What Is Fantastico?

If you aren’t very technically inclined, it can be quite challenging to install various scripts on your web host. For example, lets say you want to install a WordPress blog on your chosen web host. To install it manually you have to use the following steps:

  1. Download WordPress from WordPress.org.
  2. Unzip the zip file.
  3. Upload the wordpress folder to your server.
  4. Create a MySQL DB with your control panel.
  5. Edit the wp-config.php with your DB information.
  6. Run the WordPress installer.

Phew! Quite a few steps right? It’s actually not that difficult once you’ve done this process a few times, but it might confuse newbies who haven’t done it before.

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Enter Fantastico Deluxe. Fantastico is a one-click installer for your a wide variety of popular web scripts, including WordPress. All you need to do is enter some basic information and a couple of clicks later, your script is installed. It really is that easy. If installed, Fantastico is accessible directly from your web hosts cPanel, and it handles both installing and removing your scripts as well.

Fantastico is one of the most popular script installers and you will find it installed on popular shared web hosts like Hostgator. However, if you are ordering a VPS or Dedicated hosting plan, Fantastico is usually something you have to pay extra for.

If you are a newbie to installing web scripts, Fantastico will be a godsend to you. It allows them to install popular web scripts without knowing how to create MySQL databases, change permissions, and other complicated steps you will typically encounter in less then a minute. It’s definitely a big timesaver.

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