Installing Elgg With Plesk Control Panel And Fixing Open_basedir restrictions and errors: Revision

Ok here is my 1st attempt at writing some documentation for the installation of Elgg! 

If your control panel is Plesk and you are trying to install Elgg you will need to do the following for it to work correctly.

DO NOT EDIT YOUR HTTPD.CONF File. You may think your changes are saved but within a few hours plesk will automatically overwrite this file with its own. To remove any Open_basedir problems and restrictions you will need to do this per domain. 

To define the needed parameters for each domain youw ill need to create or edit your vhost file.

Plesk automatically updates httpd.include for each domain, making changes to this file only temporary. You don’t want to use this file if you need to make changes toApache’s config on the fly, such as php’s open_basedir values per domain.

Instead you will want to use a vhost.conf file. This file will be placed inside your domain’s conf directory, usually found at/var/www/vhosts/
Create a file called vhost.conf in whatever editor you prefer.

Note: If you have a site that has an SSL and you need to have access to directories outside the httpsdocs directory you will need to do the same thing but instead of “vhost.conf” it’s “vhost_ssl.conf

You can now put in any Apache configuration options like you would into httpd.include.

Now if you’ve been using Plesk for a bit you know that sites are generally kept under the httpdocs directory.
But let’s say you’re installing some online software…like Sugar CRMJoomla orELGG.

These packages need access to directories outside of the httpdocs directory.

To solve this issue properly in Plesk - you’re supposed to create a vhost.conf file in the conf directory under your site.

Let’s say you did this:

cd /var/www/vhosts/
mkdir data
chown myuser
:psaserv data 

In the site directory you could add the following:

<Directory /var/www/vhosts/>
php_admin_value open_basedir "/var/www/vhosts/"

Then you would need to force an update in Plesk for this domain using the following command:


After running that there is no need to restart Apache or any other service. Your changes should have taken effect already.

To get mine working correctly I used this in my vhost.conf file

Directory /var/www/vhosts/;
php_admin_value open_basedir \ /var/www/vhosts/\&nbsp;

On some setups you may want to use this

Directory /var/www/vhosts/ 
php_admin_flag engine on
php_admin_value open_basedir none


Hope that this helps anyone that may run into this with Plesk Control Panel