Free Webcomics Hosting

I know there are other services out there, but I trust Joey Manley, who’s just announced WCN Free.

Here’s his mission statement:

[I want to] go after the “Flickr and/or LiveJournal and/or Blogger of webcomics” position.

I am aware that, in terms of graphical elegance and user-friendliness, there’s a long way to go to match those services (especially, say, Flickr, which is the best of those 3 for what it does).

I am aware of that.

But the first step is opening up free accounts to the world. That’s the way those services built themselves up. I was going to wait until I had all the fancy-dancy new features set up. I’ve been working on lots of fancy-dancy new features. But then I thought to myself, every second wasted is a second wasted. Go ahead and do it.

Here’s what defines the free accounts:

… the free accounts are exactly like the paid accounts in every way, except:

1. WCN will put ads on the pages. Probably just ads for other WCN comics. Or maybe Project Wonderful ads (which will also, mostly, be ads for other comics — at least until that service breaks wide, which it will). Honestly, I haven’t decided yet. That isn’t the priority for me. It’s definitely there, though, so you need to be aware.

2. WCN Free members can’t put ads on their pages, and they have no access to subscription services or the Swapmeet.

3. WCN Free comics are not advertised and promoted across the Modern Tales/TAC/etc. network of websites.

So hosting and bandwidth are free to WCN Free users, but they have to do more of the promotion work, and if they want to make money, they have to upgrade, like a real business. Sounds fair to me.


2 Responses to “Free Webcomics Hosting”

  1. Troy Says:

    This seems a bit outdated

    for people who are informing themselves:

    There are basically 3 alternatives now:
    – Comicfury.com (webcomic hosting for free and advertisement free)
    – Smackjeeves (has paid subscriptions and ads)
    – Drunkduck.co (lags a lot and ads)

  2. Johanna Says:

    Yeah, it’s definitely outdated — I wrote this over five years ago. Thanks for the update; it’s appreciated.

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