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Simple Scripts - Adding Features to Your Website Made Easy
Have you ever wished your website had a forum, a blog, a photo galley, or maybe even a shopping cart? And you were so excited to get that all set up until you realized you had no idea how to do it and quickly became so frustrated trying to find an easy solution you just gave up?
What if all you had to do was click one button. If only it were that easy you say? Seriously, it's now that easy - or so claims the team at Simple Scripts. We're putting their single-click script installation system to the test and comparing it against their competitors Fantastico and Installatron.
Round 1 - Just How Simple is Simple Scripts?
A quick overview shows us that Simple Scripts has made a solid initial entry into the competition. It clearly has an edge over Fantastico and maintains a slight edge over Installatron in a few key areas. The first, and probably most important is in the ease of deployment for the end user. To install a feature you quite literally click one button. . For example we wanted to upgrade our Word Press blog to the latest stable build (2.6.1) so we went to our control panels Simple Script page saw that next to our Word Press icon there was an upgrade link. We clicked that and the next screen looked like the one here. Clicking on the upgrade button brought up a bar which showed us what was going on and in a few moments we were at the completion screen which included some really exciting notes. Notice the links to view your site and even go back to the old one if something went wrong. Maybe it's just us, but that seems really slick. I can't tell you the number of times I've upgraded software to find that it's destroyed something and I've been left with no way to revert the process. But the question remains, how did it do?
Selecting the link to view the site we noticed our custom image on the top was gone. I guess we'll have to replace that with each update - maybe we edited it improperly. It should be an easy fix but for fun we decided to revert back to the old site and see what would happen. Clicking the revert button gave us a list of backups we could use so we chose the most recent one and hit the Submit button. A few moments later and the blog was back to it's old state. Ultimately we really did want to upgrade so we went and performed the upgrade, quickly added our image back to the top and we're now fully updated. Pretty impressive.
With Fantastico and Installatron things aren't alwasy so quick and simple. Fantastico, for example, requires you to wait for the host to upgrade to the latest version which could take weeks. Installatron does a bit better but still could often leave you out of date for several days.
Next Page - The Overview
Round 2 - The Overview
Round 3 - Script Support
Round 4 - The Verdict
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