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Plesk 9.x Features

New features in Plesk 9 compared to previous versions:

1. Offer hundreds of applications via Application Packaging Standard Catalog – Now you can browse web applications packaged in APS Format directly from the Parallels Plesk Panel interface. Also, you can add them to the server Application Vault online without the hassles of manual uploading. These applications can be made freely available to all customers or their distribution can be restricted for provision on a per-user basis, allowing you to conveniently sell the applications according to the hosting plans you provide.

2. Resellers Level – The Parallels Plesk Panel user hierarchy is enriched with Reseller accounts in version 9.0. Resellers can sign up their own clients and resell Web hosting services to them, distributing available resources within the limits set by the Parallels Plesk Administrator. Resellers can also create and manage their own domains. Migrating your existing clients to resellers can be done simply following upgrade to version 9.0.

3. Parallels Plesk Billing Integration – Parallels Plesk Panel 9.0 is fully integrated with the Parallels Plesk Billing solution, eliminating the need to find third-party billing software. Smooth navigation between provisioning and billing portions makes provisioning more efficient for hosting service providers and their customers.

4. Postfix Support – Postfix mail server is available to all Parallels Plesk Panel for Linux/Unix users. The long-awaited support of the immensely popular alternative to Qmail allows Parallels Plesk Panel administrators to improve the stability, security and performance of all mail-related tasks. Switching from Qmail to Postfix is quick, effortless and transparent both to the administrator and end-users.

5. Enhanced Interface – Parallels Plesk Panel 9.0 boasts a completely redone user interface designed to help users navigate and perform tasks quicker and easier. The most popular and important actions are available right away on the user Home Page. Navigating through Plesk is faster than ever now due to ability to select Resellers, Clients, Domains and Mail User levels via pathbar. Parallels Plesk Panel 9.0 is presented in a brand-new clear and nice Vista visual theme that combines the best elements of the most popular Parallels Plesk Panel interface skins.

6. Total Control Backup – Completely reveised Parallels Plesk Panel Backup/Restore funtionalityprovides users with a more powerful and flexible backup solution than ever before.Selective data backup and restoration is now a comfortable, painless, and fully controllable process.On-the-fly restoration conflict resolution offers a variety of ways to resolve issues prior to actual update of the system, thus guaranteeing success and complete control over the restoration process.

7. Overselling/Overuse Capabilities – The ability to conveniently manage the overselling and overuse of provided resources directly via the control panel tremendously improves the flexibility of business model implementation. Used in conjunction with the Resellers Level opens up new possibilities for those who provide shared hosting services.

8. @Mail Availability – Users can now enjoy additional choice of @mail as their WebMail tool. The selection of WebMail can be done on a per-domain basis, guaranteeing that every customer can select and use their WebMail client of choice.

9. PHP over Fast CGI – Site applications based on PHP can be executed much faster and safer with PHP running in the Fast CGI mode. This feature was previously available only in the Windows version.

10. Improved Hosting Setup – User Interface for Hosting Setup was redone to make the procedure easier and more intuitive. The improved usability allows service providers to setup hosting on one page much quicker then before.

11. API RPC Protocol – Updated API RPC protocol improves the ability to integrate your software solutions with the Parallels Plesk Panel and completely supports all important features introduced in Parallels Plesk Panel 9.0.

12. New Operating System Support – Parallels Plesk Panel 9 for Linux/Unix fully supports OpenSuSE 11.

13. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Support – Parallels Plesk Panel 9.0 for Windows now supports Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

Other features that aren’t new that are still available:

SpamAssassin Anti-Spam Software — Your Plesk control panel provides a configuration interface for spam rules, server-wide or on a per-mailbox basis.
Availability: Featured in Plesk Deluxe and Plesk Pro packs.

Tomcat Support — Tomcat is the Servlet container that provides the environment for executing Java Servlets. The Tomcat software option supports deploying and managing Tomcat Web applications, allowing users to set up hosting with JSP support.
Availability: Featured in Plesk Deluxe and Plesk Pro packs.

