29Jun/171

Plesk Onyx basics: The first steps

Plesk is a commercial web hosting platform developed by Parallels. It is available for Linux and Windows based operating systems and therefore for any operating systems offered by us.

Together with our partner Plesk, we are currently offering you Plesk Onyx one month for free. Simply select one of the below listed editions of Plesk Onyx and try it, before you buy and pay for it! Only available in combination with our VPS. Further information can be found in our news section: Plesk Onyx now one month for free.

The current version of Plesk is version 17 (Onyx) which we offer in three different editions:

  • Web Admin Edition: This edition is targeted at users who only want to administrate their own websites. Unnecessary features such as customer/reseller management are not included in this edition.
  • Web Pro Edition: With this edition, you can host up to 30 different domains. Also, all features apart from the reseller management are available in this edition.
  • Web Host Edition: With this edition, you can host an unlimited amount of domains. There are no restrictions on behalf of Plesk. The Web Host Edition is the most extensive of all Plesk editions. It includes every feature - from reseller management over security core features until automatic outbound spam protection.

This tutorial, however, is restricted to the basics you need to know. We will show you how to add domains, FTP accounts, databases and e-mail accounts.

At first, we log in at our Plesk webinterface. In order to do so, we use the browser and type in our IP address and port 8443 (e.g. https://198.51.100.3:8443).

We login with the login credentials we received via e-mail...

... and land directly on the main page of the Plesk webinterface. In our case there is already a domain added, in your webinterface the main page might look a little different.

Add a domain:

We click on "Add domain" on the main page and land on the following page:

We fill in all the text boxes. In the box "Domain name", we fill in our domain (without "www"). Our example domain is "example.com". As location for our new website we choose "Create a new webspace".

When choosing IPv4/IPv6 addresses, we choose the IP addresses which we want to use for our newly created domain. Choosing the username and the password are, of course, completely up to you.

The first step is already done now. After clicking on "OK", the new domain is added on our server.

Now we can upload the data for our homepage to the server. Usually, this is done via FTP. Luckily, Plesk already created an FTP account for us when creating the new domain. So all we have to do is opening an FTP client of our choice (e.g. FileZilla) and connect with the login credentials we just set for our new domain.

What is missing now is a database for our website. By clicking on "Databases" and "Add database", we can create a new database:

Again, we fill in all text boxes. In order to connect to that database, we have to create a new database user. Please note down its username and password, you will need it for your website later! When asked about access control, we choose "Allow local connections only".

After we created the database, the following screen will pop up:

Here, we could also import a dump of an already existing database. However, this tutorial is limited to the basics only.

Create an e-mail account:

What we need now is an e-mail account for our domain we just added. Plesk offers a comfortable way to do so as well. We click on "Mail" on the left side of the main menu and then choose "Create Email address":

After we filled in all the text boxes we click on "OK" in order to create the new mail account. Please remember to note down the access data, you will need them later!
Once the mail account is created, we can login on our mail webinterface on "webmail.example.com" for sending and receiving e-mails.

Sounds good to you? Great 🙂

If you are ready to try Plesk Onyx now, we would like to mention our current campaign with Plesk Onyx one more time. Get Plesk Onyx one month for free, in combination with one of our VPS. Select the model of your choice in our VPS overview and opt for your preferred Plesk Onyx edition during the configuration process.

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1Jun/172

Using your nameservers in cPanel and Plesk

To use your domain in the Internet, you need to configure nameservers. The nameservers are needed to resolve the domain names into IP addresses. We recommend to use our nameservers (ns1.contabo.net, ns2.contabo.net, ns3.contabo.net) for your domains. We provide redundant servers in different data centers and you can easily manage your DNS zones over the customer control panel. But for several reasons it can be necessary to use your own nameservers.

This tutorial provides short instructions how to manage your own nameservers with cPanel and Plesk. For most domains extensions (TLD), it is necessary to use at least two different IP addresses for two different nameservers.

In this tutorial we are going to use the domain "yourdomain.com" and want to use the nameservers "ns1.yourdomain.com" and "ns2.yourdomain.com" with the IP addresses "1.1.1.1" and "2.2.2.2".

cPanel

To use an additional IP address for a second nameserver, you will need to add the IP address in WHM at "IP Functions" - "Add a New IP Address". The DNS server will be accessible on all configured IP addresses on your server. You can use different IP addresses for the nameservers than for your website.

