do I go to log into my Web based Plesk Control Panel ?
(do not forget the "s"
in "https" !)
on with your domain name as the username (e.g. "mydomain.com").
You will be able to log on immediately after we have created
an account for you (before your new domain or your domain's
DNS change has propagated Internet-wide); you can upload your
site but can only view it via the preview function (see "Tips
and Suggestions" section below) until the domain name
has propagated Internet-wide.
Plesk Control Panel Guide:
to the Plesk Control Panel
upload your site before your domain name has propagated, you
can use the shared IP instead of your domain name:
126.96.36.199, with your assigned username and password.
Important Path Info (you need this if installing CGI and
What is the path to Perl?
In most CGI scripts the standard path line is therefore: #!/usr/bin/perl
And the path(s) to sendmail?
to Do I Upload My Files?
Website's HTML and image files go into the httpdocs folder.
(with exception of secure files which go into the secure directory)
absolute path (if ever needed) is:
(This is equivalent to the "public_html" folder
on many other servers.)
Website's CGI scripts (if any) go into the cgi-bin folder.
PLEASE READ THE "CGI-BIN" ENTRY IN OUR "TIPS
AND SUGGESTIONS" SECTION BELOW.
absolute path is:
In other words, the CGI-BIN folder is outsite the main folder.
PLEASE NOTE: You can
execute CGI scripts in any directory, not just the cgi-bin
Preview New Websites (whose Domain Registrations or DNS Updates
Have not Resolved):
Click the "Site Preview" button in the Plesk
1. Log in to your account's control panel.
2. Click the 'MAIL' tab.
3. Type the username for this e-mail account in the 'Mailname:'
field; click 'ADD' tab.
4. Check 'Mailbox' and enter the password for this e-mail
account in both fields.
Decide if you want to limit the space
for this e-mail account (taken from
the space of your main account).
For other options, autoresponders
etc., please read the Guide
to the Plesk Control Panel.
Click 'UPDATE' (near bottom) tab.
You can add forwarder etc. later -- just click on your e-mail
username after havingclicked on the 'MAIL' tab first.
to Check Mail via 'Webmail' Interface?
on to: http://webmail.<YourDomain.com> -> SAMPLE
Simply insert 'webmail.' before your domain name when typing
the URL. Log on using the particular username and password
for the email account you want to check. You can choose the
language of your interface.
Eudora, and Other POP E-Mail Programs:
basic settings for these should be:
Mail Server: YourDomain.com or mail.YourDomain.com
SMTP: YourDomain.com or mail.YourDomain.com
'YourDomain.com' stands as a placeholder for your actual domain
Username: <Your e-mail
username for this e-mail account>
Password: <Your e-mail password
for this e-mail account>
If these settings do not work for you, then the ISP you use
to connect to the Internet has most likely blocked Port 25,
so you cannot use your own mail server for OUTGOING mail (SMTP)
while connected via their network. Some of the ISPs who do
this are Earthlink/Mindspring, AOL, USA-Starnet, and MSN.
Microsoft, for example, gives an explanation (as regards to
their own blocking) and solution:
The solution is to use your ISP's SMTP settings for outgoing
mail (in the case of MSN this is 'smtp.email.msn.com'). BUT
MAKE SURE TO KEEP YOUR DOMAIN AS THE MAIL SERVER FOR INCOMING
your control panel, click on the MAIL tab, then on the e-mail
username, then check "Control panel access." The
owner of this e-mail account will then be able to logon at
using his full email address as LOGIN and his email password
CGI-BIN: On our server CGI scripts can be executed in all directories!
The main complaint that users of the PLESK system have always
had is that the cgi-bin directory is outside of the main Web
directory (httpdocs). Most other system have the cgi-bin folder
inside the main folder, and many standard CGI scripts do therefore
not work without changing paths in/to these scripts. This
can be tiresome. We therefore enabled the server to execute
CGI scripts anywhere, in any directory (you still have to
set the permissions right, of course ... chmod 755, and so
forth). In other words, you can, if you like, create a CGI-BIN
folder within the httpdocs folder to store your cgi scripts
there. Perl scripts (.pl), on the other hand, can only be
executed in the original CGI-BIN folder.
One more point: PSA v7.5 utilizes Suexec as a CGI wrapper
for security. The Suexec wrapper prevents the CGI script from
having permissions set over 755. Scripts should run fine with
cgiemail Script: There is just one pre-installed script.
You will find it in the cgi-bin folder: this is "cgiemail" a script written in C. The cgiemail script is an alternative
solution to "FormMail.pl." It is pretty simple to
use ... you should be able to use it by just looking at our
example: please look at the source code of our own "Contact
Us" page. The content of the form is send to a TEXT
file, here called "request.txt," by the following
<form action="http://123-familytree.com/cgi-bin/cgiemail/request.txt" method=POST>
The "request.txt" file, however, resides in the "httpdocs" folder!
In the first line of this TEXT file you determine to which
e-mail address it is send then. Further info and readme text can be found at MIT's site.
Of course, you can also use Matt Wright's popular FormMail
script ... more
Virus Scanning: All servers have an anti-virus program
DrWeb installed. The program detects any known computer virus
that is attached to an incoming message and deletes the infected
message immediately. The program allows to have the receiver
of an infected message notified by an automated mail. However,
this has proven to be yet another useless distraction, adding
to the other uninvited mails we all get daily -- so we have
disabled the notification system. The program updates itself
every 24 hours with the latest virus database.
Protection: Please note that we have MAPS Spam protection
software (rblsmtpd-0.74) installed on all servers, accessing
ORDB.org's anti-spam database. There is no way to completely
eliminate spam ... as with virus scanning, anti-spam protection
is by no means perfect, but it still should dramatically reduce
the amount of spam you and your customers would otherwise
Your Customers: If you have a business site in addition
to your family tree pages you may be looking for an easy way
to bill your customers. You may already have your own system
set up ... if not, by far the best, easiest and fastest (immediate)
solution is 2CheckOut.com
which integrates a shopping cart with a credit card processing
system in one package. Except for a one time $49 setup fee
there are no further monthly fees (quite different from almost
all other billing services). Those with much of their customer
base in Europe may want to check out WorldPay.com
Also consider to add PayPal
with low fees,
but do not rely on PayPal alone - you might then loose prospective
offers e-commerce solutions that make use of the popular Authorize.Net
software to bill your customers and arranges a merchant account
for you. You can use their shopping cart systems and easily
integrate it into your Web site.