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Create MySQL database with user access in Plesk control panel

This tutorial is a part of the Plesk control panel section where we discuss server management with Plesk.

We will discuss how to add a database with Plesk on Linux server which is always My SQL.

My SQL is popular relational database management system developed ByMySQLlab. Just for your information, My SQL is an application used to Linux as well as Windows operating System, and it is a freeware application.

In a few steps I will describe how in Plesk control panel you can add database with user access.

Start with logging into the Plesk control panel. Usually it is your domain or IP address with :8443 suffix like

Once you are inside, go to domains and click on the domain under which you want to create the database.


Change open_basedir under Plesk

This tutorial will show you how to change the open_basedir option on a Linux server with Plesk control panel.

Almost all the custom changes that can be made in Plesk but not through the GUI, must be set in vhost.conf file for each domain.

The location of this file is under $DOMAIN$/conf/

$DOMAIN$ should be replaced with a real path to domain home. For example it could be /var/www/vhosts/ (on Fedora with Plesk) or /usr/local/psa/home/vhosts/ (on FreeBSD with Plesk). As you can see this location may vary depending on Plesk version and OS. To find where the vhosts home is look into /etc/psa/psa.conf for HTTPD_VHOSTS_D variable set.

Inside $DOMAIN$/conf/vhost.conf you can change the options with the appropriate apache format. Here is an example about how to set open_basedir with ”none” option:


Restore a lost Plesk password on Windows server

This tutorial will help you to restore a lost Plesk password on Windows server.

Login to your server using administrator”s login and open a console:

Windows Start button – > Run… – > type or just copy/paste this line :

How to unlock Plesk Control Panel login on a Windows server

This tutorial will help you to unlock your Plesk control panel running on a server with Windows operating system.

In case you have inserted three times, wrong Plesk administrator password, and your Plesk login is locked, under Windows you can unlock it with the following steps:

Open a console:
Windows Start button – > Run… -> type:”cmd”

This will open Windows command prompt.Then change the current location to the MySQL executable folder (usually it is on C: drive). In the command prompt type:

cd \

cd Program Files\SWsoft\Plesk\MySQL\bin

then type or copy/paste the following line:

mysql.exe -u admin -p -D psa -P 8306 -e "DELETE FROM lockout"

How to unlock Plesk control panel on Linux server

This tutorial will show you how to unlock your Plesk control panel installed on a Linux / Unix server, in case you have tried several times to login to it with wrong credentials. IT IS VALID ONLY FOR PLESK Versions up to 8.6 !

By default if the Plesk has been locked it takes about thirty minutes until you will have ability to try to login again. This is set to prevent bruteforce attacks against your control panel.

Unlocking Plesk can be done via SSH using Putty or other terminal client.
Access your server and switch to super user (root) then type:

How to login to Plesk control panel

This tutorial will show you how to access Plesk control panel on a remote server.
By default it is running on port 8443 over a secure connection.

The URL should be https://IP_ADDRESS_OF_A_SERVER:8443
Here is an example with dummy IP address:


Remove gray listed IP address from PLESK

This tutorial will show you how to remove an IP address from Plesk control panel using a command via SSH on a Unix / Linux operating system.
It is useful when that option is locked in the control panel like this one:


Gather Plesk password via SSH

This tutorial will show you how you can gather a lost Plesk password via SSH on a Unix / Linus servers. It will be useful in cases when the Plesk password is lost or forgotten.

This is rather simple to be done as the password file is not encrypted.
Login to your server via SSH, switch to root and then to see the password type:

Since Plesk 10.2 the password in .psa.shadow file is encrypted and can be shown as plain text using:


Saved admin password is incorrect .

This tutorial is for those who have an issue with Plesk administrator”s (admin) password changed outside from the control panel after some manual changes via SSH.

Often after such change there is an error like this one:

0: /usr/local/psa/admin/auto_prepend/auth.php3: psaerror ( string "Unable to connect to database : saved admin password is incorrect ." )
Note: The error depends on the Plesk version.


Website preview in Plesk

This tutorial will show you how to preview your website when you host it on a server with Plesk control panel.
This is useful in cases when you migrating to a new server and you do not want to move your domain yet because of the propagation time which can be more than 24 hours.