Fantastico is a script library that many web hosts install on their web servers. It allows you to install complete web applications to your website with a click of a button. These web applications could be a blog, a forum, a photo gallery, a content management or something else.
Why use Fantastico?
Fantastico makes it almost trivial to install certain web applications. It will create a database, copy the files, adjust permissions, and set up the configuration files. It also allows you to quickly upgrade your web application when an update is released. This is a very important feature. Why? Because new bugs or security flaws are found in web applications all the time. If you don’t quickly update your copy of the application to the newest version then you could be attacked.
What scripts can be installed using Fantastico?
The list of web applications that can be installed using Fantastico depends on what your web host has set-up. Most web hosts allow you to install:
Mambo Open Source
Crafty Syntax Live Help
Help Center Live
PHP Support Tickets
Support Logic Helpdesk
Support Services Manager
Coppermine Photo Gallery
Polls and Surveys
Soholaunch Pro Edition
An updated list of scripts that can be installed by Fantastico can be found on its official web site.