How to find and install Applications in Plesk

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How to find and install Applications in Plesk

Instead of manually creating files, writing the code, and developing a design for your website, you can install web applications that will accomplish most of these tasks for you. You can use the applications to add features to your site, such as a blog, photo gallery, online store, or you can base your site entirely on a single application, such as WordPress or Joomla.

1) Plesk comes with a built-in application installer that’s prefilled with a number of useful applications, and your hosting provider may have added even more. Click the Applications tab.

Featured Applications shows the most recommended and popular apps available for your websites.

2) Select the Learn More button to read about this app.

3) Here, you can view more information about this application before you install it, which you can do by clicking the Install button to the right.

4) Go to All Available Applications. This section shows all the applications, both free and commercial, that are available to be installed. Select a category to view specific apps.

5) To refine the list, choose a sub-category.

We can now view all the applications related to content management on the web.

6) Click an app’s name.

7) Let’s begin installing Joomla by clicking the Install button.

8) Now, you simply accept the terms and conditions, and wait for the system to load with your information.

Exactly what settings you’ll need to enter varies, but most applications will require you to enter the same basic information.

9) Set the location where the app should be installed.

10) Click the Show All Settings link to expand all settings.

11) Enter the site Administrator’s information here.

12) Type the site name.

13) Enter the SMTP Host which Joomla will use to send e-mail. This is usually localhost.

14) The rest of the default settings for this application should be fine, so click Install.

15) The application was successfully installed. Let’s return to the main Applications page.

16) This time, go to Manage Installed Applications.

17) This screen lists all the applications you have installed. If you ever want to change an application’s settings or uninstall an application, this is where you would go. Click an application’s name.

You can click the Administrative Interface link to view the admin interface. If you ever need to change the settings for this app installation, use the Settings button. To Uninstall an application, use the Uninstall button.

That’s it! Now you know how to find and install Applications in Plesk.

How to log in to Plesk

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How to log in to Plesk

1) Before you can log in to Plesk, you will need to navigate your browser to the URL that should have been given to you by your hosting provider.

2) Once there, enter your username and password in these boxes.

3) If you’d like to change the interface language, use this drop-down menu.

Depending on the language packs your server has installed, you may see different choices. We’re going to keep the default for this tutorial.

4) Select Log In.

You are now logged in to your account and can mange all the various aspects of your hosting subscription(s).

For an overview of the most important features in Plesk, check out the following tutorial, “Becoming familiar with the Plesk interface.”

5) When finished using the hosting panel, be sure to log out to prevent unauthorized users from gaining access.

Now that you know how to log in and out of Plesk, continue to the next tutorial to become familiar with the interface.

How to specify a Catchall E-mail Account in Plesk

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How to specify a Catchall E-mail Account in Plesk

When e-mail messages are sent to an address under your domain that does not exist, you can choose to redirect them to a single address, also known as a catchall.

1) Go to the Mail tab. Click Change Settings.

2) Choose Forward to Address.

3) Type the address where you want the mail to be sent. Click OK.

That’s it! The catchall e-mail has been setup, and whenever a message is sent to a non-existant address on your domain, it will be re-routed to the new address we specified.

What is a control panel?

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What is a control panel?

The control panel is an essential part of any web hosting account. You wouldn’t be able to do very much without some sort of control panel — even just a basic one.

Among the most widely used web hosting control panels are cPanel (shown here), Parallels Plesk, and DirectAdmin. Some control panels only run on Linux, some are meant for Windows, and some will work with both types of operating system.

One important note: Just because your computer at home is running Windows doesn’t mean you need to find a Windows hosting account. You only need a Windows account if your website requires features that only work on Windows. Otherwise, a Linux account will work just as well, and with very few differences.

Most versions of Linux are free, whereas you can’t install Windows on a computer unless you pay for a license. Because of this, Windows hosting accounts generally cost a bit more.

Here is another control panel, Parallels Plesk

This is the end of the tutorial. You should now have a better understanding of what a control panel is