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Title: Floppity
Post by: FloppityKat on April 16, 2007, 01:22:17 pm
Username: Floppitycomics

E-Mail: floppitycomics AT gmail DOT com

Site Description:

A weekly-updating comic which follows a bunny named Combo and his chibi clone as they traverse dimensions after coming across a time-splitting vortex. They must find their way back to home before they're lost forever, and uncover the secrets behind the vortex itself.

Floppity has been hosted on Comic Genesis since October of 2006, the current site can be found here:

Title: Floppity
Post by: fesworks on April 16, 2007, 04:53:59 pm
I've been watching this strip for a while. Started off kinda everywhere, but the recent plot has been pretty interesting, and I'm very curious to see where it goes.

Is the HTML all done yourself, without templates (I have no idea how CG works :/) Because I know someone is bound to ask that question :P

You've been a consistant updater, along with great artwork!

Well, good luck with the App!
Title: Floppity
Post by: FloppityKat on April 16, 2007, 06:28:01 pm
Yeah that fantastic HTML was all me! lol I've been trying to figure out why the Dailytemplate.html file (where the archived strips are) won't allow me to have the same buttons and background as the indextemplate.html (the home page), but no such luck.

As for the early strips, I didn't have a solid storyline to go with so yeah it was pretty all over the place. The First story arc started in January, the next one will be coming along shortly.
Title: Floppity
Post by: Xepher on April 17, 2007, 02:41:18 am
So far, so good. Take note that there is no comic automation script like CG provides. You'll have to install your own. I usually suggest Walrus or ATP Autosite for that. But short of webdesign, it looks pretty good. "Scott-Bakula-Free" was a funny enough phrase that you've pretty much sold me. Just convince me you won't have problems doing your own website without the template stuff CG provides.

On a side note, what's up with all the Canadians? :-)
Title: Floppity
Post by: FloppityKat on April 18, 2007, 02:08:28 pm
Hmmm, I'm certain that it wouldn't be a problem if there was some kind of tutorial or guide that could give me insight into how things work on Xepher. Is there anything like that kickin' around?
Title: Floppity
Post by: fesworks on April 18, 2007, 02:20:34 pm
Basically you need an FTP program to upload your homemade HTM files (using like Front Page or something).

One page you'll need to have be a PHP page with some PHP code, but we can help you with that.

Basically Xepher works by holding your stuff online. You upload everything with a FTP progam (which are easy to find). You just need a basic knowledge of making an HTM file.
Title: Floppity
Post by: griever on April 18, 2007, 02:21:41 pm
Databits wrote a helpful guide on how to upload things: http://xepher.net/forum/viewtopic.php?id=315

Other than that, http://www.w3.org/ can teach you all the HTML and stuff, or you can get a content management system and follow their directions on how to set things up.
Title: Floppity
Post by: jekkal on April 22, 2007, 01:59:04 am
Learn a little PHP beyond what you need, but only because PHP just makes the 'little things' about your website that much simpler. Once I saw how powerful a few PHP files could be, I was sold.
Title: Floppity
Post by: FloppityKat on May 03, 2007, 07:06:02 pm
Okay thanks for the advice! I've got some things to deal with in the coming months (moving across the country), and I don't see myself having the time to spend on this like I thought I would. May I come back when I can devote my full attention to it?
Title: Floppity
Post by: Xepher on May 03, 2007, 10:31:48 pm
Sure, you can always reapply later.
Title: Re: Floppity
Post by: FloppityKat on October 13, 2007, 06:55:06 am
Okay, I'm back and Floppity is relatively the same. However, there will be one-shot comics instead of storylines. Not sure what is involved with re-applying, so I'm here to say that I'm ready if Xepher will have me.

