Fantastico is just how the name implies – it’s fantastic! Fantastico De Luxe, developed by Netenberg, is an auto installer software will allows you to install various scripts easily through cPanel. Installing scripts may be a tedious job for the novice web master. Fantastico allows you to install more than 40 open source (free) software applications with minimum hassle. No technical knowledge is required to install the scripts. The script installation procedure just takes a couple of minutes to complete and can be performed by novices without the need of setting up MySQL databases, importing structure, chmoding files and without the need of other tasks usually associated with script installations.
Fantastico is integrated into cPanel and is available through the user’s cPanel. Fantastico will typically create tables in a database, install files, adjust permissions, and modify web server configuration files. Although Fantastico is typically associated with open-source software, a handful of scripts are also available that install commercial products; such as SohoLaunch (web site builder), PerlDesk (customer support software), and AccountLab Plus (billing software). Fantastico is the leading auto script installed in the web hosting industry due to its popularity and its tight integration with cPanel.
The following scripts are currently available for installation through Fantastico:
Joomla 1.5 (1.5.6)
Mambo Open Source (4.6.5)
phpWCMS (1.1-RC4 Rev. A)
Crafty Syntax Live Help (2.14.6)
Help Center Live (2.1.4)
PerlDesk (4.012.2) (Commercial, needs license)
PHP Support Tickets (1.9)
Support Logic Helpdesk (1.2)
Support Services Manager (1.0b)
OS Commerce (2.2 Release Candidate 2a + buySAFE)
Zen Cart (1.3.8a)
AccountLab Plus (2.8 r14) (Commercial, needs license)
4images Gallery (1.7.6)
Coppermine Photo Gallery (1.4.19)
Polls and Surveys:
Advanced Poll (2.03)
Soholaunch Pro Edition (4.9.1 r10) (Commercial, needs license)
Dew-NewPHPLinks (188.8.131.52b SEF w/Thumbshots)
Noah’s Classifieds (1.3 [Patched-1])
Netenberg does a good job in keeping the scripts version updated with new releases for Fantastico DeLuxe frequently. Fantastico will not auto update the scripts, so you have to keep tab of the new script versions and update them through Fantastico when it is available.
Fantastico has grown massively over its time, and its made itself part of the Web Hosting industry for users who aren’t sure on installing some types of scripts. It certainly makes things easier for everyone.