Monthly Archives: August 2013

How to add a Custom Button in Plesk

Plesk-LogoPlesk allows you to create custom buttons to the control panel, complete with logo and URL. Since Plesk 11.5 you can even choose in which part of the panel your buttons shall be displayed.

To do this, login as administrator and head over to

  • Tools & Settings
  • under Panel Appearance, choose Custom Buttons
  • click Add Link to Service
  • give your button a Display Title and enter a URL
  • select an image (I find 100×100 works well)
  • select where you’d like the button to appear from the drop-down

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How to display an RSS Feed in Plesk

Plesk-LogoOne of the many new features in Plesk 11.5 is that you can customise the Panel appearance for your customers even more than before.

For example, Parallels allow us to display any RSS Feed in the control panel in the right sidebar.

Adding it isn’t as easy as it perhaps should be. In this article we’ll examine how to do it.

Here's what an RSS Feed looks like inside Plesk 11.5
Here’s what an RSS Feed looks like inside Plesk 11.5

How do we add a feed?

I had expected this to be a simple copy and paste session inside Plesk Panel itself. But that’s not the case.

You’ll have to login to your server via SSH and edit the following file:

/usr/local/psa/admin/conf/panel.ini

If the file does not exist, create it (just type “vi /usr/local/psa/admin/conf/panel.ini”). Next add the following to this file:

This will display the last three items of my RSS feed (line 4 sets the feed, line 3 the number of posts). When a user clicks on a headline, a new tab opens and the source URL is displayed. Very handy!

If you no longer want to display the feed, just set the web.enabled parameter to false in line 2.

Further Reading

The process is explained in Parallel’s Advanced Administrator Manual.

How to fix permission problems when restoring folders from Time Machine Backups

Airport TimeCapsuleI had an odd problem the other day: I wanted to restore a fairly large folder from my new AirPort TimeCapsule. But the restore always stopped at one particular file, with an error message about permission problems.

The folder in question was about 4GB in size and contained just over 10.000 files in total. I was baffled! Time Machine had never failed me before, so what was going on out of a sudden?

Well I guess it’s a computer, and things just go wrong sometimes. Thanks to Apple Support this problem is now solved – and I thought I’d share the insight, both with you all and my future self.

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