Archive for February, 2007

Plesk 8.x – Disabling the newsfeeds.

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Yes, SWsoft decided that our users should be bombarded with news feeds. This may be a feature that certain users like or desire, but as the system administrator you are not given a choice.

I believe choice is important, especially in a product that costs many dollars.

Here is some perl code to disable the newsfeeds:

For clients:

$query = "SELECT id FROM clients WHERE login='$client'";
@cID = $queryDBpsa->($query);
$query = "REPLACE INTO cl_param (param, val , cl_id) VALUES ('news_dismissed', '1', '$cID[0]');";

For domains:

$query = "SELECT id FROM domains WHERE name='$domain'";
@dID = $queryDBpsa->($query);
$query = "REPLACE INTO dom_param (param, val , dom_id) VALUES ('news_dismissed', '1', '$dID[0]');";

Plesk 8.1.0 – Disabling Virtuozzo Promo

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

SWSoft decided that the wise thing to do is to start advertising their products in the control panel, effectively spamming the clients that pay a lot of money for the licenses.

To disable the promo, edit the language file, located here:


Search for the following string:

virtuozzo__promotion or virtuozzo__promotion_top

SWSoft promised that it will remove the advertising from future versions. Let’s hope they do.

Remember, you may need to edit different files for different languages.

Edit: This also works in versions 8.1.1, 8.2.0 and 8.2.1