WordPress Tutorial: One-Click Installation With Fantastico

Teli Adlam —  July 21, 2006

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One-click installation is the quickest way to get WordPress up and running on your website. After you’ve considered the possibilities of one-click vs. manual WordPress installation and determined that one-click would best serve your needs, you can follow the tutorial below to learn how to set up your WordPress blog using Fantastico’s one-click installation option.

  1. Click on Fantastico Icon If you have not already done so, log into your website’s cPanel account, then click on the Fantastico icon.
  2. Click on WordPress Link From the Fantastico interface, scroll down until you see the Blogs section and just below it, you should see WordPress in the list. Click on the WordPress link.
  3. Check WordPress Version To the right, you will be provided with some information about the version of WordPress you will be able to install. Take a moment to ensure that it’s up to date. If all is well, click on New Installation.
  4. Configure Installation You should arrive at the first of three steps in the one-click installation process. Here, you’ll be able to determine which folder you’d like to have WordPress installed to, as well as some other blog information
    1. Installation Location. If you want your blog to be your website’s homepage, ensure that you leave the space blank, otherwise type in the name of the folder you want WordPress installed to (make sure it doesn’t already exist).
    2. Admin access data. Choose the username and password you’d like to use in order to access the WordPress admin panel after installation is completed.
    3. Base configuration. Type a nickname you’d like to use throughout the blog. By default, the nickname is used whenever you leave comments or write an entry on the blog, so choose something you don’t mind the world seeing. The admin e-mail address is where notices, passwords, and other information about the administration of the blog is sent. Your blog’s name and description should be self-explanatory.
    4. E-mail account configuration. You only need to worry about this if you plan to blog via e-mail. If you’ve set up a special e-mail account that you’ll use for blogging via e-mail, then enter the settings where applicable. (Bear in mind, you will need to enter an e-mail account password in order to proceed with the installation, simply use a false one if you don’t plan to blog via e-mail.)
    5. When your blog information is complete, click on the Install WordPress button at the bottom.
  5. Confirm Everything Is Correct Verify that the information you provided is correct and click on Finish installation. Fantastico will create a brand new database for you and create the necessary WordPress files.
  6. Confirmation Message When the process is complete, you will receive a confirmation notice with the details of the installation. If you’d like a copy of the report for your records, you’ll have the option to send an e-mail to an account of your choosing.

Teli Adlam


29 responses to WordPress Tutorial: One-Click Installation With Fantastico

  1. Hi Teli

    I have a problem. I’ve tried getting support from WordPress, and tried what they said but did not work. Basically, I have locked myself out as administrator from wordpress… somehow, and I am unable to perform most functions. I keep getting the message, “You don’t have permission to do that.”

    I followed this tutorial here but my blog’s table’s are as they should be according to the tutorial. I am using WP 2.04. Do you know what might have happened. I did backup the database using the Skippy database backup plugin. May be that caused the problem. Please help me out Teli… I need to sort this real quick

    Thanks heaps

  2. Hi Sonny,
    The first question I’m going to ask is whether you upgraded from a 1.5.x version of WordPress. (Your answer will determine which advice I’ll give you.)

    ~ Teli

  3. Hi Teli

    I upgraded from Version 2.02 to 2.04. Let me know if you need to know anything else.

  4. Hi Sonny,
    Thanks for letting me know that. Although it should not have, there may have been an error with the admin database info.

    Make a good database backup before doing this. Open it up with a plain text editor to ensure your tables were properly saved.

    If possible, log in to your phpMyAdmin console, click on your (prefix)_user table (replace prefix, with your wp prefix) and make a mental note of the admin user ID value (i.e. should be 1).

    Then browse the (prefix)_usermeta table and make sure that you have a row with the following information:

    meta_key = wp_capabilities with a meta_value = a:1:{s:13:"administrator";b:1;}

    And another row with the user ID with the following information:

    meta_key = wp_user_level with a meta_value = 10

    I hope that makes sense and helps to get you going in the right direction.

    ~ Teli

  5. Thanks so very much for taking your time to create this very useful and informative site. I have learned a lot from your site. Thanks!!

  6. Thank you for this tutorial. It was very helpful and your 4.3 answered a question I couldn’t figure out on my own.

  7. Hi,

    I really appreciate the walk-through on installing WordPress with Fantastico. There are so many different ways WP can be installed and so many different plug-ins. It can get confusing real fast.

    I don’t know if you can help me on this one, but here goes:

    I’ve installed a fresh install of WordPress using Fantastico on my webhost (hostrocket.com). It installed version 2.1.2. For some reason, it seems that WP is unable to create new categories. When I use the control panel to create a new category, it shows up in the list and everything seems fine. However, when I log into the web site itself, the new category doesn’t show up. In fact, even when I click on the default “uncategorized” category, I get a 404 error message. It’s almost as though WP doesn’t have authorization from the server to create new files/folders. Even if I set permissions for the wordpress install folder to 777, though, it still doesn’t seem to help.