To use the nameservers with your domains, you will need to add them in WHM at "Server Configuration" - "Basic Webhost Manager® Setup". At the end of the page you can enter the nameserver you would like to use. After you entered the nameserver, you need to select "Configure Address Records". Please enter the IP address you want to use for this nameserver and press "Configure Address Record". After this is finished you can close the windows using "Close". Please note, that in some conditions -- for example if the nameservers are currently configured on a different server -- the entries for the nameserver will not be updated immediately. After you have finished, please press "Save changes".

Now you can "Create a New Account" with your domain at WHM - "Account functions". The configured nameserver will be used in the configuration of your new account and the DNS zone will be created with default values. You can see all DNS entries at WHM - "Edit DNS Zone".

On this page you can manage all DNS entries of your domain. Most entries are for internal usage and should not be changed. To manage user defined values, we recommend to use the "Zone Editor" at "Domains" in the cPanel account.

At last, you will need to configure your domain settings at your domain registrar. You need to change the nameserver entries. If you want to use subdomains of your domain, for example "ns1.yourdomain.com" for your domain "yourdomain.com", you will need to configure so called "Glue Records". This means, the domain registrar does not only save the name of your nameservers, but also the IP address. In some cases it is required to configure the new IP addresses for the nameservers at the current DNS zone of your domain.

After you have finished the configuration, it can take up to 24 hours until the new settings are propagated correctly. To test your nameservers and the name resolution for your domain, you can use tools like intoDNS. This tool will test the settings at your DNS provider and of your nameservers.

Plesk

At first you will need to create your domain in Plesk. At "Websites & Domains" you can see an overview of your domains.

To use a second IP address for your nameservers, the IP address needs to be configured at "Tools & Settings" - "Tools & Resources" - "IP Addresses". The DNS server responds to all configured IPv4 and IPv6 addresses. You can use different IP addresses for your nameservers than for your websites.

All DNS zones in Plesk will be configured based on a DNS template. You can find the settings at "Tools & Settings" - "General Settings" - "DNS Template". In the DNS template you can configure all entries you need for all domains on your server. Beside some default entries and entries for internal services like webmail, the settings for the nameservers can be found here. By default Plesk creates two nameserver entries "ns1.yourdomain.com" and "ns2.yourdomain.com", but with the IP address of your domain. If you want to use the same nameservers for all your domains, we recommend to change the NS entries and the IP addresses of your nameservers in the template. If you want to use different nameservers, you can also change these settings later in the DNS zone of your domain. After you have finished the configuration of the DNS template, you will need to apply the DNS template to all domains.

Now you can see the new settings also in the DNS zone of your domain. You can manage the DNS zone at "Websites & Domains" - "yourdomain.com" - "DNS Settings". There you can add, edit and delete DNS entries.

At last, you will need to configure your domain settings at your domain registrar. You need to change the nameserver entries. If you want to use subdomains of your domain, for example "ns1.yourdomain.com" for your domain "yourdomain.com" as your nameservers, you will need to configure so called "Glue Records". This means, the domain registrar does not only save the name of your nameservers, but also the IP address. In some cases it is required to configure the new IP addresses at your current DNS zone of your domain.

After you have finished the configuration, it can take up to 24 hours until the new settings are propagated correctly. To test your nameservers and the name resolution for your domain, you can use tools like intoDNS. This tool will test the settings at your DNS provider and your nameservers.

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2May/170

Plesk Onyx: One month for free now!

We are happy to inform you that we, in cooperation with our partner Plesk, are now offering you the popular administration panel Plesk Onyx one month for free. This offer is available for all our VPS - exclusively at Contabo - and applies for new orders.

You are free to choose which one of the three Plesk Onyx editions on offer you would like to try for free with one of our VPS:

Plesk Onyx Web Admin Edition (Price after the free month: 2.99 € / month)
Plesk Onyx Web Pro Edition: (Price after the free month: 4.99 € / month)
Plesk Onyx Web Host Edition: (Price after the free month: 8.99 € / month)

If you are convinced of Plesk after the free month, you do not have to do anything: The license renews automatically, if you haven't cancelled the Plesk license with us during the free month; however, the regular monthly price applies then, which you can find in the overview above.

