✔ 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
As it is still in beta, I do not understand why anyone would care to write a negative review about what it does not do? The freedom this component offers over the Joomla core should not be overlooked.
The K2 team has set this extension up for a great future. As well as a serious contender for the ZOO extension.
I feel so strongly that this will become a powerhouse extension. I am developing with it on a live site. The fact that the joomlaworks team does not know failure is good enough for me.
Great work guys!
There are still some small bugs, but it's a brand new component and the support over at JoomlaWorks is great!
This component sets the user up for disappointment because it is so very promising, but falls flat when it comes to using it.
You can't edit anything. This includes items that you create. Once they are created, the settings won't change no matter how many times the cache is cleared. I've had to delete items and re-create them again.
This component comes with what seems to be at least 100 configuration options, but the component doesn't listen to any of these options.
This is mentioned repeatedly in the K2 forums, but the only support response that I can find after days of searching is "did you check all the parameter settings?"
If you can edit .css or php without any real assistance you might be able to use this component, but if you can't its too buggy to use without pulling your hair out.
now that I'v said all that I want to say that I'm not giving up on K2 yet. It really is an awesome component that will do everything I want once they get the bugs straightened out and get some documentation together.
I set up my own joomla template and after hours of work I dont want to rewrite the code of components, so that it matches my own layout. They should fit into my side not 'make there own thing'.
Good idea but thats nothing to work with.
I love the simple but elegant look of the items and categories when displayed. It's great how the comments and tags come all in one because my site was starting to look patchy with all the different things I was using. Thanks so much!
Rather than creating a whole new way to submit articles, and even re-creating the article section why not just utilise the current article section and category section and integrate the additional functionality into the core. Also, I have a great menu system installed on a test site that this extension completely breaks. Again, with correct core integration this would be an amazing extension.
1. Getting buggy articles' intro (image captions showing even if disabled.
2. When disabling photo gallery and related video, still showing in front-end.
Would be better if you could add a plugin or module to be able to display intro articles on joomla frontpage itself.
Waiting for a stable version .
Regarding the display of elements in the frontend, make sure you've set both the global parameters in K2 and the params of each menu item you create. It's essential to properly display things. ;)
The current module is pretty powerful to do what you ask already.
Install this component first and then think if you need any other extension !
One small flaw that I couldnt figure out - after posting a comment the message "Page reloading..." appears but nothing happens. Hope that could be solved as well to make this component the no.1 in content news display. Thanks for your work !