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Plesk is a web hosting control panel, an intermediary between system services and users. Plesk help IT specialists manage web, DNS, mail and other services through a comprehensive and user-friendly GUI. It is an essential instrument for hosting service providers (HSPs). The hosting automation software first went live in 1999. Two years later, Plesk was sold to SWSoft which became Parallels in 2008. In 2015, Parallels renamed the service provider division to Odin and Plesk became a separate business entity.

Oakley Capital Private Equity III completed a deal to acquire the assets and operations of Plesk, at an enterprise value of $105 million in 2017. It has been a part of WebPros, a global SaaS platform for server management. Currently, WebPros comprises Plesk, cPanel, WHMCS, XOVI, and SolusVM. The Based in Switzerland, Plesk software platform operates on more than 350,000 servers globally, supporting the operations of more than 10 million websites and 18 million email boxes.

Each Plesk user group is provided with their own GUI that is customized to fully meet their needs. After being installed on a server, Plesk enables HSPs to organize server resources into packages and offer these packages to their customers. In the contrary, companies that use Plesk to manage their own web infrastructure do not have hosting selling capabilities in their GUI. Instead, they can perform server management operations (such as system recovery, web server configuration, and so on). Learn more about the Plesk interface in the section The Plesk GUI.


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