✔ WHAT IS K2?
K2 provides an out-of-the box integrated solution featuring rich content forms for items (think of Joomla! articles with additional fields for article images, videos, image galleries and attachments), nested-level categories, tags, comments, a system to extend the item base form with additional fields (similar to CCK for those acquainted with Drupal), a powerful plugin API to extend item, category and user forms, ACL, frontend editing, sub-templates & a lot more!
Using K2, you can transform your Joomla! website to a news/magazine site with author blogs, product catalogs, work portfolio, knowledge base, download/document manager, directory listing, event listing & more, all this bundled under one package!
Give K2 a try & you'll instantly love it! It's easy to use and fun to develop websites with! If you need any help or want to contribute to the project, join us at the K2 community.
Since K2 is extensible with additional fields to its base item form, you can easily create category-specific content types, e.g. article, blog post, product page, directory listing.
K2 offers as standard:
- nested-level categories (no section/category restrictions)
- commenting, integrated with Google's reCaptcha & Akismet
- item image (useful for articles/catalogs)
- image galleries
- user pages (author blogs/user profiles)
- smart ACL for frontend editing
- unique plugin system to extend item, category & user forms
- ajax-based frontend editing
- ajax-based comments moderation
- Google AJAX Search integration
- Rest-like JSON/JSONP content output
- Native advanced SEF options (added in K2 v2.6.4+)
K2 fully supports the Joomla! API, which means all Joomla! plugins will function properly within the K2 component & modules, either in the frontend or backend.
✔ AMAZING PERFORMANCE
ImpactWrestling.com, NewsBomb.gr, Gorillaz.com, Groupama Transport, Harvard, the High Court of Australia, MTV Greece, Jaguar Greece are just some of the thousand "big sites" around the world, fully powered by K2.
✔ DEPENDENCIES & LICENSE
To utilize the built-in video & gallery features you need to install AllVideos (free) & Simple Image Gallery Pro, both provided by JoomlaWorks.
K2 is developed by JoomlaWorks & licensed under the GNU/GPL license.
✔ WHAT NEXT?
Try K2! Install it, hit the "import" button to bring your Joomla! articles inside K2, start playing with the component to see the flexibility it provides first-hand. Moreover? You no longer need a dozen of components & even more modules to do things like run a news site or a blog. Drupal & Wordpress have certainly met their match now!
Visit the K2 website & community: http://getk2.org
There is no documentation at all. I'm sure that a lot of people have problems to use the great functionalities without a documantation and tutorials like me.
We devoted a lot of our time to provide this great free application that significantly improves Joomla. Very soon we plan to roll some video tutorials to help people utilize 100% of its power. But until then, a little "trial and error" didn't hurt anyone... ;)
You obviously haven't fully grasped the potential of K2. Replying to what you said:
"You can only use K2. So if you decide to change systems or you already have a site built you will have to do it all over again."
This goes for Virtuemart too. If you build a catalog because it's more powerful compared to joomla's articles and then expect to rebuild the same with joomla articles on another site, you don't understand or don't know how to plan your work.
"The forum dosen't get much support." Not true. It's very vibrant especially compared to other more established components that are been around for more than a year (compared to K2's 5 month life). People have understood the benefits and now you can find any help you want in the forum.
"It also has user groups but you cant restrict the user groups to certain categories. Then what is the point of user groups?" User groups are for restricting content editing to specific categories and more. In v2.3 we plan to add an option to restrict content viewing, thus enabling its full ACL potential.
"If it integrated into the core then I would use it because it has many of the features I need." You cannot integrate such an application with the joomla core article system. You don't need to. K2 is as standalone as com_content is. It just has one menu item in the components and not a whole set of menu links in the backend and this is what confuses people that com_content is absolutely needed, but it's not.
While after some futher use, I think the module features still need to be enhanced:
I saw there are menu options for Item listings of K2, and DO have rich options such as Category,
Tag, and User Page (blog). I think all these are very useful filtering rules... BUT I checked the K2 Content module, seems only have Category filtering rule, and this is the same situation in K2 Comments module. If the K2 Content module can have all the filtering rules (including Category, Tag, and User page. Also need to add the "AND"/"OR" logic options among all the filtering rules), which will make the module much more powerful!! And this is also what I need eagerly, so may be other users as well...
