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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.

Plesk is licensed software, as such, you will need to have a Plesk license available to activate the software for use after installation.

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.

Your server will not be activated until the pending invoice has been completed.

Please allow up to 15 minutes for the application to complete initial installation.

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.

If you ever need your login information, you can SSH into your server and run the command cat /root/details.txt

Reinstalling a Pre-Existing VPS with Plesk

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

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.

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.

Please allow up to 15 minutes for the application to complete initial installation.

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.

If you ever need your login information, you can SSH into your server and run the command cat /root/details.txt

Plesk login

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

Plesk configuration

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