Application Pack — The Application Pack is a completely customizable repository of Web site applications that give server administrators the ability to add, deploy, configure, and remove applications for any domain on the system. The Application Vault framework for such applications supports APS (http://www.apsstandard.com/), the new application standard.

APS Applications Available For Installation include:
Noahs Classifieds (adverts) Community, Joomla! Information Portal, TikiWiki Wiki, phpAdsNew/Openads 2.0 (adverts) Adverts, Moodle (online learning) Online Learning, Mantis Customer Support, Serendipity Personal Portal (Linux only), SMF Forum, PHProjekt Productivity Tool, WebCalendar Groupware, Brim Personal Organizer, Post-Nuke Information Portal, MediaWiki Wiki, phpMyVisites Statistic, E-GroupWare 1.2 Intranet Groupware, XOOPS Portal, anyInventory Warehouse/Inventory Management (Linux only), Drupal CMS, MyOrgBook Calendar, AdvancedPoll (Linux only), AutoIndex (Linux only), b2evolution (Linux only), bbclone, Coppermine (Linux only), CSLH (Linux only), DocFAQ (Linux only), DotNetNuke (Windows only), fasttrack, gallery (Linux only), geeklog (Linux only), gtchat, Mambo, merchant, openbiblio (Linux only), osCommerce-2.2ms2, Owl (Linux only), phpBook, phpBugTracker (Linux only), phpDig (Linux only), phpMoney (Linux only), phpMyFamily (Linux only), phpsurveyor (Linux only), phpwebsite (Linux only), phpWiki (Linux only), pLog (Linux only), pmachinefree (Linux only), Siteframe (Linux only), Tellme (Linux only), TUTOS (Linux only), Typo3 (Linux only), UebiMiau, WebShopmanager (Linux only), WordPress (Linux only), xrms (Linux only)

Preloaded applications, Linux only, also include:
Mambo (content management system), PostNuke (CMS), osCommerce e-commerce software, phpBB (bulletin board), gallery (picture gallery), phpBook (guestbook), bbClone (counter), gtChat (chat engine), AdvancedPoll (poll system), AutoIndex (file statistics and file manager), b2evolution (blog), Coppermine (photo gallery), CSLH (customer support), DocFAQ (FAQ system), openbiblio (library ), Owl (knowledge base), phpAds (banner system), phpBugTracker (PHP clone of Bugzilla), phpDig (search engine), phpMoney (account management), phpMyFamily (genealogic tree), phpsurveyor (surveys creation tool), phpWiki (documentation management), pLog (blog), Tellme (network tools (whois, traceroute, etc.)), TUTOS (work process organization), typo (CMS), UebiMiau (Webmail), WebCalendar (calendar), WebShopmanager (online store creator), WordPress (publishing platform (blog), and xrms (customer relationship management)
Availability: Featured in Plesk Deluxe and Plesk Pro packs.

PostgreSQLMS SQL Support — This software option enables users to deploy and manage PostgreSQLMS SQL databases. When you purchase the PostgreSQLMS SQL option, you get the Web-based database administration software PhpPGMyAdmin, giving you remote access to your PostgreSQLMS SQL databases.
Availability: Featured in Plesk Pro pack. Linux-based servers only.

ColdFusion Support — Integrate with ColdFusion MX Server v5.x, v6.x and v7.x. ColdFusion is a tag-based, middleware programming language used chiefly for writing web-based applications. Support for ColdFusion can be turned on or off individually for each domain. Note that ColdFusion software and license must be installed separately.
Availability: Featured in Plesk Pro pack.

Multi-Level Help Desk — This system is designed to communicate, track, monitor and manage support issues for users at every level of the system. Organize all of your customers’ support requests from a single centralized location.
Availability: Featured in Plesk Pro pack.

Language Packs — Plesk language packs allow users who speak different languages to be assigned to the same system. Once installed, the languages are pervasive and can be selected at every level of the Plesk control panel. Professional providers use the language packs to enable their customers to easily navigate the interface and view it in the language of their choice.
Availability: One-language pack standard with all Plesk configurations. Support for second language featured in Plesk Pro pack, which is what B2Net provides, the Pro pack.

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