How to Use Plesk to Build Your Website


Parallels Plesk Panel (formerly known simply as Plesk) is a control panel software used by commercial Web hosts and domain owners. Once you have designed and built the code for your website, Parallel Plesk allows you to upload your files to your Web host, and organize them accordingly. This article will go over the basics of setting up your website using Parallels Plesk.

Things You'll Need

  • Domain name
  • Completed HTML or CSS files
  • Image files (optional)
  • FTP client (optional)
  • Sign into your Parallels Plesk control panel using the account information provided by your Web host.

  • Under "My Desktop," click "Manage Files on Domain." Select the domain name you wish to work with from the list provided, and click "Next."

  • Click on the directory file named "httpdocs". This is where your website's files will be stored.

  • Click the "Add New File" link at the top of the screen to begin to upload your HMTL or CSS files. Use the "Browse" button to find their location on your computer, then click "Finish." Once all files have been uploaded, visit your domain name to make sure that your website is running correctly.

    To save time, it is recommended that you use a File Transfer Protocol client to upload your files in bulk, rather than one at a time. FTP software will allow you to copy files directly into your httpdocs folder. For more information about FTP, see the resource link below.

  • If you are uploading image files to your website, save them within the "Images" folder within httpdocs.

    If you would like to create a new folder to store images or other media, click the "Add New Directory" link at the top of the page. Fill in the name field, and click "Finish."

  • To create a contact email specific to your website, return to "My Desktop" by clicking the link on the left sidebar. Within the "Tools" window, click "Create Mail Account." Select your domain name, and click "Next."

  • Fill in your desired email name and password within the fields provided. Click "Finish" to finalize creation.


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