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    Parallels counters on Plesk critisism

    Parallels Craig Bartholomew has made some comments on the critisism on Plesk. I have added the text below.
    Shouldn't all licenses run in 3rd party vps's for the cheaper price that Parallels charges? Now it is only the unlimited license.

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    Many people claim to know Parallels Plesk, but we regularly see postings about Plesk that indicate enough out-of-date knowledge that some people may want to take a fresh look at Plesk. Our release of Plesk 10.4 is a chance to finally put some myths about Plesk to rest.


    I came to Parallels from Microsoft in June 2009 to lead the Plesk team, after 21 years there in product development. I found a very talented team here at Parallels that was beginning to invest more heavily in both enhanced testing as well as improved processes to improve quality. For the past two and a half years, my team and I have stayed focused on customer needs, performance, security and, of course, quality. Plesk 10.4 is the 5th release in the Plesk 10 line, and is the culmination of a lot of hard work in quality assurance and innovation.


    We hope you’ll take a fresh look at Plesk – not simply believing those who profess deep knowledge of Plesk in Forums – but in reality knew only Plesk 8 or 9. We believe that Plesk will give you the best path forward toward the future of Hosting, as we take more and more steps to future-proof you – such as our industry-leading support of IPv6 and SNI. Our 10.4 online demos are up and running now under the Demos tab on http://www.parallels.com/products/plesk/demos/. Please check them out.


    To help you further along the way of understanding where we’re at on 10.4, I’d like to debunk 20 myths about Plesk. Here are the first five:


    Myth #1: Plesk does not give me the control I need. Plesk really annoyed me when it would overwrite the changes I made as an Admin.

    Reality: Earlier versions of Plesk were a bit like nannies – overwriting the config changes you tried to make. In Plesk 10.4, you have the control over your environment that you have been demanding. Our innovative Custom PHP Settings gives you intuitive control over versions and settings for PHP per VHost or website (depending on the permissions you set). Advanced users can go beyond the simple drop-down selectors in the UI and configure their own advanced settings. Also in Plesk, Hosters can define custom Apache configuration templates for each VHost, and go to the revised Tools & Settings page in Plesk 10.4 to turn on/off Apache modules.


    Myth #2: Plesk is not secure. I’ve even seen that in Wikipedia.

    Reality: Well, we can’t speak for Wikipedia (which really needs to be updated on this – any volunteers?), but we have put special focus on fixing every known aspect of Security in Plesk 10.x. Version 10 is easily configured to pass PCI scans. In addition, we randomly generate new Admin passwords (replacing insecure default passwords) and have added a password strength indicator. We have addressed cross-site scripting vulnerabilities – including adding a token to pass any input from forms in the UI. If we encounter security problems (typically in 3rd party components), we respond quickly with fixes.


    Myth #3: Plesk does not provide good Site Isolation for shared hosting.

    Reality: Since the outset, Plesk 10 has offered site isolation. Plesk does this using FastCGI to provide industry-leading shared hosting account density per server. So, we not only give good site isolation, but also good economics on the number of shared hosting accounts per server.


    Myth #4: Plesk is too expensive. It is more expensive than other Control Panels.

    Reality: Plesk used to be more expensive if you tried to run Plesk on non-Parallels virtualized environments. We are fixing that by making the Plesk Unlimited Domain VPS license available on all virtualized environments. Also, the Plesk Unlimited dedicated license is typically at $39.95/month or lower at most of our hosting partners – which is competitive. But, because Plesk offers you integrated Billing and integrated Site Creation, the combined price of the Plesk family is advantageous to you in both price and simplicity. And if you choose to enable Parallels Partner Storefront in your Plesk Panel, you can partner with Parallels to resell high value SaaS applications from leading application vendors – all with a few mouse clicks. We think of “value” more than price – and we think we offer very, very good value.


    Myth #5: The included Billing with Plesk is the old ModernBill, which is quite buggy and outdated, so it really isn’t worth much.

    Reality: Plesk’s Customer and Business Manager is several generations advanced from ModernBill and now is available on both Linux and Windows. Initial configuration and the entire UI has been streamlined and updated based on usability testing. It supports international currencies, international tax rules, and a reseller tier now. There is very strong active development and dramatically improved QA on this product. The reasonable price means you should definitely take a second look at this.


