After almost 3 years of the previous design, it was time for an update. A more "practical" update, almost a real-world site. And this is the result :)
As we announced on Twitter some months ago and just recently, this new demo website will be fully open-sourced so that people can learn by example. But there's another reason as well... Once the site is released as an installable package with its K2 setup and sample data ready, we will launch a small contest for the best redesigns of this website. The goal is simple. Keep the same sample data and work your magic. This contest is obviously targeted at experienced designers/developers and template clubs. The best 3 contributions will also be available on demo.getk2.org along with full credits to the designers/developers involved. K2 pros get ready!
A few months ago we launched the revamped K2 website at getk2.org which integrated a new Community forum, located at https://getk2.org/community.
We decided to move to an "all Joomla!" solution for more flexibility and better integration with the new features launched for the K2 site, like the ability to submit extensions or templates for the new K2 Extensions Directory. This new K2 Community has grown tremendously these few months and it's continuing to grow day by day.
So it's now time to shut down the OLD K2 community site at community.getk2.org, which was hosted on the (proprietary & restrictive) Ning platform. We plan to take down the OLD K2 community located at community.getk2.org on March 30th 2012.
I'll keep this short... Although we kept the version numbering inside the 2.5.x series, 2.5.5 brings some new uber-cool features:
Smart Search integration for Joomla! 2.5
integration with anti-spam service StopForumSpam.com to stop real, human spam - available upon user sign up and for flagging spammers in comments
native support for jUpgrade (both versions) makes upgrading a Joomla! 1.5 site to 2.5 a piece of cake
integration with the Joomla! updater (v1.7+). Using the built-in extension updater in Joomla! you can check if there's a new K2 release and instantly apply the update
Community Builder integration for user profiles/pages
the K2 Media Manager has been upgraded and now supports image resizing as well! Just drag and drop images from your desktop inside the K2 Media Manager to upload them on your server, then resize and use them anywhere in your Joomla! site. The K2 Media Manager, already a full Joomla! media manager replacement, just got better!
(new) Added support for Falang, the JoomFish fork currently working on Joomla! 1.7 & 2.5 (JoomFish is not yet ready publicly for J2.5 - but that will come soon).
I'm also very proud to announce the the translation teams working on K2 language packs are now 52! Congratulations to all contributors and very big thank you from the K2 team! If you want to track the progress of translations or create a new transation team or join an existing one, check out the K2 project page on Transifex.
K2 version 2.5.5 will be released next week on Friday, March 2nd March 7th 2012. Sorry for the sort delay folks but we decided to add a couple of new features in this release.
We have just released v2.5.3 of K2, fixing primarily minor glitches in 2.5.1 and a small (but significant) JS error that appeared in the short-lived 2.5.2 release (which we issued past Friday). If you are using K2 v2.5.1 you can safely upgrade to v2.5.3 by installing the 2.5.3 zip file on top of 2.5.1. As always, it's good to grab a backup just in case (you can use the free Akeeba Backup for that).
We have just released v2.5.1 of K2, a maintenance release, fixing some minor issues as reported by the K2 Community.
This release maybe "maintenance", but we have gone through some "bigger" changes regarding content setup workflow and frontend editing.
In v2.5.1 we have improved the "friendliness" of frontend editing. E.g. when you edit an item via the frontend and close the editing window, the page will refresh, revealing the applied (or not) changes. Frontend users who don't have "publishing" rights will see a notice displaying at the top of the editing window and they will not see the published/featured controls. Additionally, only users with "editorial" rights (but not necessarily publishing rights), aka users with the permission "can edit any item" in their K2 group, are the ones who can now see and change an item's author. Previously anyone with some editing rights could do that. So all in all, frontend editing is a bit more tied up and informative to your frontend users.