Top 8 Reasons Why You Should Use K2

K2, for those who don’t know, is a powerful extension that can be used to completely replace Joomla’s own content management system. In other words, you no longer need to create Joomla articles and categories, you can just create K2 articles and categories. In fact, many of our customers use K2 and we are currently switching a fair few of our other customers to K2. By now, you might be wondering: “What’s the point of having a CMS within a CMS? What’s wrong with Joomla’s own CMS?”

To answer the second question, there’s nothing wrong with Joomla’s CMS – it is versatile, it is flexible, and it is powerful. But there are many reasons why K2 is more versatile, more flexible, and much more powerful. Here are the top 8:

  1. K2’s migration process is a breeze!

    Unlike Joomla, K2 does not change core and database structure with every version, and if it does, it provides a seamless way to migrate from one version to another. In fact, upgrading to the latest version of K2 consists (in most cases) of merely installing the latest version and boom – all the content is automatically migrated! There’s no need to jump through hoops to do that! While Joomla’s content migration can take hours if not days, K2’s content migration can take literally minutes (if migrated within the same Joomla version).

  2. Many prominent extensions are compatible with K2

    Although we don’t like sh404, we have to admit that it’s one of the most used and one of the most prominent Joomla extensions. Luckily, K2 has native (and easily modifiable) support for sh404 (it’s interesting to note that it’s K2 that supports sh404, and not the other way around).

    Additionally, there are many extensions that are made exclusively for K2, and all (we are using the word all responsibly here) extensions can be adapted to work with K2 instead of Joomla’s own content!

  3. K2 is easier than Joomla’s own CMS

    Hmmm… How could that be? Isn’t Joomla easy enough? Well, no it’s not! If you want to add an image to an article, you need to go to the media manager and do it from there. You will then need to go back to the article itself and insert the image from the article (unless, of course, you are using JCE Editor or another powerful editor, and not Joomla’s default editor). In K2, you can insert the image from the article itself! (You can even insert a whole gallery!)

  4. K2 has more features than Joomla’s own core

    Let’s start: Tags, native comments, custom fields, related items, etc… All of these are features that exist in K2, but not in Joomla. Many websites out there desperately need the aforementioned features, and resort to 3rd party extensions to address this!

    Oh, and did we mention native social sharing?

  5. K2 is stable

    Apart from the very few non-toxic, non-harmful bugs that we have encountered while working with K2, we can safely say that K2 is no less stable than Joomla’s own core. Also, keep in mind that it’s much easier (and less stressful) to fix something in K2’s core than fixing it in Joomla’s core.

  6. It is very easy to modify/adapt K2’s template to fit a site’s theme

    K2’s template has more or less the same structure of Joomla’s content template – and both can be overriden by the site’s template. This means that if you’re already familiar with Joomla’s theme overriding functionality, then you won’t have a problem with overriding K2’s theme!

  7. K2 has a huge community and a responsible core team

    There are many, many websites out there that use K2, and system administrators using K2 tend to share the problems that they’re encountering and the challenges that they’re facing with other K2 users. This has created over the years an active and a very large community.

    Additionally, we have noticed that K2’s core team is extremely proactive when it comes to fixing bugs. The team is also very responsible when releasing new versions (K2 is not the kind of extensions where the developers say: “Ooops, we have messed up on the previous version, please immediately uninstall it and use this version instead. No wait, we’ve messed up again! Etc…”).

  8. K2 is secure

    Last but not least – K2 is secure! In fact, we have not had a single instance so far of a hacked website where the culprit was a K2 vulnerability. We have to admit though that in many cases, the main culprit was Joomla (yes, it was an outdated version, but still!).

If you’re using K2, then we hope that you have enjoyed our list of the advantages of using K2. If you’re not using K2 but would like to, then contact us. We can easily migrate your website from using Joomla’s core for content management to using K2. The job might take a few days to accommodate all the features on your website, but it’s well worth it, and we’re not that expensive anyway! Go ahead, give us a call or shoot us an email!

4 Responses to “Top 8 Reasons Why You Should Use K2”
  1. Pingback by How to Migrate Joomla Articles’ Subtitles to K2 | itoctopus — May 9, 2013 @ 7:15 am

    […] before that we are migrating a lot of websites from using Joomla’s core content to K2 because K2 is simply better (well, this is our opinion anyway). But, even though K2 provides all the tools to make the content […]

  2. Pingback by K2 Category Settings Disappear After Save on a Joomla Migrated Website | itoctopus — October 12, 2013 @ 4:24 pm

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  3. Pingback by On Leveraging the Power of K2’s Extra Items | itoctopus — March 13, 2014 @ 5:28 pm

    […] If you’re an avid reader of our blog, you will probably know that we love K2 – no – make that we’re in love with K2. It just makes our lives much easier and happier: we can extend it, we can easily migrate from one version of K2 to another, it doesn’t suffer from the performance issues that Joomla’s core content management suffer from, and it just has so many amazing built-in features! It also doesn’t use the #__assets table, which makes moving the K2 content from one website to another much easier. We did cover, in details, why K2 is better for content management than Joomla’s own core here. […]

  4. Comment by Oikos — July 28, 2014 @ 5:18 pm

    I think this post is now obsolete. Now, with the release of Joomla 3.3 is not necessary to use K2 anymore. All that is required is to install the Joomla 3.3 version and the JCE text editor. Joomla 3.3 brings an excellent component to handle tags very powerful, much more powerful than that of K2. Also, have multiple nested categories. With the text editor JCE photos can be placed anywhere in the text. In addition, the version of Joomla 3.3 is customizable to tablets and smartphones. The big advantage is that we use the official component items, you do not need to alter the database. What more could you want?

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