You will find a documentation of how to migrate the components from Joomla 1.5 to 2.5 on the Joo!BB page. Please read the migration documentation carefully. This way you will avoid frustration.
Please read install/update information available on Joo!BB's page carefully before processing!
Installation pack for Joomla 1.5 includes:
- Joo!CM Component 1.0.0 Phobos Stable (required)
- Joo!BB Component 1.0.0 Phobos Stable (required)
- Latest/Popular Posts and Topics Plugin 1.0.9 (optional)
Installation pack for Joomla 2.5 includes:
- Joo!CM Component 1.1.2 Deimos Stable (required)
- Joo!BB Component 1.1.2 Deimos Stable (required)
- Latest/Popular Posts and Topics Plugin 1.1.1 (optional)
- Avatars and profiles for site members
- Moderation of forums, topics and posts
- Access control for each forum
- Joomla! user integration
- And many more...
On this way I want especially thanks Jeff Hetrick and Olaf Dryja for a really good job. I also want to thanks the programmers Rainer and Ramses aka Andy for great innovations and the source code! Great job! And of course all other guys in the Community providing me with "usefull" information and possible "solutions".
I started this project because at this time there was only one more or less good forum software called Firebaord for Joomla. It's nice to see there are more practicable solutions now. Competition is very important. Both, Commercial as well as Open Source Projects. If you feel Joo!BB is not the right solution for you, please have a look at the other forum solutions. :)
With more that 40 commits in the last 7 days, the developer is doing a superb job. JooBB still need to have more styles/templates. Also, a Last Posts Module is terrible needed.
After waiting and monitoring JooBB development through svn, I am giving it a "GO". I have installed as my default forum.
Thanks the developer and hope other coders will help him, with more styles, addons and improvement to the code.
The only issue I struggled with was the fact, Joo!BB requires PHP 5.x to be active on your domain. Mine was still running at 4.4x, so I had a couple of parse issues and other errors after installing.
However, once I managed to switch on PHP 5.0, everything was running perfect. The Support forum, naming especially "Robbie", was a great help to sort out the initial issues and to start up.
I will now follow this forum over the coming beta and to the final release. I know, this is exactly what I was looking for. if somebody wants to see my Joo!BB test forum, go to www.scifi-world.de
Some minor issues may be still present on this early release, however, I'm convinved Joo!BB is going to be a major component for J 1.5x users, locking forward.
I give it average due to it been in alpha, but still a good alpha version. Its the only 1.5 native forum out there.
My site's needs are fairly basic and JooBBs default color set up worked ok with the site. Actually it looks pretty good.
I am using it in a production environment but those of you not prepared to do some MySQL digging and CSS adjusting please do not attempt it. It's a bit buggy when attempting to mess with the single default style.
-Well thought out visual design - very easy on the eyes!!
-Extremely easy to view and navigate for Newbie visitors to your forum
-Configuration is straightforward (takes a bit to learn at first but still not bad).
-several options for colors
-Install was pretty simple if you read the instructions on the site
-The developers site is very well put together with easy navigation to find what you need
Cons: (based on the fact is is still in alpha)
-Styles limited - One style is all you get and if you stray from the default you will have to do some digging (see intro paragraph above in this review) If you know your way around Joomla it shouldn't be tough to fix.
-User Sync seems a bit redundant but nothing out of the ordinary for some other forums.
-Follows the default Joomla template styles but has its own mixed in (If your site is black with white text you may not see the text in posts due to the forum having a white background) easily fixable in the CSS for your default template but still a nuisance.
All in all this is definitely one to watch closely!!
It's all I need, and does it very well.
Only regret is that you cannot switch off the need for a "design" (why is it not called "template"?); then it would automatically adapt to the colors of the website. But, hey, it should not be too complicated to change the included drawings.
So, this is only an alpha version ... that is VERY promising!!
At this point it is hard to offer suggestions on what I would like to see, since it is still so new - but it has been updated a number of times in the past week, so improvements are still coming fast.