K2 is probably the most popular and awarded content extension for Joomla! with CCK-like features. We also uses it in most of our Joomla templates. JoomlaWorks developer team some time ago decided to make important changes also to make more compatible with new Joomla 3.x environment. From about three weeks beta of 3th version is available for testers but it is NOT recommended for production websites.

I admits that even I could not install first beta, I received strange errors or messages, but I waited for new developer version, and today I some had luck. It wasn't so easy as I expected but this time it worked for me. In near future if you want to upgrade or install to K2 v3, you will first have to upgrade your Joomla! site to the 3.x series. Because K2 v3 has been written for Joomla 3.x only.

What are the major changes:

  • Completely new, amazing UI for back-end - now it looks more like part of Joomla! 3.x core extension not like additional, as it was before. It makes editing your content faster, more flexible and overall more enjoyable. All lists can display in pagination or infinite scrolling mode. Responsive UI for the backend and frontend - you'll be able to use your desktop/laptop, tablet or smartphone to manage your content in K2.
  • The old K2 ACL used for frontend editing and comments is now fully integrated into Joomla's ACL - so you won't see the old "User Groups" menu entry
  • The k2 item form allows to use & insert multiple image galleries and media (embeds, video & audio files).
  • The new extra fields system can now extend any content entity in K2 (items, categories, tags, users etc.).
  • The "Revisions" system is K2's take on content versioning - you can toggle it on and off in the K2 Settings
  • New version improved also overall performance for both frontend and backend.

The stable release of new K2 version 3 should be around October 2014. Developers also planning to distribute a Pro version (commercial) with additional features, release will come out by the end of 2014. Is worth waiting? We hope so.