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How to Add or Remove a Parked Domain using Plesk Control Panel

Plesk is a control panel that is supported on both Linux and Windows but works better on Windows. We have explained lots of Plesk’s features in our previous posts. We explained its installation, how to get a free SSL on it, how to create a backup, and etc. In this post, we are going to show you how you can add a parked domain on Plesk.

Why Park a Domain?

Why park a domain?

As you know most of the features are the same in different control panels. DirectAdmin is a control panel for Linux servers. In our post about how you can park a domain using DirectAdmin, we explained why you might need to park a domain. We are going to explain it shortly here.

Having a parked domain means there are two or more domains that are pointing to a single website or content. So, if you have domains that are similar in dictation or meaning and you want all of them to point to one website this is what you should do. You choose one domain as the primary one and park all the other domains on that primary domain.

How to add a parked domain on Plesk?

Here are some easy steps to show you how you can park a domain:

  1. Log into your Plesk account.
  2. Find the “Websites & Domains” on the menu.
  3. Click on the “Add New Domain Alias” option.
  4. On the new window, in the Domain alias name, type in the domain you want to park.
  5. In the “For the domain” section, you can choose which website or content this domain should point to. This is for when you have added add-on domains to this control panel. Add-on domains are the other domains or websites that are controlled by this account.
  6. Check these boxes: “Web service”, “Mail Service”, “Synchronize DNS zone with the primary domain” and ” Redirect with the HTTP 301 code”.
  7. Click on the ok button.

After these a few steps now you can see the alias domain or the parked domain on the first page.

Remove a Parked Domain

Removing a parked domain is super easy. You just have to:

  1. Log into your Plesk account.
  2. Go to the Websites & Domains page.
  3. From the list of all the parked domains, choose the one you want to remove and click on show more.
  4. Click on remove.

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How to Create a Backup on Plesk

Creating a backup is one of the most important things in the IT world. We have explained its importance in the post about how you can create a backup on CyberPanel. But to explain shortly, we should say that if you have a website or any other data that is important to you, having a backup is the only way that can make you sure about the safety of your data. So you should frequently create full backups of your data so that if anything happens to your data, you just easily restore the latest backup. In this post, we are going to show you how you can create a backup on the Plesk control panel.

Create a Backup on Plesk

1. Login to your Plesk control panel. If you have bought your service from AiroServer.com, you have received an email from us that includes the username and password you need to log in.

2. From the menu on the left, click on Domains. This will show you all the domains you have added to this control panel. Choose the domain you want to create a backup from.

3. When you choose a domain, there are different functions you can do. To create a backup, from the menu on the right choose the Backup manager.

Backup-manager

4. On this page, you’ll see all the backups you’ve created before. You can see the number of the backups you have and their size below the list. Also, the creation date of these backups can help you see which one is the latest one. There are also some other options and here are some explanations about them:

Backup Manager
  • Backup: As it is obvious from its name, this is where you create a backup and take care of its configuration.
Backup

Just like the picture above, you can choose which files you want to create a backup from or if you want a full backup, just check all the boxes. (Having a full backup frequently is absolutely recommended.)

You can also choose where you want this backup to be saved. You can also use FTP to transfer the backup to another server.

Another thing is that you can give it an Email address so that it’ll notify you when the backup is created.

  • Upload: You can use this option to upload a backup you have on your computer so that you can use it on Plesk.
Upload backup
  • Schedule: This is a very important feature. Here you can schedule a backup to be created for you at a specific time. It is similar to a cron job on cPanel and DirectAdmin.
Schedule a backup
  • FTP storage settings: In case you want to transfer backups to another server for any reason like not taking up all of your space with backups, you can add your FTP details here.
FTP settings

Now you know how you can create backups on Plesk and use its other related features.

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How to Get Free SSL using Plesk Obsidian

On September 25th, 2019, the Plesk company released a new version called “Plesk Obsidian”. As you know, Plesk is a control panel for both windows and Linux servers but works better on Windows. This new feature changed the way you can get SSL comparing to the older versions. In this post, we are going to show you how you can get free SSL using Plesk Obsidian.

