Fantastico, developed by netenberg.com, is a popular auto-installer deployed by many web hosting providers. Just like Quick Install, it can be used to install popular CMS like SMF, phpBB, bbPress, Joomla, Magento, Drupal, Zen Cart etc.
Following video tutorial shows how to install WordPress in cPanel using Fantastico? We have used HostGator cPanel in following video:
If you can see Fantastico De Luxe icon under Software/Services in your account, then following are the steps for installing WordPress using it:
1. On the first page of auto-installer, look for WordPress in the Left Sidebar and click on it. You will now see something like following:
2. Click on New Installation and the immediate next page will ask you to enter following details:
a) Install on Domain: Select the Domain or Sub-Domain from the drop down menu on which you want to install WordPress.
b) Install in Directory: If you want to install WordPress in a sub-directory like http://yourdomain.com/blog/, then enter blog in this field. If you don’t want to use a sub-directory, just leave this field blank.
c) Admin Username and Password: Under Admin access data, enter your preferred Administrator Username (anything apart from admin) and password.
d) Admin Nickname: Enter anything of your choice.
e) Admin Email Address: Enter your Email address that you want to use with your Administrator Account. Try not to enter any self-hosted Email Address in this field.
f) Site Name and Description: Enter your Blog Name and its description. The description will be used as your site’s tagline. Later you can always change these from General Settings.
3. Once you have entered all the details, click on Install WordPress button. The auto-installer will show you following installation details which consist of your MySQL Database name and domain on which WordPress will be installed:
If you are satisfied with the details, click on Finish Installation Button and the auto-installer will now install the CMS on your selected domain in a matter of few seconds and you will be greeted with following screen:
On this screen you will be able to see your blog’s installation details (path for wp-config.php and data.sql) and login URL i.e. yourdomain.com/wp-admin/. You can also Email yourself these details by entering your Email Address and click on Send Email Button.
- At the time of installation, chances are very high that the WordPress version available with Fantastico is outdated. You can still use the auto-installer for installation and then immediately update the CMS from within dashboard.
- The Domain selection Drop Down Menu will show you a list of all Domain Names and Sub-Domains, only if they are already added in your account. Else, you will only see your primary domain, that you used for signing up with your web hosting provider.
- When using an auto-installer, it is highly recommended to use an Email Address hosted with popular services like Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook etc. Using self-hosted Email address like from Google Apps, Windows Live or cPanel is not recommended, because if your web hosting server goes down, then all your Email Accounts will be down too!
- Try not to update WordPress using Fantastico, as it may completely break your site like Widget settings, themes and plugins.
Feel Free to comment below or on the YouTube Page of above video, in case you have any doubt or problem with the installation.