Yola: Comics/Image Navigation Interface?

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I currently run an online comic strip website on Yola with daily updates. My knowledge in writing code is particularly poor and Yola's fantastic interface really really makes things a million times easier for me.

Now that the site is fairly established with good Google rankings (first page!) visitors have suggested improvements, such as the use of Comicpress or a similar interface especially when it comes to archives. Unfortunately, since we're using Yola's free services (not sure if this is different with paid accounts), we cannot.

It would be absolutely fantastic if Yola provides an interface or widget for developers and site visitors to scroll through our comics using navigation buttons (first, previous, next, last, random). This could even be used as a nifty image viewer for photography, art, and other non-comics sites.

Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful service! I'm looking forward to more great things in the future!
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calduckmd

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Sanja, Official Rep

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Hello calduckmd

It is possible to allow people to browse your site by clicking on a "next" link or button on your page, instead of using the automatically generated menu. You can achieve this by using the Yola text and link editors to create this type of navigation for your site.

These are the steps:

1. Create the pages for your site.
2. Click on "Edit menu" (below the page tab) and drag all except your first (main) page "out of the menu".
3. At the bottom of each of your pages, drag and drop a text widget onto your page.
4. Add your link text or image. For example, you could have a link that says "next". You could also include a "first" and "last" link, linking to the first and last pages on your list.
5. Highlight your link text or image and click "insert link" on the text editing toolbar.
6. A dialog box will open up with all the link options. Click on "Page" and you will see a list the pages on your site. Select the one you want to link to.
7. To test that the link is working, save and preview your page.

Repeat this process for all your pages and your visitors will then be able to browse your pages in order by clicking on your "next" links, like flipping through the pages of a book.

We have an excellent tutorial which will step you through the process of creating sub-pages, here is a link: Creating Sub-Pages Tutorial.

I know this isn't the same as the Comicpress interface, but hopefully it might give you a workaround.

If you upgrade to Yola Pro, you do get a lot more flexibility as you are able to upload .js files and .htm files. This opens up a world of possibilities.
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calduckmd

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This is similar to what I already do in the site, though it displays comics by week. However, Making a page for each comic strip day is a long and tedious affair and ultimately will result in a ton of pages. I was hoping for a widget that would go through the images on a single web page.
Thanks for the quick response though! Another reason to love Yola!
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how about something like the slideshow generator here: http://www.ricocheting.com/js/slide2....
You can put in any size image so you could have a page for each comic say for example "Peanuts" then have this slideshow of each strip of Peanuts for a week, or month or however many you have. With this slideshow you can have any size image. See it in action on my site: http://www.wolfmediaplus.com/portfoli... in a small size then see it in a large size here: http://testvillage.yolasite.com/comic...
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calduckmd

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This is definitely more along the lines of what I was looking for! It's crude but it does the job! Hopefully Yola would come up with their own version with better aesthetics and the option to automatically include all images within a specified folder.
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I'm in the process of converting my website to a blog. It seems the blog interface (older post, next post, etc.) is quite handy! Add Sanja's idea above for the First, Last links and I'm pretty much set. You even get a cool Search option which users can utilize to find entries of a certain topic (kinda rare for a comic strip site).

The tough part is entering each and every comic strip as a new blog post, making titles, and creating the tags for search. A big bonus is the RSS feed, which Yola will take care of for you (thank goodness!).

I think this is the best (free) option for comic strip sites for those with minimal coding knowledge and no Comicpress! Thanks again for a wonderful hosting service!