    Check this blog next week (or better yet, subscribe to it) for the next five Myths about Parallels Plesk Panel.


    We encourage you to be myth-busters on Plesk. Check out our website at http://www.parallels.com/products/plesk/ and spread the word. It’s a new Plesk we are talking about now, and you should check it out.


    All the best,


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    Plesk 10 sucks. You killed Plesk basically. And yes I am a Plesk expert, have 100 production Plesk servers and used Plesk since version 1.

    You made it too complicated and the upgrade is horrible and leaves huge security holes (read your own bloody forums). Pffft, "subscriptions", what were you thinking?
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    I guess that's a start. But for me, they require a culture change - not just some product window dressing.
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    He's not addressing the real issues with Parallels and Plesk at all. The major problem is that their support sucks bigtime. We have been using Plesk for years, and we have several Plesk 9 and Plesk 10 installations (all Plesk 10 installations run the very latest version). The thing is, when you make software that tends to break every time you try to update it to the latest version (even true for servers installed by Parallels, and then updated by them afterwards - and with nothing else on them, not even a single customer), you at least need to have a support dept that know the way around their own software. Which they've proved time and time again that they really don't.

    If you experience any problem with Plesk (that is ANY problem), they will first assign some junior engineers that after some hours will tell you they are looking at it, then you receive an update that they can't find out what's causing the problem and need some more time. And they just keep on giving you those lazy excuses until they (after a couple of days) assign the ticket to the people who actually can help you, who (of course) need you to repeat everything again.

    Every time I have been in contact with Plesk support (and again, that is EVERY time), they have concluded with the problem to be us doing something wrong. It's never their fault. And also EVERY time, after a week or so, they admit the problem to be in their end. But they won't admit this unless you spend tens of hours just proving to them why it can't be a problem in your end. I have even had tickets where I told them WHAT the problem was, what part of their software that made the problem, why it happened, and what they need to change in order to fix it - but I had to repeat the same thing five or six times using different words and sentences in order for them to understand it.

    I have had some experiences with Parallels that are just to incredible to believe. A year ago one of our customers received an e-mail from Getty Images, claiming he was using copyrighted images on his web site. We quickly established that the image in question was infact a part of Parallels Sitebuilder. We spent days and weeks with support to solve the issue. For the first days, they just kept on yacking about the customer having put the image there himself, and that they weren't at fault. I spent hours writing pages up and down proving how they were wrong. Finally after a lot of anger and me getting really tired of having to repeat the same things over and over again, they DID admit that the image was actually a part of Sitebuilder, and they had even been aware of it for some time!!

    Even after admitting this, they did nothing to solve things with Getty. They stalled the ticket for several weeks (!), just telling us time and time again that they were in the process of making an agreement with Getty. Meanwhile, our customer continued to receive letters from Getty, and he got really angry with us too for not solving the matter. In the end, after spending tens of hours, Parallels finally agreed to pay the claim on behalf of our customer. In return, for the tens of hours we put into the case, we received a complimentary Plesk license worth about 1/10 of our costs directly associated with the case.

    The one thing Parallels have, is a piece of software that really looks great (ok, Plesk 10 not so much in my opinion, but Plesk 9 looked great). Our customer loves it (again, not so much Plesk 10). From an administrators point of view the software, the company making it, and the support is just abysmal. As far as Parallels' concerned, the customer is NEVER right, no matter how convincing the proof is. To me, it seems that they are just trying their best to make you just give up on their support team and find out that you're just better of solving any problems yourself, even if they realize that they're to blame.

    Furthermore, they have a support forum with some really rude and hostile moderators, with the "customer is always wrong" attitude that has become a hallmark of Parallels. At least one of these moderators is also here on WHT, and I guess he'll make some kind comments on my post soon.

    And it's about time Parallels decides to lower the licence prices for competing VPS products. Plesk Panel would just not be competitive AT ALL if they didn't.

    We are still buying Parallels licences for ourselves and our customers, and until someone makes a product just as good looking for Windows servers, I guess we will continue to do so. Which is why I think it is sad cPanel seem to have abandoned the Enkompass project for now. We do however try to convince our customers to buy our cPanel packages instead.

