Comparing Automatic Script Installers: Fantastico DeLuxe vs Installatron

posted by Archie @ 13:57 PM
July 14, 2010

We hope, you remember us posting an article, where two hosting control panels – cPanel and DirectAdmin were brought face to face. Well, if you do, you may find it interesting to learn the peculiarities of automatic script installers provided by those panels – Fantastico DeLuxe and Installatron.

Nowadays there is no need in downloading the source code of the needed software or web application to have it setup on the server. Compilations, failed installations and post-setup debugging are not needed anymore – everyone uses webhosting script installers now, saving time and becoming able to build their sites off-hand.

Needless to say, a professionally coded powerful script can make any website look way more attractive. Additional options and tools, offered by the scripts, help small business websites grow into big projects, and personal websites – grow into a community with a large number of visitors. It is really hard to believe that all this can be done with just a couple of clicks.

Let us take a closer look at both cPanel Fantastico and Installatron tools, provided with DirectAdmin hosting.

Fantastico DeLuxe

Fantastico installer is a really quick tool. It stores only one version of the needed software – the latest; sets up the database and its user on the fly and is fast about the update or removal of scripts. Choosing a cPanel host, you should keep in mind that Fantastico is an addon, which means that not all hosting companies can provide it along with their packages.

Before we proceed with detailed description and comparison of both tools, please check the categories and scripts that are offered by Fantastico DeLuxe on their official website.

Installatron Applications Installer

If you need a detailed description of what and when is happening on your server, Installatron is definitely the right choice for you. This software reports any step it is going to make and although it takes more time for script installation/removal to be carried out, such option may be useful, especially for newbies.

Installatron scripts can be checked out at their developers’ webpage. Meanwhile we will move on and compare both installers in action.

Fantastico vs Installatron

As you might have already noticed, both tools provide almost same scripts. If categorizing, those scripts may be distinguished as blogs, forums, content management systems (CMS), galleries, and e-commerce tools. Such groups are sorted in both installers to the left with right side left for software features description.

Fantastico General View

Fantastico General View

Installatron General View

Installatron General View

As you can see, Installatron provides more details, than Fantastico – not only does it provide technical information about the product, but also shows related links. This love for details can also be seen in group script listing – this is something Fantastico does not have:

Installatron Group Listing Feature

Installatron Group Listing Feature

This, of course, doesn’t grant Installatron an “Epic Win”. Sure, it is convenient for comparison of different tools of the same type, but most users already know exactly what they want to install by the time they start installation.

Let’s say we know what we are going to install and passed all the steps using both installers. Installation with Fantastico is a prompt 3-step action.

1 – You make a click to start new installation:

Step 1 of Script Installation Over Fantastico

Step 1 of Script Installation Over Fantastico

2 – You choose the directory for the installation; provide access and administrator’s data.

Step 2 of Script Installation Over Fantastico

Step 2 of Script Installation Over Fantastico

3 – You finish the installation. Database and user are setup automatically.

Step 3 of Script Installation Over Fantastico

Step 3 of Script Installation Over Fantastico

Final installation message – and you can follow the URL to login to your administrative area right from Fantastico:

Fantastico Installation Summary

Fantastico Installation Summary

Installatron seems to be having more questions to ask you.

Starting Script Installation Over Installatron

Starting Script Installation Over Installatron

Beside choosing the installation directory and providing access data in two different steps, you will need to choose the software version (not a bad idea actually, if your server has some restrictions or outdated software), the database creation way (automatic/manual) and… agree with the license.

Installatron: Choosing Installation Directory

Installatron: Choosing Installation Directory

Installatron: Choosing Version, Accepting License, Selecting Database Management Type

Installatron: Choosing Version, Accepting License, Selecting Database Management Type

Installatron: Providing Access Data

Installatron: Providing Access Data

Installatron: Finalizing Script Installation

Installatron: Finalizing Script Installation

Once the script is setup, Installatron provides installation summary the same way Fantastico does.

Installatron Installation Summary

Installatron Installation Summary

You can view existing installation in both tools, but Installatron allows you to make it easier than Fantastico, whose developers moved the needed button to the very bottom.

Installatron Existing Installation View

Installatron Existing Installation View

Fantastico Existing Installation View

Fantastico Existing Installation View

To Summarize

If you haven’t chosen your control panel yet, this comparative article might help you to make the right choice. It is obvious, that Fantastico is designed for those, who know what to do and how to do it. Such users use installers just to speed up their work – after that they do everything on their own.

Installatron users may feel more comfortable, as there’s more care taken of them both during software setup and after it – more tips, more support options which is very useful. An experienced user, however, may consider it a time waste, especially if administering dozens of account, which require a separate script to be installed under each addon or subdomain.

To make the long story short we may say that both script installers are going to be a perfect addon to your control panel. If you are an administrator of a multi-account (domain) infrastructure – you should definitely consider Fantastico. If you are planning to run your personal website or a small business project – Installatron is more likely to fit your needs.

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  • I love Fantastico DeLuxe feature in my web host. It is so simple to create a rocking wordpress blog using fantastico.

  • You have a very nice explanation on this one. Users have their own choice depending on their needs. But for me I am most comfortable with Installatron since I am a new user.

  • I did use both ( fantastico wiwh cpanel and installatron with plesk ), mostly for wordpress.
    Installatron is far much better as you can choose many details ( not using wp prefix for the database is important for safety ) and you can make full backup of your site abd restore your site in minutes in case of problems ( broken WP or hacker….)

  • Hey,

    Thanks for your comments, guys. Installatron seems to take the lead so far 🙂

  • Alex

    Although I like installatron I am now liking a new auto installer called Softaculous. Its rock solid and fast with updates. Mostly its got 140-150 scripts and it installs super quick.

  • Hey Alex,

    Thanks for tipping off. I actually heard of this installer, but never tried it. Will give a closer look to it and try to come up with another comparative article.