Category Archives: Control Panels

Domain pointing to external MX on Plesk

If you are using external MX record and also using Linux environment for your Plesk server, then you need tweak settings in Plesk panel. To change the settings follow the below guidelines:

It will take some time to propagate the changes made in the DNS.

The above settings must eliminate the entry for the domain from the below two “qmail” server configuration files.

After exclusion of above two entries, your Plesk server will search for the external email server for the domain by fetching MX records from its DNS.

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How to use Web Disk in cPanel?

Web Disk is a utility offered with cPanel which can be used to manage files using one’s operating system interface.

Accessing the Web Disk application uses your computer’s operating system for manipulating the files allowing you to add, delete or move files to the server just as you would do on your computer. You can easily drag and drop files from your computer to the server and also navigate files on the server the way you can on your computer.

Step 1: First Login to your cPanel account. Now, scroll down to files section and Open the Web Disk application.

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How to redirect a web page using cPanel?

Whether you want to transfer the benefits of your existing domain or just shift couple of pages you can use redirects to do this easily and also get the benefits in terms of search engine rankings by getting the rankings of the old domain to the new one.

You can use Redirects to make a webpage display another page to the viewer.

What is a Redirect?

Using the Redirect feature you can redirect a specific web page to another web page. The redirected web page would take the user to the intended web page and display the content on that page. This is also useful for making web page with a long URL accessible by redirecting it to a shorter URL which can be easily remembered by the visitors.

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How to restore the content of the vhost folder from a command line interface (CLI)

This tutorial is applicable for only Parallels Plesk Panel 10.x for Linux

If you need to quickly re-establish contents of /var/www/vhosts/ folder for all clients without restoring full backup. Then you need to find contents of the mentioned folders that located in dumps folder by using the following technique.

# grep DUMP_D /etc/psa/psa.conf
DUMP_D /var/lib/psa/dumps

Generally it is located in /var/lib/psa/dumps/clients/<client_login>/domains/<domain_name>/ and has a name like testbackup_domain.com_vhost_1207281225.tgz

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Apache fails to start: Because of missing SSLCACertificateFile

This tutorial is applicable for:

* Parallels Plesk Panel 11.x for Linux
* Parallels Plesk Panel 10.x for Linux
* Parallels Plesk Panel 9.x for Linux/Unix
* Parallels Plesk Panel 8.x for Linux/Unix

Warning sign

# /etc/init.d/httpd restart
Stopping httpd: [FAILED]
Starting httpd: Syntax error on line 39 of

/var/www/vhosts/domain.tld/conf/13418207440.81148700_httpd.include:
SSLCACertificateFile: file ‘/usr/local/psa/var/certificates/cert-cwJPGJ’ does not exist or is empty
[FAILED]

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Dealing With The Loading Issue Of Plesk Control Panel

Plesk is a highly efficient web server administration control panel. It is offered with the Windows web hosting platform. At times you may come across the situation where the Plesk control panel might not load.

If you are not able to login into Plesk, refer the process mentioned below:

/usr/local/psa/admin/logs/httpsd_error_log

If you encounter the error message mentioned below, it means you are using more memory space than what is allotted to you:

[emerg] (22)Invalid argument: could not call shmget

In this situation, you have to increase the value of ‘shmall’ in the ‘/etc/sysctl.conf’ file. Edit this file and increase the value with the following command:

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How To Reset The Plesk Admin Password Through Shell?

Passwords are usually case sensitive. If a user doesn’t remember a password, he might face a really bad situation

Follow the process mentioned below in order to reser the Plesk root password using Shell and Command Prompt

The procedure of resetting the Plesk (Linux Server) root password through Shell:

[root@plesklinux root]# cd /usr/local/psa/admin/bin

[root@plesklinux bin]# ./ch_admin_passwd —help

./ch_admin_passwd: Utility for setting the Plesk administrator’s password

This fetches password from the environment variable PSA_PASSWORD

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SysCP – Open Source Control Panel

SysCP is also an admin panel for hosting web services. It provides a web-based management for internet services. Its goal is to provide a software which enables the Administrator to easily manage his server from within a Web-browser.

Here are the applications that it manages:

* Apache, Apache 2.x, Lighttpd
* Bind9, PowerDNS
* Courier, Dovecot
* Postfix, Exim4
* ProFTP, pureftp
* Awstats, Webalizer

Note that this is the only list that offers alternatives to Apache, Bind, AWStats and Courier / Cyrus.

It offers as a service and more:

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VHFFS – Virtual Hosting For Free Software:

VHFFS is a set of tools to manage a web hosting platform initiated by pooled TuxFamily I think, but I am no longer using this interface, however when I was using this platform for shared hosting on several shared servers, the performance shown by this interface was pretty impressive.

Here is a list of its features:

  • Web hosting (PHP4 and PHP5) with detailed statistics and logs available
  • Hosting MySQL and PostgreSQL databases
  • Subversion repositories
  • CVS repositories
  • Git repositories
  • Email address with pop / imap / webmail
  • Domain management (DNS management)
  • Accounts and redirects mail for the domain (with pop / imap / webmail)
  • Mailing Lists (domain-specific or not)
  • Download area with detailed statistics,
  • Quota management for projects,
  • Jabber

VHFFS is freely distributed on the ftp server. In addition VHFFS is designed to work with the free operating system Debian GNU / Linux. VHFFS was developed to run on that platform. According to my knowledge VHFFS does not work on another platform, but if anyone wishes to bring VHFFS on another architecture, it is free to do so. As it is an “open source” by design, so anyone who wishing to help to improve this software can participate in its development.

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Steps to Share a MySQL Database in Cpanel

cPanel is one of the popular control panel. It allows webmaster to control a number of  key server features, such as management of the email accounts, database, etc…Each website has its own database, but sometime a person will run multiple website that share the similar content. In this case, a perfect  solution is to allow the websites to share the same database. (Note: possibly it will increase a load on your database). This is simple to set up through cPanel user interface.

1. Log in to the cPanel control panel with the help of given user name and password by a web host. To access cPanel panel interface type your website domain into the web browser like below:

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