a Koken Backup plugin would be extremely awesome. Support for WebDAV, (S)FTP, Mega, Dropbox and AWS Glacier would be very nice.
A backup plugin is what I've been waiting for years now. It's not good enough to duplicate the database or download it. I had issues with koken before and lost huge chunks of my website (mostly text disappearing from pages/essays/captions) because there is no proper way to back it up.
Yes, please create this plugin! I would be happy to shell out the dough for this.
However ... what data this plugin would/should backup?
Files, DB, tables, ... etc pp?
Never mind, I switched back to WordPress and the Imagely gallery plugin. I use BackupBuddy to back everything up, but since it's wordpress there are probably a gazillion of other methods and plugins.
Good choice, Fermin! 👍
It's a pity, really. Koken had such great potential. But the apparent lack of innovation, things like search and backup (basics) missing and seemingly never really part of the concept ... I had big hopes for it, but ultimately it looks like I'm better off with what I have now. I had to put in a few hours to get it all up and running, but now it works like a charm.
I'm also in the process of switching away... it just doesn't make sense for me to use a sub-par CMS that's glitchy missing modern and basic features.
Seriously? You left Koken because they didn't make a backup plugin? Sure, I wish some company would write an integrated, one-click backup plugin for Koken too, but WordPress is such a hot mess when it comes to being a true CMS. It was never actually designed for photography, and it shows. And, trust me – I started with WP, and felt like it was nirvana once Koken arrived.
FWIW, backing up my Koken (or any of my other WP sites) is as easy as setting up my FTP client once for the content which then becomes a one-click process) and running MySQL Workbench once a week to backup the database. Pretty simple, really.
Have to agree. Backing up isn't some Herculean task; just copy the directory and export the SQL database. But it would still be useful to have this integrated in the Koken admin panel so I don't have to muck about with mariadb or phpmyadmin.
The lack of a built in backup or search function isn't what made me go back to WP/Imagely. It's the fact that such basic things were missing and what that, in my opinion, says about the platform. And also because I wanted a somewhat better blogging experience.
No, that's just 1 of many reasons I am leaving. I run a store associated to my artwork through woocommerce and I'd like to merge everything into one clean site. You can't even put proper links in captions for images on Koken (anymore, they used to work), nor build a more complex menu. I've done so much with Wordpress via plugins, and the modern version definitely supports image galleries much better. Few other things: can't get Koken to SEO well, glitching, cache problems, the bandwidth it uses is ridiculous because it's not optimized.
The main reason I am leaving is because Koken is just never stable and I spend more time fixing database and update errors than actually working on my site. As for the SQL backup, yeah that works okay... until it doesn't and the database has broken link so half of your text pages get deleted, or your tags, or captions, or links to images corrupt. Once my site was down for an entire month and I had to get my dad (programmer/engineer) to try fix the issue because the developers couldn't figure it out, and he only has a very simplistic understanding on MySQL databases. I've had to reinstall the CMS multiple times...
I guess it depends on the complexity of what you're trying to do, and Koken is fine for a simple portfolio site with a limited amount of albums or blogging at present. You really have to nuke a server from orbit at this point to break a Wordpress site in 2017. I've had a handful of Wordpress sites in the past and never had such a horrible time dealing with a CMS, and I can't wait around forever for Koken to catch up in functionality and stability.
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