If you’re looking for a way to run a successful website or business online, the first thing you need to do is make sure that you have an efficient and reliable hosting platform. Two of the most popular options on the market today are cPanel and Plesk. Out of those two, Plesk is the most recent contender on the market, having been introduced in 2001.
Plesk has since developed a powerful name for itself in the platform world, with plenty of great features and advantages to offer its users. Today, let’s look at just some of the features that Plesk users simply can’t live without. Enjoy getting the most out of your control panel.
1. An Intuitive Control Panel
Regardless of whether you’re an avid blogger or a web designer, it’s safe to say that you’re going to need a control panel that’s easy to understand and use. Plesk offers one of the best control panels on the market, with an in-depth user interface and plenty of fantastically friendly features. It’s also available in 32 different languages, making it accessible to people from all around the globe.
2. Greater Server Security
When you’re running a business or website online, you need to make sure that your data is kept protected and secure from people who are trying to gain accessibility. This especially true if you have a virtual web server or physical server that’s connected to the internet. The good news is that Plesk comes with plenty of fantastic security characteristics, including Mod Security, Antispam, Antivirus, and even Fail2ban features.
3. Server Automation
Want to make running things easier and less time-consuming? The Plesk server automation features can help. This solution automates a range of things, including provision processes and configuration to ensure that you can get more important things done when you’re working on your website. This is a great tool for managing applications, provisioning systems, and making sure that server components are easily handled.
4. WordPress Toolkit
WordPress is easily one of the most popular content management systems available for any website developer or business to use today. If you want to run a successful business site with its own store and blog, then there’s a chance you’re already using WordPress. The Plesk WordPress toolkit allows you to administrate and maintain your WordPress accounts with ease. You can use the simple control panel to change your admin passwords and update your domain within a matter of minutes. Changes take nothing but a few clicks.
5. Easy Site Management
Running a website isn’t always as simple as it seems. If you’re worried about things like site collaboration, authoring, administration, and management, then Plesk is here to help. The web server and site management solution ensures that you have absolute support for your website, complete with integration for various servers like LiteSpeed, and Apache.
6. Database Management
Make life a little easier with the Plesk database management solution – designed to offer the best possible user experience. Plesk provides guidelines that allow you to determine how you should set characteristics for each database, and the system also offers support for all the major Databases, including MySQL.
7. Email Components
While it’s easy to argue that social media is the new way of getting in touch and connecting with your customers and followers, it’s important to remember that email is just as important than ever. With the right email solution, you can stay in touch with in-house employees, and connect with clients too. Plesk understands that every email sent by an organisation is crucial, which is why they offer their own email management systems.
The email components provided by Plesk allow you to edit and enhance everything from the header to the subject line and even the unsubscribe button. There’s also plenty of email server support too, so you can reach out for help if you need it.
8. DNS Management Desk Records
Finally, Plesk offers a solution that makes it easier to access your DNS records in a safe and secure format regardless of where your domain might be registered. With the help of the Plesk control panel, you’ll be able to quickly and seamlessly change the service that your domain is using for a specific website and email setup, by managing the DNS records.
The Zone file records can be easily transformed using the “DNS management desk” for Plesk, though you may need to get some extra help from third-party solutions.
9. Software Autoinstall
Plesk comes with a fantastic range of software which you can install at the click of a button. Just like Softaculous on cPanel, Plesk comes with a repository of its own meaning that whether you’re interested in running a blog or setting up your first ecommerce store you will find platforms do suit which can be installed with minimal configuration and at the click of a button. Sure, pretty much every control panel on the market has an autoinstaller feature of this nature but the repository offered by Plesk is significantly more extensive.
10. User Management
With control panels such as cPanel, when it comes to user management and “level above” server administration you typically have to combine it with WHM (web host manager). If you want to add users, sub users or create new root domains you’d essentially need WHM. Plesk however let’s you do all that and more. Imagine a control panel that combines cPanel and WHM and you’ll end up with Plesk. Whilst Plesk as a whole may not be preferred for basic website management and administration tasks when it comes to high end administration functions, it’s the clear winner.
Alternative Control Panels
Of course, Plesk isn’t the only control panel out there when it comes to managing your web hosting account. Linux based control panels such as cPanel are also extremely popular. For most however it’s simply a matter of preference. If you’re a fan of Windows hosting and server architecture then you’ll probably gravitate towards Plesk. If however you prefer the Linux/Apache combo then you’re going to want to look into cPanel. The choice is yours.