--- 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 and 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 and more, all this bundled under one package!
Give K2 a try and 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.
--- FEATURES ---
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 reCaptcha
- item image (useful for articles/catalogs)
- image galleries
- user pages (author blogs/user profiles)
- ACL for content
- Unique plugin system to extend item, category and user forms
- ajax-based frontend editing
- ajax-based comments moderation
- Google AJAX Search integration
- Native 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, OnSports.gr, Gorillaz.com, Groupama-Transport.com, Harvard, Cloud.com (Citrix), the High Court of Australia, MTV Greece, Jaguar Greece are just some of the thousand "big sites" around the world, fully powered by K2.
--- REQUIREMENTS & 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 v2 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 and even more modules to do things like run a news site or a blog. Drupal and Wordpress have certainly met their match now! ;)
--- USEFUL LINKS ---
Visit the K2 website & community: http://getk2.org
Unbelievable!! It is the most comprehensive bundle out there and you should be clicking the Download button without even thinking too much about it.
You will NOT regret it… I’m lost for words which is hard for me!
You install it to J1.7 and off you go, you make an article form and once you have the basics, you go to tagging which normally you have to remember all the keywords in your website yourself, but no it does it for you. It is a no brainer.
The ratings and review process is also a godsend and thanks to you it is perfect.
One small bug to me though, is the process of not being able to copy and paste from articles in word or wherever to inside the K2 article process which is really annoying, but other than that it is perfection.
Thank You guys.
I've been using K2 in all my customer's sites and portals and have no plans of changing: it just works, like they would expect.
For now, it's an essencial enhancement to the way one can build and display content. And if you want customers to upload content themselves, there is no easier way of doing it: not only frontend editing works like a charm, even in multilingual sites, but also K2 ACL is powerful enough to manage publishing workflow.
And the inbuilt K2 presentation capabilities (the category "blog" layouts) will blow your customers mind, without making waste a ton of development hours to get the right view.
To get the most of it, some of the K2 plugins are truly mandatory, like the extended image and the extended fields. Play around with them and you will find out why.
Of course K2 has it's limitations (field search, image cache, user profile extensibility,...): it's a trade-off between ease of use and flexibility. But for 80% of the sites (not web-aplications), K2 will do the job with an ease of use and presentation flexibility no yet available in Joomla core. And the great news it that even a newbie will be able to get it up and running in no time. A great advantage over other CCK. Not to mention the no-thrills frontend editing that customers love.
The community sometimes takes a while to reply, but they eventually do, and there is lots of information in the forum, one just has to dig-in.
Overall one of the best components available for content publishing.
Thank you Fotis, you are great
First of all, we have a distinct bug tracker for posting any bugs. It's here: http://code.google.com/p/joomlaworks/issues/list
Secondly, I doubt the "several bugs" you mention have anything to do with K2. K2 is a solid content platform for Joomla!. If you are a newbie with Joomla! in general, I'd suggest more trial/error attempts if you don't want to wait for someone to answer to you in the forum.
K2 is quite popular, so some posts may skip answers. But that usually happens to posts that are already answered and the posters are really bored to run a search before posting...
K2 best feature is the templating system. It's easy to understand and very mighty. You can use K2 as a blog, answering system, magazin style portal, for static content, as download system, even as a forum. As a middle class developer, you can understand the code of K2 really fast. It's no magic.
The support is very good. I have wrote Fotis much times over twitter, joomlaworks forum and the google code issue tracker and he responses very fast. And most of the problems was Beta related. The stable versions until K2 2.4.x have almost no bugs. I can't find them...
As you can see the flexiblity of K2, you can use it for 98% of the entire Websites of the world.
Where are the cons? I have'nt found any cons!
K2 is really a rock solid component. And when i have in the future three wishes from a genie. One of my wishes are, that K2 replaces the Joomla Article System!
Give K2 a try - it's a big step forward!
I missed in old versions, however, such as I do in 1.7, small things which for a few people are really important.
1) Tagging is painful; these guys in our websites do work intensely in writing news, so they do in an internal system and then copy and paste contents for different fields in each item. As tagging (or in the old way keywording) has to be congruent to provide a good related-grouping, they select keys in their own system, and then copy all the block with comma values and paste. They hate K2 tagging, one-by-one, being such a slow method. So they go to keywords pasting in the old good joomla basic system. It's faster, it's reliable.
2) As we're running different websites, we've hosted all pictures and media files in a big 'materials site', where they are FTP uploaded: I'll not describe the full internal system, but in joomla we paste the url for pictures and so. In K2 you've to upload each picture, one by one, to same website hosting server (or you could FTP them and then selecting manually one by one). Only in case you have internal pictures within the news (not the main one), they can be pointed to an external url address.
So, if you don't need these kind of small things (which in our case do increase a lot productivity, but probably you'll not work in this way), K2 is really big.
I replied my problem to a post in their forum dealing almost the same issue : "K2 items disappear in administrator Joomla! 1.7". But nobody is responding for the past one week.
I want the extension badly if it works as it promises.
My suggestion is that it would be better to have a scheme for paid support so that I can demand it, since these kinds of extensions are used for massive content based portals.
one thing bothers every K2 users is the Search function. Because Search provided by K2 does not work for the following
- cannot search with tags.
but filters the article by tag, when a tag that is displayed below the article is clicked. doesnt return any result when the same is used in search box.
- cannot search with user names
but filters articles by user when username is clicked
- cannot search with category names.
- and I couldnt find any fix for it
apart from this lag K2 is excellent. if developers of K2 improvise the search it would be the best component ever.
the pop up window for new item looks bad .
Too bad, tha total is a good application.
Very difficult to get help.
In summary the application is good only for those who need just only that, his flexibility with other applications is very low. And if you could get more help at all that was excellen
Dear "ginatnoy", K2 is a lot more flexible that the default Joomla! article system. In fact, the new Joomla! 1.7 release has been significantly influenced by K2 in many points, e.g. the use of "featured" articles, the use of "sub-templates" in the component and modules etc. The true difference remains however: K2 is still more flexible.
You have probably not understood K2's value yet. I recommend you dive into Joomla! a bit more and when your needs grow, then have a second look at K2...
I really wonder... Did you even install K2? Cause if you did, you'd certainly see (to be more precise, it would poke your eye out) that K2 features NESTED level categories. So your claim that you cannot make sub-categories is utterly false.
So are your other claims that extra fields cannot be edited, K2 is not CSS compliant and other crappy comments.
Jeeez, how do such reviews pass on from JED control?
Some misunderstandings on your review...
The K2 workflow is almost identical to the core Joomla! article system. Of course, it does not mess up with existing Joomla! articles (and that's the point in the first place). So if something happened to your Joomla! articles, that's your fault. K2 can only import Joomla! articles, it cannot write back to them.
K2 is of course actively developed. Don't forget it powers some of the biggest Joomla! sites worldwide.
If you run a large website, you are obvious using a hosting company/server that "supports" such a site. If that's the case, it's easy to tweak your server and avoid any import timeouts. In any case, importing can be simple if you do the process "locally".
99,9% of sites importing their Joomla content articles into K2 will not have any issue...
I love this component and use it on almost all my sites. That's the problem! Ive became accustom to this component, now some of my clients require functions of J 1.6+ What am I to do? Upgrade to 1.6+ and re submit all articles? Help JW, Help!!!