Cargo 3120: The Making of a Sci-Fi Franchise #11

CARGO3120Entry 11 – Taking on the World Wide Web
by Aaron Walker Sr.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Story So Far starts HERE)

As I said last week, web design was never my thing. I felt I never had an eye for it, nor the patience to learn the process for that matter. But I knew I had to change by attitude toward this task or this was never going to work. That meant doing a ton of research.

We wanted a blog style site with the ability to show the latest webcomic page when a person first accesses the site. We planned to release one page per week, so we needed to be able to queue up content to release on a set schedule.

After a pleasant conversation with a sales rep at GoDaddy.com, she suggested we go with a WordPress web-hosting package, the monthly cost of which was surprisingly affordable. So we signed up. And I have to admit, web design tools have become very user friendly over the last decade or so. And best of all, you need virtually no HTML experience.

Instead of wasting countless hours designing something from scratch, I found a couple of WordPress plug-ins specifically designed for webcomics. It took about two months to tweak the site to where it is now. It’s by no means perfect, but it’s a step in the right direction. We wanted a simple layout that was easy to navigate, and I think we accomplished just that. Judging from the feedback we’ve received thus far, the layout seems to work. If the readers like it, we love it!

Next Week: How important is social media?