Source: LinkedInFantastico, Softaculous or Installatron. Which one is the best?
by Chuck W. Product Evangelist at cPanel
I have them all installed, how about a few helpful comments?
Fantastico is fine, easy to use and not too awful confusing due to the number of scripts it offers. This one is offered free by many larger providers, but bit pricey on its own. Integration with cPanel is fine, but uses its own page which looks out of place in cPanel.
Softaculous has 259 scripts installed, custom install options available. cPanel integration on main page is a small block at bottom showing a limited number of scripts. If you click the Softaculous icon and go to the full list, you're on its own page not integrated with cPanel. That page sure is flashy though. (not flash stuff, flashy as in ajax menus etc)
Installatron has many many scripts, like softaculous, but it takes it to a whole new level by allowing versions of those scripts to be installed. For example with a few clicks you can apparently install any version of Joomla, 1.x, 1.5.x, 1.7.x, 2.5.x. On the main scripts page in WHM, you click a script title and it expands to offer every version ever released, it seems. Installatron integrated the nicest with cPanel, IMO. Everything you see on end user side is within the cPanel interface, nice and neat, ans each section has a blurb about what you're looking at. Installatron can also convert your Fantastico users scripts to be updated via Installatron after you've switched from one to the other.
For this poll, I've chosen Installatron.
Now a personal comment on all of these. The more scripts you offer, the more scripts you have to support, and the more scripts you have to worry about not getting updated by your users and leaving holes all over your server.
With that in mind, I would choose Fantastico any day of the week.
This topic came up recently elsewhere, and I wanted to know more, so I picked up a VPS and set these all up with purchased licenses to take a closer look. If I know you well, (and I don't know many of you here well at all) I'll be happy to give you access to take a closer look too. (Scott!)
That server also has a licensed install of Trendy Flash site builder and RVsite builder on it.
If you want to know about something, a poll, comments from someone on the Web and comparison charts is not enough. You've got to look closer on your own. So I did.
Justin said:Upgrades are always a headache for me. Particularly with Wordpress.