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Logo Plesk.svg
Developer(s)Plesk International GmbH
Written inPHP
Operating systemWindows, Linux
TypeWeb hosting control panel

Plesk is a commercial web hosting and server data center automation software with a control panel developed for Linux and Windows-based retail hosting service providers. Plesk's user management model is suitable for dedicated and shared hosting, allowing server administrators to set up new websites, reseller accounts, email accounts, and edit and create DNS entries through a web-based interface. Key features and solutions include the automation and management of domain names, email accounts, web applications, programming languages, databases, and infrastructure tasks to provide a ready-to-code environment and strong security across all layers and operating systems.

It is developed by Plesk International GmbH, with headquarters in Toronto, Canada and Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and offices in Barcelona, Spain, Cologne, Germany, Tokyo, Japan, and in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, Russia, where it was originally developed in 2000.

The hosting automation software was initially released by Plesk Inc. and first went live in 2001. In 2003, Plesk was sold to SWSoft,[2] which became Parallels in 2008.[3][4][5] In March 2015, Parallels renamed the service provider division to Odin. In December of the same year, Plesk became a separate business entity.[6] And in 2017, Plesk was acquired by British Oakley Capital Limited[7] and has since been a part of WebPros, a global SaaS platform for server management. Currently, WebPros comprises Plesk, cPanel, WHMCS, XOVI, and SolusVM.


Plesk was founded in 2000 by Dimitri Simonenko when Rackspace became Plesk's first customer. Two decades after its first release, Plesk software operates on more than 370,000+ servers globally, supporting the operations of more than 12 million websites and 15 million email boxes for customers in 230 countries. One of Plesk’s leading extensions, the popular WordPress Toolkit, is live on over 4.6 million instances, and a further 161 extensions are available on the Plesk catalog.[8]

In October 2018, Plesk integrated support for various Content Management Systems including WordPress and Joomla, and other web software such as git and Docker, as well as framework ready environment for Node.js, PHP, Python, Ruby on Rails, and more. The current version of Plesk (Obsidian 18.x) for Linux supports multiple POSIX platforms, including Debian 9 and 10, Ubuntu 20.04 Server LTS, CentOS 7 and 8, RedHat Enterprise Linux 7 and 8, and CloudLinux 7.[9] And for Windows, Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019 operating systems.[10][11]

Plesk supports [12] the most popular database engines and is shipped with corresponding database management tools. Plesk for Linux supports MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MariaDB database servers. Plesk for Windows supports Microsoft SQL and MySQL.

The Plesk Platform includes extensions for Backup, DNS, Cloud, Security, and Server Tools. And its control panel allows its users to set up new websites, reseller accounts, email accounts, edit and create DNS entries, and many more, through a web-based interface.

Today, Plesk is used and offered by thousands of Hosting companies and Cloud Service Providers worldwide – including top players like GoDaddy, Ionos, Media Temple, AWS, Google, Microsoft Azure, DigitalOcean,, Vultr, and many more.

Plesk’s web-server management tools secure and automate server and website administration as well as operations to free up time and allow developers, designers, and agencies to focus on their core businesses.


Plesk, with latest version Obsidian 18.x, is available in the following license configurations:[13]

  • Plesk Web Admin Edition: Up to 10 domains. For basic management of simple websites, without the extended tools and features.
  • Plesk Web Pro Edition: To manage up to 30 domains. It also includes Plesk WordPress Toolkit full-featured.
  • Plesk Web Host Edition: Unlimited domains. The administrator can also create additional reseller accounts.

The license price[14] also distinguishes whether a license can be used for a dedicated server or a virtualized server. Licenses for dedicated servers are usually slightly more expensive.


Plesk sells all three licenses for a monthly or annual price directly. All three editions can also be obtained from official license resellers.

In March 2018, Plesk announced[15] end-of-life versions price increase, becoming its first price adjustment in 18 years of business. The company raised the prices of all Plesk licenses that had versions earlier than 12, alleging it was to cover the increasing cost of support and management over the past two decades. Following the announcement, Plesk created a FAQ page[16] to clarify any questions about the new pricing adjustment.