Having an SSL certificate is a necessity these days. If your website doesn’t have an SSL certificate, browsers like chrome label you as an untrusted website. So, if you don’t have SSL, it will reduce your website views because fewer people will trust your website. There are lots of ways to get SSL for your domain and all of them should be activated in the control panel at the end.

We should mention that all AiroServer.com‘s shared hosting services

Get Free SSL using Plesk Obsidian

1. Login to your control panel with your username and password.

2. Now from the dashboard of the Plesk Obsidian, go to the SSL/TLS Certificates page.

3. In the window that is shown in the picture below, click on the “Get it free” button.

Get Free SSL

4. On the SSL/TLS certificate for (YourDomain) page, click on the Get it Free button. There are also some checkboxes you can check if you want:

  • Secure the wildcard domain (including www and webmail)
  • Include a “www” subdomain for the domain and each selected alias
  • Secure webmail on this domain
  • Assign the certificate to mail domain

If you check the first two boxes, all of your subdomains and your domain with www will also get secured.

Free SSL

One of the pros of using Let’s encrypt is that you don’t need to renew or reinstall the SSL ever again. It will automatically get renewed and you only need to activate the SSL certificate once on the host side after setting the Nameservers.

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Email Forwarding on Plesk

In our last post, we have explained you can create an email address on Plesk. In this post, we are going to show you how you can use email forwarding on Plesk.

Why use Email Forwarding?

As we have mentioned before, checking webmail through the control panel might be a little hard for you. Every time you want to check an email, you need to login to the control panel or directly go to that webmail to check your emails. However, you might wish that there was a way you could check all of your emails at once. For example, imagine you want to check example@domain.com and you Gmail’s email all in one inbox. For this to happen, you need to set an email forwarding for Example@domain.com so that all the emails that are sent to it, also show up in your Gmail’s inbox.

How to Set Email Forwarder on Plesk?

  • First, you need to login to your Plesk account and on the dashboard, choose Email Address.
  • Here you’ll see all the emails you have created before. Choose the Email address that you want to set forwarding for.
  • In the new window, there are some tabs on top that one of them is “Forwarding”. Click on that and enter the forwarding tab.
Email Forwading
  • Check the “Switch on mail forwarding” box and enter the email address you want your emails to be forwarded to.
  • Click ok and you are done!

Some points to mention:

  • If there are more than one address you want emails to be forwarded to, separate the addresses by using space, comma or semicolon.
  • If you don’t wish to keep a copy of the received emails in the inbox of the email you are setting a forwarder for, you can uncheck the Mailbox option here

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How to Create Email Addresses on Plesk

As you know, having dedicated webmail is really important for some businesses. Nowadays all businesses, no matter how big they are, use email addresses that include their domains. For example, example@airoserver.com is one of these email addresses which includes our domain. You can create email accounts in your host‘s control panel. In this post, we are going to show you how you can create an email address on Plesk. You can also check out previous posts to see how you can do this on other control panels like cPanel, CyberPanel and etc.

Create an Email address on Plesk

  1. Log in to your Plesk account.
  2. From the menu on top, click on “mail”.
  3. In the new window, go to the “Email addresses” tab and click on the “Create Email Address” option.
  4. On this page, enter the email address you want to create. You can choose the part which comes after the @ from the dropdown. For example, in the box before @ we enter “example” and then we choose the airoserver.com from the dropdown.
  5. Check the “Access to the Control Panel” box.
  6. Choose a password for that email address.
  7. Reenter the password in the Confirm password box.
  8. In the MAilbox section, specify the space you want this mailbox to have. (This can be unlimited)
  9. In the end, click on the Ok button to continue.
Create-email-addresses

If you don’t know what email addresses you should create for your departments, here are some examples that are used commonly all over the world:

  • Public relations: info@domain.com
  • Support team: support@domain.com
  • Sales department: sales@domain.com
  • Billing department: billing@domain.com
  • Staff: first letter of their name.Lastname@domain.com

Having dedicated webmail and email addresses like these can help you look more professional. So it’s always better to use dedicated webmails instead of Gmail, Yahoo or etc.

