Windows Server Installation with Plesk: Important Port Settings

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Windows Server Installation with Plesk: Important Port Settings


If you're planning to set up a Windows Server with Plesk, it's crucial to understand the necessary steps involved in the installation process, including configuring important port settings. Plesk is a popular web hosting control panel that simplifies server management, making it easier to host websites and manage web applications. In this article, we'll walk you through the installation of Windows Server with Plesk and highlight the essential port settings you need to configure for a smooth operation.


Before you start the installation process, make sure you have the following prerequisites in place:

Windows Server License: You should have a valid Windows Server license for your system.

Server Hardware: Ensure that your server hardware meets the minimum requirements for Windows Server and Plesk.

Internet Connection: A stable internet connection is necessary for downloading necessary files and updates during installation.

Installation Steps

1. Install Windows Server
Insert the Windows Server installation media (DVD/USB) and boot your server from it.

Follow the on-screen instructions to install Windows Server. Choose the appropriate edition and version, and set up a strong administrator password.

Complete the installation by configuring basic server settings.

2. Install Plesk
Visit the Plesk website ( and download the Plesk installer for Windows.

Run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions. During the installation, you'll be asked to set up an administrator password for Plesk.

Once the installation is complete, Plesk will be available on your server.

3. Configure Important Port Settings: 

1. INSTALL THE PLESK: User window installer to install pleask panel on your server. It is very easy and simple process. Once you install the pleask the restart the server. 

2. DNS RELATE PORT SETTING: After pleask installation you can create domain but if your new server DNS is not propagating then you need to open port 53. Port 53 is use for DNS connectivity. 

3. PORT SETTING TO RUN YOUR HOSTED WEBSITE: After pleask installation you can create domain but if your domain not work on browser then open port 80 and 443. Port 80 and 443 are being use to run a website. 

4. PORT SETTING FOR SMTP EMAIL: After hosting website if your SMTP email is not working then open port 587 for smtp email to work. Port 587 is use for SMTP email.

5. IIS APPLICATION POOL SETTING IF API PROJECT NOT WORK: After API project host if API do not work then you need to one important setting. For that process, First open IIS, then select site and then click on advance setting and then select true for 32 bit. it will start working API project.

6. PORT SETTING FOR FTP: After FTP not work for hosted website then open port 587 for smtp email to work. Port 20 and 21. port 20 and 21 is use for FTP. 

7. FILEZILLA SETTING FOR FTP ACCESS:  If ftp not accessed from FILEZILLA then do the below setting
   SETTING: Go to file zill, site setting and general tab >> encryption mode >> plain FTP (unsecure)

8. PORT SETTING TO ACCESS EMAIL FROM GMAIL: If you want to send and receive your website email form Gmail then open port 110. Port 110 use for send and receive emails from Gmail.  

More Detail About Port Setting: 

Now that you have Windows Server with Plesk installed, it's essential to configure the necessary port settings to ensure proper functionality.

a. Plesk Control Panel Ports
Plesk Control Panel operates on the following ports:

HTTP (80): The default port for web traffic. Ensure that this port is open in your server's firewall to access the Plesk Control Panel.

HTTPS (443): This is the secure version of the HTTP protocol. Make sure this port is open for secure Plesk access.

b. Email Ports
If you plan to use Plesk for email hosting, you need to configure the following ports:

SMTP (25): Simple Mail Transfer Protocol for sending email.

POP3 (110): Post Office Protocol for receiving email.

IMAP (143): Internet Message Access Protocol for accessing email on the server.

c. Database Ports
If you're hosting databases on your server, ensure these ports are open:

MySQL (3306): Default port for MySQL database connections.

MSSQL (1433): Default port for Microsoft SQL Server database connections.

d. Additional Ports
Depending on your specific needs and server services, you may need to configure other ports for applications or services you plan to run on the server. Common additional ports include FTP (21), SSH (22), and DNS (53).

Setting up a Windows Server with Plesk can be a powerful solution for web hosting and server management. However, it's crucial to install it correctly and configure the necessary port settings to ensure the smooth operation of your server. By following the steps outlined in this article, you'll be well on your way to hosting websites and applications on your Windows Server with Plesk.