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    Front page displaying a slideshow of featured images and videos.

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    Album page displaying content in a responsive mosaic grid layout.

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    Customization controls for mosaic grids and other layout types.

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    Daily timeline to chronologically view your latest images, videos, albums and essays.

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    Publish essays showcasing your latest portfolio work or inspiration from elsewhere.

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    Fully compatible with all tablets and smartphones.


Axis includes a range of notable features, page layouts and customizable settings.

  • Responsive layout that adapts to all screen sizes and devices.
  • Front page slideshow displaying your featured images and videos.
  • Mosaic grid, list, slideshow and single-day snapshot content page layouts.
  • Minimal navigation option for a persistent mobile menu button across all screens.
  • Timeline displaying your most recently published images, videos, essays and collections.
  • Tag and category templates for browsing archival content.
  • Custom logo support for site title.
  • Featured album and set slideshow template.
  • Social media share buttons for Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Google+.
  • Built-in color schemes.
  • Natural swipe navigation for slideshows when viewed on touch-enabled devices like tablets and smartphones.
  • Customizable colors, typefaces and more.

Updates and support

  • All 2.0 theme updates are free.
  • Fully supported by Koken.

Next: Usage


Axis is customizable through an integrated settings panel that requires no coding or HTML experience. Here we'll cover all the major settings should you choose to make alterations.


Axis is white with black text by default, but you may select other built-in color schemes through the Style dropdown at the top of the Settings panel.


To fine-tune these colors more to your liking, scroll to the bottom of the panel until you reach Color. Editable color swatches are provided here for you to make edits.

Site title

Your site's title at the top may be replaced with a logo. To do so, look for the Site title section in the settings panel, then switch Type to "Image". Create your logo and upload the image file to your web server or elsewhere (people most commonly upload it to a directory on their server via FTP). When finished, enter the image's URL in the Image URL field. Make sure your URL is absolute (http://), not relative (/).

Site title

Underneath the URL field are settings to control the logo's width. "Mobile" assigns a maximum width to your image when displayed on a smartphone while "Regular" controls everything else (tablets, laptops, desktops, etc). Assigning a "Regular" width that's wider than your logo's width won't upscale the logo, but it will downscale logos that are larger. This makes it possible to display higher-resolution logos for Retina/HiDPI screens. To do that, create a logo that's 2x the size you actually need, then set "Regular" to half as wide (e.g., logo is 600px wide, regular width set to 300px). Your logo will look sharper and clearer on these screen types.


Axis' primary navigation appears underneath the title at the top of every page. A footer navigation is also available, though empty by default. You may add links to both navigation groups through the left column in Site.

To edit the navigation's style, look for the Navigation section of the settings panel. At the top is Primary type, which provides two styles of navigation links: "Normal" and "Minimal".

"Normal" (default) displays a horizontal navigation below the site title on all desktops, laptops and tablets. The navigation is removed on smartphones and replaced with a mobile menu button at the top of the page.

"Minimal" removes the default horizontal navigation and persistantly displays the mobile menu instead.



Pages displaying multiple items have configurable options for page layout. These options are offered through the Layout dropdown at the top of the Template panel view.


Which layouts are available depends on which template you're editing. Here's a list of each.

Template Layouts
Album Grid, List, Slideshow
Albums Grid, List
Albums Archive Grid, List
Category Grid, Latest, List
Contents Grid, Latest, List, Slideshow
Contents Archive Grid, Latest, List, Slideshow
Essays Grid, Latest, List
Essays Archive Grid, Latest, List
Favorites Grid, Latest, List, Slideshow
Set Grid, List
Sets Grid, List
Tag Grid, Latest, List
Timeline Grid, Latest, List

Grid - Displays content using a configurable mosaic grid. May adjust the number of columns, spacing, and more. Content also lazy loads as the page is scrolled.

Latest - Displays content as single-day snapshots. Latest published item is presented first with pagination to walk back in time.

List - Displays content across the page in a single, scrollable column. Additional control provided to set the maximum number of items per page.

Slideshow - Displays content as a slideshow.

Slideshow templates

The Home template displays a slideshow of your featured content (assigned in the Library). This is the default front page for your site. Axis includes an alternate Featured albums and sets slideshow template that's pretty much the same as Home except it displays featured albums/sets (also assigned in the Library) instead. The primary covers for each album/set appears in the slideshow. Click on a cover or title underneath and the album/set page will load. You can change the slideshow's click behavior and other properties by hovering the slideshow with your mouse and clicking its edit button at top right.


Pages displaying multiple photos and videos (album, contents, contents archive, favorites) link to Koken's fullscreen lightbox. This keeps the user on the same page instead of loading Axis' content template (where individual images/videos are displayed). This setting is turned on by default, but you may turn it off for individual templates through the Template panel view.

Lightbox toggle

You also have the option of a black or white lightbox style, which is editable through the Theme panel view. In that same section is a slider to control maximum image size should you want to keep images in the lightbox from extending all the way to edge of the browser window and float in the middle instead.

Lightbox color


The Essays page displays all your published essays by recency. All essays are published in their complete form in the "List" and "Latest" layouts, while "Grid" displays featured images and excerpts. If you'd like to use featured images and excerpts in the "List" and "Latest" layouts instead of full essays, click on Template at the top of the settings panel and select "Featured" for Essay type, as shown below.

