How to Create A Webcomic Part 1

THE QUESTIONS:

Hi Kim,

My name is Lewis F****** and I am currently studying BTEC Games Development course at ******* College. I am currently working on creating a webcomic and would like to ask you a few questions regarding how you create your webcomics.

If you could answer the questions stated below you would helping me greatly.
1) What is your method for creating webcomics?
2) What tips would you recommend for creating webcomics?
3) What software do you use/recommend?
4) How long does it usually take to create a webcomic?

Thank you for your co-operation.

I will look forward to your reply.

Best regards

Lewis F*****
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THE ANSWERS:

So I’ve been receiving emails from various people but this one particular email, I feel compelled to put online. I put stars there to protect his identity, so no sir, his last name is NOT a swear word.

With little further ado…

Q) What is my method?

A) So before you make a webcomic you really just have to enjoy doing it or else it will become an inconsistent thing and die off in a couple of months (granted, this website has only been up for that long…). What I did was this: I bought a domain ($10/yr-ish), I bought a hosting site ($100/yr-ish), I linked my domain name to my hosting site ($0), and I was OFF!

At this point what’s important is the platform you use. I first used Drupal but much to my dismay, they didn’t have a webcomic template. I’d have to actually create the interface I want and I didn’t want to do that yet; I figured I just needed a place to store my content with as little maintenance as possible. WordPress provided that for me with two things… a theme catered to webcomic building and a plugin aptly titled “Webcomic”.

So how the heck do you go from an empty site directly to having wordpress up? Easy as pie. You log into your hosting program and most of them provides you with a control panel called a “cPanel”. You look for the icon labeled “Sofalicious” and it is essentially like a plugin within your hosting interface where you can just install WordPress with a click of a button. There are other ways to go about installing Drupal, WordPress, Joomla… but this is by far the easiest method to go.

Try it.

Once you’ve installed it, you get a login page at http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin/ and you can start posting away! There are other, detailed steps I will go into later with Part 2 and Part 3…etc. But this is at least a start if you don’t know where to go or what to do.

Q) TIPS?

A) The most important tip I can give you is get a good SEO plugin. What does SEO stand for? Search Engine Optimization. The only way google, bing, yahoo will give you site credibility in order to climb up their ranks is for them to know you exist on more than just a domain name level. A good plugin to help you out with that is YOAST. I’ll go into this more in part 2. Several other tips are to read the README files of all your plugins that you install. Always back up your files. Make a separate, test site and test changes on that site instead of your original one. Also, you need to update frequently or else your readership will die in a matter of 1 or 2 days. To create more readership you have to have social networking buttons present and you have to be involved with the webcomic community (which for the moment I’m trying to penetrate, haha).

Q) SOFTWARE?

A) Honestly the only software I use is probably Adobe Photoshop because WordPress is so easy to use and navigate. However, there are some Drupal based webcomic sites and for those you need Drush or some program that can link your local content to your site (for me it was Dreamweaver).

Q) How long does it usually take?

A) For a beginner, if you are digging around and confused and lost and reading forums after forums, it will take you probably 1 month. For someone who knows a bit about hosting and domains, a week. For someone like me, 2 days (Like a boss). =)

EASY AS

Thanks for your questions, Lewis. Hoped this helped! Stay tuned for part DEUX.

All the puns I’ve used…were intended.

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