Being a Gold-Partner of Plesk we have worked hard in order to present you with this exceptional offer, which is only available at Contabo.com. In addition to that, we provide you with an excellent support for Plesk Onyx, just get in touch with us in case you have any detailed inquiries.

Please note that this offer is valid for a limited period of time only. So what are you waiting for? Just give it a try and opt for the edition which suits your needs and order it in combination with one of our VPS.

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19Oct/160

Upgrading Plesk from 12.5 to Onyx

With this short tutorial we will show you how to upgrade your Plesk 12.5 version to Plesk Onyx.

Before proceeding you should perform a backup of all important data. An upgrade always bears the risk of data loss.

On an SSD VPS you will have the ability to create a snapshot, creating a snapshot will give you the possibility to perform easily a rollback to the state "before upgrading".

On any other VPS or dedicated server we recommend downloading all backup files to your local PC or to our FTP backupspace.

After you have saved all important data you will be able to continue upgrading:


Linux:

1. Login via SSH and use sudo -i to start a shell with "root" privileges
2. Type in the following command:

plesk installer

If this command is not working, you can download and execute the installer using the following commands:

wget http://autoinstall.plesk.com/plesk-installer
chmod +x plesk-installer
./plesk-installer


Windows:

1. Login via RDP and open the CMD.exe with Administrator rights (Windows-Key + R)
2. Type in the following command:

"%plesk_bin%"\ai.exe --console


Once you have opened the Plesk Installer you will probably see a warning telling you to backup all your important files.

plesk_windows

After you have agreed you should see something like the image below, there should be displayed your current version of Plesk; if you want to perform the upgrade you will have to select the right version by typing the correct number, in this case number 2.

plesk_upgrade_versionen

After typing in the number of your desired Plesk installation you will accept the download of those new packages. Please note that this step can take up to 30 minutes, it really depends on the Plesk extensions you have installed.

plesk_upgrade

After the upgrade was completed you should verify that everything is working properly.

If you plan to install additional software or change some software you can of course run the Plesk Installer again and select the packages which should be installed.

plesk_software

We kindly ask for your understanding that analyzing problems can be very difficult for us, in case you encounter issues after having added or removed some software through the Plesk Installer. In any case we recommend backing up all your files before making any changes to your Plesk installation.

By the way: Plesk offers tutorials about the upgrade process as well, just click here to access the Plesk University!

There is also the option to start a clean reinstallation of your server with the latest version of Plesk within your customer control panel, in this case creating a backup of your important data prior to the installation is vital, because all data stored on your server will be lost.

 

 

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17Oct/160

Just released: Plesk Onyx available now!

As of today, we offer you the latest version of the administration panel Plesk Onyx for your VPS and Dedicated Servers. Just released by Parallels, you can get this brand-new version from us already  – after all, we always want to offer you the latest version of every software and we do not want to withhold the many new "Onyx" features from you!

So.. what are these new features? Among others, you will get a Git support for an easy deployment of your website, the support of docker containers and Windows Server 2016. Please find an overview of the new features here.

Contabo is a Gold Partner of the Plesk developer Parallels. Thus it is possible for us to offer you an excellent support for your Dedicated Servers and VPS equipped with Plesk. In addition, we receive favorable purchasing conditions for all Plesk versions from Parallels. This means that we are able to pass on savings to you, our valued customers and offer you Plesk at an extremely attractive price.

We are happy to provide you the new Plesk Onyx in three different editions at a great price. Now it is up to you to select the version that fits your requirements best:

Plesk Onyx for Dedicated Servers:
Plesk Onyx Web Admin Edition: 2.99 € / month
Plesk Onyx Web Pro Edition: 4.99 € / month
Plesk Onyx Web Host Edition: 24.99 € / month

Plesk Onyx for virtual private servers (VPS):
Plesk Onyx Web Admin Edition: 2.99 € / month
Plesk Onyx Web Pro Edition: 4.99 € / month
Plesk Onyx Web Host Edition: 8.99 € / month

10Jun/160

DomainKeys and DKIM in Plesk and cPanel

DomainKeys and DKIM can help you to increase the reputation of your e-mail server and preventing others to manipulate or fake your e-mails. In this tutorial, we want to show you how you can activate this feature in cPanel and Plesk. Firstly, we have to clarify that Plesk allows you to activate DomainKeys in the web interface and that cPanel is using the newer version called DKIM. Those are both quite similar in many points, but we will use those terms separately. All the images in this tutorial can be shown in a bigger version with all the details, by clicking on them. We will often use the example domain "yourdomain.com". It has to replaced with your own one, whenever it appears.

