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The best webcomic host that costs absolutely nothing is...?
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Sarafin



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:14 am    Post subject: The best webcomic host that costs absolutely nothing is...? Reply with quote

I have a webcomic series on a blog ( http://asylumsquadsidestory.blogspot.com ) - Blogger appealed to me because of the cleanness of its layouts, the fact that it's free, and because it loads fast. However, a few claim my comic archives are difficult to access, and that it would be much better to have a server specific to webcomics. I have to agree it would be easier for the viewer, it's just that Blogger is very reliable load-wise and is easy to upload to/edit. However, if there is a *FREE* webcomic domain site that is as easy to use and looks good/won't clutter everything with ads (unless I want to add ads later), then I could make the move over, and I guess post on both. The blog is also for rants/stories/art.

So what's the best out there for the poor webcomic creator? Anyone? (I also suck at computers anyway, so it has to be idiot proof for the sucky novice - no coding, for example!)

Danke, if you can help!

-Sarafin
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Beertycoon
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've grown to dislike drunkduck because it's slow...very slow...sometimes I think they're loading every page-request from an old casette-recorder

On the other hand, drunkduck is easy to use and has a very very very large community
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Sarafin



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the suggestions, guys!

I'm looking into a couple of 'em right now. May soon post a new link to my work - one that's more accessible.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll second the recommendation for ComicDish. They're reliable, easy to use, and very responsive. And, yes, ads are not required. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I second the recommendation for ComicGenesis. I also second the recommendation that you just join them all (ComicGenesis, DrunkDuck, SmackJeeves, ComicDish, (shudder) WebcomicNation, Webcomic Planet...) and see which you personally like best. Seeing as you like blogs, you might love Webcomic Planet, seeing as it allows you to run ComicPress, which is a blog extention.

I'm one of the people who loathes Webcomic Nation. Its default templates are as unuserfriendly as you can get, in my opinion. They basically take everything I hate about comic layouts and combine them. Laughing

From my experience, though (I've tried both ComicGenesis and DrunkDuck personally, and lurked on the SmackJeeves forums), CG is the best. SmackJeeves' forums struck me as a place I didn't want to join, DrunkDuck's forums are fun but the layout stuff, I do not like. ComicGenesis has quiet, mostly boring forums. I like that. Kez's linked review of the two basically sum up why I chose CG over DD. We seem to meet quite eye to eye there.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thestripedone wrote:
horatio wrote:
thestripedone wrote:
rampage network (http://www.rampagenetwork.com/hosting/) is free and shiny, drunkduck and smackjeeves are also free, but considerably less shiny.


Thanks!
Yes we are shiny, you don't have to code, we dont force any ads or banners, and you get a real domain.


I was very impressed when I first saw your network, so I try to pimp it out whenever possible. Wink

Though ya guys look pretty awesome, I'm not sure you're the best free host that costs nothing as it is by application and not just any ol comic can hop on by and sign up. If I hadn't been accepted by SpiderForest I might've given you a try next. Smile
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Sarafin



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like I might go with Rampage Network, as I got a fast response, and they seem to like my stuff. (Now I'm just waiting on what's next, as I'm not clear on the exact process yet.)

Comic Dish, I signed up for, but I seem to be an idiot and can't figure out how to upload JPEG files for pages. Looks like I need FTP knowledge I either didn't have, or knew and have since forgotten. (I'm typing these entries from community centres and web cafes until my setup is back online.)

Grrr...

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mirz wrote:
Interesting thread. I have been looking for somewhere to mirror for a while and this is helping me a lot.

CG is out for me. Even though I do a pixel-art comic where 90% is original art or I have explicit permission to use, they pretty much warn not even to bother signing up if you have "a sprite comic" unless you are Diesel Sweeties. Which stinks because I would have liked to try them out.

If your sprites are all original art or you have permission to use them, you can in fact sign up and use ComicGenesis. The fact is, LIKE DrunkDuck, 80% of first time comic makers go and use Sonic or Pokemon or Final Fantasy sprites, which they don't have explicit permission to use. You don't have to be amazing, stunning sprite art, you just have to be 'I made them all myself'. Pixel art is fine. Ripping video games is not. See?
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