The basics of Auto Script Installer

Web Hosting Beginner Guides : About Auto Script Installer

It’s not easy setting up and maintaining your web servers, especially when your website needs a ton of open-source applications. Fortunately, we have Auto Script Installer – and that’s our subject in this article.

What is an Auto Script Installer?

As the name suggests, an Auto Script Installer refers to software that helps you to (well?) install your web applications automatically. Auto Script Installer is a life-saver for many webmasters because it reduces the time and effort to install and maintain web applications on your servers.

Take WordPress for example; to install WordPress to you’ll need to download the installation file (in zip) to your local PC, unzip and upload it to the server, create and configure MySQL database, link MySQL username/password to your WordPress config file, install everything manually – and repeat the procedure every time when there’s a new updates.

It takes hours to finish one installation and gosh, isn’t that tedious?

(WordPress allow auto updates from its web dashboard nowadays but the procedure is more or less the same for other CMS like Joomla, Mambo, and Xoops).

Imagine if you are a non-techie, wouldn’t you be extremely turned off when all you wish to do is to host your blog on its own domain and write your own thing?

That’s where Auto Script Installer comes into the rescue.

With Auto Script Installer, all you need is just a few clicks and the Installer will help install everything (from MySQL to web server) for you. The installation process for a standard application normally takes less than 5 minutes to complete.

About Fantastico


As you might already knew, Fantastico and Simple Scripts are two of the best known names of Auto Script Installer. Developed by NetenBerg, Fantastico is widely used by most webmasters. In fact, we believe Fantastico is supported by at least half of the shared hosting providers.

At this time of writing, there are more than 50 applications supported by Fantastico.


  • WordPress
  • b2evolution
  • Nucleus


  • Joomla
  • GeekLog
  • Mambo
  • phpNuke
  • phpWCMS
  • phpWebsite
  • Drupal
  • Post-Nuke
  • SiteFrame
  • Xoops


  • CubeCart
  • ZenCart
  • OSCommerce


  • phpBB
  • SMF

Image Gallery

  • 4Images Gallery
  • Gallery
  • Coppermine


  • FAQ MasterFlex

Customer Relationship

  • Crafty Syntax Live
  • Help Center Live
  • osTicket
  • PHP Support Tickets
  • Support Services Manager

Project Management

  • PHProjekt

Polls and Surveys

  • Advance Poll
  • phpESP

Site Builder

  • Template Express


  • PhpWiki
  • TikiWikiCMS

Other Extras

  • Moodle
  • Open Realty
  • phpAdsNew
  • phpForumGenerator
  • WebCalendar
  • Template Express

About Simple Scripts

Simple Scripts

Simple Scripts is the newcomer in this field but they are doing well. As Bluehost and Hostmonster are supporting SimpleScripts, we are seeing the user base for Simple Scripts are growing exponentially (Bluehost and Hostmonster host more than 1,500,000 domains in total).

What’s good about Simple Scripts is that there are more scripts included in the list – including MODx, DadaMail, Magneto, as well as vtigerCRM. For a clearer view, please refer to the list below.


  • WordPress
  • b2evolution
  • Textpattern

Client Management

  • vtigerCRM


  • Joomla
  • Drupal
  • MODx
  • e107


  • Magento
  • OpenCart
  • ZenCart
  • OSCommerce


  • LimeSurvey


  • phpBB
  • PunBB
  • bbPress

Mailing List

  • DadaMail
  • phpList
  • poMMo

Photo Gallery

  • Zenphoto
  • Pixelpost
  • Coppermine

Project Management

  • Mantis


  • Gregarius
  • SImplePie


  • phpMyFAQ
  • ExtCalendar
  • phpFreeChat


  • Roundcube


  • PmWiki
  • WikkaWiki
  • TikiWikiCMS


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