What is Plesk Onyx and What are Its Features?

What is Plesk Onyx?

Plesk Onyx is the newest and smoothest upgrade of the traditional Plesk control panel. Originally released in 2001, Plesk is one of the leading control panel solutions for both Linux and Windows servers. Now, with a multitude of improved features, the new Plesk Onyx even supports recent technologies like Docker and Git.

So, what’s new with Plesk Onyx?


Plesk Onyx: New Features

The following sections list out many of the new features introduced in Plesk Onyx. For a complete list of a all recent Plesk Onyx developments, please check Plesk’s official documentation portal.

Support For Database Management Systems

Plesk Onyx offers support for the following database management systems:

  • Mysql

  • PostgresSql

  • MariaDB

  • MSSQL ( Windows )

Database Tools

The following database tools are available through Plesk Onyx

  • Scan

  • Repair

  • Report

  • Fix

Git Support

Plesk Onyx introduces integration with Git, enabling you to:

  • Easily deploy your websites by either pushing to a local or pulling from a remote Git repository.

  • Employ the software engineering service of your choice, including Github, Travis, and more.

  • Use Multiple Branch Support within a single repository.

  • Utilize Automatic Deployment

Docker Support

Plesk Onyx comes with Docker support, including:

  • On-demand access to a wide range of modern technologies.

  • The ability to choose from a catalog of available images using mongoDB, Redis, and more.

  • Deployment and management of docker containers locally and remotely.

Windows Server 2016 Support

Plesk Onyx supports the Standard and Datacenter editions of Windows Server 2016 with IIS 10. Features include:

  • Wildcard subdomains

  • HTTP/2 support

  • New cipher suites

System Resource Usage Limits

Plesk Onyx introduces the ability to limit the amount of system resources that can be used by a particular subscription or hosting account. This feature helps to prevent server abuse caused by either malicious or poorly written scripts.

The following system resources can be limited by this feature:

  • CPU

  • RAM

  • Disk I/O

DNSSEC Support

This new feature allows users to protect the DNS data of their hosted domains using DNSSEC. DNSSEC, which stands for Domain Name System Security Extensions, is a set of DNS protocols designed to provide extra security when accessing websites.

With this feature users can:

  • Configure the settings used for key generation and rollover.

  • Sign and un-sign 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.

SSL Support & Improvements

Plesk Onyx comes with a set of security improvements designed to help harden your server. This feature helps to:

  • Force https connections to websites hosted in Plesk.

  • Secure Mail servers using SSL/TLS.

  • Secure webmail connections with SSL/TLS.

Ruby Support

Plesk Onyx now offers proper Ruby language support as a Plesk extension. The Ruby extension available in Plesk Onyx allows users to quickly and easily deploy Ruby based apps on their domains. Features include the ability to:

  • Enable Ruby support on any given virtual host.

  • Choose which Ruby version should be used on a specific domain.

  • Install gem file dependencies via UI using the Bundler tool.

  • Specify custom environment variables.

  • Edit configuration files.

Node.js Support

Plesk Onyx also offers Node.js support. Node.js is an open-source, cross-platform runtime environment for developing server-side Web applications. Node.js related features include options to:

  • Add Node.js applications to your websites with just a few clicks.

  • Easily manage the application from within Plesk, including the ability to start, stop, and restart the application, install NPM packages, run scripts, and edit the configuration files.

  • Have multiple Node.js versions installed on the server (only available with Plesk for Linux).


Removed Features

While Plesk Onyx offers many new features, it has removed several older Plesk features in the process. Below is a list of features dropped from the Plesk Onyx control panel.

  • Customer and Business Manager

  • Windows VZ Templates

  • x86-based distributions of operating systems

  • CentOS 5 / RHEL5 / CloudLinux 5

  • Microsoft Windows 2008 (not R2)

  • ASP.NET 1.1

  • SmarterMail 6.x – 9.x

  • Miva

  • Shared SSL support on Windows

  • Unity Mobile

  • 10.4 upgrade drop

  • perl-apache-asp component drop


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