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Create Amazing Photography Websites With Koken

July 8, 2014

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A picture is worth a thousand words, but what’s the use if you can’t show a picture properly. The web is filled with image hosting services, like 500px and Flickr, but sometimes they do not fill your needs. They just seem to lack the freedom you want.

If you are a professional photographer, then you will love what Cloudways has to offer now. Any guesses?

Well, you can now use Koken—one of the most vibrant, customized, compact, and above all user-friendly Content Management Systems (CMSs) for photographers and graphic designers to develop, manage, and maintain a portfolio website for their photographs and pictures.

In case if you are wondering what does Koken mean, well, it’s a Japanese word for stage assistant.

Why Koken?

A very good question indeed! Why would you use Koken instead of something more common like WordPress?

Well, simply put, Koken understands the needs of a photographer. It is very easy. Its administration panel looks like the one you will find in Lightroom. It is not exactly the same, but you can see that its developers—Todd Dominey, Brad Daily and Lauren Smith—have taken design aesthetics from it. (And, they really believe in their CMS as both Todd and Brad has used Koken to build their websites.)

Todd Dominey’s Website – Photos

Why Koken is good?

Through Koken, you can create an enticing website for your exciting photos, even though you might have poor knowledge of HTML and CSS. The great thing is its fully responsive. This means the administration panel adapts to the screen size of a user.

Todd Dominey’s Website – Mobile View

It comes with eight pre-installed themes. So, if you do not agree with the default one, you have seven other options to choose from. Moreover, you can also change or customize a built-in Koken theme via the Lens Template Framework.

Koken allows you to upload and assemble photos and videos into smart albums and show them on your website.

Koken Administration Panel

Koken Administration Panel

It also gives you the opportunity to enter a title, description, and tag your photos, thus managing your metadata without any hassle. If you want to keep your photos private, or want to share them with public, you can do this easily with Koken. It also helps you customize and manage copyrights and watermarks on your photographs.

Additionally, you can create and maintain a blog apart from the images. These blogposts are called “Essays”. With the option to customize photos and edit essays, you are surely going to enjoy Koken as the premium choice for your website.

Todd Dominey’s Website – Essays

Koken has emerged out as the most sought-after software for professional photographers. Thanks to Lightroom publishing service plugin, they sync their Collections directly to Koken and create albums. Any title, tags, and description that you put in Lightroom are readily recognized by Koken. Once recognized, the metadata is duly updated for these images. Plus, if you have updated any image present inside the Koken Publishing Service Collection, Lightroom notifies you to update it for your website. When you republish, the latest version overwrites the previous one and your website is updated in a few clicks.

Well, Koken seems like a full fledged solution for creating photography websites, you need to understand that it is still in its beta phase. So it’s better to keep a backup on a timely basis. Having said that, Koken has made good strides and continues to be the excellent choice for photographers and graphic designers alike.


Now, here’s the exciting part. Recently, a large-scale Koken hosting provider suddenly discontinued their services. We observed that many Koken users were not happy about this. So, at Cloudways, we decided to put this opportunity to good use. All Koken users are invited to test our super-speedy cloud hosting platform where they can deploy Koken servers within 7 minutes.

For a limited time period, we are giving away FREE MIGRATIONS. We hope to see you soon on Cloudways! 🙂

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Saad Durrani

Saad is the Senior Editor at Cloudways - A Managed Cloud Hosting Platform. He is a technology enthusiast who loves to blog about emerging technologies and trends. When he is not blogging, he goes to the beach to find inspiration for his fictional stories.

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