fairly easy can all can be done through the DigitalOcean website online.
If you are installing Plesk on DigitalOcean droplet for the first time, please follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Sign in to your DigitalOean account and tap on Create a Droplet

    plesk installation digitalocean

  2. Go to Marketplace, select Plesk

    plesk marketplace app installation digitalocean

  3. Choose your server location, configuration, name and backup options, SSH keys

    Once you have selected Plesk apps from the marketplace, you can configure different aspects of your droplet like server location, SSH keys and password for access and auto-backup options. Don’t forget to note your root password as we will be needing it at step 6 here.

  4. Hit on create droplet, wait until it is done and copy the public ip

    digitalocean droplet ip

  5. open the public ip after droplet installation

    You might get an SSL certificate warning while opening up the server address as till now we haven’t configured the SSL settings. You can proceed to visit the site by adding an exception.plesk admin login url

  6. Logging in to Plesk Web admin control panel

    We can log in to Plesk via SSH access or using the online admin interface. We will be using Plesk’s online panel to log in and access the control panel
    To login, provide username and password as created at step 3.
    username: root
    password: ********* (provide your root password)

  7. Complete the admin setup and access Plesk control panel

    Once logged in, Plesk will ask you to complete the admin setup. This is the final step in Plesk installation. Once completed, you will be taken to the Plesk panel as shown below:
    plesk welcome page

How to add and configure new domain in Plesk control panel

How to install WordPress in Plesk and setting up

Securing a Plesk website with Let’s Encrypt’s SSL certificate

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How to add multiple domains and websites in Plesk?

Hosting multiple websites

Settting up back up and scheduling

I am working on this guide, please visit back soon.
Thanks 🙂

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About the Author
Lakshman Basnet
Nepali Digital Media Marketer currently based in Adelaide, South Australia who apart from playing with his cat - Eleven, also enjoys developing web content, publishing blogs and YouTube videos in his free time.

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