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Webcomic

Comic publishing power for the web.

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Clean, Modern Webcomic Solution
By , for WP 4.1.1

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 are really only two problems:

1) 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 (RSS feeds, front page for each comic, unique menus for each comic) that require manual tweaking--the menus in particular are an annoyance that will require more plugins or hacks if you're using the sidebar widgets for stuff specific to each comic (actually I haven't figured out how to get that working properly yet).

2) There's apparently a bug (I don't know how widespread, but at least one other person posting here has it) that causes site pages to not show the Webcomic options they're supposed to--it tells you the plugin isn't activated, even when it is. Haven't figured out how to fix that yet, either.

Overall, though, this is the way to go if you're setting up a new comic with WordPress.

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