Plesk first-time setup

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  • Applies to: VPS Hosting
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: Account Center access
  • Applies to: Legacy DV & VPS Hosting
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Time Needed: 10
    • Tools Required: Account Center access

Plesk is the control panel for your VPS Server. When you newly provision or revert your VPS to default, you will need to set Plesk up before you can begin using the interface.

Please keep in mind that troubleshooting the configuration/functionality of third-party applications is not covered by our statement of support. These resources were provided as a courtesy to assist you to the extent of our abilities. For more information on our statement of support, feel free to click here.

  1. Log into your Media Temple account.
  2. Select the blue ADMIN button associated to your VPS server.
  3. Select the Setup Button next to your server.
  4. Type a name for your server. Then select Next.
  5. Type a server admin username and password in the appropriate fields. Then select Next.

    The server admin username you create can be used for SSH/FTP. When logging into Plesk, you will instead type "admin" as the username. However, both your server admin and Plesk username will share the same password.

  6. Wait a few minutes while your server is configured, once the process has been completed, select View Server.
  7. Select Launch Plesk.
  8. Your browser may prompt an SSL warning, this is a normal part of the process. You will simply want to make an exception in your browser.
  9. That's it! You should now have Plesk configured!


  1. Log into your Media Temple account.
  2. Click on the grey PLESK button associated to your server.


SSL warning from Plesk

Plesk will often use a default self-signed certificate. This may cause your browser to prompt an SSL warning. This is a normal part of the process and is not a means for concern. You will simply proceed by following the directions associated to your browser:



  1. Click Advanced...
  2. Click Accept the Risk and Continue.



  1. In Chrome, you can click Advanced...
  2. Then click Proceed to



  1. In Safari, you can click Show More
  2. Then click visit this website.

Internet Explorer:


  1. In Internet Explorer, you can click Continue to this website to proceed.

If you require a method to provide your clients with a URL that does not display this certificate warning, you may feel free to use the non-encrypted URL at http://IP ADDRESS:8880. You can also use the :8880 URL with any domain name that points to your server.

Plesk Onyx 17.8+

  1. You will be prompted to input a Contact Name, Email address, and admin Password. When you are finished, click Enter Plesk.

  2. A loading screen will prompt, you will want to wait for this process to complete. This should only take a few minutes.


  3. When the initialization process is complete, you should now be logged into Plesk!


Plesk Onyx 17.5 or older

  1. You should now see a login screen for Plesk.


  2. Return to your Media Temple Account and click on the blue ADMIN button associated to your server.


  3. Click on Change Plesk Password.

  4. Create a temporary password (Plesk will require you to change this later during the setup process).


  5. Use the username "admin" and your temporary password to log into Plesk.


  6. Select what best describes how you will be using Plesk.


  7. Plesk will recommend a "view" based on the previous question. You have the option to change your view later, so you can simply select which view you believe would best fit your needs at the moment, then press OK.


  8. Plesk should provide a default hostname and IP address. You will want to update your previous temporary password, to a strong password. Then click OK.


  9. Enter your admin contact information. Then click OK.

  10. Enter information to create a webspace for your first domain. If you don't have a domain yet, you can simply fill in the information for now and edit/remove the webspace later.

  11. That's it! You should now be have Plesk configured!