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What's new in Plesk 12.5?

The most powerful tool for managing your Media Temple DV just got an upgrade. Several things have changed in Plesk 12.5, and we recommend checking out the complete change log when you have time. For help upgrading, navigate here.

 

Important:

Please remember to back up your information before initiating an upgrade. The Plesk upgrade function is fully supported, but problems may still occur in some rare instances.

New Look

GUI lovers, rejoice. The first difference you’ll notice is the new Plesk control panel interface and more responsive design. That means that Plesk is easier to use than ever before.

 

Increased security

You may now disable the ‘root’ login via the Plesk control panel.

 

Plesk Self Repair Utility

"The Plesk self-repair functionality enables you to automatically diagnose and resolve issues with Plesk and Plesk services. If you encounter an issue with one of the Plesk services (for example, if mail is not being sent or delivered, or a website fails to open, and so on), or with Plesk itself (for example, if error messages are being displayed in the Plesk interface, or if Plesk pages fail to load), you can use the Plesk repair utility to attempt to resolve it." For more on this function, check out the admin guide.

 

PHP upgrades

Plesk 12.5 ships with PHP 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, and 5.5, and installing PHP 5.6 using the Plesk Installer is now supported. PHP version control has also become easier. Administrators may upgrade to the next minor version via the standard "apt" or "yum" packaging tool.

 

Upgrading PHP via the Plesk control panel:

1. Navigate to the Plesk control panel and select Tools & Settings from the Server Management menu on the left side.

 
2. Select PHP Settings from the General Settings column.
 
 
3. Select the desired version of PHP. Please note that you may need to install your desired version of PHP from the Plesk installer. Plesk 12.5 is shipped with versions 5.2, 5.3, and 5.4.

 

Users can improve the performance of PHP applications by switching on the PHP accelerator module in the website's PHP settings. By default, the APC module is activated for PHP versions earlier than 5.5, xcache for PHP 5.4.x, and Zend OPcache for PHP 5.5 or later.

 

Database management

Several notable upgrades and changes have been made to database management. Here’s a quick rundown of the most prominent changes.

  • A new command-line tool was added to enable administrators to check and repair Plesk's database. The tool can be executed by issuing the command plesk repair --check-db
  • Users can specify database user roles while editing MySQL database users.
  • Users can use Plesk for checking and repairing MySQL databases.
  • Users can move databases among their subscriptions, and administrators can move databases among all subscriptions in Plesk.
  • The ability to enable direct access to phpMyAdmin was added.
  • Plesk can count disk space occupied by remote databases.
  • For each of their databases, users can now specify the site that uses a database, and they can see the names of such sites directly in the list of databases.

 

 Don’t forget to check out this community article for help upgrading to Plesk 12.5.

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