How to add a new domain in Plesk

How to add a new domain in Plesk

How to add a new domain in Plesk


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Adding a new domain in Plesk is a common task for website administrators and is straightforward to accomplish. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to add a new domain to your Plesk hosting environment:

Step 1: Log into Plesk

  1. Access Plesk Panel:
    • Open your web browser and navigate to your Plesk login URL, which is typically in the format of https://yourserverip:8443 or https://yourdomain.com:8443.
    • Enter your Plesk username and password to log in.

Step 2: Navigate to Domain Management

  1. Go to Websites & Domains:
    • Once logged in, click on the “Websites & Domains” tab. This section allows you to manage all aspects of your website hosting.

Step 3: Add a New Domain

  1. Create a New Domain:
    • Look for the “Add Domain” button. This is usually located towards the top of the “Websites & Domains” page.
    • Click on “Add Domain” to start the process of adding a new domain.

Step 4: Configure Domain Settings

  1. Enter Domain Details:
    • Domain Name: Enter the domain name you wish to add. Ensure you have already registered this domain with a domain registrar and it is pointing to your Plesk server’s nameservers or IP address.
    • Hosting Type: Choose the hosting type. If you want to host a website for this domain, select “Website Hosting”. If you only want to manage mail, DNS, or forward the domain, select the appropriate option.
    • Document Root: Specify the directory where the domain’s files will be stored. By default, Plesk creates a new folder like ‘httpdocs/domainname’.
  2. Hosting Settings (Optional):
    • Configure additional hosting settings such as web scripting languages, SSL/TLS certificates, and security settings. These options are useful if you have specific requirements for your new domain.

Step 5: Apply and Save Changes

  1. Create the Domain:
    • Once you have configured the settings, click on the “OK” or “Create” button to add the domain.
    • Plesk will set up the domain and its corresponding directory on your server.

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Step 6: Verify the Domain

  1. Check the Domain:
    • After creation, you should see the new domain listed in the “Websites & Domains” section.
    • You can now upload your website files to the specified document root directory of the domain or install applications as needed.

Best Practices and Considerations

  • DNS Configuration: Ensure that your domain’s DNS settings are correctly pointing to your Plesk server. This might involve updating nameserver records at your domain registrar.
  • SSL Certificates: Secure your domain with an SSL certificate, especially if it will handle sensitive data or e-commerce transactions.
  • Regular Backups: Set up regular backups for your domain to prevent data loss.
  • Email Configuration: If you plan to use email services with your domain, configure the mail settings in Plesk accordingly.


Adding a new domain in Plesk is a simple and essential task for managing your online presence. By following these steps, you can easily set up a new domain and start building or migrating your website on the Plesk platform. Remember to ensure that your domain’s DNS settings are correctly configured and consider securing your domain with an SSL certificate for enhanced security.

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