How to Use Fantastico to Install WordPress Files

Fantastico is a very popular script installer that you can use to install WordPress software on your hosting account. Not all hosts make Fantastico available. If yours doesn’t, you can install WordPress manually. Fantastico is a third-party script that exists as an add-on to cPanel. Web hosts subscribe to Fantastico and add it to your cPanel as an extra service for you to take advantage of; however, web hosting providers do not control which scripts, or which versions of scripts, are available within Fantastico. Web hosts are completely dependent upon the makers of Fantastico as to what scripts and script versions are available. Fantastico is usually about a month or so behind the game when updating the programs in its script installer.

Before you’re ready to install WordPress, you must purchase the domain name registration for your account, obtain a hosting service on a web server for your blog, set up your hosting account username, password, and File Transfer Protocol (FTP) address and cquire an FTP client for transferring files to your hosting account.

With all that work completed, follow these steps to install WordPress with Fantastico:

1Log in to the cPanel for your hosting account and browse to http://yourdomain.com/cpanel.

Here yourdomain.com is your actual domain name.

The cPanel Login screen displays.

2Enter your hosting account username and password in the login fields and then click OK.

The page refreshes and displays the cPanel for your account.

3Click the Fantastico icon.

The Fantastico page loads in your browser window and displays a list of available scripts on the left side of the page.

4Click the WordPress link in the Blogs heading.

The WordPress page loads, displaying a short description of WordPress and the version that’s available with Fantastico.

5Click the New Installation link.

The Install WordPress (1/3) page displays.

6Choose the domain you want to install WordPress on from the Install on Domain drop-down list.

This is where you designate the WordPress installation location.

7Type the directory name for installation in the Install in Directory text field.

Leave this text field empty to install WordPress in the root directory (http://yourdomain.com), or enter the name of the directory you want to install WordPress into, such as http://yourdomain.com/wordpress. If you type in this text field, the directory should not exist on your web server; if it does, Fantastico tells you that WordPress can’t be installed.

8Type your username in the Administrator Username text field and your password in the Password text field.

These two items are the username and password for the WordPress administrator, and you use them to log in to the WordPress Dashboard after it’s installed.

9Type your desired nickname in the Admin Nickname text field.

This name displays on your website after you start publishing to your WordPress blog.

10Type your e-mail address in the Admin E-Mail text field.

This e-mail address is used for your administrator user account in WordPress, after it’s installed on your web server.

11Type your site name in the Site Name text field.

The site name displays on your site, and can be changed later.

12Type a short description of your site in the Description text field.

The description displays on your site, and can be changed later.

13Click the Install WordPress button.

The Install WordPress (2/3) page displays with several messages. The Fantastico script installer creates the MySQL database for you and displays the name of the database. This page also displays a confirmation message on the domain and directory that WordPress is installed into.

14Click the Finish Installation button.

The page refreshes in your browser and Fantastico displays a message confirming the success of the WordPress installation and displays the login URL, username, and password.