Title: Re: Floppity
Post by: griever on October 13, 2007, 11:13:29 am
Well, applications (and possibly reapplications...I don't know) are closed for right now and then there's this nice new server thing in the works.  Plus, Xepher's in India.  It might be a while, I'm guessing, so sit around and chew the fat. ^_^

Are you planning on using a CMS or will you be handcoding all your pages?  Or, in the few months between, did you learn PHP?  Just curious because that's where the last application left off at.
Title: Re: Floppity
Post by: fesworks on October 14, 2007, 01:33:33 pm
Well, you really only needed ONE php page and that's the index... but with the new server, that may not even be needed anymore.

if so, I can always make her a page or help her out... if she'd want :P
Title: Re: Floppity
Post by: FloppityKat on October 15, 2007, 01:55:25 am
A few people have offered to help out with the PHP. If Fes would do it, I'd be cool with that ^_^
Title: Re: Floppity
Post by: Xepher on December 07, 2007, 08:38:58 pm
Any interest still on this application?
Title: Re: Floppity
Post by: FloppityKat on December 08, 2007, 07:03:50 am
Yessum!  ^_^
Title: Re: Floppity
Post by: Xepher on December 09, 2007, 12:35:51 am
Right then, well did we ever get an answer from you about the site design stuff? That is, the bit where there's no script or tools to help people create sites here, so you need to be able to do that on your own.
Title: Re: Floppity
Post by: FloppityKat on December 10, 2007, 04:33:14 am
I've got basic experience with HTML as well as at least three people willing to help (a programmer friend, Fesworks and Mat Sherer). For archiving, will I have to make a separate page for each comic? I imagine it's not like comic genesis in that respect as well. It's not a problem if that's the case, I was just wondering if there was an easier way than individual pages.

Also, how long would I have to work on setting the site up? I work full time so it might take me a couple of weeks.

Thanks ^_^
Title: Re: Floppity
Post by: Desh on December 10, 2007, 04:40:16 am
Xepher's very nice, including on setup.  I think I saw some random number saying he'd like some progress within two weeks.

Edit, found "Following this, you will have two weeks to get your site up and running." in the Instructions (Read Before Posting!).

As to individual pages, you could use a comic archive php script like Walrus (http://www.walrusphp.com/).  You'll just get a messier url (with index.php?date=... or something).
Title: Re: Floppity
Post by: Xepher on December 10, 2007, 01:20:19 pm
That's what makes me a tad hesitant... I think you're not realizing just how "manual" things are here. You can have seperate pages for each comic, or you can write a script that does it for you, or you can install some other script (like walrus) to do it for you. You CAN do it however you want, but you have to be ABLE to do it. Nothing here does ANY of that for you... you just copy whatever website you've made to the server... that's the extent of xepher.net's involvement in your site design. However, if Fes (and others) have agreed to help you, then you should be able to get through it.

As for time... I generally like to see people putting something up within 2 weeks, it doesn't have to be some perfect, final version or anything though. Since you should be able to design 90% of your site before you even get accepted, I didn't think that was too harsh. I am rather lenient on this however, and the reality is I just want to know you're working on it.

Desh: As for the "messier" URL, see the thread on Cleaning Up URLs (http://xepher.net/forum/index.php?topic=645.0)

Fes: Are you still going to help out here? I'm just double-checking, since the earlier mention of it was months ago.
Title: Re: Floppity
Post by: fesworks on December 11, 2007, 02:11:54 am
Yea, I'd totally help her out if she's still interested :)
Title: Re: Floppity
Post by: Xepher on December 11, 2007, 03:31:48 am
Alright, you're in. You should have an email with login info.
Title: Re: Floppity
Post by: FloppityKat on December 11, 2007, 07:55:30 am
Wow, thank you! Most of my site is pretty much done already, I just have to make some alterations and exclude the comic genesis stuff. Once I get past the first little bit I'm sure all will be well. I'll contact you if I get really stuck.

Thank you again.
Title: Re: Floppity
Post by: FloppityKat on December 15, 2007, 12:04:40 am
Just a quick note, I got the basics up there now. I'll be adding pages and buttons as I go. ^_^
Title: Re: Floppity
Post by: cha0s on December 15, 2007, 07:36:14 am
oh so cute
Title: Re: Floppity
Post by: Xepher on December 15, 2007, 09:17:26 am
And you might want to use the banner/box exchange program... (that's the rotating image site ads you see on http://xepher.net/ ) See http://xepher.net/help.php for more info on that.