✔ 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
K2 has a very active forum monitored both by the dev team and by hundreds of pro/expert volunteers. I find it hard to believe you couldn't find help...
The user experience was easy and confortable. The firt days, I spend a couple of hours understanding the K2 panel. But it was so easy to work with, that I never asked the documentation. Also, the new demo page is very useful.
The support was (is) very good, whereas it is "free". Nowdays, the supports is much better than the past. You can go to the forum and check it yourself.
But, the BEST part is the features of the Content Consruction itself. The level of development and editing, to the way the articles are presented, is TOO FLEXIBLE. With only a few of html (most) and php knowledge, can create articles with custom extra fields, custom data, videos, images, and rich format content, like schema.org. The overriding of templates and modules, is REALLY SIMPLE and you can create unique styles.
The only CONS that I found is some things related of SEO, I mean there are a few of duplicates by page, and this is worse when using tags. But I bought the SH404SEF component, and this resolve my problems. Others things that lacks is an advance search (like live ajax finder), that include extrafields (but I think that there are some extensions that achieve this).
But I can't complain of K2... it's ismply THE BEST CCK out there... admit it
When J!1.6 was announced, I though that many of K2's briliant workflow and usability features might had been incorporated (or even K2 itself replacing com_content). It didn't happen. When J!3 alpha was lauched, I hoped more of it was incorporated in the core. Not again.
K2 has been, by far, the best "off-the-shelf" com_content joomla has had in years - seblod is too complicated and Zoo is not integrated with many other extensions, standard com_content is really a usability challenge for customers both in the front and in the backend and the other CCK's are in between these.
K2 really adds value to Joomla and I simply feel it's getting further away from joomla in J's most recent releases: more and more extensions rely mostly on com_content (for example, multilanguage, native translation or light cck's) and if one has such needs for customers, well, then it's "plain vanilla Joomla com_content" or wordpress (which, by the way, customers love).
So I think this has been mostly a missed opportunity: a briliant content creation component that should have become part of J! core or at least most it's solutions incorporated. And joomla (apparently) becoming more and more like Drupal in terms of complexity and less "end-customer" friendly.
I assume your knowledge on SEO is either non-existent or you haven't checked the HTML the K2 outputs...
K2 uses the "alt" and "title" attributes in images and wrapping links to either include image captions or if no image captions are entered by the user, then just the title. This is the best SEO possible. Waaaay better than any image filename which can contain from bad characters to cryptic numbers or word that have no relation to the real content of the article.
But here's another surprise!
If you're wondering why your images are not being indexed by Google, then I'm afraid Joomla is to blame. You see, by default, Joomla's robots.txt definitions block Google from indexing the /media folder which is used by K2 and every Joomla component known to man to store media files...
Simply delete that line in robots.txt and you should be fine.
K2 was designed to be SEO friendly since day 1.
And for that, K2 is priceless for many developers out there.
With this component, making sites is 10 times faster and easier.
Now I'm so addicted to the component that I can't go back to com_content.
The first thing I do after installation of Joomla! is to install the latest version of K2.
I love you JoomlaWorks, thank you for K2!
easy to customize and style, K2 is one of the best CCK's for Joomla.
Been using it for 1 day and now it will become part of all my new sites.
Very user friendly.
Loads of videos available on how to use it.
You can do so much with this extension.
Yes there is a small learning curve, put in the time and you will accomplish great things with K2.
Its very fast too.
SEO is good.
3rd party extensions for it are fabulous.
Such an awesome extension and its free !
Nice job Developer, you guys ROCK !!!
Some of the documentation seemed outdated if your using Joomla 2.5.
Actually, OSTraining.com - the premier training company on everything Joomla! related - has recently done a series of training videos that walk you through K2 on Joomla! 2.5.
This K2 Class is available on the K2 site at: http://getk2.org/documentation/k2class2012
This is incorrect. You'll soon find that if you try to add a menu link to "create item" you'll get a 403 page, this is because K2 needs you to register/login as a K2 user.
It'll integrate as far as having your username on a K2 article point to your CB profile, but CB users cannot create or edit articles because there's no way for K2 to automatically add new users registered through CB to the K2 usergroups.
A huge disappointment indeed.
Yes there is, you just haven't configured this properly. We've even gone one step further and automated the process even for sites that previously didn't use K2. Have a look at the K2 main configuration options and you'll see one that allows you to assign any new or orphan user to a specified K2 group. Have you set this up correctly?
If you do that, K2 and CB will work just fine together. If it didn't work, that because you "may" have deleted all K2 groups or didn't assign new/orphan Joomla users to the right (in terms of permissions) K2 group...
"Please think twice before adding a review and remember about Joomla community values: freedom, equality, trust, community, collaboration and usability!"
Couldn't agree more!
Actually, K2 is one if the most actively developed extensions in the Joomla! community. There is of course a separate bug tracker for that, but all bugs reported in the forums are monitored. Of course, most of the times, they're not real bugs but they are just generic Joomla! usage issues, which some users believe are K2 related (they aren't obviously).
Lastly, if you are making money off K2, then consider hiring some of the companies listed in the forum to help you out, or just post your project in the related forum board on getk2.org/community. Don't expect that the K2 dev team will solve project specific issues you might have, neither will any other open source project.
Then I realised it does not support pagination and wondered why I installed it in the first place.
Documentation is pretty bad too.
It doesn't do pagination... Hmmm... http://demo.getk2.org/categories