✔ 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
There are some who may experience similar issues that I have with this component, but it's really just a learning curve that takes patience to latch onto.
Great work by all who developed this product and a big thank you!!
Only minor issues that I could come up with so far are that items are not able to be placed in multiple categories, and the css for the overall layouts is a bit spaced out and way too big for my liking. I've modified a lot of the CSS files, so it's working great now.
Overall it's a fantastic program. I'm so glad for it.
For those of you that instant trash this extension because you cant get it to work, then consider these options first.
1) Go to http://simon.getk2.org for extensive K2 documents, guides, tips and tricks.
2) K2 has a very vibrant user and support community. Pop in to http://getk2.org and ask a question.
3) More specifically, you can now Ask Simon, the creator of simon.getk2.org
4) With those three pieces of support alone, you can easily gain access to dedicated support if you need it.
As with all extensions there is a learning curve, but if your stuck and you dont ask questions, then you will never get the answers.
Authors email shows up under the article. Allows for spam. Couldn't find a way to remove it.
Installed the other plugins that work with it, however, they still showed up as not installed in K2. So yeah uhh... Epic Fail....
1. The author email can be hidden of course if you'd saw the related option in the K2 component parameters. It is also "cloaked" as we say in Joomla! lingo, which means that even if it shows up, bots cannot pickup the email address.
2. When you install a K2 plugin (which is a regular Joomla! plugin, that's why it's called "plugin" and not "pepper" or "addon" or whatever) you have to go into the Extensions >> Plugin Manager and simply enable it. I'm sure most K2 extension developers clearly define that.
Last but not least, this "headache" has just won the J!OSCARS award for component of the year... What where people thinking, right?
First of all, both can be installed on your Joomla site, but K2 requires SIG Pro for the moment if you want to make use of proper galleries within K2. That doesn't mean that K2 will not function without SiG Pro, it's an addition, that's all.
Aside that, your comment is not really helpful. Neither you mention any specific problem, nor you're suggesting anything. All in all, pointless...
I really wonder why the JED team published this comment... if it's of any use, really...
There are a few features that would be nice, but they seem to be coming in the next version which is already in beta.
Overall this is a great piece of software and one that I use on virtually all of the sites I build.
I'm very happy with the templating ability. The CSS is well written and commented and once you set up your own K2 style it's easy to get in and customize extensively.
Extra fields are a nice feature and combined with some CSS edits for the front end can make for very convenient data entry for your front end authors.
Tagging feature is also great and helps a lot for intelligent searches.
So far the ONLY really issue I have is that unlike systems such as VirtueMart, you CANNOT have the same item (product, article, etc.) in multiple categories. This is a big problem for catalog sites that want to reference the same piece of information in multiple locations for ease/method of search.
I really hope this feature can be added soon!
The support from the developers its also great (considering its a FREE and Open Source component) and the community behind is creating new plugins each day.
Im really glad that someone comitted to create such a wonderfull extension for the Joomla Community.
Thanks a lot guys!
One more thing. Someone mentioned below that you will "probably" have to buy add-on products for videos and photo galleries. That's only half true. You will need add-ons, but they are totally free and open source.
But If you whant to use images, video, etc... You will probably have to pay for one of Joomla Works compenents to do that...
I tought this was ready out of the box. But if you whant it with all it's functions you will have to buy other plugins...
But the thing which dissapointed me most was the fact that they do not have a "decent" search module. If you need some sort of serach module to fiulter results by specific extra fields... Just forget this.
I had to pay more that 100 euros to a joomla programer just to do that. At the end of the day I got it working and I would give it an excelent. But not before I've spent more that 150 euros between freelance programars and extra joomworks plugins...
It is unbeleivable such a "modern" cck does not have at least a decent search module!!! I feel it so unforgivable that I give K2 a "Average" Rating.
I just hope the new ZOO, wich will also be free, has a decent search module, so I can substitute my K2...
***Editors Note***: K2 Does have a built in search module as standard.
One of the reasons I wanted to have this extension was for my members being able to use the K2 interface on the frontend, but if you are using Joomfish this is not an option.
The coming 2.3 version will enable frontend editing functionality with Joom!Fish on. Those with access to our SVN server can grab a 2.3 SVN release now and take advantage of these changes.
If you are a Mac user, you can download a friendly Mac application we created to ease the process of downloading the latest SVN release of K2 right on your Mac. This version can be downloaded here:
My favourite features are
- server side resizing of images
- ability to develop multiple sections, subsections, and easily assign different modules to each section (this is a great way to land advertisers who may only want to advertise in certain sections)
- the fact that the initial template for the article page adheres to many current trends
- ability to add extra fields (such as extra title lines, extra information)
Now, to be fair I noticed one comment below that I agree with. The code does not render the web-page in IE the same way it does in Firefox. The difference is usually extra white space in IE. This can be a pain to account for when you are developing the site.
Other than this I'm really happy with this plugin and would recommend it to anyone looking to develop a newspaper/magazine website.