Plesk: features, releases and editions

Plesk control panel

Plesk is the most popular commercial web hosting control panel on the market. It is actively developed by Plesk International GmbH, under a proprietary license. The last release is Obsidian. This commercial control panel is developed for Linux and Windows. It is targeted to: infrastructure providers, IT administrators, developers, content managers and digital agencies.

Main features

As one of the most popular control panels on the market, Plesk is highly customizable and includes many advanced features, for instance:

  • Full access via SSH.
  • DNS helper.
  • Enhanced security:
    • ModSecurity is active by default to prevent web applications from attacks.
    • Fail2ban is active by default to protect servers from brute force attacks.
  • Advanced monitoring and 360 Monitoring.
  • Repair Kit to detect and resolve issues automatically.
  • Wide range of File Manager features.
  • Complete WordPress Toolkit.
  • Support for many OS.
  • Improved stability and isolation of websites using PHP-FPM handlers.
  • WHMCS Module.
  • +100 Extensions (.NET Toolkit, Let’s Encrypt, Docker, Google PageSpeed Insights…)

Current version: Plesk Obsidian

Plesk Obsidian is the last version of this server and hosting control panel — perfect for simplifying the management of domains and web hosting on a single control panel. It offers a new and more compelling UX which further simplifies website management. Its graphical interface is very user-friendly and enables adding many functionalities.

Supported Operating Systems

As of June 2022, these are the operating systems supported by the current version:

  • AlmaLinux 8 (until 2029)
  • CentOS 7 (until June 2024)
  • CloudLinux 7 (until June 2024)
  • Debian 10 (until June 2024)
  • Ubuntu 18.04 Server LTS (until April 2023)
  • Ubuntu 20.04 Server LTS
  • RHEL 7 and 8 (until June 2024)
  • RHEL 8 (until May 2029)
  • Rocky Linux 8 (until 2029)
  • Virtuozzo Linux 7 (until June 2023)
  • Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 (until January 2023)
  • Windows Server 2016 (until January 2027)
  • Windows Server 2019 (until September 2029)
  • Windows Server 2022

Supported virtualization systems

As of June 2022, these are the virtualization systems supported by this control panel:

  • VMware
  • XEN
  • Virtuozzo 7
  • OpenVZ
  • KVM
  • Hyper-V
  • LXC (Docker)

Pricing plans and licenses

It offers monthly and annual pricing plans for both dedicated servers and virtual private servers (VPS), under three different types of license:

  • Admin Edition: intended for basic management of websites and servers. It can be used on up to 10 domains.
  • Pro Edition: targeted to web developers and designers. It can be used on up to 30 domains.
  • Host Edition: intended for building hosting businesses on Plesk. It can be used on an unlimited number of domains.

Besides, it offers a Partner Program for hosting companies, cloud providers, managed service providers and agencies.

Releases history

The control panel was initially founded by Dimitri Simonenko and its first version was released in 2001.

VersionRelease dateEnd of life date
Plesk 6June 2003
Plesk 7February 2004January 2012
Plesk 8September 2006September 2012
Plesk 9December 2008June 2013
Plesk 10November 2010May 2015
Plesk 11June 2012December 2016
Plesk 12June 2014January 2019
Plesk OnyxOctober 2016April 2021
Plesk Obsidian (General Availability)October 2019

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