    One of Parallels sales representatives told me some time ago that they were aware of the problems with support, and that they were trying to improve. I've kept my mouth shut for a long time, hoping that they *would* improve, but nothing seems to have happened. Seeing how many have the same experiences with Parallels support that I do, I just thought it was time for me to blow off some steam too. They have a bad reputation in the hosting industry, and unfortunately they deserve it.

    I love Parallels for a lot of their products. I don't like their lack of quality assurance. I really, truly hate their "support".

    I will report my ticket numbers for verification.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tickedon View Post
    I guess that's a start. But for me, they require a culture change - not just some product window dressing.
    Nah, the product up to Plesk 9.5 has been outstanding. If you need support you'd better hope you have a good relationship with them (directly or via your data center) or you are going to bruise your head on that wall over there.

    In the last two years I've seen a dramatic improvement in the quality of their support. I mean they have actually provided support, lol. But if you are going to need a lot of support Plesk is not for you. Luckily my guys are all Plesk experts and we rarely need Plesk support but when we have asked Parallels for support I've been blown away by their knowledge of the software and we've actually learned a lot. You usually need to getup to their 3rd tier of support before the brains start showing though.

    And Plesk 9.5 is simply perfect. If they just add "Add-On Domains", multiple FTP users and the ability to send mail from dedicated IPs it would have the same amount of decent features that cPanel has. They are the only sought after things that are missing IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NexDog View Post
    If they just add "Add-On Domains"
    "Add-on domains" is an antiquated method to add domains to a hosting setup. It's so 1990s. cPanel is the one that needs to get with the times, and allow true domain isolation. That such a method to add domains is still prevalent in 2012 is honestly quite ridiculous. Better methods for adding domains have been around for about a decade now.

    multiple FTP users
    Already available in Plesk 9 for Windows.

    and the ability to send mail from dedicated IPs it would have the same amount of decent features that cPanel has
    Doesn't this depend on the server setup? With MailEnable on Windows 2008, I believe you can use whatever IP you want. It's not really a "Plesk thing" as much as an issue with the underlying mail server. Plesk just ties some of these systems together, it doesn't replace them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kpmedia View Post
    "Add-on domains" is an antiquated method to add domains to a hosting setup. It's so 1990s. cPanel is the one that needs to get with the times, and allow true domain isolation. That such a method to add domains is still prevalent in 2012 is honestly quite ridiculous. Better methods for adding domains have been around for about a decade now.
    I don't disagree and Plesk's way of doing it has always been way better. However, you can't offer "unlimited domains" with Plesk's method or httpd.include will grow to a few miles long. I'd like to compete in the "unlimited domains" market and this can only be achieved with add-on domains.
    Already available in Plesk 9 for Windows.
    Not Linux.
    Doesn't this depend on the server setup? With MailEnable on Windows 2008, I believe you can use whatever IP you want. It's not really a "Plesk thing" as much as an issue with the underlying mail server. Plesk just ties some of these systems together, it doesn't replace them.
    Can be done with ME Enterprise, yes, but that's so expensive. On Linux it does depend on the control panel. Doesn't work on Plesk Linux 9.5 and Postfix but does on Plesk 10 Linux with Postfix.
    I've been using Plesk since version 7.0.
    Heh, since Plesk 1 here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NexDog View Post
    Can be done with ME Enterprise, yes, but that's so expensive.
    I'm doing this with ME Professional? And at $349, it's a steal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NexDog View Post
    Luckily my guys are all Plesk experts and we rarely need Plesk support but when we have asked Parallels for support I've been blown away by their knowledge of the software and we've actually learned a lot. You usually need to getup to their 3rd tier of support before the brains start showing though.
    We consider ourselves to be Plesk experts as well, and we rarely need support. In the last 4-5 years, we have just had three or four tickets with them, and all of these required Parallels attention, it's not something we could do on our own. The problem is you have to go through a lot of unqualified people until someone with the knowledge to help you are assigned to the ticket. And then they still have a hard time understanding your problem, no matter how detailed your description is.

    Have you really seen an improvement the last two years? In my experience it's quite the opposite. It's seems to take a lot more effort to have them understand the problem and it takes forever until they assign the ticket to someone qualified to deal with it. And on one occation their level one support actually managed to f... things up on our server until they escalated the ticket. Some of their support staff seem to be so incompetent that they really should not be allowed to access customer servers with admin privileges. And yet they are, and Parallels must think this is a good idea, since you are required to let level one have a look until your ticket is handed along to someone who knows their way around a server.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UENO View Post
    I'm doing this with ME Professional? And at $349, it's a steal.
    If you could PM me with some pointers I'd be most indebted to you.

