If you run a web server, you probably have a love-hate relationship with the control panel on the machine. Whatever came with the box is probably what you are stuck with, even when new versions are released.
Plesk Panel 10.0 breaks tradition by including semi-automatic upgrades. I say “semi-automatic” because you need to manually accept the upgrade but it all happens automagically with just a few clicks of your mouse. Here is an example, upgrading a server from Plesk 10.0.0 to 10.0.1.
First, the home page includes a big, green notice reading, “Upgrade to Parallels Plesk Panel 10.0.1 is available.” You can “See what’s new in this version” or “Open Parallels Products Installer” or “Postpone the upgrade.” (Click the pictures to see them larger.)
Clicking the “Open Parallels Products Installer” button launches the installer in a new window. This, too, is simple and easy to understand. It says, “Parallels Plesk Panel v. 10.0.0 – Latest version available: v. 10.0.1″ and there is a link to read the details.
Clicking the “Install or Upgrade Product” link brings you to the third and final page. You get one more bit of confirmation about what you are about to do and a chance to preview the components that will be upgraded.
Clicking the “Continue” button is the last step. The process takes several minutes but works flawlessly. At the end, you get a chance to download the log file so that you can review the text output at your leisure.