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Glossary of terms

Glossary of terms

Last Updated: Dec 09, 2014 03:58PM EST

This document is an alphabetical reference for all the terminology Koken uses in its console and documentation. If you aren't sure what something means, chances are it's on this list.

Administrator (or Publisher)

The individual with login access to Koken.


Albums are created in the Library to group uploaded images and videos together.


An API is a gateway web developers use to access data through a separate application.


Refers to the internal, temporary image and data directory created by the Koken console on your server for site optimization purposes.


A caption is descriptive text (typically a paragraph) assigned to an image or video in the Library.


Categories group related content together under a particular topic. Categories are created and edited when editing albums, sets, images, videos and essays.


Collection refers to the albums and sets that may be created in the Library.


Anytime you see the word "console" we're referring to Koken's administrative console (the app itself).


Content usually refers to images and videos uploaded to the Library. Sometimes the word is used to describe assets managed by application, but most of the time it refers to the former.


Draft means something that has been saved but not published to a live web site. The Site interface provides a "Draft history" utility that saves theme edits any time a theme is changed.


Essays are written entries created in the Text area of the console. They are typically topical in nature, like blog posts.


EXIF data is embedded in photos by cameras. It contains technical information about an image, including camera model, lens used, aperture, shutter speed, and more. Koken reads, saves and uses this metadata in a variety of ways.


Favorites are Library images and videos that have been marked by a publisher as a personal favorite.


Featured items are Library images, videos or albums a publisher has decided to prominently feature on their web site (assuming their site theme displays featured content).


FFmpeg is a third party video processing software used by Koken to generate thumbnail images from uploaded videos.


GD is the name of a photo processing library used by Koken. It is a third party software product installed by most web hosting providers.


ImageMagick is the name of a photo processing library used by Koken. It is a third party software product installed by most web hosting providers.


IPTC is photo metadata created by a photographer. It is typically used by news and commercial photographers to embed information like the photographer's name, caption, copyright, etc. Koken reads, saves and uses this metadata in a variety of ways.


Lens is the name of our theme markup language and templates.


The area of Koken's console where images and videos are uploaded and organized.


Licenses are assigned to images/videos in the Library. They dictate the legal terms for the item.


Template built-in to Koken for presenting photos and videos in a full screen viewing environment.


Refers to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, the desktop image management software sold by Adobe.


An add-on component that extends the core functionality of Koken with additional features.


Pulse is the name of our built-in, customizable slideshow player.

Quick collection

A collection offered by the Library to temporarily group content together. Think of it as a shelf to place items you're working on (editing metadata, etc). The contents of the Quick collection are not published to your live site.


Also known as "Adaptive" or "Fluid", the term "Responsive" refers to a web design technique where page layouts adapt to the dimensions of the screen viewing the page.


High resolution screens developed by Apple for their iPhones, iPads and a growing number of other hardware. Non-Apple hardware with high resolution screens commonly refer to this as HiDPI.


Sets group together albums and are created in the Library.


Settings can mean different things depending on the context. "Settings" is the area inside Koken's console where you edit the application's core functionality, as well as enable/disable plugins. When spoken of in the context of the Site editor, "Settings" refers to a theme's settings.


When you see the word "Site" with a capital S, we're referring to the Site section of the Koken console (where your web site is edited, themes are selected, etc).


A slug is a content title or filename that appears at the end of a site URL. Slugs are automatically generated by Koken but may be edited thereafter however you like.

Example link:

The slug for this link is "image-title".


When mentioning the "Store" we're referring to the Koken Store, our marketplace for Koken themes, plugins and add-ons. The Store may be accessed from inside Koken by clicking the Store link in the primary navigation.


Tags are descriptive keywords assigned to essays, uploaded images/videos, albums, and sets. They provide a means to create context between content managed by Koken.


A theme is package of files that is used to publish a site.


Refers to the timeline.lens template some themes include. The template displays a unified list of all your most recently published content on a single page.


Topics are created when editing an Essay. They form a symbolic link between an Essay and an Album in the Library.


The area not-quite-deleted content goes to in the Library. Items added or moved to the Trash may be restored or deleted permanently.


An "unlisted" item is an image, video, album or set that may only be viewed on your Koken web site through a private url. This is controlled through the item's "Visibility" property in the Library. For more information see this overview.


Template markup that is used to publish simple data like album titles and descriptions. See variables for more info.


Visibility controls whether an album, set, image or video in the Library can be viewed on your web site. "Public" means it can be seen by anyone, including search engines. "Unlisted" publishes the content on your site but at a secret url for you to share with others. "Private" means the content is only viewable by you inside the Library.
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