Live and email support[17] for Plesk is available in English, Russian, Spanish, German, Portuguese, and Japanese. Plesk licenses purchased directly from Plesk include full free support.

If a Plesk license is purchased from one of the Plesk partners, technical support is the corresponding partner's responsibility. Plesk partners are fully trained and deliver best-in-the-industry support for Plesk products running on their infrastructure. For those who wish to access Plesk support despite having bought the license from another source than the Plesk online store, Plesk support subscriptions are also available for purchase.

Version history[edit]

Product Released Extended Support End of Life[18]
Plesk Obsidian[19][20] June 4, 2019 TBA TBA
Plesk Onyx[21] October 11, 2016 October 11, 2020 April 20, 2021
Plesk 12 June 16, 2014 June 16, 2018 January 1, 2019
Plesk 11 June 13, 2012 June 13, 2016 December 13, 2016
Plesk 10 November 3, 2010 January 31, 2015 May 3, 2015
Plesk 9 December 9, 2008 December 9, 2012 June 9, 2013
Plesk 8 September 20, 2006 March 1, 2012 September 2012
Small Business Panel November 2009 August 1, 2011 July 2012
Plesk 7 and earlier February 10, 2004 N/A January 1, 2012


Date Milestone
1999 Release on Linux
2003 Release on Windows / Acquired by SWsoft
2007 Merged with Parallels
2009 Focus towards Parallels automation away from Plesk going forward / Plesk moved into Maintenance mode
2014 Launch of Plesk 12
2014 Launch of Plesk extensions catalog
2015 Renaming of service provider business to ODIN / Acquisition of Odin Automation by Ingram Micro
2016 Relaunch of Plesk as a separate business unit in January 2016 / Launch of Plesk Onyx
2017 Launch of WordPress Toolkit 2.0 / Launch of WordPress Business Server / Acquisition of XOVI
2018 Launch of SEO Toolkit and Joomla! Toolkit / Launch of Smart Updates / Acquisition of SolusVM
2019 Launch of Plesk Obsidian / Launch of My Plesk portal
2020 Launch of SolusIO

Plesk University[edit]

In January 2016, Plesk launched Plesk University online.[22] Through its University, Plesk provides a full range of courses to help users learn how to use their products and services. All courses and exams in their catalog[23] are certified, and access to all of them is free.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Plesk: Download and Trial". Plesk. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  2. ^ Inc., DevStart. "SWsoft Acquires Plesk and Confixx to Create Global Hosting Software Powerhouse -".
  3. ^ "SWsoft to abandon itself and become Parallels".
  4. ^ SWsoft Parallels does Virtuozzo Containers 4.0 thing - Hypervisors are for the weak - Posted in Servers, 30 January 2008 20:59 GMT(By Austin Modine) The Register
  5. ^ SWsoft to change its name to Parallels - Date: 11 December 2007 Author: Paul Mah (
  6. ^ ""New hyperscale cloud offerings, eCommerce and WordPress solutions and more in the offing from newly acquired Plesk" - Lukas Hertig, Plesk. - Web Hosting - Cloud Computing - Datacenter - Domain News". 9 May 2017.
  7. ^ Henderson, Nicole (15 May 2017). "With Acquisition by Oakley Capital, Plesk Ready for Growth". Web Host Industry Review. Archived from the original on 2017-07-29.
  8. ^ "About Plesk".
  9. ^ "Software Requirements for Plesk".
  10. ^ "Software Requirements for Plesk".
  11. ^ "2018's Ultimate Guide to Web Panels: cPanel vs. Plesk".
  12. ^ "Databases Supported by Plesk".
  13. ^ "Plesk License Configurations".
  14. ^ "Plesk License Types".
  15. ^ "Plesk End-of-life Versions Price Increase". 7 March 2017.
  16. ^ "Plesk Price Increase FAQ Page".
  17. ^ "Plesk Help Center".
  18. ^ "Plesk Lifecycle Policy".
  19. ^ "Download Plesk Obsidian".
  20. ^ "Change Log for Plesk Obsidian 18.0".
  21. ^ "Hosting Control Panels and Hosting Platforms: The Definitive Guide - Plesk". 20 December 2017.
  22. ^ "Plesk University".
  23. ^ "Plesk University Catalog".