This is a phenomenal and easy to use plugin that was a huge help creating a webcomic site for a client. The result was exactly what they wanted!
Very practical program.
I have to admit, I tried Comic Press a long time ago, got terribly discouraged, and gave up. But at least some of that was because I was not happy using WordPress, and half of it didn't work because of my lousy OS. Since then, WordPress has come a long way, I got free of !@#$! Windows, and Comic Press functionality branched off into this great plugin.
Because I was curious, I also recently tried Automattic's Panel. It's OK, but it's got a long way to go. Most importantly, the support team doesn't seem to understand webcomics and its peculiar needs like Frumph does. One user asked in their support forum if it was possible to link the comic to the next page--this is a common practice in webcomics, and of course the user was looking for *automated* navigation, as is available in Comic Easel. The support team's response was that, sure, you can link your image file to any URL you want! By hand...oh, heavens to Betsy.
And, of course, Panel has the same template limitation as the original Comic Press, only without the multiple layout options of Comic Press. So Comic Easel is still the best way to organize comics in WordPress.
Since I have been setting up a new site, I've been trying out a variety of WordPress templates, and it was easy to install Comic Easel in child copies one by one to see if it would integrate OK. The comic module fit in fine with just about everything I tried--there were a couple of oddly configured templates that might have taken more figuring, but out of the dozen or more I tried, it was a snap in every other case.
You may still need to hack some stuff. My website name is not the name of the comic, so in the 'index.php' file above the Comic Easel code, I added a small header. No biggie! A little CSS tweaking here and there, you're in business.
Thanks for helping out the struggling cartoonist all these years, Frumph!
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!
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