How to install SSL certificates in Plesk

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22. How to install SSL certificates in Plesk

SSL certificates are used for establishing secure communication channels on the internet and for verifying website identity. When users visit a secure online store, they are notified that all sensitive data, such as credit card numbers, will be transferred over a secure channel.

1) To access your DNS zones, go to websites & domains.

Let’s see how to install SSL certificates in Plesk.

2) Go to secure your sites.

3) Click manage next to the domain for which you want to create a certificate.

4) Click add SSL certificate.

5) Enter a name, for your records only.

6) Make sure the provided information is correct, then click request.

7) Click the name of the certificate.

8) Locate the CSR section.

Here is the certificate request and private key that were generated when we clicked the request button. You will need to provide this information to an SSL vendor when purchasing a certificate.

Once you’ve purchased the certificate, you will need to upload the file or paste it as text here.

9) Click cancel to return to where you were.

Instead of purchasing a certificate, you can create your own self-signed one. However, be aware that doing this will show a message to your visitors warning that the certificate may not be trusted or valid.

10) Return to SSL certificates.

11) Click manage.

12) Click add SSL certificate.

13) Enter a name, for your records only.

14) This time, click self-signed.

15) Let’s view the generated certificate.

Here is the private key and certificate that were generated.

Now let’s configure Plesk to use this certificate.

16) Return to websites & domains.

Scroll down to the website list.

17) Click on the domain.

18) Make sure enable SSL support is checked.

19) In the certificate drop-down, choose the self-signed SSL certificate we just created.

20) Click ok.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to install SSL certificates in Plesk.

How to manage your domains’ DNS zones in Plesk

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21. How to manage your domains’ DNS zones in Plesk

DNS Zones control the way your domains and subdomains work. Plesk gives you full control over your DNS zones, assuming your hosting plan grants access to this feature.

1) To access your DNS zones, go to websites & domains.

2) And then DNS settings.

You’ll see a list of all the domains on this subscription.

3) Click the [Manage] link next to a domain to manage it.

You’ll find a number of tools here. You can switch off the DNS service, which will make the Plesk server stop responding to any DNS requests for this domain.

Switch DNS service mode makes the Plesk DNS server act as a slave for this DNS zone and use an external DNS server instead.

You can also add a record, modify the zone’s start of authority (or SOA) record, or restore this zone to the server’s defaults.

4) Let’s add a record.

5) First, choose the record type.

6) We’ll leave this set to A, which lets us point a subdomain to an IP address.

For specific information on each record type, view this area’s help page.

7) Next, we’ll enter the domain name and the IP address for this record.

8) Click ok to submit the page.

9) The DNS record has been created, but not yet saved to the live DNS zone used by the server. Click update to apply the changes to the DNS zone or click revert to abandon the changes.

10) Click update.

And now the changes have gone live.

Below, you’ll find a list of all the records in this domain’s DNS zone. You may need to edit these at some point.

Here’s the record we just added.

You would click on an entry’s link to edit it.

11) To delete one or more DNS records, click the checkbox next to each…

12) And then click remove.

13) Confirm the removal, then click ok.

14) Click ok.

Again, you will need to click update or revert in order to apply or abandon the changes.

15) Click update.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to manage DNS zones in Plesk.

How to create additional FTP accounts in Plesk

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20. How to create additional FTP accounts in Plesk

If you have multiple users that need to use FTP to upload files to your websites, you can create separate accounts for each of them to use.

1) Click websites & domains.

2) Click FTP access.

3) Click create additional FTP account.

4) Type the account name and password the user will use to log in.

5) You can also set the home directory here to restrict this user to a certain directory.

6) Click ok.

Below, we can see the new FTP account that was just added.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to create additional FTP accounts in Plesk.

Becoming familiar with the Plesk interface

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2. Becoming familiar with the Plesk interface

Welcome to Parallels Plesk Panel 11. This version of Plesk provides you with a streamlined user interface and many powerful new features.

This is the home screen which gives you quick access to all the most important tools in each area of the panel.

Hosting services in Plesk 11 have been restructured. You have a customer account, which is what you use to log into the Panel. This account never expires, but this alone doesn’t actually provide you any hosting services.

Instead, when you sign up for a hosting plan, a new subscription is added to your account.  Your customer account simply provides you access to your subscriptions. You can have as many subscriptions on one account as you need.

If you have more than one subscription on your account, you can switch between them using this drop-down menu. This subscription also called webspace.

Notice the interface has changed to display our other subscription.

You’ll find a list of all your subscriptions on the webspaces tab.

Use these links for detailed information about exactly what your subscriptions provide.

You can use these links as an alternative way to switch to another subscription.

This link will show you how much resources you have in your account.

1) Now let’s check out some of the other areas of the panel, starting with the users tab.

If you want to allow other users to access the panel to manage websites, installed applications, or to use e-mail services under your domains, instead of giving them your login info, you can create user accounts for them.

These accounts are assigned roles, which are sets of permissions that give you control over exactly what kind of access your users have to your subscription.

Note that user accounts created on one subscription don’t have access to others.

2) Now click mail.

Here you can create and manage the e-mail accounts associated with your domains. For each e-mail account, you can set up a mailbox, aliases, auto-reply and forwarding.

3) Next go to websites & domains.

This is the area of the panel that gives you complete control over your websites and their content. Depending on the features that are activated on your subscription, you may have different options available to you.

When your hosting account was activated, it was configured with one new website assigned to the domain name you specified when signing up.

If your hosting package allows you to use more than one domain name, you can use the additional domains slots to set up more websites.

4) Click the applications tab.

Plesk comes with a built-in application installer that’s pre-filled with a number of useful applications, and your hosting provider may have added even more. This is where you’d go to view and install these applications and mange existing installations.

5) Now click statistics.

This is where you view detailed reports on how the resources provided with your subscription are being used.

6) Click file sharing.

Here you can share your files with others. Either share your personal files with employees or with world. Shared files will be accessible to only those who have panel access, and public files will be accessible to only those who know the link.

This is the end of the tutorial. Be sure to check out the tutorials that follow if you ever need help performing more specific tasks in Plesk.

How to change your FTP account credentials in Plesk

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19. How to change your FTP account credentials in Plesk

You may need to change your FTP account login information at some point in time, so let’s learn how to do that.

1) Click websites & domains.

2) Now go to FTP Access.

Here is a list of all FTP accounts associated with this subscription.

By default, you will see one account here. This is the domain administrator’s FTP account. It can’t be deleted, but you can change its login info.

3) Click here to do that.

4) Change the username or password by typing the new ones in these boxes.

Your main FTP account uses your subscription’s login credentials, so to change your FTP login info, you’ll be taken to the web hosting settings page.

5) Click ok.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to edit your FTP account information.