Installing Tiki via Fantastico

Background on Siteground is a typical Fantastico host and one of the Tiki friendly hosts so it is used an an example for this documentation. All other Fantastico hosts will be very similar. Shared hosting provides mainly a inexpensive, easy hosting service for low traffic wikis. Their customer service is very good, and their interface is user friendly, but their servers are heavily loaded and sometimes tiki performance is kinda slow. Overall a good bet for a starter wiki host.


After securing an account and choosing a domain name, installation is straightforward. Installation is either install by FTP, or with Fantastico with siteground you cannot use SSH.

Manage Your Account.

Cpanel is a utility that allows you to manage your site without knowing unix or programming. To find cpanel, login, and click as shown below.

Access CPanel

You'll see the following options. Click on cpanel and login.

Access Fantastico

When CPanel comes up, ignore most of it for now. Click on Fantastico at the bottom.

Install Tiki

Fantastico is a installer. You'll use it to install Tiki. Once fantastico comes up, click on Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware.

Then, select new installation. Notice for example that Tiki has been installed on This same tool is used for future upgrades and remembers past installations.

Choose your domain to install. Then click install. Notice that the administrator login is set as admin with password admin.

If all goes well, you'll see something similar to the following, and can click "finish".

Change Admin Password

Immediately after fantastico installation, change the admin password before someone else does. Go to your site and login:

Use the admin login and admin password. The system will force you to change the password as follows.

Installation Complete

Tiki is installed and you're set up as the administrator.

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