What is everyone using?

3 years ago | G.S. Williams (Member)

Howdy y'all.

I have been out of the writing community for awhile now -- Mei Lin Miranda stopped being able to sponsor writing sites, and I've been incredibly busy with church stuff, but I'm hoping for more stability in the new year and thinking about getting back into writing.

What are all the cool kids using as platforms? I need to relaunch "The Surprising Life and Death of Diggory Franklin" and possibly work on some other stuff, but need to know what's out there because I've been out of the game so long. What's the best, most organized, easiest to use, etc? I remember with wordpress and blogger I had to create my own table of contents etc. Did Pages Unbound ever become a thing or did it collapse?

Let me know what's what.

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  1. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I still use Drupal but a) I'm not a cool kid and b) while it's incredibly powerful it's also immensely frustrating. That said, Version 8 (which I'm not using yet) appears to be significantly less immensely frustrating, and it still has the book module. The Book module allows you to structure/nest stories into chapters and subchapters and it will automatically generate a table of contents based on it.

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  2. Sharkerbob (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I use Blogspot, myself, but Wordpress seems to be the most popular around these parts.

  3. Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Wordpress is still pretty common. If you need help, I’ll be able to offer some.

  4. Billy Higgins Peery (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Yeah, the real answer is Wordpress.

    If you’re curious what happened recently with serial platforms: Jukepop recently closed down, Royal Road became a huge thing, and Wattpad is still chugging along. People are also beginning to use Reddit for serials, which has been interesting. I’ve also been intrigued by the people using medium for serials, but none of those have really broken through. People don’t go to medium for serials, which I bet is part of the problem.

    I’d be curious to hear what other platforms people have used. There’s this thing called Radish, but in all honesty I don’t remember much about it.

    "Any number of hitlers, are still not my problem." -Tempest
  5. leoduhvinci (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Depends on what your goals are. I use a few, each for a different purpose. For instance, some places are better for organic growth while other places are better for quality and customization.

    View more from author Leonard Petracci,including fantasy and fiction stories, at https://leonardpetracci.com
  6. G.S. Williams (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Thanks for the feedback, everyone, I will let you know what I get going as soon as I'm up and running. Appreciated.

  7. pattmayne (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I'm not totally sure what you mean. Are you asking about what kind of websites people use? Or what publishing platforms? And, are you hosting your writing on your site?

    I made my site in Flask, but it's probably better just to use WordPress. My ebooks are all on Smashwords and my paperbacks are on Amazon.

    Do you guys charge money for your self-hosted writing? Or do you provide it all for free?

  8. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Free Wordpress & Amazon.

    RoyalRoad was nice when I had a huge backlog and was able to update daily (got far more reviews and new readers than expected). But I'm a slow writer and without backlog I can only manage one update per week, which doesn't work that well on RRL.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  9. Marn (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I use Tumblr, but I'm kind of an outlier! I find it a little easier to customize than Wordpress, probably because I've been on Tumblr for...yikes, like eight years now.

  10. G.S. Williams (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I was just asking about where people post their writing - the standard seems to be Wordpress. I used that back in 2007 but was on Drupal with Meilin Miranda until recently. On tumblr can you do table of contents etc.?

  11. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    pages unbound is dead, yes.

    On the list of sites that are popular, i've been surprised to discover that Radish is immensely popular with the erotica / romance crowd.

  12. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Yeah, but Radish is a one trick pony. You can just forget about finding an audience for any other genre on there. Plus, I find their pricing model to be a bit of a rip-off. They charge so much for individual updates (if readers don't want to wait) that the total sums up to 10-20x the price of the complete book.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/


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