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What Comic Management System (CMS) do you use?

I'm just wondering what CMSes you use out there in Internet land to publish your comics.

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I created my own called PanelFlow. It's a Flash/PHP/Mysql system. I wanted to make something that was very simple to install and customize as well as loaded with features. I originally coded it for my own comics, but I just released it as a beta to the public. Check it out, One of my favorite parts of it, is the syndication code that you can paste into any site to display the most current page of your comic. Very handy for managing one comic in many different locations.

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Over the life of my strip, I've gone from hand-coded HTML, to ComicGallery with a static front page, to a heavily-modified version of ComicGallery with such features as Random Strip, automatic date calculation based on the filename, and integrated comments. Right now, if there's no newspost for a given day, it doesn't show anything. Once I get that fixed, I plan on making it publicly available.

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I'm using Comikaze.
I guess my hosting package is wonky, since I had trouble installing and tweaking comic press, so, I tried this one. It installed in a few minutes without a single glitch (which is good, since I have no idea how would I deal with a a glitch in php), and still runs great.

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I used iStrip for a few months, then switched to Wordpress back in '05. I don't think ComicPress was available when I started so I wrote my own templates.... since I run four "categories" of comics I needed something flexible enough to handle whatever I wanted to do with it. Even wrote/heavily modified a plug-in for the single page navigation. Although it's not in the easiest to follow status I'd be willing to share my multi-category navigation and templates with anyone who needed them.

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Untill last spring I used a script of my own. Then I wanted to add more features, but never found the time. Not with keeping my job and relationship and doing the comic.

I went over to using Comicpress. So far I'm happy with it. Now I'm trying to add a gallery plugin. I test drove AWSOM gallery, but the latest version doesn't seem to work in my setup. Any good ideas?

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I used to use iStrip. It was wonderful for quite some time, but then I wrote my own. Comic Dish is the system, and it's open for anyone to use.

If I hadn't written that, though, and was dead set against using Smackjeeves or Drunk Duck (which I'm not), then I'd probably still be using iStrip.

It really, in my opinion, comes down to what features you want and what kind of control you want. I honestly find that most hosts out there give you enough flexibility with your site and have the added benefit of having a bulit-in audience that makes up for the fact that you aren't hosting it in your own webspace.

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I switched to the WordPress and ComicPress combo and am extremely happy. Now I'm learning a little theme-making so I can make it sit up and beg.

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glych's picture

I can currently writing my own custom system. The current system on my site is good ol' HTML.




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Xaviar Xerexes's picture

Just curious - how come? What are you writing it in?


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Oh yeah... this place is called ComixTalk now.

I run this place! Tip the piano player on the way out.

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I am using drupal, the same thing they seem to be using here on comixtalk.

Its super-good and there all sorts of modules and addons you can get to extend it's core functionality.

It takes a bit of work and (basic) php knowledge to make it not look like a 'drupal site', but it really is the most powerful and flexible thing I've found so far.


Ruby on Rails webcomic CMS

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I rolled my own CMS using Ruby on Rails and I'm very happy with the results, especially the built in page-caching. I'm slowly working on refactoring it so I can release it publicly for people who are interested.

Would people be interested in a Rails webcomic CMS?

A very nifty little php

A very nifty little php script. A friend of mine made it initially, then i tweaked around it for a bit. The result is quite satisfying, i just need to finish the (new)design.

What it does is search the proper folder for .jpg images and display them. I've been trying a lot of crap ( like Joomla, CUSP, Wordpress) over time, but there was just too much crap i didn't need and actually bothered me.


A nice thing about this actual script is that, if i need to backup stuff or change the server ( as i recently did ), all i have to do is take it from one place and move it to the other. No problems at all.

Oh yeah, the info/news at the bottom of each strip is displayed from a html, by line number. If the strip displayed is 130, for instance, it'll display whatever text there is on the 130th line in that html.


I started off using CUSP,

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I started off using CUSP, but I became frustrated when I wanted to make some changes for including Project Wonderful code to my site. I'm sure it can be done, but after spending quite a bit of time on it I still didn't get anywhere. The lack of official and unofficial support for it is evident, though you can find some people still using it and they might be able to help if you ask nicely enough.

But, for my money, if you can run CUSP on your servers/host, you can run wordpress, using the new comicpress 2.0 theme and setup too. As a hosting system, it's flexible and packed with most of the features you'll need and there are plenty of widgets and plugins to help you expand your site in terms of functionality.

There isn't really much that CUSP (and even IStrip) can offer in terms of competition, so even if you are willing to put in the extra work sorting it out, you'll get little in return.

I hope this helps.


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The article you are referring to, I stumbled on a few days ago. I really was interested in both CUSP and I-strip but both are outdated and it's hard to figure out anything beyond what was left to figure out for yourself. Is there any tips you can give on installing or are they just be outdated??

I use the comicpress theme

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I use the comicpress theme and wordpress... though I have tried quite a few in my time such as CUSP and Istrip...


I'm writing an article on them (and webcomic hosts in general) that you can find here:


There are links to most of the common CMS along with my general opinions of them. I hope it helps.

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I rolled my own. I've been using a hacked-together collection of scripts for five years, but have recently switched to Wordpress. At first I was using ComicPress, Tyler Martin's excellent theme for getting Wordpress to do comics, but now I've hacked it so much I figured I'd release it... so I did so. You can find my WordPress plugin, stripShow, at