How to use the file manager in Plesk

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18. How to use the file manager in Plesk

The file manager is used to upload, remove and organize all your website files.

1) Click websites & domains.

2) Click file manager.

3) Your main website’s files are listed under httpdocs. Click it.

Let’s go through some of the basic functions that can be performed in the file manager.

4) To create a new folder, click add new directory.

5) Type the directory name and click ok.

6) Click ok.

The directory has been successfully created and we have been automatically redirected inside of it.

7) Use this link to go to the parent directory.

8) Clicking this icon allows you to edit the folder.

9) Set the new name.

10) Click ok.

11) If you need to delete a directory, select the box next to it.

12) Then click remove.

13) Check this box to confirm removal and click ok.

14) Click ok.

Now that you know how to add and remove directories, let’s see how to upload files.

15) Click add new file.

16) Select upload a file to upload and create a file to make a new file.

17) Click browse.

18) Browse for the file on your computer and double click on it to select.

19) Now click ok.

20) Here is the file we just uploaded. Use the icons next to it to view or edit the file.

21) You can change the file permissions here.

22) Set which groups of users will be able to read, write and execute this file.

23) Click ok.

Deleting a file can be done the same way as removing a directory.

24) Simply select the file.

25) Then click remove.

26) Confirm and click ok.

27) Click ok.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to use the file manager in Plesk.

How to find and install applications in Plesk

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17. How to find and install applications in Plesk

Instead of manually creating files, writing the code and developing a design for your website, you can install web applications that will accomplish most of these tasks for you. You can use the applications to add features to your site, such as a blog, photo gallery, online store or you can base your site entirely on a single application such as WordPress or Joomla.

1) 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. Click the applications tab.

Featured applications shows the most recommended and popular apps available for your website.

2) Select the learn more button to read about this app.

3) Go to all available applications.

Here, you can view more information about this application before you install it, which you can do by clicking the install button to the right.

This section shows all the applications, both free and commerical, that are available to be installed.

4) Select a category to view specific apps.

5) To refine the list, choose a sub-category.

We can now view all the applications related to content management on the web.

6) Click an app’s name.

7) Let’s begin installing Joomla by clicking this button.

8) Now you simply accept the terms and conditions and wait for the system to load with your information.

9) Click next.

Exactly what settings you’ll need to enter varies, but most applications will require you to enter the same basic information.

10) Set the location where the app should be installed.

11) You can give administrative access to your Plesk account itself.

12) Or you can create a new user, which we’ll do now. Click here.

13) Enter a username and the password two times.

14) Click show all settings to set the blog name, SMTP mail settings and more.

15) Type the site name.

16) Enter the SMTP host which Joomla will use to send e-mail. This is usually localhost.

17) The rest of the default settings for this application should be fine, so click install.

The application was successfully installed.

18) Let’s return to the main applications page.

19) This time, go to manage installed applications.

This screen lists all the applications you have installed. If you ever want to change an application’s settings or uninstall an application, this is where you would go.

20) Click an application’s name.

21) You can click this link to view the admin interface.

22) If you ever need to change the settings for this app installation, use the change settings link.

23) To remove an application, use this link.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to find and install applications in Plesk.

How to create domain aliases in Plesk

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16. How to create domain aliases in Plesk

Domain aliases are additional domain names that can be set up to point to one of your sites. For example, and can both point to

1) Go to websites & domains.

2) Click add domain aliases.

3) Type the domain alias name.

4) Choose the domain for which you are going to create an alias.

5) Click ok.

That’s it! Now the alias has been set up and can be managed or switched off here.

Now you know how to create domain aliases in Plesk.

How to add and manage websites, domains & subdomains in Plesk

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15. How to add and manage websites, domains & subdomains in Plesk

A website is a collection of related web pages, images, videos and other files that are accessible by a common domain name. A domain name is a unique address for your website that must be purchased from your hosting provider or a domain registrar.

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

1) To manage this domain and website or to add new ones, click the websites & domains tab.

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.

We’ll cover most of the features you see here in later tutorials. Right now, let’s scroll down and see how to manage domains and subdomains.

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

2) Click add new domain.

3) Type the domain name you have registered.

Skip over the DNS settings section. You should leave the DNS server configuration alone unless you have a reason to change it.

4) Keep website hosting selected to create a new website on the server.

You could also choose forwarding to use this domain to redirect visitors to another website or choose no hosting if you want to set up the DNS service for the domain but not a website.

5) Click ok.

Now that the domain has been added, you can click its link if you need to edit it.

Note you cannot edit the document root once the site has been created, so be sure to set it correctly when adding the domain.

At the bottom there is a list of scripting languages that shows which are enabled and will be processed by the server.

6) Click ok.

If you’d rather not have to pay to register additional domain names, you can also use subdomains to host additional websites or parts of a website. Subdomains work using one of your exisiting domain names and a prefix. So for example we could create a subdomain on called

If your hosting package allows you to use subdomains, you can add one by following these steps.

7) Click add new subdomain.

8) Type the prefix for this subdomain.

9) Choose the domain under which this subdomain will be created.

10) Set the document root and click ok.

11) Click the subdomain to edit it.

12) Here we are able to change the subdomain name and document root.

13) Click ok.

That’s it! You now know a little bit about the websites & domains section of Plesk and how to add and edit domains & subdomains. Keep watching to find out more.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to add and manage websites, domains & subdomains in Plesk.

How to access webmail in Plesk

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14. How to access webmail in Plesk

To access your webmail in Plesk, direct your web browser to, where is the domain of your website, or follow these steps.

1) Click mail.

2) Click this icon next to the e-mail address.

The default webmail interface is provided by Horde.

3) Type your mail login credentials.

4) Click login.

That’s it! If you prefer, you can set up your account to work with an e-mail client installed on your computer, such as Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird.

This is the end of the tutorial. Now you know how to access webmail in Plesk.