    Any idea what is going on here? I’ve searched various FAQs on installation issues but can’t seem to find anything.

  8. Hi Bob,
    Your problem has nothing to do with setting your install folder’s permissions to 777. In fact, I highly recommend you CHMOD them back to their original state (755).

    Currently, you have a permalink structure set, however, WP was not able to write to your .htaccess file and that’s why you’re seeing 404 errors everywhere. You need to manually update the .htaccess file or set its permissions to 666, then update your permalink structure again…allowing WP to write to the file.

    Hope that helps,
    ~ Teli

  9. Teli, thanks so much for your willingness to take a few moments of your time to save the several hours it would it have taken for me to figure it out on my own! I reverted the CHMOD of my root folder back, as suggested, and everything now works after altering permissions on the .htaccess file. Thanks again.

  10. You’re welcome, Bob. Glad I could help.

    ~ Teli

  11. Hi Teli,

    Thank you so much for the guide, I prefer this than the manual installation. Lemme go try it out. Cheers.

  12. HI Teli,

    Teli, I have a difficulty of installing themes in my WordPress account, I Don’t know why, I followed all as indicated to your video tutorial. No new themes appeared. Then I guess that maybe my database was the problem, (what is stated in the wp-config.php) I change the detail in the wp-config.php that is stated in my cPanel account. then it appeared like its error. and I don’t know what to do. Please help me. Thanks.


  13. Hi Joanne,
    Your problem more than likely has nothing to do with your wp-config.php file or your MySQL database, however, I do need more information to answer your question.

    Specifically, what, if any error are you receiving. How is the installation not working?

    ~ Teli

  14. I think its now okay, thanks. Its just with the ftp, I used wrong account. yay. :)) thanks alot.

  15. Thanks for the tutorial. It’s nice to have folks willing to help!

  16. What if you want to make a new WP install more than one directory deep? For example, mysite.com/first/second. I tried adding “first/second” in the install directory area in Fantastico and received an error. In this example, “second” was not created when I tried since Fantastico says that it will create the new directory. Any thoughts?

  17. Is it possible to upgrade the fantastico installation of wordpress 2.3.1 to the lastest version 2.3.2, using fantastico ?

  18. Vasile,
    Most hosts running Fantastico do not yet have WP 2.3.2 installed. And yes, it’s possible to upgrade a WP installation using Fantastico, though not recommended.

    ~ Teli

  19. A,
    Sorry that my answer is coming so late, but you can only create a new install one directory deep when using Fantastico. If you’re looking to install WP in something like dir1/dir2, then you’ll need to do it manually.

    ~ Teli

  20. Good tutorial. One question. To actually publish a WordPress blog that one has installed though Fantastico, what needs to happen? Do I need to install an ftp program?

  21. Hi Shari,
    You need to log into your WordPress admin panel and click on the Write button.

    ~ Teli

  22. I instaled wordpress form Fantastico in my cpanel. This may sound dumb, but how do I view the blog page online? I didn’t make the blog my homepage.


  23. I have succesfully installed my wordpress through fantastica, but I have a small problem.
    The blog is installed at http://mydomain.com/wordpress
    I want it to be installed at http://www.mydomain.com/wordpress
    I do not see any option for www in the installation process
    I have set a 302 redirect for any request to http://mydomain.com to redirect to http://www.mydomain.com for some particular reasons.
    Now when I install wordpress through fantastico it install it in http://mydomain.com/wordpress and that creates an infinite loop or redirects and the site does not open.
    Please help.
    BTW thanks for the tutorial, your site is very useful appreciate it a lot.

  24. Hi Teli

    When I get the first box – install on domain – do I type costablancarestaurants.com or should I type in http://www.costablancarestaurants.com?



  25. hi
    my host has fantastico and i have wp installed on my main site. but i need to install it in a directory. the path i have would look something like this http://www.domain.com/directory/directory1

    im trying to install it to directory1. but it wont work. is it possible that way?

  26. i just read the notes above. so disregard. apologies.

  27. Hi Teli,

    I’ve come across your site a few times and decided that you’re probably the best person to seek advice from for my WP problem.

    In short, I’ve completed the fantastico 1 click installation as described above. Everything seemed to go well – I was able to login to the admin area and navigate to the settings tab. I was trying to change the website URL from http://mysitename.com to http://www.mysitename.com/

    Having changed both input boxes relating to URLs on the settings page, I then clicked ‘visit site’, and cannot see the WP default theme with ‘hello world’ post. Instead, I’m seeing a standard holding page for my host provider (host papa).

    Can you think of what I might have done wrong? Grateful for any help you can offer.


  28. Hi Teli. I want to set up a blog and I have my own FTP and server. Should i use word press as well? Sorry if you think this is a stupid question but I’m totally blur…:)

  29. Hi Fy,
    You can use WordPress, however, you won’t need to use the one-click installation with Fantastico. You can do a manual installation using FTP.