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How to Install Plesk on Cloud VPS

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At Hostwinds, you can create your Cloud VPS Server from several different software applications with the click of a button.  After all, the Cloud Portal was built with you in mind and we want to make it as easy to use as possible. If you’re looking for an enterprise-level alternative to cPanel for your web hosting needs, you can always choose to give Plesk a try. In this guide, let’s go over how to quickly get started using Plesk on your Cloud VPS.

 

What is Plesk?

Plesk is a popular choice for Windows Cloud VPS or Dedicated Servers for you if you need a control panel that many people use that allows a server administrator to set up new websites, reseller accounts, e-mail accounts and DNS entries through a web-based interface. Plesk is a commercial web hosting platform that makes managing your server through a browser straight forward and very convenient.  It is a great solution if you are looking for an alternative to managing your server and prefer using a control panel.

This guide will explain how to create a new server with Plesk and how to reinstall a pre-existing server to have Virtualmin using the Hostwinds Cloud Portal.

 

[notification type=”alert-danger” close=”false” ]Plesk is a licensed software, as such you will need to have a Plesk license available to activate the software for use after installation.[/notification]

 

Creating a New Plesk Server

Just follow these steps to create a new Plesk VPS:

Step 1: Log into your Client Area at https://clients.hostwinds.com

Step 2: Select Cloud Control and then click on Cloud Portal from the drop down menu

 

Cloud Portal Location Image

 

Step 3: Click on the Create option, and select Servers

 

 

Step 4: Under Select Server Image, click on the Applications tab.

 

Applications Options

 

Step 5: Click on Plesk from the available Applications list

 

 

Step 6: Select your server resources, location, and billing cycle, and select Create Server at the very bottom.

 

[notification type=”alert-warning” close=”false” ]Your server will not be activated until the pending invoice has been completed.[/notification]

 

[notification type=”alert-info” close=”false” ]Please allow up to 15 minutes for the application to complete initial installation.[/notification]

 

Step 7: Go to your Plesk server URL at https://YOUR-IP-ADDRESS:8443

Step 8: Login to the Plesk server using your root username and password.

 

[notification type=”alert-info” close=”false” ]If you ever need your login information, you can SSH into your server and run the command cat /root/details.txt [/notification]

 

Reinstalling a Pre-Existing VPS with Plesk

The following steps will let you reinstall your current VPS with Plesk installed.  

 

[notification type=”alert-danger” close=”false” ]Please note that this will erase and destroy and data on the server to reinstall it. We highly recommend that you take a snapshot backup prior to reinstalling Plesk on your server in case you need to restore your server from a snapshot backup.[/notification]

 

Step 1: Log into your Client Area at https://clients.hostwinds.com

Step 2: Select Cloud Control and then click on Cloud Portal

 

Cloud Portal Location Image

 

Step 3: Click on the nickname of your Server you wish to reinstall Plesk on

 

Selecting server

 

Step 4: Click on the Actions menu, and then select Reinstall from the list of available options in the drop down menu

 

Instance Reinstall Location Image

 

Step 5: Under Select Server Image, click on the Applications tab.

 

Applications Options

 

Step 6: Click on Plesk option.

 

[notification type=”alert-info” close=”false” ]Please allow up to 15 minutes for the application to complete initial installation.[/notification]

 

 

Step 8: Go to your Plesk server URL at https://YOUR-IP-ADDRESS:8443 and login to Plesk with your server’s root user and password.

 

[notification type=”alert-info” close=”false” ]If you ever need your login information, you can SSH into your server and run the command cat /root/details.txt [/notification]

 

Plesk login

 

Step 9: Setup your Plesk admin account and input your activation code for your Plesk license

 

Plesk configuration

 

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