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Offline CC

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« on: September 09, 2010, 12:51:45 AM »
Dunno if this is really the best section, or if this topic has been covered before, but my quick scan doesn't yield anything.

In a bit over a month, my do-or-die deadline for my comic will come around. The thing is, I've spent the last several months not-so-diligently working on it, and now that I think about it, not only have I not settled on a name for the thing, I also don't have a host!

All I'm really looking for is a solid place to stash comics while I build a sizable archive; a place that is publicly accessible, so I can potentially get at least a little readership, but is not in a situation where I need to get past some sort of review board or payment.

I have previously used Smackjeeves, to host some seriously embarrassing sprite comics(ha! Remember those days?), but that's really the only place I know of.

So are there any other good free webcomic hosts around? Customization doesn't bother me too much right now - I do plan to eventually have a server and domain of my own, but right now I think I should prove to myself I can hold a routine, or otherwise establish one, and if I get obsessive over styling nothing will ever get done. (No, really, I used to spend whole weeks configuring my FREEWEBS pages. I'm bad about layouts!)

Thanks in advance, and sorry I haven't been particularly active! Since I don't officially have anything to show right now I don't feel as if I can add anything to most discussions. D:

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Re: Hosts
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2010, 04:31:47 AM »
SmackJeeves gets a lot of love on here, so you're probably best off sticking with what you know. I recently signed up for a mirror site with them and switched to a paid subscription because I like their stats tracking and CMS. I'm getting decent audience growth and a couple of active commentors there as well. (Incidentally, if anyone knows how to set up PW tower ads so they run alongside the comic and/or comments box, please tell me)

Neko the Kitty used to be on Comicgenesis back when it was Keenspace, and I thought their customisation options and help pages were really good, and at the time they were more generous with their file storage than SmackJeeves are. Can't speak for them now though.

We haven't seen Gibson in a while, and I kinda miss the guy, so I'm going to bring up DrunkDuck in the hopes he'll come in and tell you why you shouldn't sign up for DrunkDuck.

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Re: Hosts
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2010, 12:32:12 PM »
It sounds like Smackjeeves is the place for you right now.  ;)

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Re: Hosts
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2010, 03:52:02 AM »

Gar, I've been meaning to find out how to do that myself for a long time and I haven't, but I do know that the help desk on the SJ forum is pretty keen on, you know, helping...which is strange for a webcomic hosting site, since all the others seem to think that people who ask questions about how the site works should be stared at like a bird considering a frisbee, then told to check the FAQ. I'd suggest go to the forum and take a quick look through the Help Desk Section (yes, a whole section). Before that, though, you can check out the knowledge base from the old forums, which is here: http://www.smackjeeves.com/oldforum/viewforum.php?f=2 Do a search first (they're big on that, but that's just good form) and if you can't find anything, then post a new thread. Chances are there's some mention of it somewhere, but if there isn't, someone will step up and give you a hand. And if they don't, drop my name...they're all afraid of me there.

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Re: Hosts
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2010, 11:15:13 AM »
Ah, incidentally, I did go with SmackJeeves on everyone's input. Thanks for the advice, guys! I wasn't aware of all the new features they have added since my last use, and I really like it, so if anyone else comes here wondering about hosts I would recommend it.

I'd link to my comic, but it's not really presentable yet, IMO. x: Maybe in a few weeks once I get a system down pat.