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Fantastico Automates Web Applications
By: Barzan 'Tony' Antal
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    2008-10-15

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  • Fantastico Automates Web Applications
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    Installing new web applications can become a nightmare, especially if the server isnít our own, and we can only access it remotely. Todayís hosting providers are almost without exception sporting cPanel as their web-hosting site configuration and administration control panel. Fantastico is a commercial script library that automates the installation of web applications, and fully integrates into cPanel. Best of all, due to its recent popularity surge, most providers feature it.

    In this article we are going to present the aforementioned Fantastico de Luxe auto-installer for cPanel. However, before we begin, I'd suggest checking out the article I recently wrote titled: "Brief Overview on cPanel" published here on Web Hosters too. This article presumes a general knowledge of cPanel's features, how it works, what it does, how we can access it, why we need cPanel, and similar questions.

    Our target objective with this article is to give a brief overview of Fantastico de Luxe, finding out what it does and tackling its list of supported web applications. Ultimately, we will discover whether it's a feasible option and safe enough for us to rely upon. Therefore, you can expect some general opinions regarding its usefulness, efficiency, intuitiveness and security.

    It is also worthwhile to point out that, since Fantastico is a commercial script library product, we won't consider the options of purchasing it ourselves. Thankfully, as I mentioned earlier, almost all web hosting providers have bought and included Fantastico in their portfolio because it is a worthwhile investment for them. But for private use, it's quite worthless, and you won't be able to benefit from its advantages.

    Summing these up, if you are running your own server, it would be pretty much worthless investing in both cPanel and then Fantastico just to automate the installation processes for yourself. If you own a server, you have more than enough professional experience to read the "read me" guides and figure it out yourself, or if things go wrong, you know enough to ask for help in forums and so forth.

    Nevertheless, if you own a web hosting company then you should think it through because, as we will find later on, it can be used quite well as a "client attractor." Moreover, if you are like most people, then chances are you have signed up for a plan at a web hosting company such as HostGator, BurstHost, 3ix, BlueHost, Webhostingpad, InMotion Hosting, and thousands of others. And then you can access your cPanel by logging in, looking inside, and being surprised that Fantastico is supported.

    That being said, let's move on and find out together the capabilities of Fantastico.

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