Web hosting software provider Parallels announced on Tuesday it officially launched Parallels Plesk Panel 11, the latest version of its web hosting control panel software, which adds many benefits for web hosts including improvements in website performance and security.
The move comes a couple months after the latest version of Parallels Automation became generally available, giving its web hosting partners a lot more options when it comes to offering services to small and medium-sized business customers.
The new version of Parallels Plesk Panel features over 80 improvements that were made based on customer feedback and Parallels’ vision for the hosting and cloud industries.
New features include the latest web technologies and faster performance in dedicated and virtualized environments, the addition of enhanced web presence tools, and free priority support for those web hosts who select the premium Plesk Unlimited dedicated license.
Parallels Plesk Panel 11 includes enhancements in key feature areas to help web hosting providers and web designers to simplify their business operations, lower their costs and drive more revenue.
These features include better server performance with NGINX so that Linux users can now reduce their CPU and memory usage by up to 50 percent, through the use of the NGINX server in Parallels Plesk Panel 11.
The NGINX server is installed and configured automatically in Parallels Plesk Panel 11, which accelerates website access and application response times beyond what is available in default Apache Web servers.
Parallels Plesk Panel 11 also includes a new Parallels Web Presence Builder that offers a more intuitive website building tool for small businesses and novice users, enabling web hosts to differentiate itself in a competitive market with self-service design tools for their SMB customers.
Parallels Web Presence Builder includes drag-and-drop modules that let users customize their website content, and automatically update their Facebook pages to mirror the content and aesthetic of their website.
For web designers, Parallels Web Presence Builder can also be sold as an entry-level website building tool, which can later be leveraged to upsell customers to more advanced, custom site designs.
There are also many new free support options that focus on the specific needs of hosting providers and web designers who rely on Parallels Plesk Panel to run their online businesses.
“There is a set of add-on functionality that is going to be shipped with Plesk,” Adam Bogobowicz, senior director of product marketing at Parallels, said in a phone interview. “One of the collections of functions is Powerpack, and it gives you the ability to build mobile websites, provides you with improved security for your server, gives you a set of developer tools. The other is improved performance of the website — both the traditional website and the mobile website. Plesk Panel 11 is going to be the most secure version of Plesk Panel ever released. It’s definitely going to make harden and make the operations of the panel more secure for all web hosts.”
Customers with business-critical needs who purchase an Unlimited dedicated Plesk SKU license will now receive free support by email, while those customers who purchase Unlimited dedicated Plesk SKU with Parallels Plesk Power Pack will receive free premium support.
Parallels has partnered with Unity Mobile to improve the overall performance for mobile websites. Parallels Plesk Panel users can now take existing websites and render them for optimized viewing and browsing from any mobile device.
Parallels Pleask Panel 11 offers improved security over previous versions, including enhanced server security and password storage and encryption to avoid potential vulnerabilities. Additionally, security updates are now highly visible and easier to apply in Parallels Plesk Panel 11.
Many of the new features and enhancements in Parallels Plesk Panel 11 focus on innovation and support for the newest Web technologies, including support the latest operating systems such as openSUSE 12.1, Ubuntu 12.04, and Debian 6, full support for IPv6, both the Linux and Windows Server platforms, and Microsoft’s WebMatrix Web development tool.
The Parallels Plesk Panel 11 user interface is now customizable, and can be simplified or extended based on the needs and the technical responsibilities of the user.
Hosted application support is included through the use of the APS v1.2, allowing APS packaged applications to be easily deployed on Parallels Plesk Panel servers.
A new Software Development Kit is provided to create Parallels Plesk Panel extensions in both Linux and Windows Server, allowing ISVs and Web developers to customize and extend the functionality of Parallels Plesk Panel 11.
Parallels has partnered with over 60 web hosting providers to offer Parallels Plesk Panel 11 including 123-Reg, Cirrus Hosing, Go Daddy, Host Gator, HostDime, LeaseWeb, Media Temple, PacHosting, SoftLayer, Superb Internet, and Webfusion.
In March, Parallels product manager Blake Tyra recently gave a demo of the Parallels Plesk Panel, where he showcased some of its functions for hosting providers, server administrators and small business operators.
Talk back: Are you planning on using Parallels Plesk Panel 11? Do you find the new features and added support helpful for your web hosting operations? Are you considering partnering with Parallels to offer Parallels Plesk Panel 11? Let us know in the comments.