Rogue Animal

WordPress book publishing platform with BuddyPress integration

We’ve created an online community for creative minds

Established in 2019, Rogue Animal are an independent online book and comic publishing platform for indie authors.

After witnessing for themselves, the level of frustration amongst self-published authors of traditional novels and graphic novelists/comic artists; they decided to create a new online platform to give promotion to good-quality indie authors.

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The brief

The client had an old Wix website that looked very plain and had very limited functionality. They came to Creative Cactus with the need for a more complex website that could offer much more and become a proper online book and comic publishing platform.

We decided with the client to buld the new website in two stages. The first stage of the project was to build a community of authors with active pieces of work (books and comics) on the website. And then, once the website was generating traffic and had an active community; stage 2 will be to add the ability to sell books and comics on the website, and to include advertising to start generating some income.

Some of the requirements for stage 1 of the project included the ability for authors to sign up to the platform, create and edit their own member profiles, uploads/submit their own peices of work (books and comics), for authors to have the ability to follow each other like on social media platforms, the ability to categorise books and comics, to include a ‘Like’ feature so that people can ‘like’ pieces of work.

As for the look of the new website, the client said that they wanted it to be modern, colourful and eye-catching.

The result

The final result was a success. The client said that it was exactly what they imagined, and more! The client also had great feedback from the authors using the new platform.

We decided on a bright colour pallet for the brand and made the whole website very colourful and eye-catching.

We managed to include all the functionality they required for stage 1 of the project. For the social community requirements of the website, we decided to integrate it with BuddyPress. BuddyPress is a plugin for WordPress that helps you build a community website with member profiles, activity streams, user groups, messaging, and more.

The new platform now has a fairly large active community of authors, with lots of books and comics to read. We found out from the client that the new website was generating much more traffic than their old website, and that some of their books/comics were getting thousands of views!

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