Static pages

A “static page” holds information that doesn’t belong to your comic’s story. Rather, these pages hold information about the site itself. For example:

  • About the artist
  • FAQ
  • Cast list

… are examples of static pages. By comparison, comic pages hold images that make up your comic and appear in the archives.

Content blocks

A “content block” is a unit of information, like an individual bio on the cast page or a question/answer pair on the FAQ page. Each content block can optionally have a title, image, URL to another page or site, and the content itself, usually in HTML or Markdown.

Each static page has layout options that make laying out its content blocks a snap.

Page types

In building the Grawlix CMS we discovered that most static pages fit into two categories: “text” and “list.” Common ones include:

Text

Text pages have one block of content.

  • Welcome, new readers: Usually an intro to the story, its history and sometimes characters.
  • About the comic: A slightly different welcome, often more story-centric.
  • About the artist: Bio, mission statement, how you got started, etc.
  • 404 “not found” error: A required page that appears if people find an invalid link.

List

List pages have one many blocks of repeating content.

  • Cast of characters: A list of people in the story, complete with names, bios and pics.
  • Links to other sites: Let people visit other comics that you yourself enjoy.
  • Frequently asked questions: A list of answers you get tired of telling everyone.

Wrap up

  • Static pages contain information about the site or webcomic at large.
  • Unlike comic pages, static pages do not appear in the archives or have markers.
  • Static pages are made of one or more content block(s).
  • Patterns” control the HTML of a static page’s content blocks.

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