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The Hat and Fat



Joined: 12 Apr 2013
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:55 am    Post subject: Switching Site Host Reply with quote

How bad is it to switch hosting sites after you've started a webcomic? Mine is only a couple of months old, but I'm not overly happy with Wordpress as a host.

I don't want to lose fans, and that would be what I'm scared of, but I'm also not happy with putting thehatandfat.wordpress.com as my site. I don't think it looks very professional. I could purchase thehatandfat.com from Wordpress but before I do, I was wondering what are some other good sites to build a webcomic from?
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MindChimera



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, that depends on a few things. Moving could be as simple as downloading the entirety of your site and reuploading it somewhere else. Or it could be going through each page and correcting broken images and links. So it could be really simple, or it could be a lot of work.

I've never used wordpress.com so I don't know if they have an option to bulk-download your site or if you'd have to do it manually.

One thing I'd say is you typically don't want to buy a domain name through your host (in this case, WordPress). If you do that, you've now connected the domain to that account, and it may be more difficult to change hosts without losing the domain. I bought my domain from Namecheap but host with HostGator. There's other options out there too, so a bit of research can point you in the right direction. You should be able to find a tutorial online on how to connect your domain to your site (your host's website is a good place to start looking).

Since you don't have your own domain name, you'll have to direct your readers to the new site. If they're interested in your comic, this shouldn't be a problem. People that are just relying on feeds may miss the update though. But I don't think that would be a big issue if your last update on the site was an image saying "Hey! We're moving! Go here now instead!" that clicks through to the new site.

Whether you're willing to buy hosting or if you're looking for a free home will affect what you're looking for. If you rent from a host, you should be able to install the WordPress software on it (if you want to continue to use it). If you're going the cheaper route, there are a lot of options: ComicFury, Comic Genesis, etc. I think there might already be a thread here about different comic hosts, but I can't remember.

Before you buy a domain name for one of the free hosts, you should check if they allow you to set up your own domain. But having a set domain would help clear problems later on if you decide to switch hosts again, since you could make a move and your readers may not notice much more than a bit of downtime.

Since your site isn't very old, it would be better to make these changes now than wait.
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The Hat and Fat



Joined: 12 Apr 2013
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, mindchimera.

That's a lot of good information. And it makes since that now would be the time to make a move. Never thought of it that way.

Thanks a bunch!
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hipopotamo



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would also advice on getting a domain name from a place like NameCheap and direct it to a hosting site like hostGator. Avoid GoDaddy like the plague.

A domain name makes your site more professional-looking, and will also facilitate things if you migrate hosts, since your readers won't notice.

If you are moving out of wordpress.com create a comic page with the info, and also write blog posts telling of your change. Keep the wordpress blog open for a good time, so that people going there have a chance to read about the new location.

I know ComicFury does not allow for your own domain name (at least not for free) but the name is something like yourComic.thecomicseries.com which is not as bad.

It depends on how much you want to work to set up your site. In general, if you install your own wordpress with ComicPress or Easel you should be fine. I believe there are tutorials for migrating those. Else PM and I'll see how I can help.

Cheers from the Hippo


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The Hat and Fat



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

THanks, Hippo.

I've been looking into ComicPress and using Laughing Squid as the server. Anybody know anything about them. Plus, I'm not a very savvy when it comes to web building, how hard is ComicPress? Should I hire a web developer to put up my site?
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