Ok so this isn’t something terribly exciting but sometimes people like to know what CMS (content management system) a website uses or what plugins. I’ve built the odd website in my time, but up until now I’ve used Joomla as the CMS (sort of like the skeleton of a website). There’s another popular CMS called WordPress which I wasn’t as familiar with.
So there’s the easy, familiar Joomla road, or the “there be dragons!” unknown of WordPress. I went for WordPress! I bought a template from Template Monster to get a bit of a head-start with their Power Builder plugin and then I modified the code heaps. There’s still a few customizations to iron out. No wait, that sounds too gentle -smash into shape! I’ve bought lots of Joomla templates from Template Monster in the past and the customer support has been excellent and the templates some of the best I can find. So there you go.
I knew I wanted the latest comic to show on the home page so that was fairly easily achieved with a Slider plugin. The biggest time sink has been how to show the comics in a group. I tried lots of gallery plugins but they didn’t meet my wish-list for social share buttons unless I paid beyond my budget so I’ve set up each comic as a “post” for now. I also wanted to somehow include a bit of rambling text with each comic and where sensible show the drawings that didn’t make the cut for thew final comic or were dropped for a different expression (it happens). I hope to eventually purchase the fancy gallery plugin that has social sharing buttons that float over the image.
I’m using a popular free WordPress plugin called Photo Gallery for the random image section. I’m really liking this plugin. It has a lot of features and so far is proving stable.
Ooh! I want to make a custom 404 page for broken links too!