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Yes. Despite the different name, this is the exact same automatic script installer. Regardless of what you call it, many web hosting services continue to offer it for free to users as a way of quickly installing a variety of programs.
Instead of manually installing scripts, such as WordPress, Fantastico offers a one click install. For those who are interested in building a website or making changes to their existing web property, this is a good way to achieve the desired results in a time efficient manner.
No. Some provide Fantastico to users, regardless of hosting level, while others do not. HostGator is one of the top Fantastico hosting companies, but there are many others to consider. These include: GreenGeeks, A2 Hosting, MyHosting.com, GlowHost, and WooServers. Since some hosting companies do not offer Fantastico, it is best to verify this with the provider before signing up.
While most people never take advantage of all the scripts, there are more than 600 that provide service in a variety of categories, from blog creation to e-commerce sites to customer support. Some of the most popular scripts in the Fantastico library include OS Commerce, Drupal, WordPress, and PHProjekt.
Since it is a one click installation, Fantastico installs the majority of scripts with minimum options included. For beginners, this is often times enough to get them up and running without any hassle. Others, such as those who are more experienced, may not be happy with the level of features installed through Fantastico. For this reason, they often opt for a manual installation in which they have more control over the process.
Some hosting providers use Fantastico and others do not. Those who offer this typically include it free of cost for users. There are times when there is a small fee for those who use Fantastico with a dedicated or VPS server.
While it is impossible to put an exact number on this, the official Fantastico website claims that the application is installed on tens of thousands of servers. Even more impressive is the fact that there are more than a million users worldwide.
This depends on the version of Fantastico you are using. With Fantastico F3, you are able to upgrade a script as soon as it is provided by the developer. This can also be done with a single click of the mouse.
Since 2002, Fantastico has been the number one auto installer in the world.
This is one of the biggest concerns with many auto installers, as the user worries about flexibility. With Fantastico, you can install scripts anywhere inside your web root directory. This includes add on domains. You also have the option for split installs when necessary.
There was a time when the answer was yes, but this has changed over the years. Fantastico F3 can support a variety of web hosting control panels. While cPanel remains the most popular, there are others that now offer Fantastico.
With one click installation of more than 600 scripts, there is no need to have any advanced technical knowledge. Beginners don’t have to learn about importing structure, MySQL databases, and chmoding files to get started. Instead, Fantastico takes care of all these details during installation.
Some hosting companies do not provide the choice, as they automatically update to the latest version of Fantastico once it is released. If you want to handle this on your own, contact your hosting company to ensure that a cron job is not in place.
Your hosting company may provide support for Fantastico, such as if you have questions during an installation. You can also download a copy of the official Fantastico administrative guide from its website. This is for system administrators, but there is plenty of useful information for those who are simply interested in using the auto installer.
It is just as simple to uninstall scripts via Fantastico as it is to install them. All you have to do is navigate to this area of your hosting control panel, find the appropriate script, and select uninstall. This will permanently remove the installation.