If the featured item can also be a option in the module along with the items filered by all those rules, and the featured item can have customized css or color/font selection, it will be perfect...
1. I set the comments section to "registered only", which is what I wanted...but only for posting comments. But now they are completely invisible to guests, which I didn't want.
2. You can enable article voting...but there is no way to organize or display your articles by the results of those votes. I was hoping to display the best rated articles in a module, but cannot find one that works with K2.
3. I've posted 4 or 5 different questions on the forum in the past week or so and have yet to be answered or even acknowledged once.
When using K2, you have to abandon pretty much all other 3rd party Components, Modules and Plugins, and I understood that going in, but I'd really like it if the developer would at least acknowledge the previously mentioned concerns of mine as I'm pretty much at his mercy. All of the work I've done so far I'm not able to export the articles from K2...in case I have to go back to the regular Joomla! core.
I would like to congratulate Joomlaworks for giving such a good component to community.
Keep it up.With best wishes
By far the best content organizing component, it has everything that a website needs to get success. I haven't tested it yet for SEO but if that part is as well done as the rest of the component, than I cannot say something else but that I bow to the creator and wish them all the best in the world for giving the community their great work.
What would make this even better is if we had an admin template which was K2 aware and would allow you to select K2 functions to replace the core Joomla content functions. That would be way cool!
Not only does it function as I need it to, it's also pretty, which is a plus since I am trying to retain visual appeal on my site as well as a wealth of knowledge.
The support community is also excellent and the developer addresses concerns immediately. This is to be expected from JW, who has consistently maintained an excellent reputation as a developer.
This extension will do exactly what I need it to until Joomla 1.6 is released, which (hopefully) should have both nested categorization and a built-in CCK. I hope anyway. If not, we will still have K2!
I get an error : HTML Parsing Error: Unable to modify the parent container element before the child element is closed (KB927917)
Works great in Fire Fox. I don't use K2 as the main page, I use it as link pages (for reviews) how do you fix that?
I have asked questions on the forum a few times since June and no one has replied yet to them.
This should be the one and only core of joomla.
Great job, anyway!
There is stil room for enhancement. A couple examples:
- possibility whether or not we want to use the differnet sizes of image
- possibility to keep the original image without resizing
- possibility to choose to display the category image instead of item image
- in admin list the items under the categories instead of seperate tab
- possibility to link 1 item to different categories
Content Construction is a feature which should been includet to Joomla, but apparently the Dev-Team will not register that and it seems they ignore Communtiy wishes.
For K2 and all the other CCK. Although one has to say, they are all still in development and it is certainly still happen, but these components are currently useless.
Without the possibility to run the values of the new fields also in modules, all the CCKs for Joomla are failed. The same game for the output of the categories. Joomsuite Ressorce show the practice of Joomla CCKs - a lot of functions but not one of them cares of the "standard"-functionality we need. It is not possible to have a simple list of the category, just with "title, teaser, own field, own field and a pagination. Instead they develop a lot of features, only extremly big sites need.
Take an example of Drupals CCK in conjunction with the views module. In the article I can define fields and anywhere else i can set outputs. In the Content, Modules(Blocks), etc. etc.
This is the biggest shortcoming of all CCKs of Joomla. The issue and re-use of the new fields in modules and Category pages is not given.
For professional Frontend Developer typical # fail.
- K2 DOES DISPLAY extra fields in the content module (mod_k2_content). I'm referring to the latest v2 release.
- I don't know why you mention Joomsuite Resources - but K2 is simple when it comes to laying out the options you want for each category. This is the type of flexibility that not even Joomla has.
- Lastly, K2 is not a CCK - it's a content component WITH CCK-like features and a very powerful plugin API which altogether make K2 a lot more powerful compared to the original CCK for Drupal or any other Joomla CCK solution.
K2 handles the main problem of designers (the notorious "itemID" issue) very successfully, by defining and displaying layout options per category and per item and not *just* per menu item.
My point is: you need to take a closer look to K2. I can understand that your views mainly come from the fact that there is no K2 documentation yet and that is because the "final" stable release is to be released on July 27th. After that, the K2 team will work on proper documentation and video tutorials.