How to create and manage Service Plans in Plesk

Parallels Plesk Panel 10 reseller series

How to create and manage Service Plans in Plesk

A Service Plan is a set of services and resources offered to hosting customers. Typically, the resources include disk space on the server and bandwidth for hosting websites, and the services include web hosting, mail hosting, etc.

1) Let’s see how to add a new plan. Go to Service Plans.

2) Add a new plan by clicking the Add New Plan icon.

3) Enter a name for the new service plan.

4) The Overuse Policy defines what happens if the subscription’s usage of disk space and traffic reaches the specified limits. Disallowing overuse will block overuse of resources.

5) If a subscription goes over its allowed limit, it will only be suspended if you check this box.

You can also choose to allow overuse. If you do this, you have the option of sending an e-mail whenever a limit is reached, according to the server’s notification settings.

6) Define the disk space and monthly traffic limit provided with the plan.

7) Choose Unlimited for any option you want to have no limit.

This is where we can set mail related settings like the number of mailboxes and their maximum allowed size. Below those are miscellaneous options that control the maximum number of additonal FTP accounts, total number of databases, and the length of a term for the subscription.

8) Let’s set the Permissions next. Permissions define what privileges and services are provided with the subscription.

9) Choose which privileges you want to allow.

At the bottom, you can choose to allow management of the spam filter, antivirus, statistics, log rotation and more.

10) Go to Hosting Parameters. Leave the first box checked if you want to provide hosting with the plan.

11) Setting the hard disk quota will send an “out of disk space” error to the user upon reaching the maximum.

12) Choose any scripting languages you want to allow. PHP is recommended at the very least as it is commonly used for many sites, especially in web applications such as Joomla.

13) Click Mail.

14) These parameters define the mail service provided with the plan. Set the webmail program here.

15) Check this box to turn on the mailing list service.

16) Set the policy for mail received for non-existent users.

17) Specify how the DNS service running on the server will serve DNS zones for websites hosted on the plan.

18) Go to Performance. The first option defines the maximum speed that a domain can share between all its connections. The second defines the maximum number of simultaneous connections to the web server.

19) Manage Logs & Statistics settings on the last tab. Set the traffic statistics and log rotation settings.

20) Click OK to create the new plan.

That’s it! The new service plan has been created.

21) To change any of the plan options you’ve just seen, click a plan’s name. To view a list of all Subscripions using certain plans, use these links. To remove one or more plans, click the checkboxes next to the plans and then click the Remove link here.

This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to create and manage Service Plans in Plesk.

How to find and install Applications in Plesk

Parallels Plesk Panel 10 end-user series

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 sign up to receive automatic security updates regarding Joomla

Joomla New Setup series

How to sign up to receive automatic security updates regarding Joomla

Installing updates is an essential part of running any type of web software. Not doing so can leave your entire hosting account vulnerable to any number of security issues

On the Joomla website, you can sign up to receive automatic security updates via e-mail

1) Go to and look down and to the right

2) Click the Download button

3) Enter your e-mail address here

4) Click Subscribe

A window similar to this will pop up

5) Type the verification message

6) Click Complete Subscription Request

7) Now, it’s time to confirm your subscription request. Check your e-mail for the verification message

8) Follow the link

That’s it! You’ve been signed up to recieve automatic security updates for Joomla by e-mail

How to upgrade Joomla 1.5.x to the latest version using cPanel

Joomla New Setup series

How to upgrade Joomla 1.5.x to the latest version using cPanel

Installing updates is an essential part of running any type of web software. Not doing so can leave your entire hosting account vulnerable to any number of security issues

Updating Joomla to the latest version might seem like a daunting task at first, but it can really be broken down into several simple steps

1) First, you’ll need to be logged in to your Joomla site so you can determine what version of the software it’s running

The version number of your Joomla install is always shown at the top of the admin panel. As you can see, our site is running Version 1.5.2

2) Now, let’s go to and download the update we need

3) Click the Download button

This page only lists the file for upgrading from the previous version, 1.5.9; we need 1.5.2

4) Click this link

On the Files tab, look through the list until you find the version you need. They’re all listed in three formats: .zip, .tar.gz, and .tar.bz2

.zip is a format that pretty much any operating system will be able to extract by default. so let’s choose that

5) Save the file you need to your computer

6) Click Save

The patch file has been saved to your computer

Now… before applying the patch to your Joomla installation, there are two very important steps that must be completed, unless you want to risk breaking your live site irreparably

7) First, back up your entire Joomla database. If you are unsure how to do this, watch the accompanying tutorial on how to do so

After you’ve made a backup of your database, you should also make a complete backup of the entire Joomla directory: every file and subfolder it contains

8) Let’s go to the File Manager in cPanel and do that now

9) Right-click on the Joomla folder

10) Go to Copy

11) Give the backup directory a name

12) Click Copy File(s)

Once File Manager refreshes the listing, the backup directory we created will be displayed

Now let’s upload the upgrade file we downloaded

13) Double-click the original Joomla directory

14) Go to Upload

You will be taken to the Upload Files screen

15) Click Browse…

16) Double-click the Patch Package

The upload has completed

17) Click this link to go back to the File Manager

Now, it’s time to extract the package

18) Scroll down to find it

19) Click the checkbox next to the file

20) Click Extract

21) Verify that the file is going to extract to the Joomla directory

22) Click Extract File(s)

A list of the files extracting will be displayed

Extraction should proceed normally despite any error messages such as this one

23) Click the X to return to the File Manager

The upgrade process should now be complete. Let’s check that our Joomla installation still works properly and that the version number has been updated

Success! We’ve upgraded Joomla to the latest version

Remember — keep your backups handy at least until you’re 100% certain that your upgraded installation is functioning properly