    We asked ME themselves and they said only Enterprise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NexDog View Post
    If you could PM me with some pointers I'd be most indebted to you.

    We asked ME themselves and they said only Enterprise.
    It's no secret, so I'll just post it here if anyone else wonders. By the way, we are using MailEnable 5. They may have changed something in MailEnable 6, although I can't see why they would remove this feature. It also worked the exact same way in MailEnable 3 and 4.

    The IP address you intend to use must already be added to the server.

    - Open MailEnable Professional
    - Go to Servers -> localhost -> Connectors
    - Right-click "SMTP"
    - Open the "Outbound" tab
    - In the "Address" drop down menu you can select which IP address you want to use for outbound mail.

    This address will be used for all outgoing e-mail, including mail sent from web scripts using "localhost" (unless you set some other server in php.ini or something).

    We use SMTP gateways for outgoing traffic (it's just easier to monitor and filter mail this way), and by using this feature, we can redirect traffic to another gateway on the fly. We also usually specify a different gateway in php.ini, so that we can monitor the traffic coming from web scripts and the servers seperately.

    BTW: You can also change the IP for inbound mail in the same location, only under the "Inbound" tab.

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    Err, this doesn't make mail from each domain send from each domain's unique dedicated IP. On cPanel and Plesk 10 for Linux if I had 100 domains on a server and each domain had a separate IP then mail from those domains would get sent from each domain's unique IP. Protects clients from bad IP reputation from spam being sent over the one server IP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NexDog View Post
    Err, this doesn't make mail from each domain send from each domain's unique dedicated IP. On cPanel and Plesk 10 for Linux if I had 100 domains on a server and each domain had a separate IP then mail from those domains would get sent from each domain's unique IP. Protects clients from bad IP reputation from spam being sent over the one server IP.
    Oops, sorry - I misunderstood what you were trying to do. But if you're saying that it's possible to seperate each domain in ME Enterprise, that's really interesting. I don't think I can do that in any of our mail servers, not even Ipswitch's incredibly overpriced iMail Server.

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    Yea, can be done in ME Enterprise apparently but we already run the Pro version on loads of servers.
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    mod_ruid2 provides running Apache virtual host as domain system user (in Linux) with no additional resource expenses and with more reliability than FastCGI.

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    I don't think any of those myths are what people are really criticising are they? And I think this shows how out of touch Parallels are with they're SME hosting (Plesk) customers.

    Notice also, that "Parallels support is atrocious" wasn't a myth worthy commenting on.
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    Guys,
    actually, problem with support is really exists. The main problem in that we have a huge flow of incoming Plesk tickets and all these tickets are processed by 3 lines of support. Tickets from experienced customers often hang in the front line and long time can not come to experienced engineers from the second line. I know that it's very vexed for customers who have real and complex problems. We should filter incoming tickets flow somehow that complex tickets should be processed by support experts. But Plesk support experts should not spend their time to simple or out of scope tickets because such tickets can be sent by experienced customers too. We are thinking on the optimization of this process and all your advice would be very valuable to us. Let's improve Plesk support together.

    BTW, regarding of reproach to me. 2 years ago Plesk forum was half-dead. No discussions, no feedbacks, no suggestions, no cooperation. Now we have guys from Plesk Service Team, Management and Development there. They really want to help you and hear you. The forum has become a lively place for discussion and problem solving. Yeah, maybe I'm not polite and courteous. Perhaps, my competence is not enough, but believe me, that I'm doing so that your opinions and your ideas and reports were considered by responsible people in Parallels. I hope that many people did see positive changes on forum and their consequences in Plesk.

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    IgorG, I've seen you on the Parallels forums since it was the SwSoft forums.
    I remember the dead days, and it's definitely picked up in the past couple of years.

    Don't think I've ever seen you not be polite/courteous.
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    Igor, please add add-on domains, mail sent via domain's IP and multiple FTP users to Plesk 9.5.
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    Hello Igor,

    It is good to hear that Parallels is seriously considering improving the support flow. I think that by default all Parallels partners (silver, gold, platinum) should be able to post tickets in second line, also the easy ones. All other customers should be able to post in 1st line only.

