Top 5 Reasons not to use Fantastico for Installing Wordpress

Stop Using FantasticoI see lot of friends and bloggers using and recommending Fantastico for installing WordPress or any other script as its easy and takes only few clicks without even the need to upload any file or make databases. Well I always am against the idea of using Fantastico for installing WordPress or other scripts. There are several reasons I can quote as to why not use it. First please look at them:

  • Updated versions of WordPress or any script are not immediately released on Fantastico and it can have a delay of several days when the latest version of a script arrives on Fantastico and if you remember the release of 2.8.4 WordPress, delay of a few days can be fatal for your blog given the kind of security loophole that was found in 2.8.3 and versions below it.
  • Fantastico bypasses almost all settings used for installing and directly takes to you to the installed script and you can lose quite a few setting options which you could have chosen had you done manuall install. Now in case of WordPress, you can’t choose the custom setting while install to keep your blog private.  You need to do it manually via Settings panel from Wp-Dashboard afterwards and keeping in mind that it was turned off in last few versions of WordPress, many users found their blog not being indexed in search engines and lost quite a lot of traffic.
  • You will never learn to configure or install script if needed in emergency – Choosing Fantasctio every time will make you think installing php scripts is a breeze and you may never try to bother learning to install it manually. Doing manual install can make you aware of lot of common problems and tweaks you can use to improve script performance or even troubleshoot yourself in case of a problem later.
  • You can not customise database options while installing. For example, you can’t choose a descriptive name for your database, database prefix or even tell fantastico to use a existing database user.
  • Fantastico does not know how to do upgrades – Well this is one thing Fantastico does worse. It does not know how to perform perfect upgrades since they never created those scripts. It can work sometimes or break the install completely on next time. In case you have modified any core file or done some hack, Fantastico won’t upgrade the script in such case.

Here are my top 5 reasons to not to use Fantastico to install WordPress or any other script. Though you may find it very easy on first use, in the long run it can do damage to your sites and your knowledge of scripts. Does Fantastico works for you or even you are against it? Please share your comments.

17 Comments



  1. Some nice points Navjot… But I still prefer Fantastico because of its easy ness….
    Regarding updates and changing db name or details which you can from Wp dashboard….
    Though for geeks installing manually is a better choice but I don’t see any harm using fantastico..!!

    1. Navjot Singh

      Changing db name from WP Dashboard? :P Well that’s simple..but what if you have to change table prefix. It needs to be done the hard way via a query from phpmyadmin. Anyways..haven’t used Fantastico so can’t say how much harmful it still is to use it or not. But I would never recommend because I would like that everybody should learn the 5 minute install of WordPress. Its easy and totally worth learning.

  2. Norman Flecha

    I have found your article to strong on pointing the bad of fantastico and You have failed to add that if you do use these easy installers It benifits You by allowing you the easy part of loading scripts but many people these day are simply tring to save a buck where ever they can & well it’s fine to use them!

    However being said this I do agree on rule #3

    You will never learn to configure or install script if needed in emergency – Choosing Fantasctio every time will make you think installing php scripts is a breeze and you may never try to bother learning to install it manually. Doing manual install can make you aware of lot of common problems and tweaks you can use to improve script performance or even troubleshoot yourself in case of a problem later.

    It’s fine to use them but You should always want to learn how it was done just incase You do re4ach a point where the easy method doen’t work out!

    Check it out You or Me can do an installation from scratch but how many people do You know who could perform these task!

    It’s cool to use them but NOT to depend on THEM!

    Norman Flecha

    1. Navjot Singh

      Manual install is the way to go. No tools should be used for installing unless you need to install 100+ blogs..in such cases, a php script can be used to perform massive automatic installs.

  3. toto

    When a New Update is available for WordPress, it’s highlighted at the top of Dashboard. We can update the whole WordPress Installation by means of Inbuilt WordPress Upgrade Tool.

    The thing is that even after updating WordPress via inbuilt WordPress Updater, this update is not reflected in Fantastico.

    with fantastico tool install wordpress very easy

  4. Donace

    An interesting article.
    regards point 1) the new inbuilt wordpress update thing surely bypasses this?
    in regards to the customisations and setting manipulations that if needed (only thing I can think of is permalinks) that can easily be done after installation and well the speed and ease of fantastico is its biggest positive side.

    1. Navjot Singh

      I am talking of other customisations which Fantastico bypasses – database and search engine privacy settings.

      And what do you mean by inbuilt wordpress update bypassing? Didn’t understand that.

      And speed and ease of Fantastico is misleading, when it messes up then its not easy and very slow to fix the errors.

      1. Mrinmay Bhattacharjee (mrintech)

        When a New Update is available for WordPress, it’s highlighted at the top of Dashboard. We can update the whole WordPress Installation by means of Inbuilt WordPress Upgrade Tool.

        The thing is that even after updating WordPress via inbuilt WordPress Updater, this update is not reflected in Fantastico. And when WordPress Update is released in Fantastico, we have to update the installation again.

        Of course, Fantastico bypasses Database Part, but I never found Search Settings altered by Fantastico in any upgradation process – May be I am the lucky one :)

        1. Navjot Singh

          Thanks, you just highlighted one more disadvantage of Fantastico. It doesn’t understand upgrades and does not know how to do them.


          1. Privacy settings is something which used to have an issue with Hostgator Fantastico installation but now it’s not an issue..By default it’s set to visible to all…

          2. Navjot Singh

            Thanks. Seems something they finally fixed. Haha..but then..wht if someone is installing a test blog. I just mean..fantastico should let user decide at install time and not by itself.

  5. Steve Franklin

    We have helped a lot of clients install wordpress on their servers. It is actually pretty easy as long as you can get the database set up right and have FTP access. We are also working on a series of youtube videos that detail a wordpress install. Just search youtube for lizardseo. They will be up by 10/15/09.

  6. Mrinmay Bhattacharjee (mrintech)

    What’s your opinion on Installatron and Softaculous?

    Also I am curious to know who actually releases Fantastico Upgrades? And Whats your opinion on Hostgator?

    Please Help/Reply :)

    1. Navjot Singh

      According to me, just use manuall installation methods over any installer be it Fantastico or Installatron or Softaculous or SimpleScripts even. You will learn much more and be confident of troubleshooting problems yourself later.

      And if you are asking how is Hostgator as webhost, NSpeaks is being hosted on NSpeaks since the first day of its existence without any problem. Hostgator is a good and reputable webhost. I can definitely recommend it to you if you want to use it.

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