DKIM in cPanel

After you logged into your cPanel account, please search for "Authentication" in the search bar. The matching tool will now get shown in the e-mail section. After opening it, you might see that DKIM has not been activated so far. In this case, please click on the button "Activate". The notification should now look like this, possibly with an error message:

new

If you have your own server with cPanel and you are using it as a name serrver, the configuration of DKIM might be finished already. In this case, the notification will look like in this picture.

If there is, as already mentioned, an error shown, you will have to translate the raw DKIM record into the final record with the correct syntax and insert it into your DNS zone manually. So please mark and copy the whole raw DKIM record. cPanel offers the code in a form we cannot use directly.  Before we can use it, we have to remove all wrong special characters. For this purpose, we can use Notepad, which is available in every basic Windows installation.

 Please insert the string into the editor:

editor raw

The following has to be removed: everything that stands before "v=DKIM1".  Also all the double quotation marks before,  in the middle or at the end of the key. Furthermore, we have to delete the \ in front of the last ";". Please check that there are no line breaks. Now we have to analyse the part after: "p=". In this part, all whitespaces have to be removed. If you had to remove a " in the middle of the key, there will be such a white space right afterwards. If there are none of the mentioned special characters, it is absolutely okay. The result should look like this:

DKIM fin

Now you have to create a TXT record on your DNS server in the DNS zone for the subdomain "default._domainkey.yourdomain.com". The character string created in the previous step, beginning with: "v=DKIM1...", has to be put into the data part of the record. "your domain.com" has to be replaced with your own domain. If you are using our Contabo nameservers for your domain, please log into the Customer Control Panel, navigate to: DNS Zone Management and edit your domain. Please fill in the fields below "create a new entry" like in the following example:

newnew

When you now reload the tool "Authentication" in cPanel with the key F5 on your keyboard, the following should be shown:

success

If you can see the same message, DKIM has been activated successfully.

If there is still an error shown, you should recheck all the points so far. Are you using the nameservers from Contabo or different ones? Did you change the raw DKIM record correctly?  If you have any questions, you can ask our support. We are reachable over the e-mail address support@contabo.com. It would be a pleasure to help you in this matter

Add-on Domain in cPanel

cPanel uses a new key pair for add-on domains. Therefore you can not use the DKIM record from your main domain for the add-on domains too. You have to extract it from the DNS zone management in WHM first, if you are not using your cPanel as DNS server. Webspace customers do not have access to the administrative WHM panel. So please just ask us for the required key. Customers with their own server have to log into WHM.  There, please open the option "Edit DNS Zone" and choose your domain from the list. You should now see several records of different types. You need the one with the name: "default._domainkey". It should be there, if DKIM authentication got activated in cPanel previously. The needed key is added as TXT record on the right side. Please edit it as explained in the chapter "DKIM in cPanel". Finally, please add it in the DNS zone Management of your really used nameserver, for example the Contabo Customer Control Panel.

DomainKeys in Plesk

Please search in the search bar for: "Mail Server settings" and open the tool. At the point : "DomainKeys spam protection", please check the Box "Allow signing outgoing mail". Afterwards, you have to change to the "Mail Settings" of your domain and activate "Use DomainKeys spam protection system to sign outgoing email messages " there, like in the following screenshot:

newnewnew

Then you can open the "DNS Settings" for the affected Domain. An additional TXT entry for the subdomain: "default._domainkey.yourdomain.com" should have appeared.

neeeeew

If it is missing, please repeat all the steps so far, but firstly delete the tick at "Allow signing outgoing mail" in the Mail Server Settings and set it again after saving. If you are using your Plesk as nameserver, the configuration should be finished now. You should now test the configuration. More about this step in the later point: How to test DomainKeys and DKIM.