    However in both support lines you should have an high level "ticket supervisor" who can assign tickets from 1st to second and from second to 1st line.

    I understand the problem especially when the support people are not all in the same country. However the customers should always come first. It takes years to build a reputation and only days to destroy it.
    I think in general most people will like Plesk better then all other control panels, but support is a essential part of the offering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IgorG View Post
    But Plesk support experts should not spend their time to simple or out of scope tickets because such tickets can be sent by experienced customers too. We are thinking on the optimization of this process and all your advice would be very valuable to us. Let's improve Plesk support together.
    Well for starters, you should not let anyone without proper knowledge to access your customers servers. I for one do not want front line support people making destructive changes on my servers. The way I see it the only way you can make things right and start building a better reputation would be to hire more skilled people for your first line support (or preferably remove first line altogether). I am pretty convinced Parallels has to be loosing important clients due to your poor support. Everybody seems to know that you can't depend on Parallels to help you out when a problem occurs, and from what I have been told by Parallels sales people, the problem is well known within Parallels as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by IgorG View Post
    I hope that many people did see positive changes on forum and their consequences in Plesk.
    I gave up on Parallels forums months ago, because I found the suggestions and solutions presented by the staff there rarely had anything to do with the OPs actual problem. Unfortunately, that applies to many of the articles in your KB as well. Basically that means that if you're stuck, the only real option would probably be to open a support ticket. Which again either wouldn't do no good, or take forever.

    I for one truly love Parallels products, and I have for years. It looks way better and our users seems to find it easier to understand than for instance cPanel. If I knew I could trust Parallels to help us out if a serious problem occurs, I would definately use Plesk Panel for all (or at least most) of our shared hosting servers, and Virtuozzo for our VPSes. Also your prices could always be a little more competitive.

    One positive thing though. We just updated one of our servers from 10.3 to 10.4. This is the first update EVER on a Parallels product that has not broken something somewhere on the server.

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    So to summarise I guess I can say:
    1. Plesk is a great product, but be careful when adding stuff like Sitebuilder and Billing. It can bring down the total product. Especially since billing and sitebuilder has never been good products. Also from a productportfolio perspective it is not really clear what billing solution you should use and which not. KISS would be my advise. Control Panel is simple software for a simple purpose, so is billing and so is sitebuilder. Just make sure that customers can integrate if they want to by using API's. Do not try to get everything into one product.

    2. Design changes are always perceived as bad but normally just take time to get used to.

    3. Taking out features that most people do not use is maybe not so smart because those people might not like to lose options. So if from a security perspective it is not necessary to take out features, keep them in the software!

    4. Prices for Plesk inside virtual machines should be the same for all virtual environments. Customers do not like vendor locking. So if you want to use Plesk inside another virtual environment then Virtuozzo the price should be the same.

    5. With Plesk 10.4 it seems that upgrade issues are a thing of the past. If that is true that is a huge improvement.

    5. The really big thing that customers are hating is bad support. I cannot imagine it is cheaper to let customers leave Parallels for Cpanel just because the support is bad. Support is key to customer experience and should be invested in. Especially now all partners also have to go through first line you will loose bigger customers if the support is not good enough. And when they have left they probably never come back.

    Really do something with customer feedback should be the mission for 2012 and beyond. The product is great, now transform into a great company!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UENO View Post
    I will report my ticket numbers for verification.
    This is a member of the Parallels Social Media Support team. I appreciate you taking a second to tell us about your current experiences with our Support team. I can definitely sympathize with your frustrations and will definitely take this info to my superiors. We are continually working to improve the support experience for all of our customers. Just in the past 12 months we have come leaps and bounds from where we used to be - and we plan on only getting even better!

    Please go ahead and message me your ticket numbers and an email addy that I can reach out to - or you can email me at social(@)parallels(.)com and I'll assist you from there.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

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    Parallels Plesk Reality vs. Myths: Part 2

    Hey everyone,

    I just wanted to update you all with Part 2 of our 'Parallels Plesk Reality vs. Myths' series is now live! These blog posts were written by Craig Bartholomew, the Vice President of Shared Hosting here at Parallels.