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How to log in to and Log out of Plesk

In our last post, we have introduced a control panel called Plesk that runs on both Linux and Windows. Although Plesk runs on both operating systems (Linux and Windows), it works better on Windows and it’s better to use DirectAdmin or cPanel for Linux servers. DirectAdmin and cPanel have better performance on Linux servers and we have completely explained both of them in previous posts. In this post, we are going to show you how you can log in to and log out of Plesk.

How to Log into Plesk

In order to log in to Plesk, you need to enter one of these addresses in the address bar of your browser:

  • Http://IP address:8880
  • Http://YourDomain:8443
  • Http://IP Adress:8443

!! You may face errors such as “Your connection is not private” or “This connection is untrusted”. These errors might vary depending on the browser you are using. In this case, simply click on the “I understand the risks” or go to the Advanced section and choose the “Proceed” or “Add exception” option. After this, you’ll see the login page.

On the login page:

  1. Enter the host‘s username and password to login to your host.
  2. Don’t make changes in the Interface Language option and let it be in its default status.
  3. Click on the Login button to continue.
Login

How to log out of Plesk

Logging out of Plesk is as easy as logging in to it. You just need to find the “Logged in as” phrase on the top menu of Plesk’s dashboard. The dashboard is the panel that you see when you log in to any control panel. Now click on Log out and it’s done.

In our future posts, we are going to give you more details and explanations about the Plesk control panel.

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Plesk Control Panel Installation Guide

In our latest posts, we have fully introduced and explained three hosting control panels which you can install on Linux. These three control panels are DirectAdmin, cPanel and CyberPanel. DirectAdmin and cPanel are two Proprietary control panels but CyberPanel is free. In this post, we are going to introduce Plesk which is another control panel that runs on both Windows and Linux. We are going to show you how you can install this control panel on your servers.

Plesk Installation Guide

Before installing this control panel make sure your server is a windows server.

1- Establish a remote connection to the server using Remote Desktop Connection.

2- Download the file and then click on the installer file to start the installation process.

3- Choose the Language and then type in the server’s username and password to log in.

Login to Server

4- After logging in you’ll see three different options:

  • Install or upgrade product
  • Add components
  • Update components

We only need the first option here because the other two are for when you have installed the control panel and you need to update or add components to it.

There is also a tab here called “Update source and installation settings”. If you want to do some specific configurations you need to choose this tab or else choose the summary tab for a quick installation.

Here are the things you can do on the “Update source and installation settings” page:

Updates source and installation Setting
  • Change the Source: By default, Plesk Installs the control panel from its company’s server. If you want to install it from other sources you can change the source here.
  • Change the directory: If you can choose a specific directory to install the control panel on it.
  • Proxy Server Access
  • Choose control panel’s language
The summary tab:

5- Click on the “install or upgrade” option on this tab to continue the quick installation.

6- Here you need to choose the version of Plesk that you want to install. Choose the latest Plesk Onyx version and continue.

7- There are three different installation types that you can choose from.

  • Recommended: This is the most popular option. If you choose this, Plesk will automatically install all the extensions that are needed for web hosting such as Mail server, DNS, Web server, Database, and etc.
  • Full installation: This option needs a lot of space on your server since it installs all of the services that it has. We do not recommend this option because most of these services you will never need and use.
  • Custom: This option is for the ones who exactly know which services they need.

Choose one of these options and click on the “Preview components selection” to manage the extensions and to remove one if you don’t need it.

8- Here you should select the installation directory, a path for storing data and websites’ content, and the Plesk administrator password.

The installation begins now and it may take 30 to 90 minutes depending on the number of the services you are installing. After the installation is finished you can access Plesk at server IP:8880.

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How to Check Server Status on CyberPanel

In this post, we are going to show you how you can check server status on CyberPanel. As you know, CyberPanel is a free hosting control panel that is supported on Linux. We have written a full series of posts about this control panel. We started from CyberPanel’s installation guide and then we explained how to:

Now let’s see how you can check server status on Cyber Panel.

