by Plesk


OS Ubuntu 18.04

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Plesk is the leading secure WordPress and website management platform providing you with a simple yet performant and scalable platform developed for modern website hosting.

With Plesk on DigitalOcean you get access to a modern and lightweight stack to build, secure, and run websites and applications through one intuitive browser-based interface. The 1-click version of Plesk on DigitalOcean is FREE for up to 3 domains.

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  • Host & manage your Websites and Applications

    Easily install, manage and operate WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, Prestashop - or your own custom website or application. For yourself or for your customers.

  • One Dashboard

    Build and manage multiple sites from a single dashboard. You can also run updates, monitor performance and onboard new prospects all from the same place.

  • Robust Site & Server Security

    Broad security by default across OS, network and apps. Firewall, Fail2ban and WAF bundled and activated by default.

  • Integrated with the DigitalOcean DNS

    Keep your domains and websites in sync with Plesk through the DigitalOcean DNS integration available at few clicks.

  • The Ultimate Toolkit for WordPress Sites

    One platform to install, update and remove instances, themes & plugins. Built-in security, sync and backup/restore features. Optional staging/cloning environments (Pro and Host editions only - click to compare).

  • Complete Flexibility and Control

    You get full root access via SSH on every Plesk-powered VPS so you can install any third-party, open source, or customized application you need.

  • Light Core, expandable with 100+ Extensions

    Do more with your platform as you integrate tools like DigiCert SSL, Speed Kit, Node.js, Let’s Encrypt SSL, Git, ImunifyAV, Backup to Cloud Pro and more.

  • Manage eMail for all Domains

    Plesk comes with a full-fledged eMail server included. Manage multiple users and mailboxes per domain. Or offer eMail hosting to your customers. Note: to set up your reverse DNS record required to run an eMail service, please contact the DigitalOcean Support.

  • Upgrade to the full unlimited Plesk Editions

    Single click in-app upgrade to premium features including staging, cloning, reseller management and more or through

    Plesk Droplet/VM Size Requirements

    Plesk runs smoothly with 1GB RAM and 1 vCPU for smaller websites and environments. Running multiple websites or higher traffic require a larger droplet size. We recommend 2 CPU cores and 4GB RAM for the best performance. Please also refer to the Plesk Infrastructure Requirements for details.

Software Included

Ubuntu Linux18.04GPL
Apache2.4Apache License
NGINX1.14.22-clause BSD-like
Maria DB5.5, 10.0, 10.1, 10.2GPL
PostgreSQL8.4–10.8BSD/MIT similar
PHP7.1, 7.2, 7.3PHP License
Node.js4.6.1, 6.14.1, 8.11.1, 9.0.0, 10.0.0MIT License
Ruby2.6.3Ruby License
Courier IMAP4.16.1GPL
Postfix2.6–3.1IBM Public License
Dovecot2.3.4.1MIT, LGPL
Roundcube Webmail1.3.8GPL

Getting started after deploying Plesk

After the deployment of the Plesk one-click app as a new droplet, please check your eMail where you find an eMail from DigitalOcean with your root login credentials.

Then go to https://YourDropletIP:8443 and login with these root credentials into Plesk - using “root” as a login name and the password that you received via eMail from DigitalOcean.

Additional Notes:

  • The first time you login into Plesk, you will get an SSL / not secure warning in your browser that can be safely ignored as it’s secured with a self-signed certificate. As soon as you assigned a hostname to your Plesk server in the DNS later, you can secure your Plesk using one click through Let’s Encrypt for free.

  • After the deployment of a droplet with Plesk, it will sometimes take up to 3 minutes until it’s ready as it will run a set of post-install scripts through the image. During that time, a login is not possible yet and a bit of patience is required.

  • As soon as the post-install scripts are complete, you get logged into your Plesk.

  • Important: before you add a domain/website to Plesk, we highly recommend to connect your DigitalOcean account with the DigitalOcean DNS integration (Extension) in Plesk: Go to "Extensions" in the left menu bar -> My Extensions -> DigitalOcean DNS -> Open -> DigitalOcean Authorization. Click on "Authorize", login to your DigitalOcean account -> Done!

You can then use the following nameservers (all of them!) at your domain registrar of choice:

More detailed information can be found also in this article

API Creation

In addition to creating a Droplet from the Plesk 1-Click App via the control panel, you can also use the DigitalOcean API.

As an example, to create a 4GB Plesk Droplet in the SFO2 region, you can use the following curl command. You’ll need to either save your API access token to an environment variable or substitute it into the command below.

  curl -X POST -H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
       -H 'Authorization: Bearer '$TOKEN'' -d \
      '{"name":"choose_a_name","region":"sfo2","size":"s-2vcpu-4gb","image":"plesk-18-04"}' \

Support Details

Supported By:Plesk
Hours:24x7x365 - This edition of Plesk comes with 30 days of free support. We recommend most customers upgrade to Web Pro or Web host to enjoy the full feature set and free lifetime support.
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