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Setting up and publishing Your First Website with Plesk for Windows Control Panel

Are you ready to launch your first website using Plesk for Windows Control Panel?

Follow this step-by-step guide based on the official Plesk documentation to get your site up and running efficiently:

Create Your Web Site in Plesk Control Panel:

Presence Builder

Presence Builder is an exceptional tool that empowers even those without a background in HTML markup or graphic design to craft polished and professional websites.

Its inherent simplicity lies in its visual editor and an expansive collection of templates catering to various website genres. This tool makes the process straightforward: users can effortlessly select a fitting page design and content template, seamlessly integrate their text into the pages, and publish the website.

Creating and publishing websites is seamlessly interwoven within the fabric of Presence Builder. If your current hosting subscription encompasses this feature, you're poised to embark on your website creation journey.

In cases where this feature isn't included or you've reached the threshold for published sites, the tool still allows you to construct and edit websites. However, upgrading your hosting plan becomes necessary to materialize your creation online.

Plesk's Presence Builder offers a user-friendly way to create websites visually. To set up your site using Presence Builder:

Log in to your Plesk Control Panel.

Navigate to the "Websites & Domains" tab.

Click on the "Website Builder" option for the domain you wish to create the site.

Choose a template from the available options or start from scratch.

Customize the template by adding your content and images and adjusting design elements.

Save your changes and publish the site when you're satisfied.

Content Management Systems (CMS) and Plesk Control Panel

A Content Management System (CMS) is an external application that offers a user-friendly graphical interface designed to seamlessly add and modify various types of website content. This content encompasses pages, scripts, files, multimedia elements, and more. Among the array of CMS options available, a few stand out as the most popular and extensively utilized:

WordPress: WordPress has developed from a free and open-source blogging platform into a powerful CMS, allowing users to manage website content easily. Its intuitive interface simplifies content creation and editing.

Joomla: Positioned as a free and open-source content management system, Joomla excels in the publication of web content. Its capabilities encompass a wide range of content types, providing a straightforward interface for managing them.

Drupal: Renowned for its status as a free and open-source content-management framework, Drupal offers an expansive platform for content management. Beyond traditional CMS features, it is a versatile foundation for various web projects.

Plesk supports various CMS platforms like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. Follow these steps to set up your site with a CMS:

Access your Plesk Control Panel.

Go to "Websites & Domains" and click "Install Web Applications".

Select the CMS you want to install and provide the necessary details.

Complete the installation and access your CMS admin panel to start building your site.

Uploading Content in Plesk Control Panel

If you have a pre-designed website, you can upload your files directly to the server:

Use Plesk's File Manager to upload your website files.

Alternatively, employ an FTP client like FileZilla to upload the files.

Ensure that your main page is named "index.html" or "index.php" for it to be displayed by default.

Using FTP (File Transfer Protocol)

Download FTP Client: Get an FTP client like FileZilla.

Collect Server Details: Gather your host's FTP server address, username, and password.

Connect: Open the FTP client and connect to the server.

Navigate: Go to the httpdocs directory on the server.

Upload: Drag your website files to the httpdocs directory.

Using File Manager in Customer Panel:

Log In: Access your hosting provider's control panel.

Find File Manager: Look for "File Manager".

Navigate: Go to the httpdocs directory.

Upload: Use the tool to upload your files.

Manage: Organize and rename files as needed.

Preview Your Site in Plesk Control Panel:

Log in to your hosting control panel.

Navigate to the "Websites & Domains" section.

Find your website's domain name.

Click "Preview" next to your domain.

A new browser window/tab opens with your site.

Explore your site's design and functionality.


In the Plesk Control Panel, locate your website's "Preview" option.

This preview provides a glimpse of how your site will appear to users.

Review and make necessary adjustments before launching your site to the public.

Submit Your Web Site to Search Engines:

Keyword Integration: Incorporate relevant and frequently searched keyword phrases related to your site's topic naturally into the content on your web pages. Mention your product, service, or subject in a way that makes sense and provides value to your readers.

Title and Meta Tags: Enhance your "title" and "meta" tags with relevant keywords. These tags play a role in search engine rankings and how your site is displayed in search results. Craft compelling titles and descriptions that accurately represent your content.

For instance, if you have a website offering fitness tips, your HTML might include:

Keyword Diversity: Create content that speaks to the needs of your target audience with a particular emphasis on making it worthwhile and exciting. High-quality content has a higher chance of attracting visitors and gaining authority over time.

Images and Alt Text: Use descriptive alt text with relevant keywords if your content includes photos. That improves accessibility for users and helps search engines understand your photos.

Internal and External Links: Embrace external connections to reliable sources and pertinent internal links to other pages in your website. That can enhance user experience and demonstrate the credibility of your content.

Mobile-Friendly Design: As mobile friendliness is a ranking criterion for search engines, ensure your website is optimized for mobile devices.

User Experience: A well-designed website with easy navigation, fast loading times, and clear organization can improve user experience, leading to longer on-site visits and potentially higher rankings.

To speed up indexing and increase visibility, submit your website to these search engines:

Google: Follow the steps in their official guide: Submit to Google.

Yahoo: Get included in Yahoo's search results by following their instructions: Submit to Yahoo.

Bing: Use Bing Webmaster Tools for submitting: Submit to Bing.

Consider boosting your website's reach and generating revenue with these ad platforms:

Google AdSense: Display targeted ads on your site and earn from clicks and views.

Adstera: Monetize your site with various ad formats like pop-unders and push notifications.


In conclusion, this "PLESK for Windows Control Panel – Setting Up Your Website Guide" has provided a comprehensive roadmap to create, configure, and manage your website efficiently using the Plesk control panel on a Windows server.

We began by exploring the initial setup of Plesk, ensuring that your server environment is configured correctly. From there, we delved into the critical aspects of website creation, including domain management, web content upload, and SSL certificate installation, ensuring your website is secure and accessible.

Additionally, we discussed the powerful tools within Plesk for website optimization, such as email accounts, databases, and advanced security settings. These features enable you to tailor your website to meet your specific needs and those of your visitors.

With the knowledge gained from this guide, you are well-prepared to establish a robust online presence, whether launching a personal blog, a business website, or an e-commerce platform. Plesk for Windows offers a reliable and powerful platform for web hosting, making it easier than ever to bring your online vision to life.

May your website flourish, engage your audience, and achieve your goals. Best of luck with your online endeavors!

Useful links / Resources

  • Creating Sites with Presence Builder (Plesk)

  • Submit website to Google (Google Search Console)

  • Submit website to BING and Yahoo search (Bing Webmaster Tools)

  • Support Article (in Spanish)

  • Support Article (in Portuguese)

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