SEF Advance extension for K2 is now in testing phase. If you use the K2 component for Joomla it will give you some kick-ass URLs in combination with SEF Advance.
Let me show you an example. Let's say you have a category called Animals
, under that a subcategory called Birds
and finally two items there: Eagle
. The parent category Animals is linked to menu.
The regular K2 SEF URLs are right now like:
Animals (category): http://domain/animals
Birds (subcategory): http://domain/animals/itemlist/category/4-birds
Eagle (item): http://domain/animals/item/3-eagle
Hawk (item): http://domain/animals/item/4-hawk
With the new extension for SEF Advance you get:
Animals (category): http://domain/animals/
Birds (subcategory): http://domain/animals/birds/
Eagle (item): http://domain/animals/birds/eagle/
Hawk (item): http://domain/animals/birds/hawk/
It works for unlimited category depth. As you can see there are no IDs nor strange words in the URLs and they are far more logical reflecting your content structure. The other K2 views are also covered with improved URLs.
You will notice there is no "k2" component prefix in the URLs either which was the case in all previous extensions for 3rd party components. This is possible thanks to a new API format in SEF Advance which allows for this to be skipped (will require SEF Advance v2.3.1 or later). As K2 is often used as a replacement for Joomla's own content component and tightly connected to the core, I figured you will appreciate this feature as URLs become far more advanced and simple.
The extension is almost completed and will be available soon for free download to all SEF Advance users. I would appreciate your help through this testing phase though.
How can you help?
If you have a well developed K2 site (preferably the latest version 2.3) with many categories and content and wouldn't mind me testing the extension there please contact me with your admin password and FTP info. You will most certainly get the access to the extension first in that case.