Normally, I build my site using either Bootstrap or WordPress – but – I fancied a change. Something that grabbed my attention with Koken CMS – Billed as “Creative WebSite Publishing” the CMS (Content Management System) was built for photographers and other creatives – I figure it would look good on, my vanity project / arts portfolio.

Your images are your most important asset. Koken treats them with the attention they deserve by including a full-featured management interface that looks and feels like a desktop application.

… is what the Koken website says about the CMS. I believe it to be true. To see the back end of the site, please head over to this link where you will be able to download the .zip file for your own use.

Koken also offers –

  1. Responsive media ~ Koken publishes responsive images, videos and slideshows that automatically adapt to changes in page layouts. Images are intelligently published at just the right size for optimum quality and speed on every screen.
  2. Retina photo quality ~ Koken automatically publishes images at twice their normal quality and clarity when viewed on Retina (HiDPI) displays like the iPad.
  3. Designer friendly markup ~ General HTML experience is enough to build a theme using our Lens theme framework. Lens template tags look and feel like regular HTML.

Yes, it is fairly limited as to how you get the site to look – there are limited options on that front, but it is a good place to start. I do not actively blog (regularly) for my arts site – so if you are after a good CMS to allow your portfolio to show itself of, I recommend Koken.

As I say on

I’m currently based in Harrogate North Yorkshire. I work with a variety of old to new lenses and old to new cameras – sometimes even Toy Cameras. My chosen subject area is that of the Natural World – I try and edit the images in to something representing the superstitious slant on which I view the world. This superstition, unfounded or not, plays a large part in my life.

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