Comic Easel allows you to post webcomics to your theme.
I can’t write code and I don’t even know what CSS or HTML means. But with “Comic Easel” I was able to build a really great looking and functioning website to post my comic. But if you are familiar with website building, there are a lot of additional more “advanced” features to explore. ;)
Comic Easel makes it so easy to post cartoons online, I would be lost without it. Phil migrated me over from Comicpress, and helped me customize my website so it looks the way I want. I highly recommend this plugin for anybody who makes cartoons online.
It took me a bit to work everything out and I still run into the occasional challenge, but Phil is ALWAYS and I mean ALWAYS available to help.
Phil, the only question I have, and I am not removing a star for it, is for every update, I have to reload my custom buttons. Surely I am doing something wrong here. I over wrote existing buttons because coding is like crawling through glass for me. I can do it, but I am not fond.
You still need to be able to tinker with the CSS if you want to customize your theme, and I could do with a no chapters button, but in all other ways it absolutely removes the headaches of webcomic website management. The developer is also readily available and willing to assist with any problems you encounter. I have one comic running old comicpress and one running CE, and I will absolutely be switching the first over to CE.
not sure if i got the version of wp right there , anyhow I've had a few headaches (some i caused myself i might add) but on the whole as a guy who knows more about my dvd player than programming a website without wp and easel my web comic would not be around. Philip has not nothing but be supportive and helpful. one problem i do have is people attaching links to my blogs GRR! my askimit catches them but I get tried of cleaning spam.
I have no experience with any programming necessary to build my own website, yet I wanted to make a website that looked unique and was customizable enough so it didn't look like a lot of cookie-cutter templates that you see all over the place.
Comic Easel has such wide applicability that I could really make my comic's website look how I wanted to and not feel like it was just "good enough." Comic Easel is a veritable gift to online comic creators and is a plugin I quickly and easily recommend to anybody looking to post their comics online. I would argue that it helped make webcomics what they are today, which is no small feat.
I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to use comic press if they are just starting out in web comics. When I began my web comic I had so many things to worry about - the art, the coloring, the lines everything. The last thing I needed to do was learn how to code a website. Thanks to this plugin I was able to begin making my comic in a very short time and focus on getting my comic better instead of learning CSS and other coding issues. I am so happy that this exists and I highly recommend it if you are new to comics want to get your work on the web and do not want to spend all your time learning how to program! It is easy to use and more importantly it is easy for your readers to navigate through your comics. Give it a try!
I gotta say, for all that they claim it makes everything easier than ComicPress, I've had nothing but headaches. Latest one being the whole 'Chapters' debacle. If you put your comics into separate chapters, hitting the 'First' button no longer takes you to your very first comic, but instead to the first comic of the current chapter. I have over 1000 comics, and in order to fix this, I now have to go through each comic and set it's chapter to just 'comic'. They all have to be the same. Problem is; I can't bulk edit it. Doing so only adds a new chapter title to each comic; it wont simply take the unwanted chapter title away. So now I get to change them all by hand. This is a huge headache, and it was NOT how I wanted to spend my free time.
I spent all day just trying to get ONE widget out of it to show thumbnails it clearly was designed to do. Any documentation I can find on the mess wants you to be a CSS building genius - when (surprise!) there are still a lot of comic artists out there who are more interested in getting the next page done as opposed to wasting their time on the internet all day.
Good system, okay, I can't say stable because I've been booted out ten times so far unable to log back in for whatever reason. Mostly I'm annoyed. If you're going to offer a widget, offer one that works. Not one that's got a single solitary link to a forum post that answers your issue... that's DOWN.
But thank you for this free system anyway. I'm not totally unappreciative. Just angry at my lost time. And wishing I wasn't being forced to use WordPress for this in the first place.
There aren't enough reviews of this plugin. I can't imagine how many webcomics are running on this FREE plugin. This seriously makes everything possible. Always being updated, and the author is always down to answer questions if you tweet/email/whatever him.
I mean, seriously. I tried the other webcomic theme for wordpress and it was confusing as hell. Who spends all their time (I'm sure it's not ALL his time) making a sweet-ass plugin that's simple, easy to use and free? Someone who really loves the webcomic community, that's who.
Give him more stars. Send him a few bucks, or at very least take the time to write him a review and say thanks.
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