I just received an email that Time Warner Cable will kill the free web site I have with them at the end of the month. I’ve had this web site for a long time, through three ISPs. Why are they doing this, they didn’t say. I believe they have to eliminate all freebies so Comcast can report good financial numbers next quarter. Comcast is buying Time Warner Cable and Comcast debt will increase, big time. To pay the interest on the new debt’s loan and still report an increase in profit Comcast will have to cuts out everything it can from the cable service while keeping the price the same (less service same price). Does the storage requirements for a web sites cost that much. I don’t think so, Google offers ton of free cloud storage for gmail accounts and other companies offer free storage to. Does it matter? Not so much for the web sites. People don’t use personnel web sites like they have in the past. Now people use FaceBook pages or use a web site hosting service. Even Blogs are declining in popularity. But this could be a warning that new fees are coming for things that use to be free. The end result is some people at Time Warner Cable will get an unreal amount of money while the customer will get less. Is this unique to Comcast? No, Union bank bought out Santa Barbara bank and simple things have been stopped. My mother still complains that they no longer print pictures of checks on the monthly bank statements and if the computer is ever hacked or crashes she will not have a record that bills were paid. How much could it cost to print the pictures of cashed checks on the statement? If Union bank wants to act like a major bank then their customers could end up going to a small bank that will go the extra distance to give them simple things that they want. Time to call up Verizon and see if I can get a good rate on plain internet service. Write on.
When I started this Blog for a Webcomic I wanted nothing between a new reader and the Webcomic. No splash page, no adds, no pop ups. I also wanted a simple easy to remember URL or web site address. I built a web domain name (which is part of the URL) and obtained domain hosting for a web page. I named the WEB page/site/domain for the location where the comic takes place. This web site transfers the reader to the WordPress site for the web comic so the URL doesn’t need a /wp after the domain name. The transfer is very fast.
You can get a domain name from many companies. Most of the companies will also sell you hosting. Shop around. You can ask other Webcomic authors where they get their services. I get my hosting and domain names from register4less.com. They are located in Canada. The service desk has answered my questions quickly and I have asked them a bunch of questions. I use them to support another Webcomic “userfriendly.org” by Illiad. Hey Webcomic creators should support each other. Is this the best hosting service? No, that would depend on you and your coding ability. Look for reviews of any hosting service before you go with them. register4less.com is banner-free so that’s a big plus for me. Monthly and yearly charges vary all over the place. I pay extra for e-mail capability for all my WEB sites so be aware of extra charges. You can move a domain from one hosting service to another if the hosting service doesn’t work out or changes after you get a domain name. Make sure the domain and hosting service allow you to move domain names. Side note, Illad the creator of the webcomic userfriendly has a major project going on and has been running old comics on the userfriendly site. I wish him the best of luck and can’t wait for him to start running new comics.
The web site, not the WordPress site, has several pages. The pages are not active yet. The code for the additional pages is like hot, shaken, nitroglycerin. They blow up all the time. I’ll get the code fixed one of these days but I got a comic to write. I am planning to have the ability to jump from the WordPress site to the different pages of the first web site. This should keep the response time of the WordPress site very fast.
This is my blog, this is my journey. I started this blog site to showcase my Webcomic. To help build the blog I purchased “The Webcomic Handbook” by Brad Guigar. Brad does the Evil Inc. webcomic at evil-inc.com. The handbook recommends using WordPress and the Comic Easel theme. Unfortunately the Comic Easel theme has been replaced by the ComicPress theme. The good news is ComicPress is set up so that you don’t have to use Child Themes. Child themes are an attempt (that doesn’t always work) to save from having to re-enter information into a theme when WordPress updates or the theme updates and both WordPress and ComicPress have updated several times in the last couple of months. The bad news is I can’t find decent instructions on how to use ComicPress. I don’t have time to do what I have to do during the day and write stories and work with an artist to get page drawn (I’m not a good artist) at night. Over and over again I’ve found that by the time I learn enough about some piece of software they change the program or language and you have lean a whole bunch of new programming methods. So far I have pushed buttons and got the blog to work somewhat and I haven’t locked up the server yet. I still can not figure out things or find a place where it explains what to do. If you haven’t noticed when you go to this site you go to a web page that redirects you to this site on Wordpress. If WordPress goes down, gets hacked, or I hose the theme beyond recognition I have HTML and CSS code I could drop into the web site page to have something up, it will be crude but there will be something on the web page. It would mean hand entering changes to images and text (a lot of work) till WordPress gets back on line but the site would still work. Still looking for help with ComicPress without spending days, weeks, months or even years learning programming.