    In Part 2, we look at more myths about Plesk Testing, Updating Plesk, Plesk 8.x and 9.x UI, Parallels Support, Reporting Bugs and Parallels Forums … and setting the record straight on those.

    http://blogs.parallels.com/servicepr...hs-part-2.html

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    I look forward to speaking to Craig again at the Parallels Summit in MCO(Orlando) this year.
    He will be there right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by (Stephen) View Post
    I look forward to speaking to Craig again at the Parallels Summit in MCO(Orlando) this year.
    He will be there right?
    Hi Stephen - Both Craig and I will be at Parallels Summit this year and we're looking forward to seeing you and all of our other customers again too. :-)

    As far as the Myths we're all discussing, I'd like to give some context to these blog posts. They are intended as a continuing multi-part series to address many of the issues you all have brought up to us - support included (in this second round that was just posted). All of us at Parallels carefully take note of questions, concerns, and recommendations brought to us in order to improve our products and processes to best match your needs.

    I'd encourage you all to take a look at the latest post in our Myths series as it does address many of the support issues brought up here. And, of course, bring on the feedback - we're listening.

    http://blogs.parallels.com/servicepr...hs-part-2.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Openprovider View Post
    4. Prices for Plesk inside virtual machines should be the same for all virtual environments. Customers do not like vendor locking. So if you want to use Plesk inside another virtual environment then Virtuozzo the price should be the same.
    Couldn't agree more.
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    Hi NexDog,

    Hear you loud and clear! And, this is exactly what we're doing. Pricing changes (setting Plesk-in-Hypervisor price to the same as Plesk-in-Virtuozzo price) for Unlimited-domain licenses will be rolling out shortly.

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    My new OnApp company thanks you very much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Parallels || Blake View Post
    Hear you loud and clear! And, this is exactly what we're doing. Pricing changes (setting Plesk-in-Hypervisor price to the same as Plesk-in-Virtuozzo price) for Unlimited-domain licenses will be rolling out shortly.
    Is this going to be the case for the 10/100 domain licenses as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FeliXdk View Post
    Is this going to be the case for the 10/100 domain licenses as well?
    Hi FeliXdk - this is only planned for Unlimited-domain licenses right now.

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    So an Unlimited Domains licence will ne $10/mo and a $100 Domains licence will still be $15.

    Yep, makes sense. Outstanding business gurus at Parallels.
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    Guys, you are talking about bad 1st line Plesk support but if you need direct access to 2nd and 3rd line experienced support engineers - why you do not use Parallels Certifications Program - http://www.parallels.com/uk/training...ertification/?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NexDog View Post
    So an Unlimited Domains licence will ne $10/mo and a $100 Domains licence will still be $15.

    Yep, makes sense. Outstanding business gurus at Parallels.
    Hi Laurence,

    The price matrix is actually a bit more complex than that comparison. There are multiple tiers of Plesk (by domain counts) as well as platforms (Dedicated, Virtual Machines, and Virtuozzo).

    Ultimately, we listened to our customers who told us they were at a disadvantage selling Plesk vs. selling cPanel into Virtual Machine environments. So, we created what is effectively a new offering: "Plesk Unlimited in Virtual Machines" that is available at the same price as Plesk Unlimited in Virtuozzo. This one extra offering was created as cPanel only offers one available tier (by domain count: unlimited). The entire goal was to allow our customers to offer a competitively priced control panel to counter cPanel's VPS license.

    Your comparison above is between a "Plesk 100-Domain for Dedicated Server" license and a "Plesk Unlimited-Domain for Virtual Machine" license.

    We still offer our other tiers for Virtuozzo pricing to in order to further reward our loyal customers using our technologies (Virtuozzo+Plesk) together.

    Hopefully that helps to explain a bit our thought process behind this. Don't hesitate to let me know of any other questions or concerns though.

    Thanks,
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    But....

    If I want to put Plesk Unlimited on an OnApp VM the new price will be approximately $10/mo. If I want to put 100 domains licence on an OnApp VM the price will be same as a dedicated server which is approximately $15/mo.

