[Plesk 11 - End user] Becoming familiar with the Plesk interface

Parallels Plesk Panel 11 end-user series

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.


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