Essay type

Both types link to the single essay page which displays the full essay.


Those are all the major settings you'll find in Axis. If you have any questions about the theme feel free to contact Koken support.

When you do publish your site, consider sharing it with us! We might include it on this page for others to check out. Simply click on "Examples" in the sub-navigation above and look for the share link box.

Version 2.6.3 Released 2 years ago

  • Fix missing Ratings plugin on contents template.

Version 2.6.2 Released 2 years ago

  • Fix mobile search styling.

Version 2.6.1 Released 2 years ago

  • Added support for Google reCAPTCHA.

Version 2.6.0 Released 3 years ago

  • Added support for site search.

Version 2.5.0 Released 3 years ago

  • Added support for Rating plugin.

Version 2.4.4 Released 3 years ago

  • Added Greek translations.

Version 2.4.3 Released 3 years ago

  • Spinner compatibility fix.

Version 2.4.2 Released 3 years ago

  • Added language option Hungarian.

Version 2.4.1 Released 3 years ago

  • Added language option Hungarian.

Version 2.3.2 Released 3 years ago

  • Added language option Icelandic.

Version 2.4.0 Released 3 years ago

  • Added Album download link.
  • Improved download speed with minified JavaScript.

Version 2.3.1 Released 4 years ago

  • Validate the site title's image URL

Version 2.3.0 Released 4 years ago

  • Added language options for Spanish, Italian, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Norwegian and Swedish.

Version 2.2.0 Released 4 years ago

  • Added language options for English, French or German.

Version 2.1.4 Released 4 years ago

  • Fixed font file loading issue with a particular header font.
  • Added a few new Google fonts.

Version 2.1.3 Released 4 years ago

  • Adding form styles to support Koken's new contact forms.

Version 2.1.2 Released 4 years ago

  • Adding form styles to support Koken's new contact forms.

Version 2.1.1 Released 4 years ago

  • Adding baseline styles for form inputs.
  • Login page template added for use with the Password Protect plugin.

Version 2.1.0 Released 5 years ago

  • Left/right arrow keys now function with front page slideshow.

Version 2.0.9 Released 5 years ago

  • Slideshow caption output now includes line breaks if caption data includes them.

Version 2.0.8 Released 5 years ago

  • Resolving issue with max width setting and minimal navigation menu.
  • Removed optimize legibility CSS property due to Windows/Chrome problem.

Version 2.0.7 Released 5 years ago

  • Added a number of new display typefaces for site titles, including Oswald/Oswald Stencil (gothic), Bebas Neue (thin sans), Disco (super thin, wide sans), League Gothic (another gothic), Troika (funky!), Oranienbaum (slimmer Didot), St. Marie (thin slab serif), Quicksand (classic rounded sans), Alegreya (old-style pulp serif), Amatic (quirky handrdawn), Sacramento (tasteful handdrawn), Bevan (heavy egyptian), Arimo (geometric sans).

Version 2.0.6 Released 5 years ago

  • Added crop support for grid image images displayed by the contents, contents archive, favorites and album templates.
  • Items per page setting for list layouts is now applied to grid layouts as well. Helps with page load speed on grid pages displaying a large number of items.
  • Added setting to hide lightbox share button.

Version 2.0.5 Released 5 years ago

  • Images linked to the lightbox now display a loading spinner on top when clicked.
  • Better Firefox (OS X) font smoothing in dark styles.
  • Added Varella Round typeface option for headers and site title.
  • Adjustment to keep index slideshow from collapsing into nothing when severely scaled down.
  • Tagline no longer uses a header tag (better for SEO).
  • Added topic link output to page.lens.

Version 2.0.4 Released 5 years ago

  • Added "Show albums link" setting to display links to parent albums on content, content archive and favorites templates. Turned on by default in Favorites, off in others.
  • Allow Show Caption setting to operate independently on the content and album pages.
  • Fixed issue where lightbox max width couldn't be set back to its default value.
  • Changing minimum value of essay and timeline display limit to 1.
  • Changing Favorites' timestamp display default to false.

Version 2.0.3 Released 5 years ago

  • Page width slider now establishes the maximum possible width on large displays. Resolves scaling issues with custom widths on smaller non-mobile screens.
  • Better sizing of albums.lens and contents.lens slideshows so the entire image and pagination links are visible at every screen size.
  • Fixed center alignment issue with grid images on mobile.
  • Allow grid variability to have unique values between templates.
  • Fixed issue with image loading spinners not being removed from essays in the the List layout.
  • Album Show Title setting is now unique and not related to content pages.
  • Fixed image size fluctuation issue in Safari.

Version 2.0.2 Released 5 years ago

  • Fixed a mislabeled lightbox setting for content pages.
  • Fixed display issue with minimal navigation menu in desktop Safari.
  • Fine-tuned mobile navigation media query to avoid desktop Safari issues.
  • IE9 fixes (requires Koken 0.17.3).

Version 2.0.1 Released 5 years ago

  • Resolved display issue with featured images in essays.

Version 2.0.0 Released 5 years ago

  • Initial theme release.