Connecting Plesk to an existing WordPress site

Hi. I’m having some problem setting up Plesk, and suspect that maybe I’m mistaken regarding what Plesk actually does. (I’ve used Plesk a bit, but never set it up.)

I have two droplets, both 1-Click Marketplace apps, both Ubuntu 18.04. Number 1 is a WordPress site with domain DNS managed elsewhere. Number 2 is a separate Plesk droplet. I have a domain setup to be managed in DO for #2.

I’ve run the 1-Click install and retrieved the temporary link to Plesk as described in the free Udemy mini-course provided by DO and Plesk. My intention is to manage my existing WordPress site along with a couple of planned subdomains in the future. After I pull up Plesk via the temporary link and created a login, etc., and clicked “Add Domain”, shouldn’t I be able to enter the domain and IP for my existing WordPress site? In “Webspace settings” on that page, there is a dropdown menu with the IP where Plesk is installed, labeled as “shared”, and another with a domain I don’t recognize labeled “dedicated”, but no opportunity to add my existing WP site.

So is Plesk intended to manage WordPress sites on other domains? The installations I’ve seen do this (I think). Or is intended run alongside WordPress on the same droplet? If so, how do I configure Plesk and WordPress to use different domains?

Any assistance appreciated!


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thanks for trying us out :)

Plesk, in general, is a hosting stack for single droplets with a GUI. It is mostly focused on managing sites on the same server. Plesk includes an extensive module called WordPress Toolkit. This is included in a basic version in the free Plesk version on DigitalOcean.

If you want to use the full WordPress toolkit, you might need to update your license to a paid one (web pro or web host) - details here: and

Now speaking about remote management functionality :-)

WordPress toolkit as part of Plesk has such functionality to manage remote sites as well - here some documentation about it: Plesk Docs WordPress Remote

I have to say that this functionality is still a bit early stage currently as well as some functionality like staging/cloning or sync is not available for remotely managed sites (yet) :-)

Hope it helps and let us know how it goes! You may also consider to join our Facebook group - Facebook Group - where we have a few thousand friendly members :-)