Plesk Sitebuilder 4.5 for Linux/Unix Wizard User's Guide

Plesk Sitebuilder 4.5 for Linux/Unix Wizard User's Guide




Getting Started with Plesk Sitebuilder


This chapter describes your first steps with Plesk Sitebuilder Wizard.

In this chapter:

Overview of Main Steps to Create Site .............................................................. 10

Logging In to Plesk Sitebuilder .......................................................................... 10

Learning Plesk Sitebuilder Wizard Interface ...................................................... 11

Starting to Work with Plesk Sitebuilder Wizard .................................................. 16

Getting Help ...................................................................................................... 17

10 Getting Started with Plesk Sitebuilder Wizard

Overview of Main Steps to Create Site

As a rule, the process of creating a web site includes three main stages: planning, implementation, and web site updating or maintenance.

Planning: The first and most essential stage in any project is planning. Before starting with Plesk Sitebuilder, think about the purpose of your web site and its target audience.

After this, decide where your web site will be stored, or, in Internet terminology, hosted.

This stage is beyond the scope of this document. Since Plesk Sitebuilder is often provided in a bundle with a web hosting package, we assume that you already have a web space for publishing your site. Then, you create a detailed structure of your future web site and prepare its contents, including text information and graphics. The planning stage is extremely important because it eventually determines the usefulness of your web site.

Implementation: The next stage is the implementation of your web site. The five-step

Plesk Sitebuilder Wizard takes you through the entire process of creating your site, from initial design to publishing and maintenance. The following is an overview of the main steps required to create a web site using Plesk Sitebuilder:

1 To create a web site, open Plesk Sitebuilder Wizard. You can start working with the

Wizard anonymously, without supplying login and password.

2 Complete the first four Wizard steps (choose the site type, select the design, create the site structure, add web site content including text, graphics and site modules and provide extra information for search engines).

3 Go to the

Publish step and start the publishing process. If you do not have a Plesk

Sitebuilder account and work with the program in demo mode, the site you create is temporary and cannot be published on the Internet until you register and buy hosting for your site. Once you are done with this, you can log in to Plesk

Sitebuilder and assign your trial site to your account, thus making it possible to permanently publish your site on the Internet.

Maintenance: When you complete the above steps, your site becomes available for visitors. It is critical to keep your site content fresh because this is a good way to show your attitude to customers and services. Therefore, we recommend to update your site on a regular basis. All you need to do is to log in to the Plesk Sitebuilder Administrator

Panel, edit the site content in Plesk Sitebuilder Wizard, and click

Publish. Sitebuilder will automatically transfer the updated content to your hosting location.

For detailed instructions on what to do on every step of creating your site, see the chapters below.

Logging In to Plesk Sitebuilder

The Plesk Sitebuilder Wizard access procedure is different for different user roles.

Below we describe the login process for site owners and anonymous users. The Plesk

Sitebuilder administrator and resellers access Plesk Sitebuilder Wizard from their

Administrator Panels.

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To log in to Plesk Sitebuilder Wizard using your site owner account:

1 Open your Internet browser.

2 Enter the URL you have received from your Plesk Sitebuilder provider into the address bar of your browser and press ENTER.

For example, http://sitebuilder/login where 'sitebuilder' is the domain name of the server where Plesk Sitebuilder is installed.

3 Enter you user name and password, select the interface language and click

Log in.

If prior to gaining a Plesk Sitebuilder account you have created a trial site in Plesk

Sitebuilder Wizard (on the same computer that you are logging in from), you will be prompted to assign the site to your account and thus upgrade it to regular. You can skip this step and register your trial site later, but note that it may be deleted by your

Plesk Sitebuilder provider or automatically destroyed after the expiration date.

Plesk Sitebuilder Wizard opens on the

Start page, from which you can start creating your first site. You can proceed to your Administrator Panel by clicking the

Go to

Admin Panel shortcut at the top of the screen.

To access Plesk Sitebuilder Wizard as an anonymous user (in demo mode):

1 Open your Internet browser.

2 Enter the URL to Plesk Sitebuilder demo version into the address bar of your browser and press ENTER.

For example, http://sitebuilder/Wizard where 'sitebuilder' is the domain name of the server where Plesk Sitebuilder is installed.

The link may be distributed by a Plesk Sitebuilder provider, or obtained otherwise.

3 Select the language of Plesk Sitebuilder interface from the


language list.

The Plesk Sitebuilder Wizard opens on the

Overview page, which provides access to all five steps of the Wizard.

Learning Plesk Sitebuilder Wizard


In Plesk Sitebuilder, a site is created in five steps. Each step has its own working and navigation principles, which will be covered in respective sections further in this guide.

Here we will outline the general principles of working with the Plesk Sitebuilder Wizard interface, and enumerate elements present on all Plesk Sitebuilder screens.

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Figure 1: Plesk Sitebuilder Wizard Interface

Every Plesk Sitebuilder Wizard window contains the following elements:


Plesk Sitebuilder logo linked to the Sitebuilder page on the official Parallels web site.

This image can be customized by your Plesk Sitebuilder provider.


Save Changes button used for saving the results of actions performed on the page. If no changes have been applied, the button is inactive. This button is also disabled when editing the content of page modules on step

Edit, since modules have their own dialogs for saving changes.


Top help string, which provides short instructions about the operations you can perform on the current page and displays the result of your last action.

4 Shortcuts used to switch between the five

Wizard steps. The step you are currently on is highlighted in color.


