For security purposes, Plesk Server Administrator (PSA) uses SSL, so both clients and administrators need to access the control panel through their browser, using HTTPS: secure protocol. To bring up the control panel for PSA 5.0, follow these steps:
Open your web browser.
Administrators and Clients can access the control panel from different urls.
These are the preferred ways of accessing the control panel. However, the Administrator can access the control panel using any IP or name associated with the server.
The control panel login screen with the username and password fields should appear.
Proceed with the logging in process.
By default, PSA comes with a self-signed certificate that will not be recognized by your browser as a valid certificate. You can still access your control panel, but you will receive a warning message. If you purchase a valid certificate, you will not receive this warning.
When you access the Plesk Server Administrator (PSA) control panel, you must enter your login name and password for security purposes.
Enter your PSA login name in the first text box.
Enter your password in the second box. As you type your password, the letters are masked by asterisks for security purposes.
Click Login to proceed.
Upon your initial log in as administrator you will first be required to accept the PSA product license agreement before being able to utilize PSA.
Also upon your initial log in PSA will need confirmation on the IP-Address to be used for name-based hosting as well as the hostname and domain name for the server. PSA will attempt to properly populate these fields from information found on the server.
It is very important to note the following:
As a system administrator, you can log in for the first time with the default login name admin and password of setup (both are case sensitive - lower case). Be sure to change the password the first time you administer your server.
When you log in as a system administrator, you enter the system on the Clients List page. When you log on as a client, you enter into your domain list. When you log on as a domain owner, you enter into that domain's main administration page.