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  1. #1
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    Question Softaculous vs. Fantastico

    I am seriously considering the purchase of a Softaculous license for my VPS. However, I have used Fantastico forever.

    The thing I personally like about Softaculous is that it offers more software options than Fantastico.

    Plus... the Softaculous license is only $12 a year or $75 for a lifetime license. This is marginally cheaper than Fantastico ($45 for a year on a VPS or $299 for a lifetime license)

    I am not sure what the downside would be of Softaculous at this point?

    Which do you prefer and why?
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    Softaculous is much better. More scripts and faster updates.
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    Softaculous beats Fantastico in every way.
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    Softaculous is definitely better than cPanel right now.

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    I would not touch Fantastico on a ten inch pole as they are too slow in updating their script versions.

    Softaculous is quite good but it has a few downsides - it is too bloated and the UI is very ugly.

    I will suggest you to take a look at Installatron as well, which IMO is more solid and has better features than Softaculous.
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    Yes, Softaculousis better than fantastico
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    Quote Originally Posted by instantIT View Post
    Softaculous is definitely better than cPanel right now.
    "than Fantastico"*
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    Another vote for Softaculous over Fantastico.
    Have to agree with JLHC that its UI is pretty ugly though. And review links don't work, and it loads rather slow, due to said bloating?

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    Another plus for Softaculous is they provide automatic script installation through WHMCS with a module. Quite a nice feature that I'm sure your customers will appreciate.

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    Today Fantastico Delux is in no way comparable to softaculous , the best part i liked about softaculous is 1 click installation service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan_HiHosting View Post
    Another plus for Softaculous is they provide automatic script installation through WHMCS with a module. Quite a nice feature that I'm sure your customers will appreciate.
    Actually Installatron has this feature as well:-
    http://installatron.com/automation
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    Quote Originally Posted by JLHC View Post
    Actually Installatron has this feature as well:-
    http://installatron.com/automation
    Yeah, not had any experience with them. So seeing as the OP is thinking about switching, it might be worth considering Installatron as well.

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    We have decided to drop Fantastico completely from our offerings. Their scripts are very outdated and the system itself could use an overhaul.

    Softaculous offers a much better layout, keeps the system and scripts updated on a regular basis, and offers a many more script options along with adding your own.

    So to us Softaculous wins hands down.
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    Softaculous has a friendlier interface and better scripts. Fantastico was good a few years ago but seems to now be outdated and a bit buggy.

    Softaculous gets my vote.

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    Softaculous--->newer script versions and more powerful interface.
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    Softaculousgets my vote

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    We are a big fan of Installatron.
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    Thanks for the feedback!

    I have decided to go with Softaculous.

    One of the things I have noticed with Fantastico is that they are really stubborn when it comes to updating their scripts / introducing new scripts.
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