What is Plesk Screenshot Service?
Plesk Screenshot Service takes screenshots of websites in Plesk to be displayed in the Plesk GUI.
Requests to the sites made by this Service can be determined by the custom User-Agent header: Plesk screenshot bot.
It is possible to disable the Screenshot Service on the Plesk instance at any moment by adding the following lines to the "panel.ini" file:
url = ''
I am getting massive amounts of traffic to my hosted domains on my Plesk server which actually brought down a site's WP-Admin access. After some digging into the logs, I found that this is due to an insane amount of traffic being generated by the IP address assigned to Plesk's Screenshot Service. This is crazy! I thought my server was under attack, and honestly I might as well have been. Here's an excerpt of our logs for ONE site on our server (with its actual domain redacted):
This, coupled with the fact that a standard Plesk update just knocked two of my servers' sites down by breaking DNS BIND leaves me a bit flabbergasted - is everything ok, Plesk? I really enjoy your software more than any other control panel, but this issue almost sent me down a rabbit hole all because Plesk's Bot was out of control.
Plesk is a graphic web-based hosting control panel that streamlines the process of setting up and maintaining websites on your VPS. With Plesk, websites may be quickly built and managed. For instance, creating a website or an FTP user is simple geometry dash lite. Always installed with CentOS 7 as the base operating system is Plesk from TransIP.
Plesk provides a number of various ways to show the Plesk interface. The 'Power User view' and 'Service Provider view' are the two that are used the most.
Unless otherwise noted, we use the 'Power User view' for our knowledgebase articles. In Plesk, under "Tools & Services">"Interface Management," you can alternate between the two at any time.
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