Generate SSH Key using PuTTYgen

With PuTTYgen you can generate SSH key pairs (public and private key) that are used by PuTTY to connect to your server from a Windows client. The private key will be stored on your local machine, while the public key has to be uploaded in your dashboard. When connecting with PuTTY, your session loaded with […]

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Web Application Firewall

Plesk provides an integrated Web Application Firewall feature via Apache mod_security. This is an advanced feature, so by default it’s turned off. This feature is not available when using only Nginx. When you come to enable it (Tools & Settings > Security > Web Application Firewall), you’ll notice that in addition to a Detection only mode (to […]

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Fail2Ban Brute Force Protection

What is Fail2Ban? Fail2Ban is an active firewall that dynamically blocks traffic by source IP address in response to suspected malicious activity. It works by identifying patterns within your server log files, for example corresponding to repeated login failures or other forms of suspicious activity. Once an attack is identified the offending IP is blocked by […]

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Getting started with Parallels Plesk Panel

Plesk Control Panel is powerful, but easy-to-use server automation software which we pre-install on our entire range of Managed Cloud VPS and Dedicated Server products. We offer this to you in order to give you complete control over all aspects of your service, such as creating new domains, FTP accounts, email accounts, MySQL (and PostgreSQL […]

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How to reset Plesk admin password

It’s possible to reset the password for your Plesk control panel at anytime via your Layershift account at control Here are the steps to reset Plesk admin password 1. Make sure your correct subscription is selected in the top right-hand drop-down menu. 2. Go to the ‘Home’ tab: 3. Next, browse to the ‘System’ tab and […]

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Website staging with Plesk 12.5

All good developers know it’s important to test your code before publishing it to live, and the easiest way to do this is using a website staging environment. This allows you to ensure your code is stable and tested, to prevent unwanted outages due to glitches which can affect your users and cost your business […]

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Plesk Onyx editions explained

We offer three Plesk Onyx editions, each with a different domain limit and with some features (such as customer and reseller management) only offered on the higher editions. New Plesk Onyx Editions Web Admin edition We include Web Admin edition for free on all our Cloud VPS plans. As the base edition, it includes a wide range of […]

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How to enable PHP functions in Plesk

As a security best practice, we disable several core PHP functions by default on our servers that are often used for malicious purposes and rarely required by legitimate code. As part of our layered security model we try to take every possible precaution to prevent your server from being attacked. The advanced network-level attack mitigation […]

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