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What is The Grawlix CMS?
Product Site: www.getgrawlix.com/
Type: Content Management System for Comics
License: MIT Open Source
Tech Level: Intermediate
For Use With: Personal Domain & Hosting
A while back, we went over different options for hosting your own webcomic
. One of the comics-central CMS (content management system) options we mentioned was the soon-to-be-launched Grawlix.
Well, good news, everyone! The Grawlix CMS is now available
. Grawlix is brand new, but the 1.0 release works well. If you're an intermediate user with experience hosting your own website, Grawlix is a lightweight and effective content management system for your webcomic.
Who’s behind The Grawlix CMS?
The powerhouse developers behind The Grawlix CMS are Ben Gremillion and Cherie Benoit. While testing the software, I communicated with them to share impressions and tech issues. They were communicative, helpful, and patient, especially with technological and installation concerns.
Grawlix 1.0 is also made possible through the support and help of nice folks like Jeff Laclede
(Grawlix user, designer of site mascot) and Brad Guigar
My thoughts on The Grawlix CMS
I recommend Grawlix 1.0 to someone who has some technical experience with running their own website.
If you’re unfamiliar with manually installing software such as WordPress, getting started with The Grawlix CMS might be a little alien to you. I recommend reading the documentation
There’s also a support forum
which you can use to communicate with the developers and other users.
Setting up The Grawlix CMS was fairly straightforward – though in the version I tested, the installer required that I edit the configuration file myself. The code was provided after I entered my database credentials, so it’s an easy step!
Once installed, the CMS runs pretty smoothly. I found the the system to be lightweight and intuitive. I tested it in a variety of environments, and found that the following conditions worked best:
1. A server running cPanel (Linux and Apache)
2. PHP 5.3 or newer
Not every webhost will be able to support this set-up. If you don’t know what your webhost’s capabilities are, consult them and see what options are available to you.
Other platforms I tested were using IIS with PHP 5.3, and a Parallels-based system with Apache and nginx. Neither of those worked particularly well and required tinkering on the server to get it working better.
All in all, I like the Grawlix CMS. It seems like a promising alternative to some of the other Comic CMSes out there. If you’re looking to start a new comic, consider giving it a shot!
And by the way - you can support this project on Patreon