Can anyone direct me to a specific area of forums etc that detail how to set up? 😥😢 i'm using "inkblot " as the theme and "webcomic " as the plugin. I havent uploaded any content yet because i don't understand how to set up the "storylines, characters transcripts, settings etc. I've jumped from every webcomic based theme over the last month looking for something intuitively simple that i can get up in no time and i'm beyond frustrated. To add to the chaos...i know little to no css, php etc 😒
any info i'd greatly appreciate.
Our old comics website had become dated and it was getting difficult to manage all the content we had on it, so I started looking into WordPress and the different comics themes and plugins that were available. It took a lot of trial and error but what I finally settled on was the Inkblot theme with the Webcomic plugin. This combo works well right out of the box and customizing it is pretty easy (tip: look to the widgets for custom nav buttons.) Once you wrap your head around the workflow, Webcomic pretty much manages scheduling and publishing your comics for you, so you can focus on possibly more important things like actually creating comics.
It even has a system for monetizing/selling your comics but I haven't really looked into that part of it yet.
If I had to pick on one thing, it's probably the current online documentation. The plugin's website has good information for getting started but the Webcomic plugin has apparently evolved quite a bit since it came out and I kept running into outdated or conflicting information about it on the web.
Fortunately, the developer Michael Sisk has been super helpful in explaining the intended workflow and he even showed me how to implement certain tricks I needed for one of our comics (Streams). The Webcomic user community has been pretty helpful too.
Overall, the Webcomic plugin and Inkblot theme does exactly what I needed it to do for our comics Brudders and Streams, and I'm looking forward to any future Webcomic updates from Mike.
If anybody is interested, I'm thinking about creating a tutorial explaining how we set up and use Webcomic, and post it on our website littlegreendog.com. If you want to see what we have now, just click on the Comics menus when you get there. Thanks!
Although there are some tricks to installing any plug-in, Webcomic has just the right balance of ease-of-use and full-customizability that makes it the perfect solution for hosting one (or more) webcomics.
Webcomic is a bad name for a plugin because it's almost impossible to do a search for without getting the other major webcomic plugin, or completely unrelated stuff.
Otherwise, it's great--it does everything you need for publishing webcomics, has a clean, extremely well-integrated interface, and the default template, Inkblot, is versatile, highly adaptive, has a lot of modern features (auto adaptation for small screens, touch navigation features) and very nice. It's a huge step up from the kludgy feel of the Comicpress interface, and I like it much more (the default template is also ridiculously better).
The features for bulk-adding comics either for an archive or future buffer are fantastic--upload the images through the standard WordPress uploader, then check them off in a list and add them with a set posting day-of-week starting on a certain date, and it will automatically queue up dozens of pages for you, or fill out an archive, with no hassle and minimum time. I filled and scheduled a 40 page buffer in just a few minutes, most of which was spent dealing with the flakey WordPress bulk uploader.
It also had the capability to run more than one comic off the same install--each shows up as its own menu item, with its own set of settings--characters, transcripts, theme, etc.
There is really only one problem:
Although it is totally capable of setting up WordPress as a "publishing house" with multiple independent comics under one overarching site, there are a few gaps (links to comic-specific RSS feeds, front page for each comic, unique menus for each comic) that require some manual tweaking. It is, however, definitely possible--after some work, I got it working--and has gotten a little easier with progressive versions.
Overall, this is the way to go if you're setting up a new comic with WordPress.
I used ComicPress for a very long time, and when development on that ended I moved to Easel (the next project from that developer). I host a variety of different projects, not just comics. ComicPress/Easel simply didn't have the features to support the level of customization I needed. After months of reverse engineering and rewriting Easel's code, I finally found Webcomic 4. Webcomic already has all the features I wanted ComicPress/Easel to have, so using it has saved me a great deal of time. In only one weekend I had everything customized to my liking and my live site was relaunched using Webcomic instead of Easel. The extensive wiki answered all my questions, and support at the Github community was very quick to provide assistance when I ran into problems. Getting a multi-project site launched using Webcomic was very easy compared to ComicPress/Easel. I fully recommend Webcomic 4 to anyone who likes customization, many features, and quality support.
I registered wordpress specially to rate this amazing plugin and to thank you.
- I love your clean and easy documentation
- I can use different settings for different collections it even make me able to change the theme per each collection! this is just amazing!
- Very well integrated with 3rd party themes.
- The recommended theme "Inkblot" is fluid and easy to customize.
I've heard that previous versions do work but 4.0.1 does not work at all and often will throw a 404 error.
I was looking for an alternative to ComicPress/Easle, but this is not it.
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