I guess it may seem somewhat petty to criticize a site that is giving free hosting to comic creators, but I guess when you compare what DD offers to what other free hosts or collectives offer, then it's not so petty. I wonder how many people hosted by DD actually realize how much they are getting ripped off?
DD makes money off you. Are you aware of that? All those ads they display pay not only for the costs of maintaining your site there, but they make MORE off you, and you never see a dime. You actually get slammed down if you complain, because hey, it's free for you!
You may then bring up the point, "Well, I can display Project Wonderful ads and keep all the money, right?" Are you aware that cost-per-thousand-pageviews (CPM) of PW ads are usually under $0.25, if not less, while average market CPM of ads from any other ad network is likely around $2.50? That's ten times more. You make a buck per day? They make ten, off YOUR product.
And let us not forget the new rules: Page dimension limits? Well, I guess you got screwed over if you've got a landscape-style comic, or DARE to use infinite canvas like the pioneering webcomicker you are. And then there's the thing where everyone's customized website just got completely erased, with new limits on design, more ads, and a huge annoying top frame. BUT WAIT. Now you can log in from any site, so it's totally worth it, right?! Umm, no.
Even at ComicGenesis, almost defunct though it is, none of these limits exist. You display ONE ad. Want a commenting system? There's a bunch to choose from, because hey, you can design your own site! Heck, even SmackJeeves gives you more leeway than DD on site design. Then there's places like ComicDish which have NO restrictions. Design anything you want!
What this minirant is bringing me to is an opportunity for any Watchers out there as pissed off as I am about the changes to Drunk Duck, one of the most heavily used webcomic hosting sites. SpiderForest, a webcomic host AND collective, is accepting applications for new members until July 24th. They've (We've) been accepting them since July 1st. We offer free hosting, no site restrictions on dimension or content, no ads, a top rotating banner of fellow comics (gets you lots of cross-traffic from the other sites) and the company of people as serious about making webcomics as you. Already have hosting? Keep it. Don't have hosting? You get a subdomain. Have a domain, want hosting? Peachy. I've been there for quite a few years now, and I've tried out nearly all the webcomic hosting places out there. SF is among the best.Apply to SpiderForest!
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