    We do a lot of 30 domains VPS (VZ) licences because at $5/mo it is very competitive and gives clients a control panel for less than cPanel. So I urge you to apply the new VM pricing to all licence options (30 and 100, don't know what is a 10 domain licence, never seen it). You should just simplify it and make Virtuozzo licences work on all virtualisation - problem solved. You are just adding another layer to an already extremely convoluted pricing structure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IgorG View Post
    Guys, you are talking about bad 1st line Plesk support but if you need direct access to 2nd and 3rd line experienced support engineers - why you do not use Parallels Certifications Program - http://www.parallels.com/uk/training...ertification/?
    Well, that's easy to answer. Because bad Plesk support over all means that I would rather buy cPanel. And at cPanel I certainly don't have to spend time and money (however little) to prove my qualifications, just to receive qualified support for a product I have paid good money for. I'm speculating, of course - because I've never had to contact cPanel support. But I can't imagine cPanel would require me to complete an exam before they're willing to give me proper support. The problem is, at Parallels you have to, because the first line support would almost certainly be much less skilled than yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ParallelsCares View Post
    This is a member of the Parallels Social Media Support team. I appreciate you taking a second to tell us about your current experiences with our Support team. I can definitely sympathize with your frustrations and will definitely take this info to my superiors. We are continually working to improve the support experience for all of our customers. Just in the past 12 months we have come leaps and bounds from where we used to be - and we plan on only getting even better!

    Please go ahead and message me your ticket numbers and an email addy that I can reach out to - or you can email me at social(@)parallels(.)com and I'll assist you from there.

    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Hi, here are some ticket numbers for you:
    1225147
    1167435
    1166981
    1048932

    I will PM you my e-mail address.

    There has also been extensive communication on e-mail between myself and your legal counsil and sales team. Our main concern is the waste amount of time we spend on communicating with Parallels, when most of our issues could have been solved in a matter of hours. The time we've had to put into these tickets (mostly just repeating ourselves because Parallels support either don't understand or won't admit to an error) actually cost us a lot more than the actual software, probably up to eight to ten times the price of the software itself. That's why it is so important for us that you have skilled and efficient support staff. That's also one of the reason we avoid purchasing Parallels licenses whenever there is a good alternative.

    But, as I mentioned earlier, I personally find Plesk Panel to be the best there is. We have been using it for some years now, and we find it better than competing products based both on the feedback from our staff as well as from our customers. We also had concrete plans to become a Parallels partner and to make Virtuozzo the platform for our VPS program, but we decided to opt out based on the way Parallels dealt with two tickets we had going at the time.

    If Parallels is truly making an effort to bring support up to speed, I will consider making a switch. But we need to be assured that things are really improving, because although I've always found your prices to be competitive (I know many won't agree), the costs involved when dealing with your support team is just through the roof, and makes the whole Parallels experience a financial nightmare.

    I have never had to deal with cPanel's support, so I can't compare them with Parallels. But considering we have many more cPanel installations than Plesk Panel installations, that also tells me something about the software. There seem to be more bugs in Plesk, which may just be because Parallels are constantly improving their products, which is a good thing. But that also mean that you should be prepared to deal with any issues in a professional way, which has not been the case before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NexDog View Post
    Igor, please add add-on domains, mail sent via domain's IP and multiple FTP users to Plesk 9.5.
    Additional FTP accounts and Outgoing e-mails from a customer's exclusive IP features have been implemented in Plesk 10.x version. All new features will be implemented only in latest Plesk versions. I think that it is usual practice for any software company (even for cPanel).

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    Quote Originally Posted by IgorG View Post
    Additional FTP accounts and Outgoing e-mails from a customer's exclusive IP features have been implemented in Plesk 10.x version. All new features will be implemented only in latest Plesk versions. I think that it is usual practice for any software company (even for cPanel).
    But I can see a future where we never upgrade 100 Plesk servers from Plesk 9.5. Thanks for helping to kill my business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NexDog View Post
    But I can see a future where we never upgrade 100 Plesk servers from Plesk 9.5. Thanks for helping to kill my business.
    Hi Laurence,

    Hopefully it doesn't come to that. If you'll humor me, what's holding you back from the upgrade at this point? If there is some gap, we will certainly try to address it.

    I've spoken to a lot of customers over the last 12+ months (since Plesk 10 release) and we've been able to address many of the most common concerns. In fact, even in the latest 10.4 (November) release, we added one of the most asked for features: re-unifying the admin/customer control panels to provide a more familiar Plesk 8/9 feel for administrators who did not like having to manage their customers' webspaces in separate tabs.

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