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Last Updated: Nov 24, 2014 10:40AM EST

RSS feeds syndicate site updates so visitors may subscribe to published content. They also provide site publishers with a convenient way to push content to social networks and elsewhere. We'll offer tips on the latter in a bit, but for now let's look at the feeds.

Available RSS feeds

Koken automatically publishes the following RSS feeds:

  • Essays ( — The latest published essays.
  • Content ( — The latest public images and videos uploaded.
  • Timeline ( — The latest public images, videos, albums and essays.
  • Albums ( — The latest public images and videos added to the album matching album-id.

Adding RSS feeds

Koken provides the Essays, Content and Timeline RSS feeds as linkable options when adding links to your site navigation (see below). This will publish a navigation link that points directly to each feed's recent.rss file.

Syndicating your content

There are a number of free services out there that will monitor RSS feed updates then syndicate their content elsewhere. We like IFTTT (which stands for "if this then that") for its constantly evolving collection of publishing options ("recipes") and ease of use.

To give syndication a try, we recommend signing-up for a free account at IFTTT then browsing their most popular RSS recipes. There's all kinds of things you can do, including posting site updates to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Blogger, email, etc. When setting up a recipe you'll need to enter an RSS feed's url, which you can find trough the paths displayed at the beginning of this article or by temporarily adding the Essays / Content feeds to your site navigation then right-clicking on the added links to copy their direct url.

Publishing RSS feeds in templates

If you're designing your own site theme you may add links using the following variables: {{ rss.essays }}, {{ rss.content }}, {{ rss.timeline }} and {{ album.rss }}. All publish a url to the feed's recent.rss file.

{{ rss.essays }}, {{ rss.content }} and {{ rss.timeline }} are global and may be used in any template. {{ album.rss }} may only be used in the album.lens template or when loading an album directly.
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