A new design for this website using yet another CMS (Content Management System). For those who don't know a CMS is a software tool that allows you to create, edit, and publish content. This particular CMS is called Koken. So why did I choose Koken?
Well why not? It's free and highly configurable. Down side is it is probably too configurable, I've spent ages trying out different looks and tweaks to the free templates that can be chosen. It's also a bit of a learning curve, but then what isn't? The back end is relatively easy to manage, especially when it comes to uploading and sorting photos, that's very important and an improvement to the last two systems I used, it means the website will be updated more frequently. Meanwhile I've been putting my own stamp on a couple of the free templates, the one you see here is the one I decided worked for me? But is it too many clicks to get to a picture? I'll await feedback on that issue.
Koken was especially designed for photographers and, in my opinion, displays and organises photos quite nicely. Another plus is that I can add Blog posts so it will serve two purposes. I have to admit though that the Blogging platform isn't the best unless you know a bit about CSS and HTML, hence the illustrative picture above, sorting out the float style was a bit of a trial but I got there in the end in the help of a free plug in.
I soon discovered that it was liked by photographers but within a couple of years the creators had decided to sell it. However it was acquired by netobjects who continued to develop it by listening to Koken users. There is also a very good Koken community website who offer support for users. So we'll see how it goes, there will no doubt be a few more tweaks to this website because it's still not perfect and of course it needs to be populated with more photos and blog posts. So watch this space!