We are thrilled to announce that Koken has agreed to be acquired by NetObjects. The acquisition, subject to customary closing conditions, has been approved by the Board of Directors of both companies, and is expected to close by September 30, 2015.
NetObjects has been developing, marketing and distributing web design software since 1995. They are a mature, established company with extensive experience and knowledge in the self-hosted software space. Their website design software, NetObjects Fusion, has garnered hundreds of awards and eleven patents, has licensed 15 million copies, and has facilitated the creation of millions of websites.
Here's what they have to say:
"We are proud to add this exceptional product to our award-winning portfolio of web design products. The Koken CMS meets every need for managing and sharing our ever growing libraries of digital images -- whether run from a home based server or a shared hosting account -- the user is in complete control of their images. For the past few years I've used Koken to manage my own personal photography website. We at NetObjects are excited to continue development of this special application and introduce it to an even larger global audience." -- Steve Raubenstine, President and CEO of NetObjects
What this means for current users
This acquisition is great news for our community, for you may continue to use Koken to publish your web site and upload photography. NetObjects shares our vision for providing quality software that may be independently installed and operated through your own web hosting provider. Independence, ownership and control of your content is a vision we both share and respect.
What this means for new users
New installations of Koken may continue to be set up, for free, same as ever. NetObjects shares our enthusiasm for the freemium business model and will continue to offer free installations of the core system in addition to expanding the Koken Store with a mix of free and premium themes and plugins.
We believe this acquisition is the best possible outcome for everyone, including our community. We love Koken as much as our most ardent supporters and worked incredibly hard to find a company with the requisite resources, leadership, and vision to continue developing, supporting and expanding the Koken platform. NetObjects checked every box on our list, and we're super excited to see where Koken goes from here.