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What is The Grawlix CMS?

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Type: Content Management System for Comics
Price: FREE
License: MIT Open Source
Tech Level: Intermediate
For Use With: Personal Domain & Hosting
Recommended? Yes

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 (consultant).

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
3.    MySQL

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!
:iconkabocha: kabocha

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Zumiex Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
How does it compare to wordpress/comicpress in features? I kind of want to like- get away from wordpress it's like the firefox of CMSes, it gets slower and slower the more you add to it x.x;
Ashikai Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mmm hard to say. It's still in beta and it changes frequently. We'll have to wait for a stable release to be able to properly compare them.
kabocha Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, in comparison...  It didn't have scheduling when I tested, but depending on how you did things in ComicPress, that was something that was easiest to achieve with the ComicPress companion plugin.

Otherwise, it allows for multi-page uploads and is pretty responsive.  It doesn't have a whole lot yet in terms of themes, but hopefully that'll come soon. :D
I know in the first demo, there was a feature where it let you alter the colors in the structure of the website, which could vary from page to page.  That was neat, but ultimately removed to let people work more with CSS independently.

If you have a wishlist of features you'd like to see in Grawlix, you might want to reach out to the developers and see what they can do in future releases!  They're both pretty cool!
LOOMcomics Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for this!
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