When dealing with hosting websites, there are various requirements for IT developers to ensure that websites are working properly. The things mostly checked on include DNS configurations, email settings, FTP and so on. There are tools that offer centralized web hosting management and one of them is Plesk. Other well-know tool is cpanel, which works the same way as Plesk.

The major difference between Plesk and Cpanel is that Cpanel is primary meant for a few Linux distributions whereas Plesk can be installed in many Linux distributions and even on Windows. Both Plesk and Cpanel are web hosting control panels for managing all website related services which include DNS, Email, databases, FTP and so on.

In this tutorial, we are going to see how to install Plesk control panel on Ubuntu 20.04/ Debian 10. The minimum requirements for the installation include:

  • RAM – 512MB
  • SWAP- 1GB
  • Storage- 10GB

Install Plesk Control Panel on Ubuntu 20.04|Debian 10

Installing Plesk control panel on Ubuntu 20.04| Debian 10 is quite straight forward and only a few steps are required.

Step 1: Update your server

It is always recommended to ensure that your system packages are up to date before beginning any installation. Once you run the updates, reboot your server to enable the new changes to take effect. Here are the commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo reboot

Step 2: Download Plex Installer

We require ‘wget‘ to enable us to download the Plesk application. If you do not have it, install by running the below command:

sudo apt install wget

Now proceed to download Plesk package as below:

wget http://autoinstall.plesk.com/plesk-installer

Step 3: Install Plesk Control Panel on Ubuntu 20.04|Debian 10

Once downloaded, navigate to the directory downloaded to and make the Plesk installer executable as below:

sudo chmod 755 plesk-installer

And proceed to install by running the below command:

sudo ./plesk-installer

Once the installer starts running, you will be prompted to agree to the license terms. Enter F and press Enter to continue

The Plesk Installation and Upgrade Wizard will guide you through
the installation or upgrade process.

------ IMPORTANT ------

* New installation of product(s) should be performed on clean servers only.

* Before upgrading Plesk, be sure to back up your data.

* By using this Wizard you agree to the terms and conditions described at
  http://www.plesk.com/legal/terms/ and those of the Plesk End User
  License Agreement.

Available actions:
(F) Go forward
(Q) Cancel installation

Select an action [F/q]: F

The installation will proceed and you will be prompted if you wold want to be helping Plesk make better products by sharing information with them. Here you can either enter y or n, to accept or reject.

Next, select the installation type for Plesk as below:

Select the installation type for Plesk Obsidian

Installation types for the product:

 1. (*) Recommended
       Install typically used components. Recommended for general use.

 2. ( ) Full
       Install all available components.

 3. ( ) Custom
       Custom components selection. Recommended only for experienced users.

Available actions:
(F) Go forward
(B) Go back
(Q) Cancel installation

Select an action or a number [F/b/q/1-3]: F

Once you select the installation type, enter F then press ‘Enter’ to continue. If prompted to have missing packages installed, select F and press Enter to continue

Preparing Your System for Product Installation

There are 246 packages required for the product to function properly which
were not found in your system.

There are 0 packages that need to be upgraded
in order to install the product.

Available actions:
(F) Go forward
(B) Go back
(Q) Cancel installation
(S) Show the list of packages

Select an action [F/b/q/s]: F

The packages will be installed to completion. That’s it, Plesk installation is complete.

Step 4: Access Plesk Web Dashboard on Ubuntu / Debian

If you have an active firewall, you need to open Plesk ports as below, where port 8880 is used without SSL and port 8443 is used with SSL

sudo ufw allow 8880/tcp
sudo ufw allow 8443/tcp

Now access Plesk from your browser using the url http://<your-server-ip>:8880. You should see a page as below:

Login with your server username and password. Once you log in, you need to update your contact information, password and license.

At the bottom of the page, accept user agreement then click ‘Enter Plesk’. Plesk control panel will be prepared for you. Now choose the type of website you wish to create and enjoy using Plesk.

That’s it. You have successfully installed Plesk control panel on Ubuntu 20.04| Debian 10. I hope the guide has been helpful. Enjoy using Plesk!


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