Fantastico 2.10.4 Released

January 23rd, 2008
Blogging News, WordPress

Netenberg has released version 2.10.4 r12 of their popular one click install package called Fantastico De Luxe. Fantastico De Luxe is the most widely used application installer throughout the webhosting industry. One of the reasons why it is so popular is that it gives users the ability to skip the process of uploading files and configuring databases and instead, replaces the process with a much simpler one step process.

Many WordPress installations have been performed through Fantastico. However, there are a few disadvantages when installing WordPress in this fashion. First, when WordPress releases an update, the folks at Netenberg have to go through the update and add it into the new version of Fantastico. The amount of time this takes can vary, but I believe if the release contains significant security patches, the Netenberg team tries their best to get the update out as soon as possible. Another disadvantage is the time it takes from when the new version of Fastastico is released to when your web host upgrades. Not all web hosts are on the same time frame. But I know that Fantastico does have a central server that dedicated webhosting servers can hook up to in order to pull down the latest upgrades.

At any rate, the new release of Fantastico contains an update script to take your WordPress install from 2.3.1 to 2.3.2. So be sure to check out your own Cpanel to see if the upgrade is available.




  1. Chris (26 comments.) says:

    I just upgraded WordPress today with two clicks. Fantastico is, well, fantastic. Those in the market for a new web host should put a Fantastico enabled cPanel on their priority list.

  2. Jenny (28 comments.) says:

    I love Fantastico. I’m just to lazy to login and actually use it. LOL

  3. Fiona (2 comments.) says:

    ooh that’s great timing, I was just about to do the upgrade myself *1-clicks* yay! :)

  4. AJK says:

    Finally! About time! Some of these supported software are almost a year behind with updates.

  5. David (4 comments.) says:

    Fantastico is a godsend, just wish the host would update it quicker, it does make the install/upgrade process easier

  6. insinto (1 comments.) says:

    I was used to having Fantastico in the cPanels of the web accounts I used to have. Now, my accounts has Elefante. I still would prefer using Fantastico.

  7. Jeffro2pt0 (164 comments.) says:

    I still get a ton of hits on my own blog referencing WordPress 2.3 and fantastico. Apparently, there is still a good bit of interest between the two. Perhaps many people have yet to upgrade.

  8. Bruce -- Harper Blue (3 comments.) says:

    That explains why it’s been nearly 4 bleedin’ weeks since the announcement of the security updates for Fantastico; in fact, I don’t know if my host has the new one yet. I finally got frustrated the other day and did my own upgrade. And thereby hangs a tale, to quote Harry Mudd.

  9. larry (1 comments.) says:

    Being a reseller, I host and maintian multiple sites and have used fantastico on many of the sites. To be on the safe side I did a backup, and de-activated all plugins first then the two click Fantastico upgrade. It went perfect. Thanks for posting that upgrade!


  10. bubazoo (213 comments.) says:

    what amazes me, I have my own VPS, and yet, I still prefer the Fantastico method most of the time, not so much on my own VPS because I can always use the shell script method, but for people (and there are alot of them) who just have a basic shared hosting account, subversion just downright sucks, esp if that shared host doesn’t allow Shell access to the server (even jailed) so the only two ways to upgrade wordpress in those instances, is to either FTP upload a whole ton of files one at a time, OR use Fantastico, which I agree, the Fantastico methos is MUCH better then the manually FTP upload method, because I have lost count of the number of times manually uploading FTP has bad CRC’s me, or the file uploads as text format instead of binary, and the whole installation gets messed up. Fantastico is just easier, and with far less problems I think.

  11. Bruce -- Harper Blue (3 comments.) says:

    I agree that Fantastico makes things very easy; it’s the timeliness factor that I struggle with. What I would do now is rely on Fantastico for the initial install and setup (especially the SQL database, since I’m not familiar or comfortable with phpMySQL yet), and then do all updates as announced by hand — backup the blog by either the WordPress plugin or FTP, delete all files except the wp-contents folder (which contains the plugins and themes, natch), upload the new edition and verify the install.

    See my own article for more thoughts and a few grins.


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