*Categories -> Forums -> Topics -> Posts structure.
*Lock/Stick topics or set forums announcements.
*Topics tagging and advanced search.
*Posts reporting and topics manual activation by admins.
*Global and distinct forums permissions.
*BBCode and WYSIWYG editors.
*Users profiles and ranking system.
*Themes/Styles support (only 1 is provided).
*Strong moderation tools (mods can drop spammers and/or their topics/posts with 1 click).
*Reply to posts directly by email (IMAP required)
*Optional theme support for latest RocketTheme templates.
*Simple data migration tool for phpBB bridged forums to ChronoForums.
Minimum server requirements:
PHP PDO extension enabled.**
PHP PDO MySQL extension enabled.**
**Most web servers meet these requirements, in case your server does NOT then you will receive an error when trying to access the ChronoForums admin home page.
Please let us know your thoughts and comments on our forums.
My web site is running on joomla 3.0 and the choice of free forum is small enough, so I could try everything available. I can say that my first choice is Chronoforums for three reasons :
1) It has all the necessary features for a forum (moderator, email notification for new post and new topics, etc.) with out unnecessary gadgets !
2) It is very simple to understand and to install and to get it running
3) At last but not least if you do needs help, you can contact Max, which is very reactive and deadly efficient ! On demand, Max added some special features I needed and gave me some help and advise without delay and totally free !
So if you are looking for a simple but effective Forum and you wish to spend time answering messages instead of trying to understand how your forum is working, then stop searching here it is.
First off, this forum package shows a lot of hidden potential. It is very simple to use and has large theming support out of the box since it is able to use phpbb3 styles - though many styles will need some simple CSS edits.
But where this forum really shines is with its developer. I sent Max an email asking about the potential to use a WYSIWYG editor with chronoforums. He responded quickly asking about what kind of editor I'd like to use. We had several back and forth emails talking about this project, and in every email he was very professional and willing to hear ideas and discuss them in a kind and professional manner - not shutting them down automatically or making the idea submitter feel unappreciated. It is important to understand that I am not talking about him just willing to accept any and every idea. I am talking about him giving good discussion and reasons when there was an idea that wouldn't work for chronoforums, and showing that he cares about his product and the end user. It was refreshing after having seen how developers of other extension makers can act.
Max's devotion and care for this extension and the enduser really propel this extension forwards. Because of such that I have seen from him, I am confident that chronoforums in time will become the number 1 forum extension for Joomla. All other developers should take lessons from him.