If you are using other nameservers for your domain, for example the ones provided by Contabo, you have to copy the data part completely and add an identical record in the zone there. To do so, please log into the Customer Control Panel of Contabo, go to the DNS Zone Management and edit the Domain. Please add, like in the following example, a TXT record for the subdomain "default._domainkey.yourdomain.com" with the data part generated by Plesk.

finnew

As you can see in the picture, a second record has to be added. This one defines the policy, that every e-mail has to have a DomainKeys signature. Please add the subdomain "_domainkes.yourdomain.com" with the TXT record: "o=-". With this last step, the configuration of DomainKeys has been finished. To ensure that everything is working perfectly, you should do a test now!

 How to test DomainKeys and DKIM

A good way to test a DKIM or DomainKey configuration, is the DKIMValidator.

After opening the site, you can see a randomly generated e-mail address. Please write an e-mail from your server to this address and, after a few seconds of waiting, open the analysis report with the button "view results". With Strg + F, you can search the site, which gives you a lot information. To check if DomainKeys and DKIM are working, search for: "result =". If it reads "pass", everything is working fine. If there is a "fail" you should start a search for the cause. If you are stuck at some point, you can contact us anytime under the e-mail address support@contabo.com. Our team of experts will stand by your side to get it working!

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16Jul/120

Discount: Parallels Plesk cheaper!

As of today, Giga-International reduces the price for the PARALLELS-Plesk administration panel. New prices apply for Linux- and Windows software likewise:

Plesk for Dedicated Servers:

  • Plesk 10 Domains: 9,99 EUR / month
  • Plesk 100 Domains: 19,99 EUR / month
  • Plesk Unlimited Domains: 29,99 EUR / Monat

Plesk for VServers:

  • Plesk Unlimited Domains: 9,99 EUR / month

In particular you will enjoy these new conditions by renting a virtual server. So far we charged for the 'unlimited' domains license the same amount as we did for dedicated servers, 39.99 EUR so to speak. The new price is only 25% of that amount.

 

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Ab heute senkt Giga-Hosting.biz den Preis für das Administrations-Panel Parallels Plesk. Die neuen Preise gelten sowohl für die Linux- als auch für die Windows-Variante der Software:

Plesk für Dedicated Server:

  • Plesk 10 Domains: 9,99 EUR / Monat
  • Plesk 100 Domains: 19,99 EUR / Monat
  • Plesk Unlimited Domains: 29,99 EUR / Monat

Plesk für VServer:

  • Plesk Unlimited Domains: 9,99 EUR / Monat

Insbesondere bei Bestellung eines VServers profitieren Sie von den neuen Konditionen: Hier kostete die Lizenz für unlimitiert viele Domains bislang das gleiche wie für Dedicated Server, also 39,99 EUR / Monat. Der neue Preis beträgt nur noch 1/4 davon!

16Dec/100

Price reduction for our server upgrades!

Some time has passed since there has been made the last price change regarding the upgrades for our dedicated servers and v-servers.  Nevertheless, it is our goal to provide all of our products - including the upgrades for these products - at the best quality and at the best price possible.

Thus, we have made some new calculations with respect to the fees we've been computing for additional hardware and admin-panels so far and here it is: A list with upgrades which can be ordered at a lower price than before. If you're interested in upgrading your server with one of these great features, don't hesitate to contact our support department! Of course, if you'd like to order a new server, it's no problem to order these upgrades during the order process, too.

+ 1 GB RAM (XL, DUO):
59,99 EUR one-time setup fee, no monthly charges

+ 250 GB HDD:
54,99 EUR one-time setup fee, no monthly charges

+ 400 GB HDD:
69,99 EUR one-time setup fee, no monthly charges

+ 1000 GB HDD:
79,99 EUR one-time setup fee, no monthly charges

+ 2000 GB HDD:
109,99 EUR one-time setup fee, no monthly charges

+ Hardware-RAID 5 (3ware, 4 ports):
299,99 EUR one-time setup fee, no monthly charges

All Administration Panels (like CPanel or Plesk):
NO more setup fees, just the normal monthly fee!

I hope you like our new prices. Have a nice day!

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