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The powerful award-winning content extension for Joomla with more than 3 million downloads (and counting)!

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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.


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
- commenting, integrated with Google's reCaptcha & Akismet
- tags
- distinct item image (useful for articles/catalogs)
- image galleries
- videos
- attachments
- user pages (author blogs/user profiles)
- smart ACL for frontend editing
- unique plugin system to extend item, category & user forms
- AJAX based frontend editing & comments moderation
- Rest-like JSON/JSONP content output
- Native advanced SEF options
- Flexible sub-templates (for every content output)

K2 fully supports the Joomla API, which means any Joomla plugins will function properly within the K2 component & modules, either in the frontend or backend.


AMAZING PERFORMANCE

Pixeden, Groupama, Harvard, High Court of Australia, Amnesty International, Arturia, Vivaldi Web Brower & the Joomla Magazine are just some of the thousands of top Joomla 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 Community website: getk2.org

K2 Rocks !!!


Posted on 24 July 2012

If your looking for masses of flexibility

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 !!!

If you're new to joomla as I am, this one might take awhile to wrap your head around. Once you understand all it's switches and settings, it's very good.



Some of the documentation seemed outdated if your using Joomla 2.5.

Owner's reply: 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

'Very poor' may seem harsh, but K2 misleadingly advertises as 'integration available with Community Builder'.



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.

Owner's reply: 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...

K2 is a great extension it transform complitly joomla in our site LeNews is very usefull

A must have


Posted on 08 June 2012

K2 is simply the best CCK for me because it's doing what we expect first with a CCK, add custom fields to category of content.



And of course it has a lot of specific extensions.



Thanks!

First of all thank thank you K2 dev team for a lot of time spent on creating free extension for Joomla! community. My previous speaker said that K2 SEO is bad - everybody who know's anything about search engins optimisation will dissagree with this kind of opinion. K2 provide great SEO compatibility and gives users everything they need to be seo friendly. You can always adjust the script to your needs! Do not forget that SEO is difficult subject and and sometimes expensive work. Please to think twice before adding a review and remember about Joomla community values: freedom, equality, trust, community, collaboration and usability! Grreetings from Poland :)

Owner's reply: "Please think twice before adding a review and remember about Joomla community values: freedom, equality, trust, community, collaboration and usability!"

Couldn't agree more!

I've been using K2 for over 3 years now and it is a good component as long as you don't run into issues. Trying to get help in the forums is mind numbingly slow. It's usually only one mod helping everyone "thanks William". There are several legitimate bugs posted in the forums and the Dev never responds. Too bad because the platform it self is great, but there is a serious lack of support.

Owner's reply: 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.

After seeing all the positive remarks regarding K2 I thought wow... this sounds like the best Joomla extension ever! Then I installed it and realised it is just another Joomla extensions.



Then I realised it does not support pagination and wondered why I installed it in the first place.



Documentation is pretty bad too.

Owner's reply: It doesn't do pagination... Hmmm... http://demo.getk2.org/categories

The K2 is a great tool to get the articles in combination with templates done. But as it seems the architecture of the component is buggy as the articles are available over several urls.



Since my projects also need's a good page ranking this is a no go for me and I have to switch to another tool. (As long as the support from K2 is also very poor as also others writing herein.)

The only thing I want todo with this posting is to get the SEO part in mind of each who is on the way to try K2.

Owner's reply: K2's SEO is not just great, it's in fact amazing. For 2 reasons primarily. No.1 for its native URL construction (to the limit the Joomla! API allows it to be) and no.2 for it's HTML construction with the correct use and ordering of HTML elements.

If by SEO you just mean the URLs, then I suggest you try other extensions before moving away from K2 as you're in for a big surprise! What do I mean? If you don't create menu items to some Joomla! component, yet you retrieve this component's content from some module, you're bound to have /component/name/whatever in the URLs.

So do some homework first before judging something badly.

I'll say this now and I'll keep repeating for a very long time to come: it's no wonder why ALL today's big/popular Joomla! sites are built with K2. ;)

One final tip: Wanna improve your URL SEO drastically? Grab a license for sh404SEF or AceSEF. They both work flawlessly with K2 as we work closely with these 2 dev teams.

If your not using K2 you are limiting your sites potential.



I wouldn't have a Joomla site without it. I have categories within categories within categories! It really takes shape after you modify the template or make a few.

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K2

Version:
2.9.0
Developer:
JoomlaWorks
Last updated:
Sep 21 2018
Date added:
Apr 14 2009
License:
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Type:
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