5 Good reasons to not using K2

5 Good reasons to not using K2

K2 is a CCK extension that you can use it as an article addons. It can manage categories, comments and articles . I used this components for many years and below issues are gained from my experiences. 

1- There is not a good support forum
Every extension can be better if developer accept suggestions. this great option is one weak point for K2. the forum is full of many suggestions and requirements that ignored by k2 developer team. I mentioned two examples of them here :
 
 
2- Useless comment system in k2
If you don't want to use Google re-captcha there is no other option even joomla plugins and 3rd party like osolCaptcha and there is no built-in captcha for comment form. So you can be victim of spam attack and database crash. Also if someone comment on your article there is no email notification! I fixed this problem by installing Komento.
 
3- Joomla has Custom fields now
One reason that admins using k2 is custom fields but from joomla 3.9 you have rich custom fields that can be better if you install extra addons like Advanced Custom Fields
 
4- Bad management of Images
Main image of an article will be hash and separted to multiple files based on size. this operation starts when you save item, so first save usally is slower than next... after a while you can see your disk occupied by different sizes of images that usally some sizes never be used.
 
5- Updates are not regular
You have to wait very much for next updates. and surely many of weakness never fixed. for example in backend, sidebar can not be minimized yet like joomla article section.
 
Be aware that top 5 reasons are just samples and using this extension will bother you more. because there is no official (and fair!) section on internet and Joomla website, we had no choice except write this article here.
 
Wish that K2 team see this article and do something for this CCK. If you have any idea about K2 you can use below comment form.

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Did you write a comment on JED for more clearance?

alex
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Hello Alex, Of course I did but Joomla removed that after a while! that was really strange!

Super User
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There are other CCK for joomla. you can test OrdaSoft for example. it's free of charge

Nika
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Cheers for this mate. I've been using Compojoom for the comments system and over the last few years haven't been able to get the comments to index in Google. I did try searching for an alternative but the JED is letting Joomla down now, so hard to find things. You believe that JED has everything on offer for Joomla, when you look at it and don't see what you need, you lose a bit of faith in Joomla.

But the components and plugins are out there, as you have just shown. I've just bought that...

Cheers for this mate. I've been using Compojoom for the comments system and over the last few years haven't been able to get the comments to index in Google. I did try searching for an alternative but the JED is letting Joomla down now, so hard to find things. You believe that JED has everything on offer for Joomla, when you look at it and don't see what you need, you lose a bit of faith in Joomla.

But the components and plugins are out there, as you have just shown. I've just bought that Komento and it's working perfectly. Thanks for that.

I still use K2, but won't roll it out on new sites.

Thanks for the tip

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Graeme
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Thank you for your comment Graeme

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