In our efforts to get more feedback from everyone – we’re clearly not the definitive experts – we’re opening up our mailbag to you.
This will be a weekly feature this summer so if you have questions you want answered head over to the contact form and give us the isssssuuuue. If we don’t cover it on the podcasts, we’ll get to it here.
Each week you’ll get a reader issue covered by one of our Workshop gang – this week it’s Ken Drab from Rick the Stick.
Question: Ferris asked: What do you see as the advantages of the ComicPress format (one strip per page) vs. the Tumblr format (multiple strips stacked atop each other), which I use because it’s easy and convenient? ComicPress allows you to track your traffic and generate more page views. What else am I missing? From a noob’s perspective, everybody in the game uses ComicPress. But is there anything essentially bad about Tumblr?
This is a great question – specifically for some of the great minds that post replies on the Mailbag and some other posts. I’ll weigh in as an observer and let everyone else chime in.
As you mentioned in your email, you run the same comic “Suburban Metal Dad” concurrently on both ComicPress and Tumblr. The one glaring difference between the two is commenting. In Tumblr, clicking on the comic makes the image bigger. You need to click on the post date to get to a permalink type of page, and some other things that seemed quirky to me.
Part of that may be the theme you’ve chosen and I may be partial to ComicPress because I use it, but ComicPress seems more natural – it’s well laid out and intuitive right out of the box. It gives you a ton of flexibility in design and layout.
If you do just a little digging, there are some obvious pros to Tumblr, like no hosting and you can use your own domain just like WordPress, but I think you could get the same thing from WordPress.org….
Okay, that’s what I have – now I leave it open to the real brains in Webcomics! What do you think?