Server Status

On the CyberPanel Dashboard, there is a menu on the left where there is a section called Server. On the Server section, you can see different options that one of them is server status. If you click on Server Status, you’ll see these items:

Server-Status
  • Top Process: In this panel, you can see all the processes that are happening on your server. If the server’s CPU load is high you can check here which user is using the CPU too much. After you found that user, you can click on the “Kill” button to kill their process and return the server’s CPU load to its normal status.
  • Lite Speed Status: Here you can check the web server‘s status. You can also reboot your web server if necessary.
  • Services Status: This shows you all the services that are running on your server. You can also reset any of these services if necessary.

Because of the CyberPanel’s amazing UI and UX, you can easily do all of these functions without needing to use SSH.

All in all, CyberPanel is a great control panel that you can use for free. So if you need a free control panel with lots of good features this could be a good choice.

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How to Restore a cPanel Backup on CyberPanel

In our earlier posts, we have explained about different control panels like DirectAdmin, cPanel and CyberPanel. All three of them are supported on Linux. As we have mentioned before we also have other control panels for Windows. Windows. for any reason like the cost, some features or etc, we might need to migrate from one control panel to another. In this case, we need to create a backup on the first control panel and then restore that backup on the destination one. In this post, we are going to show you how you can restore a cPanel backup on CyberPanel.

DirectAdmin and cPanel are Proprietary control panels which means you need to buy a license for them. However, CyberPanel is a free control panel which is also open-source. Now when you want to migrate between two control panels the most important concern is that the data transfers completely. It is so important that no data loss happens when you restore the backup. So migrating between some control panels can be troublesome. However, CyberPanel made the migration from cPanel to CyberPanel much easier for us.

How to migrate from cPanel to CyberPAnel

  1. Create a full backup on cPanel: Login to your cPanel account and create a full backup of your files. Choose a path like home/backup for the backup file to go to. This will be a tar.gz. file.
  2. Change Permission: After the backup is completely created, go to the path you chose and change the backup file’s permission to 755. This makes your file downloadable for anyone who has the link. This link is Domain.com/File’s name. You can also download the backup just by double-clicking on that file.
  3. Upload the backup file to CyberPanel: Login to CyberPanel and upload the backup file to a path on CyberPanel. Again you can choose home/backup.
  4. Restore the Backup: Use this command to restore the backup. Remember to replace the path/to/file part with the path where your backup file is.
/usr/local/CyberCP/bin/python2 /usr/local/CyberCP/plogical/cPanelImporter.py --path /path/to/files

After this, your backup will be restored completely with no conflicts.

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How to Access Logs on CyberPanel

When something is going wrong in your system, program, website or etc. checking the logs is one of the first things you should do. Logs show you what is happening and even sometimes why it’s happening. For example, security logs can show you if there has been an attack on your system and some other information about it. In this post, we are going to show you how you can access logs on CyberPanel.

CyberPanel is one of the control panels that work on Linux servers. We have explained about different functions of this control panel in our earlier posts. Let’s see how you can check logs on this control panel.

Access Logs on CyberPanel

As we mentioned above logs are essential for us. A server admin needs logs to see what is going on in servers so they can fix whatever that is going wrong. You can access logs through SSH connection which you can stablish using the PuTTY program. However, CyberPanel also gives you this option to check your server’s logs on CyberPanel’s dashboard.

1- Login to CyberPanel’s dashboard. On the main page, click on the “LOGS”.

How to access logs How to access logs

2- There are different functions you can do on this page:

Access logs on CyberPanel
  • Access Logs: Here you can check all of your server’s logs. This tab shows you which IPs and when logged into your server. These logins include things such as login to the database, server, control panel and etc.
  • Error Logs: In this tab, you can see all of the server errors. So here you can see the errors and fix the problems when necessary.
  • Email Logs: In this section, you can access all the logs that are related to your email. We have already explained how you can access your Webmails on CyberPanel. In the email logs tab, you can check all the logs and errors related to your webmail.
  • FTP Logs: All the file transfers that happened on this server and their errors are shown here.

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