--- 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
Can´t find words how useful is this extension.
Code is very easy to read, and tweak. Template overide is excellent. Wish only this onecssperK2category would be a core feature. So we don´t depend of one person outside developers circuit.
Then, i know that primary goal is to make K2 fast, pageload, queries, etc..And i see many "open doors" to insert a plenty of new options and functionalities in K2. Just to play with settings for images (per one category) is enormous.
Good work, very good work.
We have tested K2 with the most popular SEF component in the Joomla! community, sh404SEF, and it works flawlessly. We also work closely with the sh404SEF to quickly adjust any changes to their codebase.
Regarding K2 and Joomla! 1.6... Version 2.5 will bring full support for 1.6. You can test drive the beta version of 2.5 (called SVN) on getk2.org (see link bottom right).
This review is very bad in many terms.
First off, it starts by saying JoomlaWorks is bad on their support forum (?) giving the assumption to other users that both the paid extensions and K2 are on the same forum, which is completely false. K2 is on a separate domain and forum for the record. If you wish to critisize other extensions, you can do so elsewhere. It's like leaving a review on Virtuemart and saying AllVideos is to blame (?)...
Secondly, this statement is pretty low "Joomlaworks has to be one of the worst in the community for support". You do not reference a single link where the support was bad. So you basically accuse JW without at least providing any pointers.
Thirdly, where is the constructive criticism? "K2 re-invents the joomla content wheel"? I'm devastated by that, really...
Fourth, this is a review from a user called "WTF brb". I rest my case.
I thought the JED allowed constructive criticism and not reviews that just say "this is bad, you're horrible" and that's it. Is it bad? Explain why. If haven't spent enough time with K2 or any other extension, devote more, then provide a review.
This is also an extremely solid extension, not flimsy or buggy.
Cons: Frontend is impossible to post an article to. Backend is impossible to understand, find what you're looking for, and basically do what you want to do. There are no clear explanations in the admin, or in the documentation. There's really no easy way to get started, there's a very time consuming learning curve involved. After a year, I'm still not sure what I'm doing!
Level of Support Received: 0
Why? Because you cannot Register on the K2 forums, their system is broken (email confirmation does not work) and you cannot get Help unless you have a Ning site, I guess, because I was unable to use their support form... No way to reach the developer.
Ease of usage and deployment: Extremely Hard. You need to be a programmer, and a Joomla expert. This does not work for new Joomla users, it's not recommended for designers who do not use Joomla constantly. This is way harder than WordPress for instance (my recommendation).
Purpose of using the extension: To allow Admins and Registered Users to Blog. So far, I've only been able to get the Admin going. Frontend users are not able to save entries, the internal link within the Blog Article form is broken, so the system is not fully functional.
Level of Difficulty: Pretty High...
My Experience Level with Joomla and Web Technologies: I have only built 2 Joomla sites in the past because it's too hard for my clients to learn, but I have 13 years of website design experience and a Bachelor's Degree in Website Design and Development.
The K2 component is of course quite good. Because of the abundant features, one has to go through the documentation, available on http://simon.getk2.org/k2-documents. However, I am unable to access the documentation. Clicking on the various links on this page does not take me anywhere. The "Register" link does not take me to the registration page, where one is conventionally asked for email address, etc. Instead, it recurses back to the same page. Having the documentation easily accessible would be a great help.
Only suggestion would be to display image gallery next to main image at the top instead of at the bottom.
But, either way, our client's project portfolio blows their competition away with this great component!
Its weird because all the back-end Save and Cancel buttons also "Close" the current screen, why would the front-end buttons not function the same?
According to the K2 forums, the developers have decided that this is not a bug but an "annoyance". Guess what is "annoying".... when you get a call from a client with Publisher permissions that see dozens of duplicate new items submitted for their review. I later figured out it is because the front-end editor doesn't know that his new item was saved because the screen does not close and there is not a confirmation. So he usually will try to resubmit the item again. Multiply that by dozens of editors clicking save over and over and over.... ouch! That's is not an "annoyance" that is a broken submission system.