Support button, which, by default, opens Plesk Sitebuilder Online Server Support screen on the official Parallels web site, where you can fill in the form to request the help of Parallels technical support team. This link can be customized by your Plesk

Sitebuilder provider.


Help button opens the context-sensitive online help on the corresponding page.


Go to Admin Panel shortcut takes you to your Plesk Sitebuilder Administrator



Parallels logotype image linked to Parallels web site.


Log out button finishes your current session with Plesk Sitebuilder.

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Note: The

Go to Admin Panel and Log out buttons are not displayed to anonymous users. Instead of the

Log out button, they see a shortcut

Already a registered user?

Log in here..


Work area, where the interface options available on the current step of the Wizard are displayed.


Back button, which enables you to get to the previous step of the Wizard (you can also return to the previous step using the top navigation bar).


Preview button, which allows you to preview the site at any stage of its creation.


Next button, which switches you to the next step of creating your site (you can also click the next tab in the top navigation bar).

In this section:

Working with Lists ..............................................................................................14

14 Getting Started with Plesk Sitebuilder Wizard

Working with Lists

When setting up page or block modules on the

Edit step of Plesk Sitebuilder Wizard, you will see lists of various system objects (blog posts, online store orders, etc.).

In such a list, each object record is a table row displaying the object name and the relevant parameters of the object (for example, for each forum topic, the author of the topic, the category the topic belongs to, the date of last the update, and the number of replies to the topic are displayed). Above and below each list, the total number of items contained in the list is displayed. Below the list, you can adjust the number of items to be displayed per page (

5, 10, 25, or 100). In multi-page lists, you can navigate between the pages by clicking the page number shortcuts above and below the list. To go to the first/last page of the list, click

First Page or Last Page, accordingly.

In lengthy lists, you can find items using the search function, or sort items by certain parameters. To find an item, type a search criterion into the input box above the list, and click

Search. The list will show the items matching the search criterion. To return to the full list of items, click

Show All.

Figure 2: Searching for Objects

To sort list items by a certain parameter in ascending or descending order, click the parameter's title in the column heading. The order of sorting will be indicated by a small triangle displayed next to the parameter's title.

Figure 3: Sorting Objects

In some lists, you can filter items by a certain attribute by selecting one of them from the drop-down list (for example, on the

Orders tab of your eShop page, you can filter out orders of certain status:

New, Paid, Processed, Backorder, Completed, Cancelled, Failed, or


Figure 4: Filtering Objects

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Note: All the above described principles also apply to the list of design template categories on the

Design step of the Wizard. For information on using these options on the

Design step, read section Creating Site Design (on page 19).

To choose a list object for further operation, select the check box to the left of the object's name.

Figure 5: Selecting Particular Objects in a List

To choose all objects in the list, select the check box at the head of the column.

Figure 6: Selecting All List Objects at Once

To perform operations with certain objects in a list, select the required objects and click an operation shortcut above the list (for example,

Activate, Deactivate, Remove Selected, etc.).

In the list of guestbook messages, the status of a message is indicated by icon in the

Status (S) column (not archived or archived ).

In most lists, individual operation shortcuts are displayed for each item. For example, for each product category on the

Categories tab on the eShop page, there are arrows ( and ) used to change the order in which the categories are displayed on the site page; and the

Edit icon used to open the categories in editing mode.

In most lists, you can configure or edit a list object by:

 Clicking the object name, if it is clickable (for example, the post names on the

Content tab of the Blog page)

 Clicking the Edit icon for this object in the list (for example, for a product on the

Products tab of the eShop page)

In some lists, you will also see shortcuts to managing the objects' dependent items - such as the

View/Edit Comments shortcut for each blog post on the Content tab of the Blog page.

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In most object lists in the Wizard, you will find default objects created for your convenience, which you can delete or reuse at a later stage.

Starting to Work with Plesk Sitebuilder



Overview page provides quick access to and contains short description of each of the five steps required for creating a site in Plesk Sitebuilder.

Figure 7: Plesk Sitebuilder Wizard Overview Page

The five Plesk Sitebuilder Wizard steps are as follows:


Start. On this step, you choose whether to create a site from scratch or create a site using one of the proposed site templates (site-blog, site-photo gallery, etc.).


Design. On this step, you configure your site layout, color scheme, menu style, logo and banner, as well as set up text elements appeared at the background of your site, such as the title phrase and the copyright notice.


Pages. On this step, you configure the structure of your site and arrange the pages hierarchy in the site map.


Edit. On this step, you create and edit the content of your site pages.


Publish. On this step, you publish your site on the Internet.

For anonymous users, on the

Overview page, the Interface language box is displayed allowing to select the language of the Wizard interface.

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To start creating your site, click

Start at the bottom of the screen.

Getting Help

If you encounter a problem while using Plesk Sitebuilder, there are several resources available to help you troubleshoot the problem:

 Use on-screen context-sensitive help.

At the bottom of the navigation pane, you can find short instructions on the operations that are available on the current page.

 Refer to our

knowledge base ( ).

The knowledge base provides solutions to the most common problems with Plesk


 Go to our forum


&forumid=99 ).

Here all users can post questions, exchange ideas, and troubleshoot issues not described in the knowledge base. Note that Parallels does not provide official support through this forum.

 Contact technical support.

If you have any problems or questions that are not covered in the user documentation or knowledge base, you can click

Support located on the navigation pane and submit your problem to your technical support representative.

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