Have you ever struggled for hours trying to install a script from the basic instructions provided, only to find that the script does not run properly? If so, you will find Fantastico to be an amazing tool that can install scripts in seconds! Scripts are used to add features to a website, and can encourage visitors to return to your site. They can even get your visitors to write content for your website, for example if you install a script to create a forum, visitors enter their views and make comments on existing posts on a forum topic. Another example, would be to install a script to build a website directory which includes links to other websites relevant to your own website content.
If your web hosting package uses the popular CPanel control panel, then you probably have Fantastico already installed. Click on the Fantastico icon and you will see the list of free scripts and programmes which you can easily install on your website with Fantastico. These may include:
BlogsB2evoloution, Nucleus, pMachine Free, WordPress.
Content Management Drupal, Geeklog, Joomla, Mambo Open Source, PHP-Nuke, phpWCMS, phpWebsite,, Post-Nuke, SiteFrame, TYPO3, Xoops.
Customer Relationship Crafty Syntax Live Help, Help Center Live, osTicket, PHP Support Tickets, Support Logic Helpdesk, Support Services Manager.
Discussion Boards phpBB2, SMF
E-Commerce CubeCart, OS Commerce, Zen Cart.
Guestbooks ViPER Guestbook
Hosting Billing AccountLab Plus, phpCOIN
Image Galleries 4Images Gallery, Coppermine Photo Gallery, Gallery
Mailing Lists PHPlist
Polls and Surveys Advanced Poll, phpESP, PHPSurveyor
Project Management dotProject, PHPProjekt
SiteBuilders Pro Edition, Templates Express
Wiki TikiWiki, PhpWiki
Other Scripts Dew-NewPHPLinks, Moodle, Noahs Classifieds, Open-Realty, phpAdsNew, PHPauction, phpFormGenerator, WebCalendar
As you can see, this is an extensive list of free webmaster tools which will enhance and build content on your website, and are definitely worth exploring. In order to install one of the scripts, you will need an available MySQL database. Some web hosting packages include 3 or more MySQL databases, and you may need to upgrade your webhosting package if you require more MySQL databases. Some web hosting packages have an unlimited number of MySQL databases already available within CPanel. So, if you are considering making use of several scripts, this may affect your choice of web hosting package.
If you have an available MySQL database, you can easily try out one of the scripts. Then if you do not intend to make use of it, the MySQL database can easily be deleted, so that you can try a different one. When you are in Fantastico, click on the script you want to download. This will open up a description of the script which explains the key features. There will be a link to the homepage of the script source. The script may be installed by visiting the home page, but it will NOT be installed by Fantastico! Instead, you should look for the New Installation Link and click that. Follow the simple on screen instructions, and hey presto, the script is installed! You can then get to work on customising the script to make it relevant to your website.
To see a working example of the Noahs Classifieds script, which was installed with Fantastico, visit Classifieds Freeway