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Publish your website with Guideit Plesk control panel

Guideit Plesk Control panel

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Option A. Upload Content

If you have coded your website yourself, or employed a web designer to do it for you, you need to upload the website content to Plesk before the website becomes available on the Internet. Plesk gives you the option to upload content either using FTP, or the file manager. The instructions below explain how to do both – choose which option works best for you.

To publish a website using FTP:

  1. Download an FTP client program. You can choose any FTP client you like. If you do not know what FTP client to choose, you can use FileZilla:
  2. Connect to your subscription on the server using the FTP client. To connect, you need the following information:
    • FTP server address. The FTP address should be, where is your site’s Internet address.
    • FTP username. This is identical to your system user name. Note that the system user name may differ from the username that you use for logging in to Plesk. To find what your system user name is, open the Websites & Domains tab and click Web Hosting Access. You will find it under Username. You can change your system user name if you wish.
    • FTP password. This is identical to your system user password. If you do not know what your system user password is, open the Websites & Domains tab and click Web Hosting Access. You can reset the password under Password.
  3. Switch on the passive mode if you are behind a firewall. Refer to your FTP client documentation to learn how to enter the passive mode.
  4. Upload the files and directories of your site to the httpdocs directory. If you use CGI scripts, place them in the cgi-bin directory.

To publish a website using the file manager:

  1. On your computer, add the folder containing your website’s files to a .ZIP archive.
  2. In Plesk Control Panel, go to Files, click the httpdocs folder to open it, click Upload, select the archive file, and click Open.
  3. Once the file has been uploaded, click the checkbox next to it, click the More button, and select the Extract Files option.


It is possible that the website you have uploaded requires a database to function.


Option B. Create your Website in Presence Builder

To create a website using Presence Builder, go to Websites & Domains> Presence Builder and click Create Site.


Creating your website in Presence Builder means that you do not need a database.

Option C. Install a Content Management System

To create a website using a Content Management System (or CMS), go to Applications > Install.


Note that installing a CMS following the instructions above means that a database will be created for your website automatically. 


Step 2. Create a Database

Databases are relational structures used for storing data. Databases are indispensable in modern web hosting, and most of the popular CMSs require a database to operate. Plesk supports MySQL, MSSQL and PostgreSQL database servers, and enables you to add, remove and access databases, as well as manage database users.

To create a database and a database user:

Go to Databases > Add Database.



Step 3. Create a Mail Account

The mail service enables Internet users to send email messages to each other. Plesk can function as your mail server. It also enables you to create mail accounts and manage them, including performing a number of common mail-related operations. Such operations include changing the password for a mail account, enabling automatic replies, and so on.

To create a mail account, go to Mail > Create Email Address.



Step 4. Add a Custom DNS Record

DNS records serve to facilitate domain name translation and help visitors reach your website online. When a domain is created in Plesk, all the necessary DNS records are added automatically. However, Plesk also enables you to add custom DNS records, as explained below.

If you do not know about the custom DNS Records, please leave its default values.

To add a custom DNS record to the domain’s DNS zone, go to Websites & Domains > DNS Settings Add Record.



Step 5. Back Up Your Website

It is always recommended to keep a backup copy of your websites in case their configuration or content becomes damaged or lost.


To access the backup function, do the following:

  • If you are a hosting customer, go to Websites & Domains > Backup Manager Back Up.
  • If you are a server administrator and are using the power user view, go to Backup Manager Back Up.



Step 6. Change Your Password and Log Out

If you are a web hosting customer, it is likely that the password you use to log in to Plesk was set up for you by your hosting provider. To change it, hover your mouse pointer over your user name located at the top of the page and click Edit Profile.


Now that we have performed all the desired tasks, it is time to log out of Plesk. Hover your mouse pointer over your user name located at the top of the page and click Log out.


This concludes our tutorial. We hope it was useful, and encourage you to further explore guideit plesk control panel and learn all the other ways it can make managing your web hosting account easier.

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