Plesk Set Up

Plesk is available in 3 different editions–Web Admin, Web Pro and Web Host. You can provision janeVPS Plesk servers with all 3 of them.

If you’re unsure which license you’ll need, check out the Plesk comparison guide.

Point your domain to the server

The first step in setting up both VPS and Dedicated servers running Plesk is to create an A-record at your domain registrar to point your domain to the server.

We can’t set up your free SSL certificate until this process is completed.

Please note that it can take up to 72 hours for a domain to propagate throughout the internet to a server, although it usually happens much sooner.

Obtain your Plesk server’s details

1. After successful payment is approved, your server will be set up within 2 minutes.

2. Login to My HostJane. In the Dashboard under Services, look for the Plesk server you have provisioned.

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If you cannot see the Plesk server or the server is not active, please open a ticket.

3. Click Manage next to the Plesk server item. You will be transferred to the server’s dashboard.

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4. Go to the Statistics area to find your server’s IP address and password. Follow the instructions to complete your Plesk installation.

Sample screenshot of the Application Information.

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Copy and paste the Plesk server link into a fresh browser window.

The server URL will look something like this, but will have your server’s IP address:

https://[Your_Server’s_IP]:8443/login/

Replace Your Server’s IP with your Plesk server’s IP as found in Statistics

For example:

https://123.456.789.1:8443/login/

For your security we don’t send this by email. You you need to login to your secure SSL-encrypted My HostJane account to review the credentials.

5. After copying the installer link into a new browser window, you will see a HTTPS warning.

As explained on the order page, your server comes with a self-signed SSL certificate. This means that you can access your Plesk server by HTTP://, but when accessing via HTTPS://, a warning appears in your browser.

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This warning is expected because we can’t configure an SSL certificate for an IP address. But it’s safe to ignore. Click the Advanced button in the browser to add an exception.

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Click Proceed unsafely at the prompt.

How to remove the SSL warning

Once your domain has successfully pointed to the server, open a support ticket and we will install your free SSL certificate on the server, which will be accessible at:

https://www.yourdomain.TLD

TLD means top-level domain, and can stand for any domain like .com, .net. .org, or any other TLD. HostJane and our servers work with all domain registrars worldwide.

Configure your Plesk server

6. After passing the security dialog, you will see your server’s Plesk login page.

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You need to login with username: root and the root password given in Statistics

Activation Code

Your plesk server should be activated automatically, but if you are prompted to enter an Activation Code, this is available in Statistics

Find the long Activate Code in the format: AAAAAA-BBBBBB-CCCCCC-DDDDDD-EEEEEE

7. The next step is to configure your Plesk server

Replace your Your Contact Name and Email with your own details.

You’ll see the Plesk initializing screen appear.

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8. You can now set up your Plesk dashboard

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Once your domain has finished pointing to the server, you will be able to access your Plesk front end via your domain name.

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Navigate to Server Management > Tools & Settings > Server Settings to update your domain name (hostname).

9. Set Up your Domain and Free SSL

Inside your Plesk dashboard,

Navigate to Hosting Services > Domains > Add New Domain to configure your domain name (hostname).

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There is an option in the domain setup to install your free SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt, a San Francisco-based provider of free SSL certificates sponsored by Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

Trouble setting up SSL?

If you’re experiencing any issues, login to My HostJane and open an SSL request if you wish us to configure your free SSL certificate for you.

You can check the DNS status of your Domain’s A-Record propagation at ISP nodes around the world by visiting: https://whatsmydns.net

Updated on October 24, 2018

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