✔ 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
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!!!
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).