Plesk is a hosting platform which is commercial. It is originally designed in Russia, hosting software was released by Herndon, Va Plesk Inc. In spring of 2001 Plesk 1 was tested by predecessor Interliant and put in live hosting environment. In 2003, Plesk was sold to SWSoft, it was acquired by software company in 2008.
In 2015, Parallels rebranded service providers business unit. In December 2015, Odin was acquired by Ingram Micro rendering Plesk business.
Plesk cpanel allows server admin to set up new DNS entries, email accounts, reseller accounts, websites through web based interface. Admin can create site templates and client, this predetermine resource allocation parameters for clients and domains.
Latest version of Plesk hosting has integrated for framework ready environment, Multi server management,Docker, Github for Ruby on Rails, Python, PHP, Node.js and more. Previous version of Plesk for Unix/Linux supports POSIX platforms including CloudLinux, Red Hat Linux, CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian. Previous version supported FreeBSD, Fedora, openSUSE. Plesk for Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008.
Plesk installs different version of custom PostgreSQL and MySQL databases, ColdFusion, Java platform server, Apache Tomcat.
Plesk platform includes extensions for DNS, Domain, Developer, Backup, Authentication. Plesk is commercial hosting data centre software developed for Windows based and Linux based commercial hosting providers.
Plesk was designed to manage and install hosting systems and application on single server. cPanel is designed to simplify admin and management of web sites by automating tasks on single server.
Plesk cpanel is available on Windows based web hosting servers and accounts. Plesk is popular choice for beginners and professionals alike. Unlike Windows servers, Plesk works on Linux servers also, cPanel.
It means that if you feel comfortable using cpanel, you can use similar familiar interface in any case you need to switch from running the sites which require Windows applications which need to run on Linux.
Features of Plesk Hosting
Tomcat Support: Tomcat is a servlet container which provides environment to execute Java Servlets. Tomcat software supports for managing and deploying Tomcat Web applications, which allows users to set up web hosting with JSP support.
PostgreSQL Support: This software enables users to manage and deploy PostgreSQL databases. When you buy PostgreSQL option, you will get Web based database administration software PhpPGMyAdmin, giving remote access to PostgreSQL databases, Plesk hosting is available for linux based web servers.
MS Sql Support: Plesk software enables user to manage and deploy multiple Sql databases, remote or locally. Available Plesk module installs MSDE i.e Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine, this requires separate license from Microsoft. Plesk users wish to use MS SQL Enterprise Edition which needs to install and license for themselves. MS Sql Support is available for Windows based web servers.
ColdFusion Support: Plesk is integrated with ColdFusion servers v7.x, v6.x,v5.x and MX servers. ColdFusion is a middleware programming language and also a tag based language which is used to write web based applications. ColdFusion support can be turned off or on individually for every domain.
Multi Level Desk Help: This desk is designed to manage support issue, monitor, track ,communicate issues for users at each level of system. This organize all of the customer’s support request from single centralized location.
Game Hosting – This server allows users to set and run any of the virtual game on their dedicated Linux based servers. This module includes Battlefield 2 Game Server and Counter Strike Game Server.
Kaspersky Antivirus – This antivirus protects server against virus.