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Plesk Onyx Hosting Control Panel Updates

14/05/2019

By the end of May 2019 we will be rolling out the latest updates for our hosting control panel.  It will include a host of new features, bug fixes and improvements for customers.  Some of the highlights are listed below.

Wordpress Toolkit

The toolkit was heavily re-worked to make managing Wordpress sites even easier.  New features include

  • better-looking interface for managing WordPress instances. Enjoy a faster and more focused WordPress Toolkit experience.
  • Configure caching for WordPress instances easily - with just a click.
  • Safe updates offer optional restore points. Make one before updating WordPress or synchronizing data between two instances to make sure you can roll back in case something goes wrong.
  • Manage maintenance mode in WordPress Toolkit. Customize the maintenance mode template.
  • (Improved) Clone WordPress instances and synchronize selected data between two existing instances.
  • Protect access to your WordPress instance with a password.
  • New security measure offers pingback attack protection.

Git Support

To make deploying your website even easier, we introduce Git support - the popular source code management system. This feature enables you to do the following:

  • Easily deploy your website content by either pushing it to a local Git repository or by pulling from a remote one.
  • Use GitHub, BitBucket, Travis, or any other software engineering service of your choice.
  • Create multiple branches in a single repository – useful for separating staging and production code.
  • Deploy manually for complete control or enable automatic deployment to save time.

Learn more.

Updated Log Browser

It is now possible for all hosting users to open any arbitrary log file located on their virtual host in Log Browser for easier monitoring. Users can save any opened log file in the list of logs for accessing it in the future. If the log is not required anymore, it can be removed from the list.  Note that only plain text log files can be opened by Log Browser, binary log files are not supported. This functionality is especially useful for those who install and use various frameworks like Yii, Symfony, and so on.  Another improvement of the Log Browser tool is the highlighting of various files mentioned in logs. This can happen, for example, if there's an error in a particular file. The highlighted files can be opened in the embedded editor by clicking them, which makes debugging websites even faster.

DNSSEC Support

Has been improved and is available to all clients who have web, email or DNS hosting service with us.  DNSSEC creates a secure domain name system by adding cryptographic signatures to existing DNS records. These digital signatures are stored in DNS name servers alongside common record types like A, AAAA, MX, CNAME, etc. By checking its associated signature, you can verify that a requested DNS record comes from its authoritative name server and wasn’t altered en-route, opposed to a fake record injected in a man-in-the-middle attack.  Customers with e-commerce platforms or where a higher level of security is required are encouraged to consider enabling this feature. 

With DNSSEC you can do the following in your hosting control panel;

  • Configure the settings used for key generation and rollover
  • Sign and unsign domain zones according to the DNSSEC specifications
  • Receive notifications related to DNSSEC records and keys
  • View and copy DS resource records and DNSKEY resource record sets

Ruby Support

Ruby is a popular programming language among web developers. Ruby language support allows users to quickly and easily deploy Ruby apps on their domains. Both Ruby on Rails and Sinatra frameworks are supported.  You can:

  • Enable Ruby support on any given virtual host
  • Choose which Ruby version should be used on a domain.
  • Install gem file dependencies via UI using Bundler tool
  • Specify custom environment variables
  • Edit configuration files

Node.js Support

An open-source, cross-platform runtime environment for developing server-side Web applications, Node.js has been around for just a few years, but has already garnered no small amount of popularity and support. Using the widely used JavaScript language, it helps web developers write lightning-fast applications. Node.js support enables you to:

  • Add Node.js applications to your websites with just a few clicks.
  • Easily manage the application (start/stop/restart the application, install NPM packages, run scripts, edit the configuration files).
  • We have multiple Node.js versions installed on the servers for you to select from.
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